It pays to be a member.
Membership offers ways to engage with others who love the city of Chicago and its history.
Enjoy free Museum admission year-round. Your membership will pay for itself after just a few visits.
Be invited to exclusive events including; previews & celebrations of new exhibits,
the Members' Holiday Party and
behind-the-scenes access during
Members' Open House.
Receive 10% off in the Museum gift shop, North & Clark Cafe and PhotoStore and special pricing for all programs, tours and events.
Our memberships are designed to be flexible—plus Illinois residents 18 & under and children 12 and under are free every day!
All memberships include daily, FREE admission, 10% off at the North & Clark Cafe, Museum Store & PhotoStore, special discounts on programs and events, access to the Museum's parking lot and perks at major Museum events.
To provide more flexibility for our members, we recently updated our membership levels. For more information about the changes, view our FAQ's here.
The All Star is a philanthropic membership level includes a $120 donation to the Annual Fund.
Plus Levels | + $30
Add to any package (except All Star) for just $30 and recieve:
Interested in contributing more to our mission?
Consider contributing to the annual fund or joining the Historical Alliance.
Our supporters provide vital support where it is needed most—enhancing public programming, preserving our collection, making our historical resources accessible to all, and educating the next generation of civic leaders.
Give the gift of Museum Membership
For the history buff in your life
Chicago History Museum Membership makes the perfect gift!
The gift of membership keeps on giving year round, with many benefits including:
*Gift membership voucher recipients will have 1 year from the date of purchase to activate their gift membership. If a gift membership voucher has not been redeemed within 1 year from the date of purchase, please call the Museum for assistance.
Our members are invited to exclusive events and programs throughout the year, check out the upcoming lineup.
Couldn't make it to a live member program? Looking for previous issues of Chicago History magazine?
Your membership grants you access to select program recordings and magazine archives through our Member Portal!
Forgot your access code? Contact Justina Doyle, Membership Marketing Manager at [email protected]
What our members say...
I’ve been a member for 55 years and I’m still fascinated by Chicago’s history.
I became a member after I rented a room to host an event at the Chicago History Museum and was immediately charmed by the building and the staff.
The Chicago History Museum is a fantastic resource. One of my favorite Chicago museums. I appreciated how easy it was to take my elderly
parents to the museum (its accessible/easy to navigate if you're not especially mobile), and it was something that we can all enjoy together.
I am a member of the Chicago History Museum because I am a second generation native Chicagoan. My father was born on Germania Place only a short distance from CHM's current location. He had a lot of stories about the city in his youth and because of this I became interested in Chicago
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