Become a


Member Benefits

It pays to be a member. 

 Membership offers ways to engage with others who love the city of Chicago and its history. 

Free Admission

Enjoy free Museum admission year-round. Your membership will pay for itself after just a few visits.

Exclusive Events

Be invited to exclusive events including; previews & celebrations of new exhibits,

the Members' Holiday Party and

behind-the-scenes access during

Members' Open House.

Special Discounts

Receive 10% off in the Museum gift shop, North & Clark Cafe and PhotoStore and special pricing for all programs, tours and events. 

Membership Levels

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.



  • Free Museum admission for one person
  • Invitations to annual events
  • Exhibition previews & celebrations
  • Discounts on tours, programs & events
  • 10% discount at the Museum Store and North & Clark Cafe plus double discount days
  • Member communications
  •  Access to member lounge at select events
  • Access to members-only parking spaces






All of the benefits of Individual, plus:

  • Free Museum admission for two people
  • Invitations to annual member events for two people







All of the benefits of dual, plus:

  • Free Museum admission for four people
  • Invitations to annual member events for four people

All of the benefits of dual, plus:

  • Philanthropic giving level
  • Free parking during Museum visits
  • Reciprocal membership at over 800 museums through NARM
  • Subscription to Chicago History magazine
  • (2) One-time use Museum passes to share with friends & family
  • One behind-the-scenes tour per year

Plus Levels | + $30

Add to any package (except All Star) for just $30 and recieve:

  • Free parking during Museum visits
  • Reciprocal membership at over 800 museums through NARM
  • Subscription to Chicago History magazine
  • One-time passes to share with friends & family (quantity dependent on membership level)

Interested in contributing more to our mission?

Consider contributing to the annual fund or by 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:

  • Free admission to the Museum for the recipient and at least one guest 
  • Invitations to exclusive members’-only events 
  • Discounts on all Museum tours and programs 
  • Discounts at North & Clark Cafe and the Museum Store

*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.

Upcoming Events

Our members are invited to exclusive events and programs throughout the year, check out the upcoming lineup.

Member Portal

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.

Current Member

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.

Current Member

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

Current Member


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