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September
21
September
21

A Chance in the Spotlight

Posted under Exhibitions by Petra Slinkard

CHM curator Petra Slinkard takes you through the process of a gallery rotation, which helps us preserve artifacts and refresh exhibitions. The Chicago History Museum’s permanent exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America is a 15,000-square-foot installation dedicated to our city’s rich and complex past. The installation opened in February 2006 and contains hundreds of artifacts and More

September
15
September
15

New Memories about the Cubs

Posted under Exhibitions by Olivia Mahoney

Senior curator Olivia Mahoney introduces the new Chicago Cubs items on display at the Chicago History Museum and reflects on the team’s past.  On November 4, 2016, millions of Cubs fans gathered in downtown Chicago for the victory parade and rally. Photograph by CHM staff, NC_217_034 Like Cubs fans everywhere, I’m thrilled that they won More

September
13
September
13

Unbuilt Utopian Cities 1460 to 1900

                            Tessa Morrison. Unbuilt Utopian Cities 1460 to 1900: Reconstructing Their Architecture and Political Philosophy. Burlington, Vermont, Routledge (2016). What Tessa Morrison brings to the subject of unbuilt utopian cities is an analysis of the various political philosophies underlying each one. These More

September
07
September
07

The Lois Weisberg Collection

Posted under Research by Guest author

Get to know Chicago cultural maven Lois Weisberg with the contents of her collection in our Research Center. Small only in stature, Lois Weisberg was a big presence in Chicago’s civic and cultural life for seven decades. Everything about her seemed larger than life, including a circle of friends that ran the gamut from comedian More

September
05
September
05

Inside the Collection – Traffic Controller Switch

Posted under Collections by

Inside the Collection is a video series that invites you into the Chicago History Museum’s storage spaces to explore unusual, interesting artifacts from our vast collection. In this installment, senior collection manager Britta Keller Arendt and summer intern Amy Sparks discuss an original traffic controller switch, c. 1926, from Chicago’s Loop. The city used this More

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