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Commemorative Day

Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 19 — Monday, February 19

Discover the lives behind the legends of the American presidency through music, crafts, and storytelling. Highlights include a performance by the Chicago Brass Band and a production of Meeting the Lincolns by With Lincoln Productions.

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 Sue Romanelli
All ages welcome
1st floor, Crown Family Room South

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pose with the Lincolns
Look for Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln 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 grades 3 and up
2nd floor, Elizabeth Morse Room

12:30 p.m.
Live Folk Music
45-minute performance 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

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Kids’ Face Painting
Created by artists Valery Lanotte and Ken Bielak
1st floor, Crown Family Room South

2:00 p.m.
Meeting the Lincolns
30-minute performance by With Lincoln Productions
Designed for grades 3 and up
Q&A to follow
2nd floor, Elizabeth Morse Genius Room

*Event details are subject to change. Seating for performances is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Details



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10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Event Location

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