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Virtual History Fairs – COVID-19 Response

All in-person CMHF events for the remainder of the season are being canceled or converted to Virtual events as we do our part to keep all of our participants safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on our Virtual Contests page.

Senior Division Advancing Projects

The following Senior Division projects have advanced to the Senior Division Final contest. This contest has been converted to a VIRTUAL FAIR – learn more on our Virtual Contests page.

Senior City:

Senior Suburban:

PLEASE NOTE: Website and paper judging takes place remotely and advancing Senior Division websites and papers will not be available until the week of March 23 (both city and suburban).

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

The Chicago Metro History Fair is a project-based inquiry program that challenges students to become historians by actually doing history. Guided by their teachers, students in grades six through twelve choose their own topics connected to Chicago or Illinois history, 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!

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

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