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Family Event | Women’s History Month

From Kitihawa to Ida B. Wells to Jane Addams to Jane Byrne, women have been instrumental in Chicago’s history. Join us at CHM as we commemorate Women’s History Month with performances and activities that all center women’s role in shaping Chicago. Included with general admission. Schedule To Come!   While masks are appreciated and recommended, More

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Family Event | Black History Month

In 1925, historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson instituted Negro History Week, which was expanded to Black History Month by President Gerald R. Ford in 1976. Join us at CHM to learn about notable Black figures who have made an impact on local and national levels. Included with general admission.   Schedule To come!   While More

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Fashions of the Hour: The Axis of Art and Industry

This post is from Marissa Croft, CHM’s research and insights analyst and author of our Fashion and Costume Research Guide. As a PhD candidate at Northwestern University, she also researches the clothing of the French Revolution and women’s clothing reform movements of the 19th century. As December dawns, many Chicagoans may find themselves fondly reminiscing More

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Member Event | Author Talk – Chicago’s West Loop: Then and Now

Delve into the history of Chicago’s West Loop with local author and historian Connie Fairbanks in conversation with WTTW host Geoffrey Baer as they discuss Fairbanks’s new book, Chicago’s West Loop: Then and Now (2022). What once was a manufacturing and wholesale warehouse area from the late 1890s to the 1950s, a fashionable place to More

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Seeing Yourself in Sacred Texts

This year, National Bible Week began Sunday, November 20, and ends on Saturday, November 26, 2022. To mark the occasion, CHM curator of religion and community history Rebekah Coffman highlights a remarkable illustrated publication in CHM’s collection. National Bible Week originated in 1941 under US president Franklin D. Roosevelt, when founders of the National Bible More

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Family Event | Presidents’ Day

Illinois has been home to four US presidents: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, and Obama. Commemorate Presidents’ Day at CHM and discover the lives behind the legends of the American presidency. Included with admission, which is FREE for all Illinois residents on this day.   Schedule To come!   While masks are appreciated and recommended, they are More

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