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October 2020
Virtual Event
20
Virtual Tour | Pilsen Murals

4:00 p.m.

Take a virtual walk with local guide Luis Tubens and discover the larger meaning behind the artwork in Chicago’s capital of Mexican cultures.
Members, Virtual Event
21
Virtual Tour | Operations & Oddities: Behind the Scenes at CHM

6:00 p.m.

What does it take to keep our lights on and the temperature regulated? Find out on this virtual tour with CHM director of properties Jay Yelen as he leads you into the building's nooks and crannies.
Virtual Event
24
Virtual Tour | Bronzeville: Origins of Black Activism in Chicago

1:00 p.m.

Join Dr. Christopher Reed, professor emeritus at Roosevelt University, to explore early Bronzeville places and spaces of political and civic activism.
Educator Program, Virtual Event
24
Virtual Teacher Book Club – Internment

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Designed for educators, this two-part book club includes classroom resources for two of our exhibitions and a meeting with Internment author Samira Ahmed.
Virtual Event
27
Virtual Tour | Devil in the White City

4:00 p.m.

Inspired by Erik Larson’s best-selling book, go back to 1893 with author and tour guide Paul Durica to follow the trails of Daniel Burnham and the devilish doings of H. H. Holmes.
Lecture, Urban History Seminar
29
Virtual Urban History Seminar

7:00 p.m.

Erik S. Gellman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presents “Urban Spaces and Democratic Protest in Postwar Chicago: Historicizing the Street Photography of Art Shay.”
Virtual Event
31
Virtual Event | Lovecraft Chicago: History, Horror, & Afrofutures

11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

The horror genre provides a unique entry point to explore deeply rooted fears and anxieties sparked by legacies of trauma and the creation of otherness. Explore HBO’s new series, Lovecraft Country, through a tour and roundtable talks with noted artists, scholars, and historians.
November 2020
Virtual Event
03
Virtual Tour | America’s First Planned Industrial Community

4:00 p.m.

Join CHM assistant curator Julius L. Jones on Zoom to explore the Pullman neighborhood, which was built specifically for the employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company.
Members, Virtual Event
05
Virtual Members’ Annual Meeting

6:00 p.m.

Join CHM president Gary T. Johnson for his final members’ annual meeting. The featured guest speaker this evening is award-winning author Carl S. Smith.
Virtual Event
07
Virtual Tour | Old Town: Art, Music, and Theater

3:00 p.m.

From postfire recovery to the hub of Chicago bohemianism in the 1960s and 1970s, Old Town reveals diverse stories about the city’s past.
Virtual Event
10
Virtual Tour | The Haymarket Affair

4:00 p.m.

Join author and historian Paul Durica on a virtual tour of places and spaces pertaining to labor relations, immigration, social protest, and the right to peaceful assembly in times of uncertainty and terror.
Virtual Event
10
Virtual Tour | Pilsen Murals

4:00 p.m.

Take a virtual walk with local guide Luis Tubens and discover the larger meaning behind the artwork in Chicago’s capital of Mexican cultures.
Virtual Event
14
Virtual Tour | Union Station

3:00 p.m.

Join guide Brian Boland to find out why Union Station was once called a “city within a city” and learn the hidden stories that go unseen by thousands each day.
Educator Program, Virtual Event
14
Virtual Teacher Book Club – Internment

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Designed for educators, this final session of the book club features a meeting with Internment author Samira Ahmed.
Virtual Event
17
CANCELED Virtual Tour | Bronzeville: The Black Chicago Renaissance

4:00 p.m.

Hear from Dr. Christopher Reed, professor emeritus at Roosevelt University, about the locations and working conditions that compelled literary and visual artists and musicians to create works of art that still resonate today.
Lecture, Urban History Seminar
19
Virtual Urban History Seminar

7:00 p.m.

Deborah Kanter of Albion College presents “Chicago Católico: Making/Unmaking Mexican Parishes.”
December 2020
Virtual Event
05
Virtual Tour | Chicago’s Prohibition Story

3:00 p.m.

Author and historian Paul Durica leads this virtual visit to Chicago of the 1920s and ’30s when Prohibition changed business, culture, and daily life.
Virtual Event
05
Chicago Metro History Fair Judge Mastery Workshop

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Looking for a virtual volunteering opportunity? If you're interested in learning more about Chicago history and helping students perfect their research and inquiry skills, we've got just the thing for you!
Members, Virtual Event   |   Members
05
Virtual Members’ Double Discount Days

CHM members and Historical Alliance get 20% off all purchases from the online Museum Store, December 5–12!
Educator Program, Virtual Event
08
Virtual Teacher Tuesday

5:00–6:30 p.m.

Designed for educators, this informal session focuses on a topic and teaching strategy. Become a historian in your own home using analysis and interpretive strategies with everyday objects!
Virtual Event
10
Virtual Talk | American Medina and Sanctuary

5:30 p.m.

Zahra Jamal of Rice University moderates a talk with Peter T. Alter, chief historian of the Chicago History Museum, and Michael Chagnon, curator at the Aga Khan Museum.
Virtual Event
12
Virtual Tour | Bronzeville: The Black Chicago Renaissance

1:00 p.m.

Hear from Dr. Christopher Reed, professor emeritus at Roosevelt University, about the locations and working conditions that compelled literary and visual artists and musicians to create works of art that still resonate today.
Virtual Event
12
Virtual Tour | Union Station

3:00 p.m.

Join guide Brian Boland to find out why Union Station was once called a “city within a city” and learn the hidden stories that go unseen by thousands each day.
Virtual Event
15
Virtual Tour | Old Town: Art, Music, and Theater

4:00 p.m.

From postfire recovery to the hub of Chicago bohemianism in the 1960s and 1970s, Old Town reveals diverse stories about the city’s past.
January 2021
Urban History Seminar, Virtual Event
14
Virtual Urban History Seminar

6:45–8:15 p.m.

Carl S. Smith of Northwestern University presents “The Elusiveness of History: Responding Again to the Great Chicago Fire.”
February 2021
Educator Program, Virtual Event
06
Virtual Teacher Workshop | Millions of Moments

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Designed for educators, participants will engage in interactive learning strategies to delve deeper into the history, context, and art of images from our Chicago Sun-Times photograph collection.
Members, Virtual Event
10
Read with an Expert | Unpacking “The Jungle” for the 21st Century

6:00–7:00 p.m.

CHM members and Historical Alliance are invited to join CHM chief historian Peter T. Alter for a close reading of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. Please RSVP by January 25.
Urban History Seminar, Virtual Event
18
Virtual Urban History Seminar

6:45–8:15 p.m.

Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago, presents “Revisioning Historic Preservation Chicago in the Twenty-First Century.”
Educator Program, Virtual Event
23
Virtual Teacher Tuesday

5:00–6:30 p.m.

At this informal session for educators, explore American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago to learn more about the experiences of the Chicago Muslim community and how they helped shape our city.

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