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August 2019
Boat Tour, Tour
23
Chicago History Cruise

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely river cruise.
Tour, Walking Tour
24
Haymarket Walking Tour

2:00 p.m.

Join guide Paul Durica as he leads this tour of Haymarket sites, which still have a lot to say about how to preserve free speech and the right to peacefully assemble.
Tour, Walking Tour
24
Historic Old Town Walking Tour

10:00 am.-12:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
24
Glitterati on the Gold Coast Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Tour, Trolley Tour
25
Hot Dog History Trolley Tour

2:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Join writer Bill Savage on this multistop exploration of hot dogs as an expression of the history of a city of immigrants and their street food cultures.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
25
Graceland Cemetery Tour

1:00 p.m.

Featuring beautifully landscaped grounds and grand monuments, these walking tours led by historian Al Walavich reveal the history of the city’s growth and its diverse inhabitants.
Boat Tour, Tour
25
Chicago History Cruise

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely river cruise.
Boat Tour, Tour
30
Chicago History Cruise

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely river cruise.
Boat Tour, Tour
31
Chicago History Cruise

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely river cruise.
September 2019
Boat Tour, Tour
01
Chicago History Cruise

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely river cruise.
Movies in the Park
05
Movies In The Park: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

We’re hosting another season of Movies in the Park! Get settled on the Museum’s plaza in Lincoln Park with your chairs and blankets and enjoy these free films.
L Tour, Tour
08
Brown Line | Above The City

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Enjoy an urban hike to discover the stories of Chicago neighborhoods connected by the L.
Members   |   Members
10
Members’ Pub Crawl

6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Join CHM assistant curator Julius L. Jones as he leads this walking tour of the neighborhood’s oldest taverns and bars.
Tour, Walking Tour
14
Glitterati on the Gold Coast Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
14
Historic Old Town Walking Tour

10:00 am.-12:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Special Event
17
Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards

6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Join the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum for the third annual Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards!
Event
17
Your Story, Our Story

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Join CHM educator Megan Clark and assistant curator Julius L. Jones to discover stories of immigration, migration, and cultural identity through Your Story, Our Story, an online platform created by the Tenement Museum in NYC.
Lecture
19
Urban History Seminar

5:45 p.m.

D. Bradford Hunt of the Newberry Library and Christopher Robert Reed of Roosevelt University will present "Confronting Chicago’s 1919 Race Riot: Remembering in Black and Red."
Bus Tour, Tour
21
Devil in the White City Bus Tour

1:00 p.m.

Inspired by Erik Larson’s best-selling book, go back to 1893 to follow the trails of Daniel Burnham and the devilish doings of H. H. Holmes.
Tour, Walking Tour
21
Glitterati on the Gold Coast Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
21
Pilsen Murals Walking Tour

2:00 p.m.

Chicago is an ever-evolving city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and explore them on foot!
L Tour, Tour
22
The Loop L Tour

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Enjoy an urban hike to discover the stories of Chicago neighborhoods connected by the L.
Members   |   Members
24
Member Orientation

6:00 p.m.

Mingle with fellow members and hear from Museum staff about the best ways to maximize your membership!
Members   |   Members
27
Member Orientation

11:00 a.m.

Mingle with fellow members and hear from Museum staff about the best ways to maximize your membership!
Tour, Walking Tour
28
Glitterati on the Gold Coast Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
28
Historic Old Town Walking Tour

10:00 am.-12:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
29
Union Station Walking Tour

1:00 p.m.

These walking tours highlight the best of the city—the iconic venues and features that make Chicago history both fun and unique.
October 2019
Tour, Walking Tour
01
Garden of the Dead

8:00 PM

Do you dare venture into the darker corners of Chicago history? Join us on these spine-tingling excursions to discover the stories of infamous crimes and criminals, visit notorious sites and haunted locales, and walk the city’s cemeteries.
Bus Tour, Tour
05
Chicago’s on Fire

1:00 p.m.

Follow the Great Chicago Fire's path of destruction on a bus tour.
Tour, Walking Tour
05
Pilsen Murals Walking Tour

2:00 p.m.

Chicago is an ever-evolving city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and explore them on foot!
Cemetery Tour, Tour
06
Rosehill Cemetery West

1:00 p.m.

Explore the west side of Rosehill Cemetery, home to the first communal mausoleum in the region.
Tour, Walking Tour
12
Glitterati on the Gold Coast Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
13
Leopold and Loeb Walking Tour

2:00 p.m.

