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Chicago’s Birthday

Sunday, March 4 — Saturday, March 3

On March 4, 1837, Chicago was incorporated as a city. Join us as we celebrate the city’s birthday with a day of four-star fun! Festivities include family-friendly activities, as well as Eli’s Cheesecake and special certificates 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 RSVP needed. We look forward to seeing you!


Birthday Ceremony, 1:00 p.m. 

  • Brief remarks by Russell Lewis, executive vice president and chief historian of the Chicago History Museum, and Peggy Montes, founder and president of the Bronzeville Children’s Museum and member of the Friends of DuSable board.
  • A reading by a student winner of the Friends of DuSable Essay Competition
  • Serenade the city with “Happy Birthday”!

 Immediately after the program, cake will be available in the Elizabeth Morse Genius Room (while supplies last).

Activities, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Kids’ Crafts
Make your own birthday hat with artist Sue Romanelli
2nd floor, Jo Baskin Minow Balcony Gallery

Be sure to catch magician Benjamin Barnes as he strolls through the Museum performing  the most mind-boggling tricks!

“Chicago is…”
Finish this sentence and add your link to our “Chicagoans Connect” chain
2nd floor, Sanger P. Robinson Gallery

Live Folk Music
A Chicago-inspired performance by musicians Lenny Marsh and Richie Brandt
2nd floor, Morse Genius Chicago Room

Share a birthday with the city? Be sure to pick up your special certificate in the Morse Genius Chicago Room while supplies last!

*All event details, include times and locations, are subject to change.

The Details



4 th

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Event Location

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