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Welcome to Chicago Metro History Fair — Where Students Make History!

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 youth for high school and college expectations as well as civic engagement. Come make history with us!

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Celebrating Student Success: History Fair 2020

During our 2020 season, student historians persevered through unprecedented circumstances to “go virtual” and truly lived up to the CMHF motto, “Make History!” Click here to visit our 2020 Accolades page and learn about the exceptional achievements students earned last year.



  • Why do History Fair?
  • Teacher Newsletter
  • History Fair Essentials
  • Professional Development
  • Teaching History Fair
  • Connecting with Us


  • Find your topic
  • Do your research
  • Analyze and argue
  • Make History
  • Advancing Projects

The Chicago Metro History Fair is supported by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and the Polk Bros. Foundation.

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