Do you dare venture into the darker corners of Chicago history? Join us on these spine-tingling excursions to discover the stories of infamous crimes and criminals, visit notorious sites and haunted locales, and walk the city’s cemeteries.
Event
15
Policing Racial Violence: 1919 and Beyond

7:00–8:30 p.m.

Join Robin Robinson, special adviser for community affairs at the Chicago Police Department, and Simon Balto, assistant professor of history at the University of Iowa, for a talk about law enforcement and the nature of racial violence from 1919 to the present.
Lecture
17
Urban History Seminar

5:45 p.m.

James Barrett of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presents “Wade-in-Rainbow Beach: Contested Integration along Chicago’s Lakefront, 1960–61.”
Members   |   Members
19
Members’ Opening Weekend of American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago

9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Members get priority access to our new exhibition featuring oral histories collected from Chicago’s Muslim community. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity!
Members   |   Members
20
Members’ Opening Weekend of American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Members get priority access to our new exhibition featuring oral histories collected from Chicago’s Muslim community. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity!
L Tour, Tour
20
Brown Line | Above The City

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Enjoy an urban hike to discover the stories of Chicago neighborhoods connected by the L.
Tour, Walking Tour
22
Garden of the Dead

8:00 PM

Do you dare venture into the darker corners of Chicago history? Join us on these spine-tingling excursions to discover the stories of infamous crimes and criminals, visit notorious sites and haunted locales, and walk the city’s cemeteries.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
26
Graceland Cemetery Tour

1:00 p.m.

Featuring beautifully landscaped grounds and grand monuments, these walking tours led by historian Al Walavich reveal the history of the city’s growth and its diverse inhabitants.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
27
Graceland Cemetery Tour

10:00 a.m.

Featuring beautifully landscaped grounds and grand monuments, these walking tours led by historian Al Walavich reveal the history of the city’s growth and its diverse inhabitants.
Tour, Walking Tour
27
Union Station Walking Tour

1:00 p.m.

These walking tours highlight the best of the city—the iconic venues and features that make Chicago history both fun and unique.
Event
29
History Happy Hour

6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Explore the Museum and learn about the city you love! Enjoy two drinks on us, live music, gallery talks, and activities highlighting our collection and exhibitions.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
31
Graceland Cemetery Tour

1:00 p.m.

Featuring beautifully landscaped grounds and grand monuments, these walking tours led by historian Al Walavich reveal the history of the city’s growth and its diverse inhabitants.
November 2019
Event
02
Family Day

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Inspired by American Medina, join us for activities that invite families to explore together. Live music, crafts, and a photo booth make this a day to remember!
Tour, Walking Tour
03
Union Station Walking Tour

1:00 p.m.

These walking tours highlight the best of the city—the iconic venues and features that make Chicago history both fun and unique.
Members   |   Members
07
Members’ Annual Meeting

5:30–7:00 p.m.

The Members’ Annual Meeting has been a Museum tradition for more than 100 years! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear from president Gary T. Johnson as he presents on the Museum’s recent exhibitions, programs, and upcoming projects.
Members   |   Members
13
Members’ Celebration of American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Learn about the development of American Medina, which began as an oral history project, from its curator, Peter T. Alter. The celebration will include live music, food, drinks, and staff available in the exhibition to answer your questions.
Lecture
14
Urban History Seminar

5:45 p.m.

Joshua Specht of Monash University presents "You Destroy the Rule of Supply & Demand: Power and Profits in Chicago’s Cattle Market."
Members   |   Members
15
Members’ Bus Tour

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

Join Peter T. Alter, CHM chief historian and director of the Studs Terkel Center of Oral History, for a members-only tour of American Medina, then travel by bus to the Sabeel Center in Des Plaines, Illinois, for a tour of America-to-Zanzibar: Exhibit of Muslim Cultures with its director, K. Rizwan Kadir.
Educator Program
16
Educator Workshop: American Medina

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Led by CHM educators Heidi Moisan and Megan Clark, this workshop for history and social studies teachers features teaching strategies and resource materials on countering anti-Muslim racism.
Tour, Walking Tour
17
Union Station Walking Tour

1:00 p.m.

These walking tours highlight the best of the city—the iconic venues and features that make Chicago history both fun and unique.
December 2019
Members   |   Members
07
Members’ Holiday Party

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Get into the spirit of the season at our annual Members’ Holiday Party!

Host An Event

Create historic moments.

Sip cocktails next to one of Chicago’s first “L” cars. Dance the night away against a backdrop of Lincoln Park’s lush gardens. Celebrate your life-changing moments in a place dedicated to embracing memories.

Host An Event
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