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History Happy Hour

Raise a glass to history!

Tuesday, January 23 — Tuesday, January 23

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.

Warm up this January with tales from the Great Chicago Fire. Discover how Chicago was rebuilt from the ashes to become The Second City and hear how Mrs. O’Leary and her cow Daisy became an overnight legend. We’re setting the evening ablaze with themed activities and 15-minute flash tours of gallery spaces. Enjoy Maker’s Mark and EFFEN Vodka drinks from this month’s beverage partner, Beam Suntory.

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

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


Chicago Fire Flash Tour: 2nd Floor Lobby
6:15, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m.
One of the worst urban disasters in American history, the Great Fire left Chicago in ruins. Revisit Chicago in 1871 and hear how a wooden city was overtaken by flames.

The Second City Flash Tour: 2nd Floor Lobby
6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.
In the wake of the Great Chicago Fire, local authorities quickly restored order. Traditionally understood as the turning point of Chicago’s early history, the Great Fire cemented the reputation of the rising metropolis as a place of opportunity, renewal, and future promise. Discover how Chicago was rebuilt from the ashes – seemingly overnight.

Chicago Fire Activity Cart: 2nd Floor, Chicago: Crossroads Of America
6– 7:30 p.m.
Trace the path of the Great Chicago Fire on a life-size map depicting the Burnt District in Chicago.

Chicago Fire Scavenger Hunt: 1st Floor, Membership Table
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Explore the history of the Great Chicago Fire throughout the Museum’s exhibitions. See how many Chicago Fire related questions you can answer. Get them all right and enter for a chance to win a prize. Happy hunting! *Winners will be drawn at 8:30 p.m.


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6:00–9:00 p.m.



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