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Photographs from History Happy Hour 10/29/2019.
Member's enjoy the celebration of the American Medina Exhibition, the evening of November 13, 2019.
Photographs from History Happy Hour 10/29/2019.
Photographs from History Happy Hour 10/29/2019.

Your Support Matters

As the city’s oldest cultural institution, the Chicago History Museum knows what it means to endure through challenge and change. Since 1856, the Museum has been a constant for our city and worked tirelessly to preserve and share its fascinating stories. The Museum’s annual fund gives vital support where it is needed the most–enhancing public programming, preserving our collection, making our historical resources accessible to all, and educating the next generation of civic leaders. To do this work, we rely on the support of generous donors like you. Please make a gift today.

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Join the Historical Alliance

Interested in contributing more to our mission? Join Historical Alliance with an annual fund gift of $500 or more. By joining the Historical Alliance, you become part of a philanthropic community dedicated to supporting the Museum and its work to share all Chicago stories. All Historical Alliance giving levels are 100% tax deductible and come with membership benefits: Check out our Historical Alliance levels below: 

Give and Join


 ASSOCIATE | $500–$999

  • Access to the Museum and Abakanowicz Research Center for up to four adults for one year
  • Recognition in the Museum’s Annual Report
  • Printed As It Happens newsletter
  • First access to Chicago History magazine
  • Invitation to two behind-the-scenes experiences
  • Discounts on tours, programs, and events
  • 10% discount at the Museum Store, North & Clark Café, plus double discount weeks
  • Free parking during every Museum visit
  • Reciprocal benefits at more than 1,200 museums through the National American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM)
  • Access to an online member portal, which houses videos and audio recordings of past member events, digitized Chicago History magazine, and more

 PATRON | $1,000–$2,499
 Associate benefits, plus:

  •  Invitation to one additional behind-the-scenes experience

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

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

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

  •  Invitation to annual Fourth of July celebration

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

  • Recognition on lifetime giving honor roll
  • Invitation to a white glove experience

Historian benefits, plus:

  •  Concierge service: dedicated staff assistance to tailor Museum experiences for you and your guests

Questions? Contact Eva Rachau, director of development, at or 312.799.2116

The Chicago History Museum is a nonprofit, 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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