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October 2018
Cemetery Tour, Tour
20
SOLD OUT! Art Deco Cemetery Tour

1:00 p.m.

On this walking tour with historian and cemetery expert Al Walavich, visit the more contemporary sections of Bohemian National Cemetery to see how unexpected styles such as Art Deco and mid-century modernism were used to commemorate and mourn the dead.
Tour, Walking Tour
20
Glitterati on the Gold Coast 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
20
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.
Educator Program
20
Chicago Legacies: The 1968 Democratic National Convention

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Created for educators, the Chicago Legacies workshop series draws on the Museum’s collection and share strategies to spark investigations with students about citizenship and the rights of people in the US.
Educator Program
20
History Fair Boot Camp

9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Led by Chicago Metro History Fair staff, this FREE workshop covers the process of teaching project-based historical inquiry from planning in your classroom to assessing the final product.
Tour, Walking Tour
21
Leopold and Loeb

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.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
21
SOLD OUT! After Hours at Bohemian National Cemetery

4:00 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.
L Tour, Tour
21
SOLD OUT! The Loop L

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Discover the stories of Chicago neighborhoods connected by the L.
Museum Tour
22
History Highlights Gallery Tour

1:30 p.m.

Led by a volunteer gallery interpreter, this 30-minute tour of our permanent exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America explores a specific aspect of Chicago’s history.
Tour, Walking Tour
23
SOLD OUT! 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.
Lecture
23
Chicago Muslim Project Listening Party

6:15 p.m.

Join the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) and the Museum’s Chicago Muslim Project to hear the stories of local American Muslims in this rough-cut listening party!
Educator Program
23
Teacher Tuesday

5:00–7:00 p.m.

Teachers, join us for an informal evening that offers the opportunity to explore the Museum, meet with education staff, experience classroom resources, and get help with field trip planning.
Members   |   Members
25
Members-Only Preview

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America with a discussion featuring senior curator Olivia Mahoney, live music, and inspired food and drink selections.
Special Event
26
Guild 70th Anniversary Gala Celebration

7:00 p.m.

The Guild of the Chicago History Museum invites you to join them for their 70th Anniversary Gala Celebration, which will commemorate seven decades in style that highlight and acknowledge their mission.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
27
Graceland Cemetery Tour

10:00 a.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.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
27
Graceland Cemetery Tour

1:00 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.
Tour, Walking Tour
28
Leopold and Loeb

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.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
28
Graceland Cemetery Tour

1:00 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.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
28
Graceland Cemetery Tour

10:00 a.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.
Tour, Walking Tour
30
SOLD OUT! 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
31
Graceland Cemetery Tour

1:00 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.
November 2018
Members   |   Members
01
Members-Only Annual Meeting

6:00–7:00 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.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
03
Art Deco Cemetery Tour

1:00 p.m.

On this walking tour with historian and cemetery expert Al Walavich, visit the more contemporary sections of Bohemian National Cemetery to see how unexpected styles such as Art Deco and mid-century modernism were used to commemorate and mourn the dead.
Bus Tour, Tour
03
Bus Tour: Chicago Crime History

1:00 p.m.

Award-winning Chicago author and historian Richard Lindberg leads this bus tour of famous and forgotten crime scenes north and northwest of downtown Chicago.
Educator Program
03
Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Designed for educators, this workshop includes gallery time in Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America and resources to incorporate design-thinking in the classroom.
Lecture
08
Urban History Seminar

5:45 p.m.

Pamela L. Bannos of Northwestern University will present "Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife."
Event
10
Family Design Day at CHM

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Inspired by our newest exhibition Modern by Design, join us for a day of creative expression that invites families to design, make, and share throughout the Museum. Explore the exhibition, go on an artifact hunt, and create your own mini Zephyr train. Test out and learn more about design principles at our maker cart.
Tour, Walking Tour
11
Sold Out! 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.
Museum Tour
12
History Highlights Gallery Tour

1:30 p.m.

Join one of our volunteer gallery interpreters for a 30-minute tour of our permanent exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America that focuses on a specific aspect of Chicago’s history.
Educator Program
15
History Fair Boot Camp

9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Led by Chicago Metro History Fair staff, this FREE workshop covers the process of teaching project-based historical inquiry from planning in your classroom to assessing the final product.
Fundraiser, Special Event
16
Presidents’ Circle Honors 2018 Celebrating Jason Wu

11:00 a.m.

Join the Costume Council as we present the second annual Presidents’ Circle Honors Award to noted designer Jason Wu.
Museum Tour
26
History Highlights Gallery Tour

1:30 p.m.

Join one of our volunteer gallery interpreters for a 30-minute tour of our permanent exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America that focuses on a specific aspect of Chicago’s history.
27
Modern by Design Film Talk | Creative Broadcast: Communication, Commercials, and Advertising

6:00 p.m.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Film Archives, this free film screening is followed by a discussion with Michael Golec of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
December 2018
Bus Tour, Tour
01
Bus Tour: Sacred Spaces

1:00 p.m.

This annual holiday favorite returns! Join Rolf Achilles, professor of historic preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and author of Stained Glass in Houses of Worship, to explore sanctuaries that communities have shaped and reshaped.
04
Modern by Design Film Talk | Form and Function: The Legacy of the Institute of Design

6:00 p.m.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Film Archives, this free film screening is followed by a discussion with Jan Tichy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Event
06
Blues & Sones: Crosscultural Concerts with Chicago’s Billy Branch and Sones de México

7:00 p.m.

Join us for a unique collaboration between the legendary Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues and the acclaimed Sones de México. In partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History and the National Museum of Mexican Art, these free concerts feature the Chicago blues sound combined with Mexican folk songs, including those from the Afro-Mexican traditions that continue to thrive in Chicago.
06
Last Speakeasy on the Eve of the Repeal 2018

7:00pm-11:00pm

Put on your best get-up and join us at our juice joint as we celebrate the 85th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition.
Event
07
Blues & Sones: Crosscultural Concerts with Chicago’s Billy Branch and Sones de México

7:00 p.m.

Join us for a unique collaboration between the legendary Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues and the acclaimed Sones de México. In partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History and the National Museum of Mexican Art, these free concerts feature the Chicago blues sound combined with Mexican folk songs, including those from the Afro-Mexican traditions that continue to thrive in Chicago.
Bus Tour, Tour
08
Devil in the White City Bus Tour

1:00–5:00 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.
Members   |   Members
15
Save The Date! 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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