Chicago Metro History Day

Students Learn History Through Inquiry

Where Students Make History!

Chicago Metro History Day, formerly known as the Chicago Metro History Fair, is a project-based inquiry program that empowers students to become historians who conduct research and share their conclusions. Guided by their teachers, students in grades six through twelve choose their own topics connected to an annual theme, and then conduct research, analyze sources, make an argument, and finally produce a project to show their work. Students make websites, performances, documentaries, papers, and exhibitions which are evaluated by community volunteers at annual competitions in the Chicago metro area. This rigorous and rewarding program prepares students for high school and college expectations and helps young people become informed, engaged citizens. Come make history with us!

See this year’s important dates and deadlines.

News and Opportunities from History Day Partners

Freedom Summer: 60 Years Later
A Landmarks Of American History Teacher Workshop

July 8–12, 2024 & July 22–26, 2024

Applications are now open for Freedom Summer: 60 Years Later, a partnership between the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and National History Day. This is a one-week opportunity for 70 teachers and museum educators to learn study this critical turning point in the Civil Rights Movement on location in Mississippi. Learn more and apply today at

Applications are open December 15, 2023–March 4, 2024.


Celebrating Student Historians

See past winners and their projects at regional, state, and national contests on our Student Accolades page.

See Past Winners

Our Sponsors

Chicago Metro History Day, a program of the Chicago History Museum, is made possible by participating History Day schools and the generosity of area organizations and individual donors. We gratefully acknowledge support provided by Busey Bank, HBK Engineering, the Minow Family Foundation in honor of Josephine Baskin Minow, and the University of Illinois Chicago. Additional programmatic support is provided by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, the Latin School of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University Libraries, and our many prize sponsors. Chicago Metro History Day is a regional affiliate of National History Day.

Support from donors makes it possible for Chicago Metro History Day to reach more than 10,000 students annually from numerous schools in the Chicagoland area. Help us spark a lifelong love of history through this wonderful program. Consider making a gift today.

Need to get in Touch?

Crystal Johnson
Chicago Metro History Day Manager

Lauren Maley
History Learning Specialist

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