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Chicago’s 180th Birthday

On March 4, 1837, Chicago was incorporated as a city. Join us as we celebrate the city’s 180th birthday with a day of four-star fun! Festivities include music, special remarks, and family-friendly storytelling and crafts. Following a commemorative ceremony, cake will be served and special certificates will be available for individuals born on March 4 (while supplies last).

Museum admission is FREE for Illinois residents on Commemorative Days! Special family-friendly activities and performances are designed to honor and celebrate significant moments and figures in history. No reservations needed; we look forward to seeing you.


10:00 a.m. | Storytelling for Kids
30-minute interactive performance by storyteller Gwen Hilary and musician Enoch Williamson. Designed for pre-K through grade 3

10:00 a.m. | Live Jazz
Mingle and enjoy preprogram music by the Tony Do Rosario Trio

11:00 a.m. | Birthday Ceremony**
Join us in Chicago Room South for the program, which includes:

  • Speeches by Mark Kelly, commissioner of Chicago DCASE; Russell Lewis, executive vice president and chief historian of the Chicago History Museum; Vincent Romero, Pueblo of Laguna and interim executive director of the American Indian Center of Chicago; and Peggy Montes, founder and president of the Bronzeville Children’s Museum and member of the Friends of DuSable board
  • A Native American drum song performance by Jordan Gurneau, St. Croix Chippewa Native Americans of Wisconsin, and Dave Spencer, Mississippi Choctaw and Diné Native American Nation
  • A reading by a student winner of the Friends of DuSable Essay Competition

Immediately after the program, lemonade and Eli’s Cheesecake will be available in Chicago Room North (while supplies last).

11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. | Kids’ Crafts
Celebrate Chicago’s diversity with a flag-making craft with artist Sue Romanelli

1:00 p.m. | Community Conversation
45-minute group conversation facilitated by storyteller Oba William King on what makes Chicago unique. Please note, space is limited to the first 30 participants

*Please note that event details are subject to change.
**Program includes American Sign Language interpreter.

Presented in collaboration with Chicago DCASE.


The Details



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10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60614

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