During this year’s Civic Season at CHM, the Museum will serve as a space to help Chicagoans connect with their community, build new skills, and provide a roadmap to future community participation so we may all be more informed and engaged citizens. Activities include hands-on arts and crafts with local teaching artists, facilitator-led exploration of Designing for Change, musical performances, and more family-friendly fun.

Included with admission, which is FREE for Illinois residents on this day!


12:00–2:00 p.m.

10 Questions for Civic Love
Inspired by the National Public Housing Museum’s 36 Questions for Civic Love, our 10 Questions activity offers visitors the opportunity to respond to a roster of civics-themed questions and show support for responses from others.

Button Making
Buttons are a stylish way to show your support for issues you care about! Busy Beaver Button Co. will show you how to design your own civics-focused buttons to wear home.

12:00–3:00 p.m.

Connect with Community Partners

Civic Superheroes at CHM
Go on a self-guided exploration of CHM’s galleries to locate and learn more about Chicago’s past civic superheroes. A digital geolocational map accompanies this activity. Pick up your guide at the Ticketing Desk!

12:30–1:00 p.m.

Guided Exhibition Tour
Come along for a facilitator-led tour of our newest exhibition, Designing for Change: Chicago Protest Art of the 1960s-70s. Get a focused look at important Chicago examples of activist art in the exhibition.

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Musical Performance
Enjoy music by Sones de México Ensemble, the country’s premier folk music organization specializing in Mexican “son.”

12:30–3:00 p.m.

Printmaking with Purpose
Sit in on a printmaking session with teaching artist Jomo Cheatham and make your own to take home!

2:00–3:00 p.m.

Chicago in Action – Solidarity through Symbols
Join us for a conversation with long-time LGBTQIA+ activist Gary Chichester, featured in the Designing for Change: Chicago Protest Art of the 1960s-70s, and Gerber/Hart Library and Archives operations director Erin Bell as they talk with CHM senior manager of public & community engagement Gregory Storms about queer history, activism, and the impact of art and archives to amplify them both.

Fourth of July at the Chicago History Museum.
Chicago Gay Liberation movement march
Fourth of July at the Chicago History Museum.
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