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4.2 | Stay Home. Save Lives.

On this day in 2019, Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago, becoming the first openly gay person and first African American woman to hold that position. In her first year, she has created an affordable housing task force, navigated a Chicago Teachers Union strike, and is currently battling to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the city.
Mayor Lightfoot, we’re sharing Chicago History from Home and following your direction to stay home and save lives. Learn more about Chicago’s Mayors.


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.

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories