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October 2021
Bus Tour
24
SOLD OUT! Bus Tour | The Great Chicago Fire: Disaster and Recovery

2:30–4:30 p.m.

We've partnered with the Chicago Architecture Center on this bus tour that follows the Great Chicago Fire's path of destruction.
Bus Tour
24
SOLD OUT! Bus Tour | The Great Chicago Fire: Disaster and Recovery

12:00–2:00 p.m.

We've partnered with the Chicago Architecture Center on this bus tour that follows the Great Chicago Fire's path of destruction.
Event, Exhibition Program
28
History Happy Hour

6:00–9:00 p.m.

This Great Chicago Fire-themed History Happy Hour features smoldering activations and fiery conversations about the Great Chicago Fire and the resiliency of Chicagoans to recover and rebuild.
Educator Program
30
City on Fire Teacher Seminar Series

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Gain new insights and perspectives on the Great Chicago Fire. The series includes a walking tour of Old Town, a talk by CHM curator Julius L. Jones, and CHM educators Heidi Moisan and Megan Clark sharing gallery exploration tools, resources, and virtual options.
Event
31
Family Event | Scritch Scratch: A CHM Halloween

1:00–3:00 p.m.

Spend a spooky afternoon at CHM as author Lindsay Currie shares about her newest book, Scritch Scratch: A Ghost Story.
Bus Tour
31
SOLD OUT! Bus Tour | The Great Chicago Fire: Disaster and Recovery

2:30–4:30 p.m.

We've partnered with the Chicago Architecture Center on this bus tour that follows the Great Chicago Fire's path of destruction.
Bus Tour
31
SOLD OUT! Bus Tour | The Great Chicago Fire: Disaster and Recovery

12:00–2:00 p.m.

We've partnered with the Chicago Architecture Center on this bus tour that follows the Great Chicago Fire's path of destruction.
November 2021
Exhibition Program, Virtual Event
03
Virtual Author Talk | Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Join us as Liesl Olson of the Newberry Library moderates this free talk with Chicago historian Carl Smith, US historian Adam Green, and CHM curator Julius L. Jones.
Members   |   Members
04
Members’ Annual Meeting

6:00 p.m.

CHM members are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear from CHM president Donald Lassere.
Educator Program
06
City on Fire Teacher Seminar Series

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Gain new insights and perspectives on the Great Chicago Fire. This second session of our series features a talk by CHM curator Julius L. Jones.
Lecture, Virtual Event
06
Virtual Talk | A Combustible Society: Chicago’s Populations and The Great Chicago Fire

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Join us as Dominic Pacyga, professor emeritus of history at Columbia College Chicago, gives insight into the tensions in Chicago before and after the fire that led to subsequent social and economic movements.
Event
13
Family Event | Designing for Healthy Communities

12:00–2:00 p.m. 

Try your hand at designing with community in mind at this FREE workshop with Chicago Mobile Makers.
Bus Tour
13
Bus Tour | Exploring Chicago’s Union Stock Yard

1:00–3:00 p.m.

Delve into the Union Stock Yard’s industrial history, cultural heritage, and surrounding neighborhoods with Dominic Pacyga, professor emeritus of history at Columbia College Chicago.
Urban History Seminar, Virtual Event
18
Virtual Urban History Seminar

7:00–8:15 p.m.  

Julius L. Jones, CHM curator and PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, presents “Cultures of Aspiration: African Americans in Chicago, 1929 to 1960.”
Fundraiser, Virtual Event
18
Virtual Event | Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones

5:00–6:30 p.m. CT

Join us for a talk with renowned milliner Stephen Jones and Oriole Cullen, fashion and textiles curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Educator Program
20
City on Fire Teacher Seminar Series

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Gain new insights and perspectives on the Great Chicago Fire. At this final session, CHM educators Heidi Moisan and Megan Clark will introduce gallery exploration tools, classroom resources, and virtual options.
December 2021
Exhibition Program
02
Author Talk | Black Heroes of Fire: The History of the First African American Fire Company in Chicago – Fire Engine Company 21

7:00–8:30 p.m.

Join us for a conversation with Black Heroes of Fire author Dekalb Walcott Jr., CHM curator Julius L. Jones, Chicago Fire Dept. captain James Winbush (Ret.), and Dr. Christopher Reed, professor emeritus of history at Roosevelt University.
Members
04
Save the Date | Members’ Winter Party

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Get into the spirit of the season at our annual Members’ Winter Party! This event is fun for the whole family.
Event
18
Family Event | Fire in Boomtown

1:00–1:45 p.m.

Join musicians and storytellers Amy Lowe and Megan Wells-Shunk for a musical mix of commentary, theater, and history as they recount the story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
January 2022
Event
08
Family Event | Fire in Boomtown

1:00–1:45 p.m.

Join musicians and storytellers Amy Lowe and Megan Wells-Shunk for a musical mix of commentary, theater, and history as they recount the story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Educator Program
29
Save the Date | Virtual Teacher Book Club

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for more information. Sessions will be held via Zoom and use Basecamp in between for further conversation and resource sharing.
February 2022
Event
19
Family Event | Designing for Healthy Communities

12:00–2:00 p.m. 

Try your hand at designing with community in mind at this FREE workshop with Chicago Mobile Makers.
March 2022
Event
19
Family Event | Designing for Healthy Communities

12:00–2:00 p.m. 

Try your hand at designing with community in mind at this FREE workshop with Chicago Mobile Makers.
May 2022
Event
21
Family Event | Designing for Healthy Communities

12:00–2:00 p.m. 

Try your hand at designing with community in mind at this FREE workshop with Chicago Mobile Makers.
June 2022
Event
18
Family Event | Fire in Boomtown

1:00–1:45 p.m.

Join musicians and storytellers Amy Lowe and Megan Wells-Shunk for a musical mix of commentary, theater, and history as they recount the story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
July 2022
Event
23
Family Event | Fire in Boomtown

1:00–1:45 p.m.

Join musicians and storytellers Amy Lowe and Megan Wells-Shunk for a musical mix of commentary, theater, and history as they recount the story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

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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