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Powerful Content.
Engaging Instructional Strategies.

From civic learning to core curriculum, we’ve got you covered.

Our professional development programs provide rich and unique experiences with history. Connect with the Museum’s exhibitions and resources. Engage with staff and experts.

We are monitoring the COVID situation, and if a program format changes, you will be notified no later than one week in advance with updated details. Learn more about the Museum’s safety policies and procedures.


Virtual Teacher Book Club

Saturdays, January 21 & February 25, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. with online engagement in between sessions
$50; includes a copy of the book

Join our book club designed just for educators! This year, we’re reading Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City by Carl Smith. Though the book was not written expressly for teen readers, Smith’s writing style makes it approachable for middle and high school students and provides a wealth of content knowledge about not just the city before and after the fire, but also the lives of the people who called Chicago home and the inequities of recovery.

During the second session, author Carl Smith, the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Northwestern University, joins us to share about the Great Chicago Fire, talk about his research, and answer any burning questions you might have.

Online engagement fosters rich discussions, practical resources, and instructional strategies to teach the social history of the Great Chicago Fire. We’ll also share some of our favorite children’s and young adult books about the Great Chicago Fire and crowdsource your favorites!

21 PD hours; must attend both sessions and participate in online discussions.

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Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920

July 8–28, 2023
The Chicago History Museum, University of Illinois Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago invite you to apply for our National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920.” Thirty grade 6–12 teachers from across the country will gather in Chicago for three weeks in July to learn from top Gilded Age and Progressive Era scholars, tour historic sites, explore archives and museums, and design classroom materials. Participants will receive a stipend of $2,850. Applications are due March 3, 2023.

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Customized Planning with CHM Education Staff

Our educators are here to match Chicago History Museum resources to your needs, answer questions, and help brainstorm ideas. Simply email school programs staff and let us know what you’re working on. We’ll set up a FREE, one-hour Zoom meeting with you to share materials and answer questions. We look forward to meeting you and learning about all the amazing work you are doing! 1 PD hour per session.

Please email both Heidi Moisan and Megan Clark to make an appointment.

In-Service Programs

Are you interested in a custom in-service experience?
We’re happy to plan with you. To get started, email Heidi Moisan, senior school programs manager, at


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