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Welcome to Chicago Metro History Day — 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!

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Celebrating Student Historians: History Day 2022

Congratulations to our special ​award recipients and to our students advancing to Illinois History Day!​ See the full list of 2022 Award Winners.

Congratulations to all our students who qualified for National History Day! See our list of National History Day Qualifiers. National History Day registration closes at 10:59 PM (CST) on May 17th, 2022.

Good luck at Nationals, Team Illinois!

Celebrating Student Historians: History Fair 2021

Visit our 2021 Student Accolades page to learn about the amazing work that student historians are doing this school year! You can now learn about Team Illinois’ results at the NHD National Contest here!

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Chicago Metro History Day is made possible by participating History Day schools and the generous financial support of area foundations, corporations, and individual donors. We gratefully acknowledge funding provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, HBK Engineering, and the Minow Family in honor of Josephine Baskin Minow.



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 students’ curiosity and a lifelong love of history through this wonderful program. Consider making a gift today. For more information, contact Lauren Wissbaum, Individual Giving Manager, at [email protected] or 312.799.2114.

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