Independence Day | Remember, Reconnect, and Represent
Tuesday, July 4
Presented in partnership with Made By Us, Civic Season is one way we roll out the welcome mat for the future inheritors of the United States, unleashing access to history for informed, inspired civic participation. Anchored by our newest and oldest federal holidays, the Civic Season event series mobilizes a movement to understand our past and shape our future.
Be a Connector and link with organizations advocating for a better Chicago, hear from local leaders, and leave your mark on the community mural. Enjoy crafts and games outside, hands-on history facilitated by Natalia Virafuentes, then tour Museum with a Civic Action @ CHM guide, followed by a special screening of the documentary Represent (2020) by Kartemquin Films.
All Civic Season events are FREE admission days for Illinois residents.
11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. – Program
Theme of “Remember, Reconnect, and Represent” featuring a keynote speech by Illinois Civics Hub director Mary Ellen Daneels with music from the Americana Concert Band and family-friendly festivities. Be sure to enjoy the Richard M. and Shirley H. Jaffee History Trail in full bloom!
12:00–4:30 p.m. – Museum Opens
Illinois residents get free admission today! Meet local groups advocating for a better Chicago, leave your mark on the community mural, tour the Museum with a Civic Action @ CHM guide, and watch the film Represent (2020).
East Plaza, Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, ILReserve Tickets