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Your Support Matters

The annual fund gives vital support where it is needed most—enhancing public programming, preserving our collection, making our historical resources accessible to all, and educating the next generation of civic leaders.

We welcome gifts of any amount. All donations are 100% tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law and include a subscription to our supporters e-news and quarterly calendar.

Give and Join

Join the Historical Alliance with an annual fund gift of $500 or more and be part of an elite group of individuals dedicated to supporting the Museum and its work to share the authentic Chicago. Check out our Historical Alliance levels and opportunities below. 


 ASSOCIATE | $500–$999

  • Access to the Museum and Research Center for one (1) year
  • Annual report recognition
  • As It Happens newsletter
  • Chicago History magazine
  • Invitation to two (2) behind-the-scenes experiences
  • Discounts on parking, tours, programs, the Museum shop, and North & Clark Café

 PATRON | $1,000-$2,400
 Associate benefits, plus:

  •  Invitation to one (1) additional behind-the-scenes experience

 BENEFACTOR | $2,500-$4,999
Patron benefits, plus:

  • Private behind-the-scenes experience for up to eight (8) people (on request)
  • Invitations to signature events

 GUARDIAN | $5,000-$9,999
Benefactor benefits, plus:

  •  Invitation to 4th of July breakfast celebration

 HISTORIAN | $10,000-$24,999
Guardian benefits, plus:

  • Recognition on Lifetime Giving Wall
  • Invitation to a White Glove Tour

Historian benefits, plus:

  •  Concierge Service-dedicated staff assistance to tailor Museum experiences for you and your guests


For more information on giving or to make a gift, contact Lauren Wissbaum, individual giving and annual fund manager, at 312.799.2114 or [email protected]

The Chicago History Museum is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization and is affiliated with the Chicago Historical Society. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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