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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information*

To our Chicago History Museum community,

The Museum is closed as of Saturday, March 21, and will remain closed through Thursday, April 30. All programs, tours, and workshops are canceled. The closure is in accordance with Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker’s order to shelter in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. After April 30, we will review the decision to close on a week-by-week basis and reopen when we feel it is appropriate to do so.

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.

We are actively monitoring developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), staying in touch with all relevant authorities, and diligently following recommendations from the Chicago Department of Public Health.

For tour or event ticket holders
For Research Center visitors
For student field trip groups
For Chicago Metro History Fair participants

We will monitor the situation, update the public regularly, and continue in our commitment to maintain a safe environment for our visitors, staff, and supporters.

Measures undertaken by the Museum
What we’ve asked of visitors and staff

We will continue to follow the recommendations of 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

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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.


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*Last updated March 31, 2020. Information on this page may change as the situation develops.

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