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The Museum Extends Tuesday Late Night Hours


Free Admission for Illinois Residents Tuesdays from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Are you ready for a historic evening? The Chicago History Museum extends its regular Tuesday hours and offers FREE admission to Illinois residents from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“The Museum is pleased to offer extended late night hours on Tuesday nights in an effort to provide increased access to working adults and others who have barriers that keep them from being able to visit during daytime hours,” said David Deyhle, Vice President of External Relations at the Chicago History Museum.

The Museum is free to Illinois residents every Tuesday from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.* and on Commemorative Days: January 16, February 20, March 4 and July 4.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the Museum’s dynamic exhibitions including “Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier,” that explores the designer’s remarkable journey from Chicago’s West Side to the salons of Paris and New York. Visitors can uncover the mysteries hidden within the Museum’s protected vaults in “The Secret Lives of Objects,” and kids can let their imaginations run wild in “Sensing Chicago.”

Museum hours are Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday – Saturday, 9:30 am. – 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

*Excluding the last two Tuesdays in December


The Chicago History Museum is situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. Established in 1856, the Museum is now at 1601 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, its third location. As a major museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other. To share Chicago stories, the Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents, images and other items that are relevant to the city’s history. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. 

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago Stories