Open today 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

September 2017
Boat Tour, Tour
22
Boat Tour: Chicago Along The River

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely river cruise.
Tour, Walking Tour
23
Gold Coast Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your walking shoes and explore them with us!
Boat Tour, Tour
23
Boat Tour: Chicago Along The River

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely river cruise.
Boat Tour, Tour
24
Boat Tour: Chicago Along The River

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely river cruise.
Museum Tour
25
History Highlights

1:30 p.m.

Join our volunteer gallery interpreters for 30-minute tours of our permanent exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America that focus on specific aspects of the city’s history.
Lecture, Members
26
Creating 360° Immersive Tours of Sacred Spaces

6:00 p.m.

Discover how Chicago’s past architectural stories are being shared with today’s technology. Presented by Digital Chicago fellows from Lake Forest College, each talk delves into a range of topics including 360° photography of sacred spaces, family home design after WWII, and an urban archaeological dig.
Boat Tour, Tour
29
Boat Tour: Chicago Along The River

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely river cruise.
Bus Tour, Tour
30
Devil in the White City Bus Tour

1:00 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, Trolley Tour
30
Trolley Tour: Radicalism and Reaction

1:00 p.m.

As you travel the city by trolley, discover where, how, and why these radicals clashed with law enforcement.
Tour, Walking Tour
30
Gold Coast Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your walking shoes and explore them with us!
Tour, Walking Tour
30
Old Town Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your walking shoes and explore them with us!
History Fit Tours, Tour
30
History Fun Run: Life & Style

9:45 a.m.

These running and biking tours combine history and fitness to explore sites throughout the city. Get your heart pumping as you discover insights into Chicago neighborhoods and landmarks.
Boat Tour, Tour
30
Boat Tour: Chicago Along The River

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely river cruise.
October 2017
Boat Tour, Tour
01
Boat Tour: Chicago Along The River

3:00 p.m.

Learn about the growth and transformation of the city’s skyline on this leisurely river cruise.
Lecture, Members
03
Chicagoland Prize Homes

6:00 p.m.

Discover how Chicago’s past architectural stories are being shared with today’s technology. Presented by Digital Chicago fellows from Lake Forest College, each talk delves into a range of topics including 360° photography of sacred spaces, family home design after WWII, and an urban archaeological dig.
Event, Members
05
The Chicago History Museum & Shattered Globe Theatre present: A Performance and Discussion featuring President Abraham Lincoln

5:30 p.m.

Actors from the Shattered Globe Theater will perform a special excerpt from the play, The Heavens are Hung in Black, Pulitzer Prize nominee James Still’s personal interpretation of the fevered, emotional months between the death of Abraham Lincoln’s young son and the signing of The Emancipation Proclamation.
Tour, Walking Tour
07
Gold Coast Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your walking shoes and explore them with us!
L Tour, Tour
08
Brown Line | Above The City

1:00 p.m.

Discover the stories of Chicago neighborhoods connected by the L.
Museum Tour
09
History Highlights

1:30 p.m.

Join our volunteer gallery interpreters for 30-minute tours of our permanent exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America that focus on specific aspects of the city’s history.
Tour
10
Al Capone’s Beer Wars

6:00 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.
Lecture
12
Urban History Seminars

5:45 p.m.

Each seminar features a scholarly presentation and lively discussion. Reception with cash bar at 5:45 P.M. Dinner at 6:15 P.M. Presentation at 7:00 P.M. Reservations required.
Bus Tour, Tour
14
Prohibition Era Bus Tour

1:00 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
14
Sheffield Stroll

2:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your walking shoes and explore them with us!
L Tour, Tour
15
The Loop “L” Tour

1:00 p.m.

Discover the stories of Chicago neighborhoods connected by the L.
Tour, Walking Tour
17
Garden of the Dead

8:00 PM

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.
Event
17
History Happy Hour

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Raise a glass and learn more about the city you love!
Bus Tour, Tour
21
Devil in the White City Bus Tour

1:00 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
21
Old Town Walking Tour

10:00 a.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your walking shoes and explore them with us!
Event
21
The Annual Lincoln Colloquium

9:30 a.m.

The Chicago History Museum is hosting The Annual Lincoln Colloquium. The Lincoln Colloquium is a national conference at which Lincoln scholars from throughout the nation present historical insights concerning Abraham Lincoln.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
22
After Hours at Bohemian National Cemetery

4:00 p.m.

Join historian Al Walavich on these two-hour walking tours and discover significant figures from Chicago’s past
Tour, Walking Tour
22
Leopold and Loeb

2:00 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.
Museum Tour
23
History Highlights

1:30 p.m.

Join our volunteer gallery interpreters for 30-minute tours of our permanent exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America that focus on specific aspects of the city’s history.
Tour, Walking Tour
24
Garden of the Dead

8:00 PM

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.
Event, Fundraiser
25
Presidents’ Circle Honors 2017

11:00 a.m.

Join The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum as they present Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Co-founders of Marchesa, with the first ever Presidents’ Circle Honors.
Lecture, Members
26
Excavating the Charnley-Persky House: Archaeology of Chicago’s Gold Coast, 1880–1920

6:00 p.m.

Discover how Chicago’s past architectural stories are being shared with today’s technology. Presented by Digital Chicago fellows from Lake Forest College, each talk delves into a range of topics including 360° photography of sacred spaces, family home design after WWII, and an urban archaeological dig.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
28
Graceland Cemetery

10:00 a.m.

Join historian Al Walavich on these two-hour walking tours and discover significant figures from Chicago’s past.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
28
Graceland Cemetery

1:00 p.m.

Join historian Al Walavich on these two-hour walking tours and discover significant figures from Chicago’s past.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
29
Graceland Cemetery

10:00 a.m.

Join historian Al Walavich on these two-hour walking tours and discover significant figures from Chicago’s past.
Tour, Walking Tour
29
Leopold and Loeb

2:00 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.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
29
Graceland Cemetery

1:00 p.m.

Join historian Al Walavich on these two-hour walking tours and discover significant figures from Chicago’s past.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
31
Graceland Cemetery

1:00 p.m.

Join historian Al Walavich on these two-hour walking tours and discover significant figures from Chicago’s past.
November 2017
Bus Tour, Tour
04
Chicago Crimes of the Past

1:00 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.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
05
After Hours at Bohemian National Cemetery

4:00 p.m.

Join historian Al Walavich on these two-hour walking tours and discover significant figures from Chicago’s past.
Lecture
09
Urban History Seminars

5:45 p.m.

Each seminar features a scholarly presentation and lively discussion. Reception with cash bar at 5:45 P.M. Dinner at 6:15 P.M. Presentation at 7:00 P.M. Reservations required.
Museum Tour
13
History Highlights

1:30 p.m.

Join our volunteer gallery interpreters for 30-minute tours of our permanent exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America that focus on specific aspects of the city’s history.
Event
21
History Happy Hour

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Raise a glass and learn more about the city you love!
Museum Tour
27
History Highlights

1:30 p.m.

Join our volunteer gallery interpreters for 30-minute tours of our permanent exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America that focus on specific aspects of the city’s history.
December 2017
Special Event
01
The Last Speakeasy | On the Eve of the Repeal

6:30–11:00 p.m.

Put on your best get-up and join us at our juice joint as we celebrate the 84th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.
Bus Tour, Tour
02
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 some of Chicago’s most beautiful and nontraditional sacred spaces.

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
Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories

Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter!

Get updates on what’s happening at the Chicago History Museum from exhibitions and programs to special events and more.

What interests you most? Select all that apply.