Welcome to the Chicago History Museum

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT CHM?

Explore the city with our expert guides, delve into our exhibitions through thematic programs, or discover Chicago history through family-friendly activities.

Aquí en Chicago

Workshop series, oral history project, and exhibition opening in fall 2025

The Chicago History Museum’s new project, Aquí en Chicago, celebrates the historically persistent cultural presence of Latine communities in Chicago. Follow along as the project evolves.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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TUE. FEB. 13, 1:30 P.M.
Member Presentation | All About Bronzeville

CHM members are invited to learn more about the history and significance of the Bronzeville neighborhood with Bernard Turner, executive director of the Bronzeville-Black Metropolis National Heritage Area. Learn more

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MON. FEB. 19, 11:00 A.M.
Family Event | Presidents' Day

Our family-friendly Presidents’ Day event features hands-on activities designed for families with young children. Learn more

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THU. FEB. 22, 7:00 P.M.
Virtual Urban History Seminar | Gordon Mantler

Gordon Mantler of George Washington University presents “The Multiracial Promise: Coalition, Mayoral Politics, and the Legacy of Harold Washington.” Learn more

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SAT. FEB. 24, 11:00 A.M.
Family Event | Black History Month

Celebrate the history and contributions of this vital third of our Chicago’s population through activities that center on this year’s theme of “African Americans and the Arts.” Learn more

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WED. MAR. 6, 11:30 A.M.
Costume Council Event | Dressing the Part with Hal Rubenstein

Author Hal Rubenstein talks about his new book, Dressing the Part: Television’s Most Stylish Shows, with Fern Mallis, former executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Learn more

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THU. MAR. 7, 6:00 P.M.
Member Discussion | Working in the 21st Century

Members are invited to a talk featuring author Mark LarsonChicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan, and CHM chief historian and director of the Studs Terkel Center for Oral History Peter T. Alter. Learn more

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LEARN AND CONNECT WITH CHM

CHM strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, programs, digital resources, and special events, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other.

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ABAKANOWICZ RESEARCH CENTER

Home to the Chicago History Museum’s archives, manuscripts, photographs, and more, the Abakanowicz Research Center (ARC) is one of the premier research facilities in Chicago. With free admission, the ARC helps fulfill the Museum’s mission to be a destination for learning and to connect people to Chicago’s history. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Support the Museum

SUPPORT OUR MISSION BY BECOMING A MEMBER

Membership offers ways to engage with others who love the city of Chicago and its history and opportunities to interact with our award-winning staff. Enjoy free admission, behind-the-scenes experiences, special discounts, and more!

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