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May 2018
Members   |   Members
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House History Workshop

6:00–7:00 p.m.

Curious about your home’s history? Want to learn more about your neighborhood? Join director of research and access Ellen Keith and research librarian Lesley Martin as they introduce you to the maps, historic photographs, planning documents, and other tools in our Research Center that will help you embark on your house history research.
Members
06
Members’ Double Discount Week

Join us for a week of fantastic discounts!
Members
12
Members
13
Members’ Lounge for ChicaGO24

9:00-11:00 a.m.

Join us for complimentary coffee and pastries!
Members   |   Members
22
House History Workshop

6:00–7:00 p.m.

Curious about your home’s history? Want to learn more about your neighborhood? Join director of research and access Ellen Keith and research librarian Lesley Martin as they introduce you to the maps, historic photographs, planning documents, and other tools in our Research Center that will help you embark on your house history research.
Members   |   Members
29
The 125th Anniversary Of The World’s Columbian Exposition: A Celebration

6:00 p.m.

Parlor music was immensely popular in the late 1800s, and it was no surprise that visitors to the 1893 world’s fair commemorated their trip with sheet music. Learn more about these melodic memories as they are performed live with commentary from Lake Forest College professor Donald Meyer, the lead on this Digital Chicago project.
July 2018
Members   |   Members
24
Chicago’s Blues, Jazz, and Folk Scene of the 1960s as Photographed by Raeburn Flerlage

6:30 p.m.

Delve into the vast history of blues, jazz, and, folk music in Chicago as seen in the photographs of Raeburn Flerlage.
September 2018
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.
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: Chicago Streamlines America, 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: Chicago Streamlines America, which features nearly 300 items, most from the Museum’s collection.
Members   |   Members
25
Members-Only Preview

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America with a discussion featuring senior curator Olivia Mahoney, live music, and inspired food and drink selections.
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.
December 2018
Members   |   Members
08
Members’ Double Discount Week

Chicago History Museum members receive 20 percent off at the Museum Store and North & Clark Café December 8-15.
Members   |   Members
15
Modern Members’ Holiday Party

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Get into the spirit of the season at our annual Members’ Holiday Party!
January 2019
Members   |   Members
01
Members’ Appreciation Month

All members will be able to bring two additional guests to the Museum for the entire month of January!
Members   |   Members
15
Members’ Mixer And Tour

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Mix and mingle with fellow members while enjoying light snacks and drinks in the North & Clark Café.
Members   |   Members
29
Cancelled-Members-Only Meet & Greet With Charles E. Bethea

6:00 p.m.

This program is cancelled due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled for a future date.
February 2019
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.
March 2019
Members   |   Members
12
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: A Deeper Dive SOLD OUT

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.
Members   |   Members
19
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: A Deeper Dive SOLD OUT

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.
April 2019
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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, Members
19
Slavery in Illinois: Slave Owners, Abolitionists, and the Underground Railroad

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Join us for this special program partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum, wherein we will discuss the history of slavery in Illinois with authors Darrel Dexter and Owen Muelder.
June 2019
Members   |   Members
03
Members’ Open House

4:00-8:00 p.m.

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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.

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