Open today 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Blood Drive

Monday, June 15

All appointment slots have been filled. The Museum is working with the Red Cross to set up another blood drive for later this summer. Thank you for your support!

Did you know the first blood bank in the US was in Chicago? In March 1937, Dr. Bernard Fantus opened a blood preservation laboratory at Cook County Hospital, and in 1939, Baxter Laboratories in the north suburbs invented the “Transfuso-Vac,” a device that allowed blood to be stored for up to 21 days.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, blood donation has become more crucial than ever, and the Chicago History Museum is honored to partner with the American Red Cross for this vital cause. Blood is a perishable product that can come only from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the US needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished.

Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative, and B negative. One pint of blood can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more!

Appointments are required in order to observe social distancing. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. 



What safety measures will you be following?
How do I make an appointment to donate blood?
Will I be compensated for donating?
Will I be able to visit the galleries?

Questions? Check out the American Red Cross website for more details or feel free to contact us.

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Red Cross blood bank railroad car, April 4, 1952. HB-15055-C, CHM, Hedrich-Blessing Collection
Two men unloading blood from Red Cross centers off a railcar, 1953. CHM, ICHi-038762

The Details



15 th

9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60614

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