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August 2018
Boat Tour, Tour
19
Chicago History Cruise

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely rive cruise.
Boat Tour, Tour
24
Chicago History Cruise

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely rive cruise.
Bus Tour, Tour
25
Devil in the White City Bus Tour

1:00–5:00 p.m.

Come with us into the darker corners of Chicago history. Discover the stories of infamous crimes and criminals. Visit notorious sites, haunted locales, and the city’s cemeteries on these spine-tingling excursions.
Tour, Walking Tour
25
Glitterati on the Gold Coast Walking Tour

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

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your walking shoes and explore them with us!
Tour, Walking Tour
25
Historic Old Town Walking Tour

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

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your walking shoes and explore them with us!
Running Tour, Tour
25
History Fun Run: Life & Style

9:45 a.m.

Discover how the Gold Coast became one of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods and hear stories of early Chicago’s rich and famous residents. 
Trolley Tour
26
Chicago ’68 Trolley Tour – SOLD OUT

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Venture into the influential, eventful, and often turbulent decade that was the 1960s on this new tour.
Tour, Walking Tour
26
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.
Boat Tour, Tour
26
Chicago History Cruise

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely rive cruise.
Educator Program
29
History Fair Boot Camp

9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Led by Chicago Metro History Fair staff, this FREE one-day workshop covers the process of teaching project-based historical inquiry from planning in your classroom to assessing the final product.
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 rive cruise.
September 2018
Boat Tour, Tour
02
Chicago History Cruise

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely rive cruise.
Movies in the Park
04
The Blues Brothers on the Plaza

8:00 p.m.

End of summer got you feeling blue? Sing it out at CHM! Visit Amplified: Chicago Blues and stay for a screening of The Blues Brothers (1980) under the stars on the Museum’s plaza.
Walking Tour
08
Chicago’s Fabulous Fountains

9:30 am

These walking tours highlight the best of the city—the iconic venues and features that make Chicago history both fun and unique.
Tour, Walking Tour
08
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
08
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
08
Pilsen Murals Walking Tour

2:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot.
Tour, Walking Tour
09
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.
L Tour, Tour
09
Brown Line: Urban Hike

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Discover the stories of Chicago neighborhoods connected by the L.
Special Event
12
Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards

5:00–800 p.m.

Join the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum for the third annual Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards!
Bus Tour, Tour
15
Devil in the White City Bus Tour

1:00 p.m.–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.
Tour, Walking Tour
15
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.
Event, Members   |   Members
18
Film Screening | A City at War: Chicago

6:00 p.m.

Through personal reminiscences, declassified films, period stills, and a poster, A City at War: Chicago (2017) explores how a mutually beneficial relationship between FDR and Chicago’s powerful Democratic Mayor Ed Kelly helped to win World War II.
Fundraiser, Special Event
20
The 5th Annual Spark Awards Dinner Benefiting The Chicago Metro History Fair

6:00 p.m.

Since 2013, the Spark Awards have honored individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Chicago history, History Fair, and education.
Walking Tour
22
Playboy Walking Tour

10:30 a.m.

These walking tours highlight the best of the city—the iconic venues and features that make Chicago history both fun and unique.
Tour, Walking Tour
22
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.
Running Tour, Tour
22
History Fun Run: Life & Style

9:45 a.m.

Get your heart pumping as you explore Chicago neighborhoods and landmarks. 
Bike Tour, Tour
23
Chicago Fountains Bike Tour

9:30 a.m.

Get your heart pumping as you explore Chicago neighborhoods and landmarks.
Tour, Walking Tour
29
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
29
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
Pilsen Murals Walking Tour

2:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot.
Bus Tour
29
Chicago Blues Bus Tour

1:00 p.m.

Explore Bronzeville and the South Side to discover how the Delta blues came to Chicago during the Great Migration and evolved into its own distinct sound.
October 2018
Lecture, Members   |   Members
04
Members-Only Pre-Opening Lecture: Modern By Design

6:30 p.m.

Join senior curator Olivia Mahoney for a lecture on the Museum’s upcoming exhibition Modern by Design, which features nearly 300 items, most from the Museum’s collection.
Lecture, Members   |   Members
05
Members-Only Pre-Opening Lecture: Modern By Design

10:00 a.m.

Join senior curator Olivia Mahoney for a lecture on the Museum’s upcoming exhibition Modern by Design, which features nearly 300 items, most from the Museum’s collection.
L Tour, Tour
07
Brown Line: Urban Hike

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Discover the stories of Chicago neighborhoods connected by the L.
Event
16
History Happy Hour

6:00–9:00 p.m.

Raise a glass and learn more about the city you love!
Cemetery Tour, Tour
20
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.
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
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
The Loop L

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Discover the stories of Chicago neighborhoods connected by the L.
Tour, Walking Tour
23
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!
Members   |   Members
25
Members-Only Preview

6:00–800 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of Modern by Design with gallery tours, a discussion with senior curator Olivia Mahoney, a live swing band, and inspired cocktail and food selections.
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
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
Chicago Crime History

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.
06
Modern by Design Film Talk | Creative Broadcast: Communication, Commercials, and Advertising

6:00 p.m.

Advertising agencies such as Leo Burnett have been based in Chicago since the late 19th century. This program highlights the work of a few innovative firms and designers.
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
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 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.
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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