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2020 History Fair Contest and Event Dates

History Fair Paloozas

Paloozas are gatherings of students, librarians, volunteer coaches, historians, and History Fair staff to support students on their History Fair journey. Attend workshop sessions and talk one-on-one with librarians and coaches. Each Palooza offers different workshops.

Our sincere thanks to the librarians at the Harold Washington Library, NEIU Williams Library, and UIC Daley Library for working with History Fair students at the Paloozas… and beyond!

History Fair Competitions

  • Senior Suburban Regional — Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Niles North High School
  • Senior City Regional — Saturday, March 7, 2020 at University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC)
  • Junior Regional — Saturday, March 28, 2020 at University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC)
  • Senior Finals — Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Chicago History Museum
  • Illinois History Day – Thursday, May 7, 2020 in Springfield, Illinois

Additional details about the 2020 History Fair Competitions will be posted to this page as the events approach.

Website and paper judging takes place off-site. Optional interviews for those students are available at the fairs.


We invite civic-minded adults who enjoy history to volunteer to judge students’ History Fair projects.

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