Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information*
To our Chicago History Museum community,
The Museum remains closed as of Saturday, March 21. As Illinois moves into the next phase of reopening, we will open our doors when state and city guidelines and building and staff readiness allow. We will continue to review this decision on a weekly basis and confirm our opening date as soon as possible.
Extensive safety and social distancing protocols will be in place upon our reopening to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and staff.
The Museum will still honor its commitment to organizations and individuals who are hoping to host events here. We will work to accommodate new requests within our guidelines for supporting social distancing and public safety.
The majority of Museum staff continues to work offsite.
We are actively monitoring developments related to COVID-19, staying in touch with all relevant authorities, and diligently following recommendations from the Chicago Department of Public Health.
If there are any changes to our hours or status, we will share that information immediately on this page and social media channels. For other questions or concerns, please contact us.
Gary T. Johnson
Edgar D. and Deborah R. Jannotta President, Chicago History Museum
Documenting History as It Happens
In the midst of a global pandemic, it is imperative we turn to our friends, family, and community for support and share about our uncharted moments of everyday life that will soon be vital pieces of history. The Museum has launched In This Together, a community-based initiative that invites Chicagoans to contribute digital records that document their experience and tell a story of the city’s communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sharing Chicago’s history, every day
Our doors may be closed, but we remain committed to our mission to share Chicago’s stories. Our vast library of accessible digital materials includes archival collections, educational resources, audio recordings, video assets, and so much more. We will be sharing daily content to keep you engaged with Chicago’s history—even from your couch.
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Chicago history is available to you 24/7 thanks to our numerous online resources.
- Explore our offerings on Google Arts & Culture
- See Chicago history through augmented and virtual reality experiences
- Take a close look at select artifacts
- Listen to interviews with Studs Terkel
- Peruse images from our research collection
- Engage with classroom resources
- Read the Encyclopedia of Chicago
- Download our free Zoom backgrounds
- Search the vast holdings of the Chicago Collections Consortium
- Conduct research on ProQuest (account required)
- Do an online puzzle
Up-to-Date Health Alerts & Information
- Information and guidance from the World Health Organization
- Updates from the Chicago Department of Public Health
- Updates from the State of Illinois
- Updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
*Last updated June 2, 2020. Information on this page may change as the situation develops.
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