Notice

Please note, the Museum will be closed Weds. 2/20 for an all staff training day More

February 2019
Event
17
Day of Remembrance

2:00–4:00 p.m.

Each year, Chicago’s Japanese American community comes together to remember President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of some 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.
Commemorative Day, Event
18
Presidents’ Day

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Discover the lives behind the legends of the American presidency through music, crafts, and storytelling.
Members   |   Members
19
Forty Blocks Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a members-only screening of Forty Blocks: The East Garfield Park Oral History Project (2016), and a lively panel discussion.
Lecture
21
Urban History Seminar

5:45 p.m.

Join us for a scholarly presentation and lively discussion.
Museum Tour
25
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.
Event
26
History Happy Hour

6:00–9:00 p.m.

Sick of the same old after-work grind? Grab your friends and head on over for History Happy Hour! This series features two drinks on us, and activities highlighting our collection and exhibitions.
March 2019
Bus Tour
02
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.
Commemorative Day
04
Chicago’s 182nd Birthday

On March 4, 1837, Chicago was incorporated as a city. To celebrate this anniversary, Museum admission will be FREE to Illinois residents on this day!
Trolley Tour
10
Chicago Herstory

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Join CHM educator Megan Clark on a trolley tour to find out more about the famous, infamous, and little-known women of Chicago who left indelible marks on the city.
Tour, Walking Tour
10
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.
Educator Program
12
Teacher Tuesday

5:00–7:00 p.m.

Teachers, join us for an informal evening to explore the Museum, meet with education staff, experience classroom resources, and get help with field trip planning.
Members   |   Members
12
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: A Deeper Dive

6:00 p.m. - 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
14
Urban History Seminar

5:45 p.m.

Join us for a scholarly presentation and lively discussion.
Members   |   Members
19
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: A Deeper Dive

6:00 p.m. - 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.
Educator Program
23
Chicago Legacies: The 1919 Race Riots

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.
Bus Tour, Tour
23
Devil in the White City Bus Tour

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Inspired by Erik Larson’s best-selling book, go back to 1893 to follow the trails of Daniel Burnham and the devilish doings of H. H. Holmes.
Tour, Walking Tour
24
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.
OUT at CHM
27
OUT at CHM: How It’s Written

6:30 p.m.

Discover the storied history of Chicago’s LGBTQ communities with the Museum’s popular and proactive series.
Event
30
Blues Family Jam

9:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Explore Chicago’s musical legacy with a morning of creative activities and experiences designed for families.
Tour, Walking Tour
31
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.
April 2019
Fundraiser, Special Event
05
Sponsors of Style

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum invites you to become a Sponsor of Style for our latest exhibition, Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and ’40s.
Bus/Trolley
06
Civil War Bus Tour

1:00 p.m.

As Lincoln fought to preserve the Union, Chicagoans rallied to support him and the Northern effort. Visit locations significant to Chicago during the war with guide Kevin Naughton.
Members, Special Event   |   Members
06
Members’ Opening Weekend

9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Members receive exclusive access to our newest fashion exhibition during opening weekend!
L Tour, Tour
07
The Loop L Tour

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Enjoy an urban hike to discover the stories of Chicago neighborhoods connected by the L.
Trolley Tour
07
Chicago’s On Fire

1:00 p.m.

Follow the Great Chicago Fire’s path of destruction by trolley from the site of the O’Leary barn to the Near North Side.
Members, Special Event   |   Members
07
Members’ Opening Weekend

12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Members receive exclusive access to our newest fashion exhibition during opening weekend!
Lecture
11
Urban History Seminar

5:45 p.m.

Join us for a scholarly presentation and lively discussion.
Members   |   Members
12
New 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
13
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, Tour
13
Devil in the White City Bus Tour

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Inspired by Erik Larson’s best-selling book, go back to 1893 to follow the trails of Daniel Burnham and the devilish doings of H. H. Holmes.
Tour, Walking Tour
14
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.
Members   |   Members
16
New Member Orientation

6:00 p.m.

Mingle with fellow members and hear from Museum staff about the best ways to maximize your membership!
OUT at CHM
24
OUT at CHM: Out of This World

6:30 p.m.

Discover the storied history of Chicago’s LGBTQ communities with the Museum’s popular and proactive series.
Walking Tour
27
Bronzeville Walking Tour

2:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your walking shoes and explore them with us!
Running Tour, Tour
27
History Fun Run: Life & Style

9:45 a.m.

Get your heart pumping as you explore Chicago neighborhoods and landmarks. 
Cemetery Tour, Tour
28
Rosehill Cemetery East

1:00 p.m.

Featuring beautifully landscaped grounds and grand monuments, this walking tours led by historian Al Walavich reveals the history of the city’s growth and its diverse inhabitants.
L Tour, Tour
28
Brown Line | Above The City

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Enjoy an urban hike to discover the stories of Chicago neighborhoods connected by the L.
Educator Program
30
Teacher Tuesday

5:00–7:00 p.m.

Teachers, join us for an informal evening to explore the Museum, meet with education staff, experience classroom resources, and get help with field trip planning.
May 2019
Members, Special Event   |   Members
02
Special Members’ Celebration

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of our newest fashion exhibition in style. This event features curator-led talks, exhibition staff available to answer your questions, a live band, and food and drinks from the era. So blow your wig and get dizzy with us!
Educator Program
04
Chicago Legacies: Women’s Suffrage

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.
Tour, Walking Tour
04
Glitterati on the Gold Coast Walking Tour

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

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Bike Tour, Tour
04
Ride Like the Devil Bike Tour

9:45 a.m.

Pedal through the past with Greg Borzo, author of Where to Bike Chicago and Chicago’s Fabulous Fountains.
Cemetery Tour, Tour
05
Graceland Cemetery Tour

1:00 p.m.

Featuring beautifully landscaped grounds and grand monuments, these walking tours led by historian Al Walavich reveal the history of the city’s growth and its diverse inhabitants.
Members   |   Members
05
Members’ Double Discount Week

Members, take advantage of additional savings! Stop by the Museum Store for 20 percent off Chicago-themed gifts, Lincoln keepsakes, and more.
Lecture
09
Urban History Seminar

5:45 p.m.

Join us for a scholarly presentation and lively discussion.
Tour, Walking Tour
11
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
11
Glitterati on the Gold Coast Walking Tour

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

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and discover them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
11
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
11
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.
Boat Tour, Tour
17
Art Deco By Boat

7:00 p.m.

Sit back and take in the skyline at sunset as CHM’s John Russick narrates the history of art deco buildings along the river.
Tour, Walking Tour
18
Glitterati on the Gold Coast Walking Tour

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

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

2:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and explore them on foot!
Tour, Walking Tour
19
Leopold and Loeb

2:00 p.m.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and explore them on foot!
L Tour, Tour
19
Brown Line | Above The City

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Enjoy an urban hike to discover the stories of Chicago neighborhoods connected by the L.
June 2019
Members   |   Members
03
Members’ Open House

4:00-8:00 p.m.

Save the date!
OUT at CHM
12
OUT at CHM: Quiet as a Riot

6:30 p.m.

Save the date! Discover the storied history of Chicago’s LGBTQ communities with the Museum’s popular and proactive series.

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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