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Commemorative Day

Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 17

Discover the lives behind the legends of the American presidency through live music, family crafts, and storytelling for kids. Special events include a performance by the Chicago Brass Band as we honor the accomplishments of America’s presidents.

Museum admission is FREE for Illinois residents on commemorative days! Special family-friendly activities and performances are designed to honor and celebrate significant moments and figures in history. No RSVP needed. We look forward to seeing you!


10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kids’ Crafts
With artist Justin Ricks
All ages welcome
2nd floor, Elizabeth Morse Genius Room

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Pose with the Lincolns
Look for Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, portrayed by Kevin Wood and Debra Ann Miller, as they roam the Museum. Be sure to take a picture together!

10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Storytelling for Kids
30-minute performance by storyteller Gwen Hilary and musician Enoch Williamson
Designed for pre-K through 3rd grade
1st floor, Chicago Authored gallery

11:15 a.m.
The Lincoln Program
45-minute concert by the Chicago Brass Band’s Vintage Brass Ensemble
Recommended for 3rd grade and up
2nd floor, Elizabeth Morse Genius Room

12:15 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Live Folk Music
Two 30-minute performances by musicians Lenny Marsh and Richie Brandt, a perfect complement to lunch in the North & Clark Café
All ages welcome
1st floor, Chicago Authored gallery

12:30 p.m.
Kenwood Academy High School Choir
30-minute performance by students from Kenwood Academy
All ages welcome
2nd floor, Elizabeth Morse Genius Room

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Kids’ Face Painting
Created by artists Valery Lanotte and Ken Bielak
2nd floor, Elizabeth Morse Genius Room

1:30 p.m.
Bomba and Plena Afro-Puerto Rican Music and Dance
30-minute performance curated by Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, featuring lead singer Ivelisse Díaz of Bomba con Buya and Los Pleneros de Don Segundo. Developed by Puerto Rico’s African descendants in the 18th century, bomba is the island’s oldest surviving music and dance form. Plena, a variation of bomba, was born in the barrios of Ponce, Puerto Rico, in the 20th century and is often performed at carnivals and public demonstrations.
All ages welcome
2nd floor, Elizabeth Morse Genius Room

2:30 p.m.
Harriet Tubman
20-minute performance exploring the life and work of this remarkable American, portrayed by actress Cynthia Maddox
Recommended for 3rd grade and up
2nd floor, Elizabeth Morse Genius Room

*Please note: All event details are subject to change. Seating for performances is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Museum doors open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m.

The Details



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10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum 

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories