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Celebrate Presidents of the Past at Presidents’ Day


Celebrate Abraham Lincoln and other presidents of the past with performances, craft activities and more at the Chicago History Museum’s annual family-favorite event, Presidents’ Day, on Monday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Museum admission is FREE for Illinois residents on this day. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Highlights of the day include a performance by the Chicago Brass Band and a production of “Meeting the Lincolns” by With Lincoln Productions. First Lady Mary Todd and President Lincoln will speak about their youth, education and the struggles of the Civil War, followed by a Q&A session. Visitors can mingle and snap a picture with the famous first-couple before the program.

Families will enjoy kid’s face-painting, storytelling for kids,  live folk music and more. A full schedule of the day’s activities can be found online here.

Visitors are invited to explore the Museum’s permanent exhibitions, “Abraham Lincoln,” which explores the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination and “Lincoln’s Chicago,” where visitors can discover how Lincoln saw Chicago in his lifetime.  Notable objects on view include Abraham Lincoln’s Death Bed, circa 1850-1865, and Lincoln’s gold pocket watch presented to the president-elect in 1861.


The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum has dedicated more than a century to celebrating and sharing Chicago stories through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming. The Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents and images to help audiences connect to the city and its history. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

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