Plan your safe visit more

Due to COVID-19, we are currently welcoming grades 7‒12 for on-site field trips but continue to suspend on-site visits for grades pre-K‒6 until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and update our communication as we learn more. In the meantime, we continue to support your instructional goals through our online classroom resources and virtual field trips. Subscribe to our free Teacher E-News for the latest resources and opportunities.

Plan Your Field Trip

It’s Easy. And Free.*

Planning Tips

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, we have transformed your field trip welcome, orientation, and lunch experience! Your learning experience starts and ends in the newly renovated Crown Family Welcome Center. Improvements include more efficient pathways, an immersive orientation film, and a beautiful lunchroom. The Crown Family Welcome Center is your home base throughout your visit and designed to provide a comfortable space that sparks curiosity and promotes conversation. Please note that for safety, lunch seating will be limited and advance reservations are required.

  • The Chicago History Museum is committed to the safety of all our guests and staff. Please familiarize yourself with our COVID-19 safety guidelines in advance of your visit.  
  • Plan to spend one to three hours at the Museum. Visits begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Request 25-minute lunchroom seating. You must request in advance as lunch seating is limited. Students will be seated socially distanced with a maximum of three people per table. Storage is provided for students who bring their own lunches and beverages. You may also order bag lunches for your students.
  • Indicate the size of your group. Maximum group size is 50 for a self-guided visit.
  • Secure chaperones. We require one adult for every nine students in grades 2–12. For groups in grades pre-K–1, we require two adults for every four children. Each adult exceeding these ratios will be charged $9. Divide your students into groups of ten prior to arriving at the Museum. A map of the Museum will be prepared for each group leader.
  • For on-site workshop reservations, the maximum number of students is 65 or two classrooms per day. For virtual workshops, the maximum is 35 students per session.
  • Backpacks of any size are not allowed in exhibition spaces. Place medical supplies and and other items in another type of bag (no larger than 13 x 12 x 4 inches) to be worn on your front or at your side. Nothing can be worn on your back in the Museum’s exhibition galleries and public spaces.
  • All Illinois school groups are admitted free of charge. *Out-of-state groups are charged discounted admission.

Admission forIllinois schoolsOut-of-state schools
*StudentsFREE$9 each
Teachers/chaperones (pre-K to grade 1, 2 adults:4 students; grades 2-12, 1 adult:9 students)FREE$10 each
Additional adults (exceeding the requirements)$9 each$10 each

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a field trip reservation?

To schedule your trip, complete our online form. Reservations are not accepted via telephone.

How will I know if my reservation is confirmed?

Your visit is not guaranteed until you have received a confirmation letter, which should arrive by fax and email (or mail, if requested) in seven to ten days. If you don’t receive a confirmation letter, call 312-642-4600.

Can I make a lunchroom reservation?

Request a lunchroom reservation using the reservation form. The lunchroom is available for students up to grade 12. Students should bring their own lunches and beverages; storage will be provided. Space is limited.

How far in advance should I schedule my field trip?

Please schedule your visit at least three weeks in advance. Spaces fill quickly, so please make your reservations early. Consult a school calendar in advance that indicates holidays, in-services, report card days, and school events.

Can I select my entrance or exit time?

Yes, you should choose both your entrance and exit times. Visits begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 12:00 noon on Sunday. Visits can last from one hour to three hours.

What is the maximum group size?

Maximum group size is 50. We ask you to subdivide your students into groups of 10 prior to your visit.

Can I schedule a field trip for students from pre-K to grade 6?

Due to COVID-19, we continue to suspend onsite visits for grades K6 until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and update our communication as we learn more. In the meantime, we continue to support your instructional goals through our online classroom resources and virtual field trips. 

How many chaperones do you require?

We require one adult for every nine students for grades 2 through 12. For groups in grades pre-K through grade 1, we require two adults for every for children.

What are the Museum's gallery rules?

The following are not allowed in the our galleries: backpacks, food, drinks (including water bottles), chewing gum, and pens. These rules apply to students, teachers, and chaperones alike. Storage for coats and lunches is provided. Clipboards are no longer available but you may bring your own. Marks are required as part of our safety protocols.

My question isn't answered here. How do I contact you?

Please use our contact form or call Irene Sadler, school group visit coordinator, at 312-799-2273.

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