On Tuesday, October 24th the Museum will have no public late hours due to a private event. More


The Last Speakeasy

Put on your best get-up and join us at our juice joint as we celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. Grab some giggle water, test your luck at the tables, or stretch your stilts on the dance floor all night long, or until the feds find us.

The evening’s events include:

Schooled in Scofflaw

Author Richard Lindberg has made a career writing about Chicago’s notorious netherworld. Return to the scene of the crime as he tells the tales of gangsters, assassins, and infamous places. Take a sip of history as John Russick, CHM’s vice president for Interpretation and Education, explores the tumultuous trail to Prohibition.

Jake Jams

Get ready to Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Foxtrot to the tunes of the 1930s as you listen to the swinging sounds of the Prohibition Orchestra’s big band.

Jump on the Jitney

Discover Chicago ingenuity by hopping on a one-of-a-kind whiskey barrel bus, courtesy of The Barrel Run, and learn about its creation from CEO David Baker.

Visit our Picture Palace

Stretch your stilts and settle in with the stars of the silver screen.

Ante Up

Save your sawbucks and test your luck at one of our free novelty gambling tables.

Grab Some Giggle Water

Belly up to the bar for Templeton Rye cocktails crafted by Chicago’s finest mixologists.

Sitting Pretty

Stop by Magbooth for your very own mugshot.

Check out for more info!

The Details



1 st

7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.



$ 100


Event Location

Chicago History Museum 


The Last Speakeasy Admission





Rub shoulders with the bigwigs and gain early access to our juice joint as a VIP. Enjoy exclusive tours of Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier led by curator of costume Petra Slinkard, a private bar serving up creative cocktails courtesy of Templeton Rye, separate gaming tables and jazz-age hits with a modern twist by Gold Noise DJs. Don’t think we forgot about the grub! Spiaggia Restaurant’s James Beard award-winning chef Tony Mantuano will be at the helm of an interactive chef’s table of crudo and charcuterie. To wet your whistle, Spiaggia’s beverage director and Food & Wine 2016’s “Sommelier of the Year” Rachel Lowe will be pouring perfect wine pairings.

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