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.


Middle and High School Students

Discover the historical context. Create the future.

Engage and empower your students with these field trip options. Register in advance for a student workshop or self-guided iPod tour and take advantage of our free in-gallery activities.

Facing Freedom Student Workshop

On-site workshops are currently suspended, but virtual workshops are available. The Facing Freedom in America exhibition is available for on-site self-guided visits. A downloadable free resource coming soon! 

Recommended for grades 7 to 12
75-minute experience per class. Cost: $5 per student. Make a reservation.

Based on Facing Freedom in America, this workshop encourages critical thought about freedom and issues of social justice in American history, particularly in the areas of workers’ rights, armed conflict, public protest, and race and citizenship. Students become historians as they analyze and discuss objects and then add their own voices to the exhibition—curating a display case filled with their selected artifacts and handwritten interpretive text.

Advance reservations required. This workshop is available Monday through Friday and can accommodate ten to sixty-five students per day.

Conversation Starters


Jazz Talk – Grades 6 to 12
Please note: This experience has been suspended until further notice. Enrich your visit to Chicago: Crossroads of America with a role-play activity! Take a seat in the Jazz and Blues Club and use slang cards to have a Roaring Twenties–style conversation. Free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Coming in September – A student graphic organizer for any exhibition to help with self-guided visits.

Coming in OctoberCity on Fire: Chicago 1871 gallery guide.

IDEA Carts

Engage with history at our new IDEA stations, where students actively analyze and interpret the past. Facilitated by trained staff and volunteers, these 20-minute hands-on experiences work best with a group size of about ten students.


Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories