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In-person Event | Members’ Open House, Day 1

Wednesday, May 25

The CHM Members’ Open House provides members and Historical Alliance with exclusive access to Museum collections and staff. It’s a great opportunity to hear about all of the Museum’s upcoming projects, exhibitions, and programs. This year’s highlights include tours of Museum stacks, an exclusive look at the newly renovated Russell L. Lewis Jr. Research Collections Facility, special neighborhood-related materials on display in the Abakanowicz Research Center, and much more. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes!

Information on tour times and sign-ups will be included in an email to all registrants during the week of the event.

Wednesday, May 25 is being offered as an in-person Members’ Open House, and Thursday, May 26 will be the Virtual Members’ Open House. If you plan to attend both days, please be sure to register for both.

This event is FREE for CHM members and Historical Alliance.

Questions? Members and Historical Alliance should contact Justina Doyle, member relations manager, at [email protected]




Tours of the Russell L. Lewis Jr. Research Collections Facility* 

We encourage you to take this tour first if you arrive at the Museum early. Take the elevator down to B (basement) and follow the signs to the facility entrance. *Masks are requested in this space. 

This tour is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 6 people at a time due to staff capacity.  

  • The newly renovated collections facility is home to the Museum’s special collections materials, a selection of which will be on display.  



Chicago Metro History Day Documentaries  

  • Stop by the Robert R. McCormick Theater and view documentaries created by Chicago Metro History Day students. Documentary topics will be announced shortly. 

The Story of the Chicago Sun-Times Photography Collection Acquisition   

Meet in Millions of Moments: The Chicago Sun-Times Photo Collection 

  • Join senior vice president John Russick as he explains the process for the largest photography acquisition in CHM’s history.  

Visit the North & Clark Café 

  • The Café will be open from 4:008:00 p.m. with full menu service. It’s Members’ Double Discount week, so all members and Historical Alliance can enjoy 20% off! 

Visit the Museum Store 

  • Find the perfect Chicago-themed goodies, beautiful jewelry, and more. Members and Historical Alliance enjoy 20% off during Members’ Double Discount Week!   



View Our Feature Exhibitions  

Exhibition Fabrication in the Wood Shop and Paint Shop 

Meet in the back left corner of Treasured Ten: Selections from the Costume Collection 

  • Production supervisor Esau McGhee and lead preparator Joseph Culligan answers your questions about the tools and techniques used in the wood and paint shops as exhibitions are created.  



Abakanowicz Research Center  

  • Meet Ellen Keith, director of Research and Access and chief librarian, and see research collections related to Chicago neighborhoods, such as photographs, Sanborn fire insurance maps, and other material related to Chicago’s 77 official community areas.  

Stacks Tours* 

Meet in the Abakanowicz Research Center. *Must obtain a timed ticket at registration, while supplies last. Link to be added. Tours run every 30 minutes starting at 4:00 p.m. Tour capacity is limited to 6 guests at a time and includes stairs. 

  • Get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at our stacks—which includes books dating back to the 1600s—with technical services librarian Elizabeth McKinley. 

Exhibition Graphic Design in the Exhibition Work Room  

  • Meet graphic designer Mark Ramirez and take a look at design plans from past exhibitions.  

The President’s Office  

  • Museum president & CEO Donald Lassere hosts a visit to his historical office, a replica of a room in the old US Capitol building. 

Photo Lab Demonstration: Rapid Capture Photography 

  • Join staff photographer and imaging specialist Timothy Paton Jr. and rights and reproductions coordinator Colleen Layton as they demonstrate the lighting and technical elements of rapid capture photography of the Museum’s collection. 

As of March 1, 2022, Chicago History Museum visitors are not required to show proof of vaccination. While masks are recommended and appreciated, they are no longer required. Learn more about the Museum’s safety policies and procedures.

The Details



25 th

4:00–8:00 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

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