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

Stock car racing at Soldier Field
TUE. JUN. 18, 6:00 P.M.
Member Event | History of Motorsports

CHM members are invited to a panel discussion with Julie GieseStan KalwasinskiPete PistoneShermann “Dilla” Thomas! Learn more

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TUE. JUN. 18, 6:30 P.M.
Summer Screenings | Lies We Tell

The Chicago History Museum is excited to be a host again for Summer Screenings, Cinema/Chicago’s annual free film series! Learn more

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FRI. JUN. 21, 5:00 P.M.
Partner Event | Civic Engagement or Bust!

This Civic Season, Hull-House Museum will partner with the Chicago History Museum and Made By Us to present: Civic Stories, Civic Songs. At this community-building event, we will gather to eat, sing, and share stories of civic engagement. Learn more

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SUN. JUN. 23, 12:00 P.M.
Walking Tour | Sheffield Stroll

Join CHM History Buff volunteer guide Dave Gudewicz to explore the history of the Sheffield/DePaul neighborhood. Learn more

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WED. JUN. 26, 6:30 P.M.
Summer Screenings | The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

The Chicago History Museum is excited to be a host again for Summer Screenings, Cinema/Chicago’s annual free film series! Learn more

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SAT. JUN. 29, 10:00 A.M.
Walking Tour | Historic Old Town

On this tour, explore stories of recovery from the 1871 Great Chicago Fire and the neighborhood as the center of Chicago bohemianism in the 1960s and 1970s. 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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Objects in our collections
52,000+
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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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