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Bus Tour | Chicago Spiritualism

Séances, slate writing, spirit cabinets—these are a few of the tools and tricks mediums like the notorious Bangs Sisters once used to convince Chicagoans they could speak to the dead. These services, which played upon genuine grief, always came with a price. Seek the truth with CHM director of exhibitions Paul Durica on this journey More

Film Screening | The History of South Streeterville

Created by Streeterville community members Gail Spreen and Dennis Downes, The History of South Streeterville is a documentary that explores the history this Near North Side neighborhood through the eyes of the local leaders who helped shape it. Join us for a film screening, reception, and panel discussion with: Lee Golub, Principal, Executive VP of More

Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards 2022

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum is excited to show their recognition and appreciation for Chicago’s most stylish men! Join us at the Chicago History Museum for an evening of fun and fashion. Individual ticket: $100 Co-Chairs: Dustin S. Erikstrup and Rose Kallas Committee: Amanda Bonnell, Pam Capitanini, Anne Forman, Courtney Hopkins, Peggy More

Walking Tour | Pilsen Murals

Walk through Pilsen with local guide Luis Tubens and get the larger meaning behind the artwork in Chicago’s capital of Mexican cultures. The tour weaves the history of Pilsen with vibrant large-scale murals and lived personal experiences. Tour runs 1.5 to 2 hours.  Masks are optional for our outdoor walking tours. Learn more about our More

Walking Tour | Union Station

Take a closer look at one of America’s last great railway terminals, which bustles with activity day and night. Find out why it was once called “a city within a city” and learn the hidden stories that go unseen by thousands each day. Tour runs 1.5–2 hours.  As per the CDC, masks are recommended inside More

Walking Tour | Glitterati on the Gold Coast

Whisk away to a time when Chicago’s rich and famous caroused on the coast. Gaze at ornate architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, step onto a rare wood-block alleyway, and take in Chicago’s early mansions, including the Archbishop’s Residence. Tour runs 1.5 to 2 hours.  Masks are optional for our outdoor walking tours. Learn More

Walking Tour | Paseo Boricua and Humboldt Park

Join professional guide and local resident Eduardo Arocho on a walk through Humboldt Park, which has been home to Chicago’s Puerto Rican community since the 1960s. This thought-provoking tour explores the history of the iconic West Side neighborhood through the public art proudly displayed along the six blocks of Division Street (Paseo Boricua) and in Humboldt Park. More

Walking Tour | Sheffield Stroll

Explore the history of the Sheffield/DePaul neighborhood. Stroll past Victorian architecture and sites of Hollywood films. We’ll wrap up at Kelly’s Pub. Feel free to stick around and purchase a drink after the tour! Tour runs 1.5 to 2 hours.  Masks are optional for our outdoor walking tours. Learn more about our COVID-19 safety policies More

Virtual Urban History Seminar

The Urban History Seminar series feature a scholarly presentation followed by lively discussion. Erin McCarthy, Associate Professor of History in the Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Department at Columbia College Chicago, presents “Stagg and Stella: We Interrupt this Marriage for Football Season.” The Zoom session will open at 6:45 p.m. with the program starting at More

Virtual Urban History Seminar

The Urban History Seminar series feature a scholarly presentation followed by lively discussion. Takako Day, independent researcher, and Michael Day, Professor of English and Director of the First-Year Composition Program at Northern Illinois University, present “Breaking the Japantown Stereotype: Who Were the Japanese and Japanese Americans in Chicago 1865–1940?” Most people think of the Japanese More

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