The Chicago History Museum is open and we look forward to welcoming you. Our priority is to maintain a safe environment for visitors and staff while sharing Chicago stories. Please read for details about health and safety precautions, purchasing tickets, and what to know before you arrive.
As per city of Chicago guidelines, CHM requires all visitors over age 2 and staff to wear a mask while inside the Museum. As the situation evolves, we will evaluate and update policies.
Please purchase your tickets online in advance, as digital ticket scanning will reduce in-person interactions.
Abakanowicz Research Center Hours
Fall Hours | Tuesday–Friday: 12:00–3:30 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Holiday Closures: November 24–27, December 24, 2021–January 3, 2022
Please note that the Abakanowicz Research Center is observing reduced capacity to allow for safe social distancing among researchers and staff. Eight (8) spots will be made available per day. Reservations need to be received at least 48 hours in advance. The Abakanowicz Research Center will be open on Saturdays in the fall. Reservations will continue to be required Tuesday through Friday, but not on Saturdays.
Please be aware of fellow visitors and ensure 6 feet of space between you, your group, and others. Please follow directional flow arrows and floor markers throughout the building.
Non-field trip groups will be limited to a maximum of 10 people.
During your visit, feel free to use any of the additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the Museum. Also, please practice frequent hand-washing and avoid touching your face.
We will have reduced space in our bag and coat check. To protect our artifacts and displays, backpacks, large bags, umbrellas, food, and drinks are not allowed in the Museum’s galleries. If possible, please leave these items in your car or at home.
Do you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath or have you been exposed to someone with these symptoms? Come see us another time! Contact us at [email protected] or 312-642-4600 and we’ll be happy to reschedule your visit.
We have made some changes to our building, gallery spaces, and activities to protect visitors and staff, so your Museum visit may look and feel a little different.
Some interactive elements and exhibitions, including Sensing Chicago, are temporarily unavailable.
We are providing stylus pens that can be used on touchable screen interactive activities, press buttons, or begin audio or video in the galleries.
We are regularly cleaning surfaces you might need to touch, such as handrails, benches, and elevator buttons in public areas.
Plan ahead! Download your Museum map in advance of your visit.
Support Chicago History
As we reopen, additional fundraising is imperative to the Chicago History Museum’s future. In addition to visiting the Museum, you can show your support by contributing to the Museum or by becoming a member.
Have questions or need more information? Please contact us at [email protected] or 312-642-4600