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History Happy Hour

Raise a glass to history!

Tuesday, June 12

Sick of the same old after-work grind? Grab your friends and head on over for History Happy Hour! This quarterly series features two drinks on us, tours, talks, and activities highlighting our collection and exhibitions.

Dance your way through the Museum as we celebrate Chicago’s rich blues history. Chicago has been a “sweet home” for the blues since it was brought to the city by southern black migrants who reshaped Chicago throughout the 20th century. Explore the Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Amplified: Chicago Blues on 15-minute flash tours throughout the evening, and more!

Join us, raise a glass, and learn more about the city you love!

Live Entertainment and Drinks: 


Summertime and the Livin’s Easy
This mocktail is named after McCoy Tyner’s rendition of the jazz hit “Summertime” and is made with rosemary sprigs, peach nectar, white cranberry juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda water.

Honey Bee
Named after Muddy Waters blues song “Honey Bee”, this cocktail is made with Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and mint.

Closing Kingston Mines
Named after the famed Chicago late night blues bar. This cocktail is a simple twist on a Jack and Coke, to embody hanging in the blues bar late at night, nothing fancy. It is made with Jack Daniels Tennessee Whisky, Mexican Coke, cherry bitters, and garnished with brandied cherries.

Flash Tours and Activations: 

A City Guide to Chicago Blues, led by Julius Jones, digital content manager at the Chicago History Museum
6:45, 7:45 and 8:15 p.m.
Chicago: Crossroads of America
Discover the clubs and blues destinations in Chicago that you can currently visit, on this 15 minute-tour of the Museum’s original blues club in our permanent exhibition, Chicago: Crossroads of America.

Amplified: Chicago Blues Flash Tour, led by Trevor Cunnien, curatorial staff at the Chicago History Museum
6:45, 7:45 and 8:15 p.m.
Amplified: Chicago Blues
Experience the Museum’s newest exhibition and hear the music that electrified Chicago on this 15 minute artist-focused tour.

Research Center Unboxed: Chicago  Blues Archives
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Chicago: Crossroads of America
See Chicago Blues photographs, broadsides, magazines and more from the Museum’s archives. Explore this rarely seen collections material with Research Center staff.

Must be 21+ to purchase a ticket to History Happy Hour. Ticket includes two drinks, tours, and Museum admission.

*Cash bar available


John Littlejohn and others during performance, photographed for Arhoolie Records, Chicago, Illinois, November 1968.
B.B. King performing at the Trianon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, 1963.
John Coltrane performing at the Down Beat Jazz Music Festival, Chicago, Illinois, August 1965.

The Details



12 th

6:00–9:00 p.m.



$ 15

$10 Members

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