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Commemorative Day

Give a Toast to Chicago!

Wednesday, March 4

Toast to Chicago’s 183rd birthday at a FREE celebration that highlights the city’s rich heritage. Festivities include family-friendly activities, performances, and birthday sweets! Museum admission is free for Illinois residents on this day. RSVP appreciated.

The Museum’s first Giving Day is also on March 4 in honor of Chicago’s birthday. Give the perfect gift to Chicago and help envision what’s next in history.


Activities & Entertainment

  • Chicago 00  Delve into the newest virtual reality episode from CHM’s Chicago 00 Project! Chicago 00: 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition takes viewers on an immersive tour of the world’s fair known for its dazzling White City and eclectic Midway Plaisance. Experience Chicago’s past and present in 360° and fly 264 feet in the air on a virtual ride of the world’s first Ferris wheel. Advance sign up is now full; wait-list at the event.

  • Entertainment
    Smarty Pants Balloonist, 4:306:30 p.m.
    KUD Bosna Chicago, 4:455:30 p.m.
    Joel Paterson Group, 5:456:15 p.m.
    Son Monarcas, 6:307:00 p.m.

  • Pop-up Activities  Explore the meaning behind each star on the Chicago flag with staff in our exhibitions. Get hands-on with history through objects from our teaching collection.


This event is open to the public. Families are welcome.

*Cash bar available. Must be 21+ to purchase alcohol.



The Details



4 th

4:00–8:00 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories