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History Happy Hour

Raise a glass to history!

Tuesday, October 16

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, and activities highlighting our collection and exhibitions.

This Halloween themed History Happy Hour welcomes spooky activations that explore the dark side of Chicago’s history.

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


  • Specialty Cocktails provided by El Jimador Tequila
    • el Jimador Margarita
    • el Jimador Paloma


  • Please join el Jimador Tequila in celebrating the Dia de los Muertos season with live skull painting throughout the Museum by some of Chicago’s premiere artists.
  • Live music provided by Lakeside Pride Wilde Cabaret & DJ Lunatik.


Listen Live: Haunted Chicago Flash Tours
Plug in your headphones and fire up your smartphone device as Museum historians and staff lead you through a frightful tour of the Museum’s exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America. Listen to tales of ghostly lore and hear scary moments from Chicago’s history broadcast LIVE from the exhibition, one night only.

Eerie Archives
Murder, mayhem, and crime have been a part of life in Illinois, and particularly Chicago since its founding. From frontier justice and the car barn bandit murders to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and Leopold & Loeb’s “crime of the century,” explore the darker side of our state’s history with a selection of rarely seen materials from the Museum’s archives. Archivists and Research Center Staff will be on hand to share their insights into these collections at display stations on the second floor in the Elizabeth Morse Genius Chicago Room.

Creepy Collections
Discover the frightening histories behind otherworldly and mysterious objects in the Museum’s collection pulled from the archives for one night only.

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

*Cash bar available


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16 th

6:00–9:00 p.m.



$ 15

$10 Members

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

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