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April 2020
Tour, Walking Tour
05
Union Station Walking Tour

1:00 p.m.

Take a closer look at one of America's last great railway terminals on a walking tour that highlights this iconic Chicago locale.
Lecture
05
Rescheduled: A Talk with Chicago’s Pioneering African American Photographers

2:00–4:00 p.m.

Hear from those who saw and captured it firsthand in a talk featuring legendary African American photojournalists Bob Black and Howard Simmons of the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as Pulitzer Prize–winning photographers Ovie Carter of the Chicago Tribune and John H. White of the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times.
Bus Tour, Tour
11
Devil in the White City Bus Tour

1:00 p.m.

Inspired by Erik Larson’s best-selling book, go back to 1893 historian Al Walavich to follow the trails of Daniel Burnham and the devilish doings of H. H. Holmes.
L Tour, Tour
12
Brown Line L Tour: From Bustle to Bungalows

1:00 p.m.

Enjoy an urban hike and discover the stories of Chicago's neighborhoods and historic architecture connected by the Brown Line.
Lecture
16
Urban History Seminar

5:45 p.m.

Colin Gordon of the University of Iowa presents “Citizen Brown: Race, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs."
Tour, Walking Tour
18
Historic Old Town Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
18
Pilsen Murals Walking Tour

2:00 p.m.

Walk through Pilsen with local guide Luis Tubens and get the larger meaning behind the artwork in Chicago’s capital of Mexican cultures.
OUT at CHM
21
OUT at CHM | Chicago LGBTQ Activism: Back to the Future

6:00–9:00 p.m.

This year's OUT at CHM series kicks off with a screening of Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist, an award-winning documentary about the life of Daniel Sotomayor, followed by a panel discussion.
Members   |   Members
24
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
25
Strolling through Sheffield in Lincoln Park

2:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and explore them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
25
Glitterati on the Gold Coast Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
26
Union Station Walking Tour

1:00 p.m.

Take a closer look at one of America's last great railway terminals on a walking tour that highlights this iconic Chicago locale.
L Tour, Tour
26
The Loop L Tour

1:00 p.m.

Discover the stories of Chicago's central business district on this tour with Greg Borzo, author of The Chicago “L."
Cemetery Tour, Tour
26
Rosehill Cemetery East Walking Tour

1:00 p.m.

Enjoy an architectural journey led by historian Al Walavich through the Victorian-era section of one of the city's most notable cemeteries.
Educator Program
28
SOLD OUT! Teacher Tuesday: Migration and Immigration

5:00–7:00 p.m.

At this informal session for educators, get a preview of a new student gallery experience that explores Chicago’s migration and immigration history.
Members   |   Members
28
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: A Deeper Dive: SOLD OUT!

6:00–7:00 p.m.

Join director of research and access Ellen Keith and reference librarian Lesley Martin in the Research Center, where we’ll use Sanborn Fire Insurance maps to take a virtual walk through the past.
May 2020
Tour, Walking Tour
02
Historic Old Town Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
02
Glitterati on the Gold Coast Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Fundraiser, Special Event
03
Save the Date! SPARK Awards Reception Benefiting The Chicago Metro History Fair

Since 2013, the Spark Awards have honored individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Chicago history, History Fair, and education.
Members   |   Members
04
Members’ Double Discount Week

Members, take advantage of additional savings at the Museum Store and North & Clark Café from May 4 to 11!
Members   |   Members
05
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: A Deeper Dive: SOLD OUT!

6:00–7:00 p.m.

Join director of research and access Ellen Keith and reference librarian Lesley Martin in the Research Center, where we’ll use Sanborn Fire Insurance maps to take a virtual walk through the past.
Lecture
07
Urban History Seminar

5:30 p.m.

Lilia Fernández of Rutgers University presents "Laboring in the Industrial Chicago: Latino Workers in the Age of Manufacturing Flight."
Bus Tour, Tour
09
Devil in the White City Bus Tour

1:00 p.m.

Inspired by Erik Larson’s best-selling book, go back to 1893 with historian Al Walavich to follow the trails of Daniel Burnham and the devilish doings of H. H. Holmes.
Tour, Walking Tour
09
Pilsen Murals Walking Tour

2:00 p.m.

Walk through Pilsen with local guide Luis Tubens and get the larger meaning behind the artwork in Chicago’s capital of Mexican cultures.
L Tour, Tour
10
Brown Line L Tour: From Bustle to Bungalows

1:00 p.m.

Enjoy an urban hike and discover the stories of Chicago's neighborhoods and historic architecture connected by the Brown Line.
Tour, Walking Tour
16
Glitterati on the Gold Coast Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
17
Dark Side of the Near North Side Walking Tour

2:00 p.m.

Delve into the darker history of Chicago's affluent Gold Coast neighborhood in this walking tour with neighborhood resident and guide Scottie Perry.
Members   |   Members
26
Member Orientation

6:00 p.m.

Mingle with fellow members and hear from Museum staff about the best ways to maximize your membership!
Bike Tour, Tour
30
Ride Like the Devil Bike Tour

9:45 a.m.

Cycle your way back to 1893 and pedal past sites related to the world's fair with Greg Borzo, author of Where to Bike Chicago and Chicago’s Fabulous Fountains.
Running Tour, Tour
30
History Fun Run: Life & Style

9:45 a.m.

Get your heart pumping as you explore the Gold Coast neighborhood and hear the stories of early Chicago's rich and famous. 
Tour, Walking Tour
30
Bronzeville Walking Tour

2:00 p.m.

Join guide Bernard Turner on this tour of Bronzeville, which became the center of African American culture from the 1920s through the 1950s.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
31
Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour

1:00 p.m.

Discover the remarkable stories of the Chicago elite buried in this famous cemetery on a walking tour led by historian Al Walavich.
June 2020
Members   |   Members
03
Members’ Open House

4:00–8:00 p.m.

Join us for this annual exploration of the Museum and go behind the scenes with curators, researchers, and staff.

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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