The Guild

Supporting the Chicago History Museum for Over 75 Years

Founded in 1948, the mission of The Guild of the Chicago History Museum is to support the Museum’s goals and objectives through education, service, and fundraising. We are committed to assisting with a variety of the Chicago History Museum’s needs and we provide funding for many major projects. From 1967 to 1975, The Guild contributed over $50,000 to the campaign to build a new wing for the Museum. In a modernization project launched in 1985, The Guild raised over $1 million, making it the largest support group donor to the campaign. To honor this achievement, the original 1932 Georgian-style building was dedicated to The Guild.

The Guild focuses on promoting the Chicago History Museum’s programs and groundbreaking exhibitions and has contributed over $2 million for recent projects, including:

As a leader among women’s boards in the city of Chicago, in May 2012 The Guild hosted an historic luncheon for eighteen women’s boards serving Chicago’s cultural community. A plaque commemorating this historic event, “200 Million Reasons to Celebrate Women,” is on permanent display in the Guild Room.

A dynamic group of more than 200 members, The Guild today continues to provide strong support to the Chicago History Museum as it pursues its mission through monthly programs, annual giving, and fundraisers.


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Interested in joining The Guild? Contact Hannah Johnson, member relations manager at Membership is by nomination only.

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@SeanSuPhoto |@PurplePhotoCo-SSW0959-1024×684 Guild members and guests enjoy a holiday party at the Casino. @SeanSuPhoto | @PurplePhotoCo
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Guild-Krehbiels-garden-1024×768 The Guild enjoys a summer field trip to Posy Krehbiel's rarely accessible historic garden.
Guild-NC_291_005-1024×683 The Guild, a historic women's board founded in 1948, learns about the impact and contribution of women on the history of Chicago from Dr. Elizabeth Fraterrigo.
Guild-President-Lawrie-Weed-introducing-the-Dredge-1024×683 Singers from the Great Lakes Dredge and Philharmonic Society perform festive tunes at a Guild holiday party.
Guild-NC_285_016-1024×682 Guild members broadening their knowledge of Chicago as Peter T. Alter explains the exhibition American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago.
From Notre Dame to North Ave Guild Event/Panel Discussion-NC_282_005-1024×683 Photographs from the Guild event and panel discussion, From Notre Dame to North Ave. The discussion was about the importance of maintaining and preserving our area churches. Highlights included preseving cultural heritage, methods of preservation and repurposing, and costs of preservation versus building new (monetary and environmental).
Guild-Jaffee-History-Trail-opening-1024×768 The Guild celebrates the opening of the Guild-sponsored rain garden on the Richard M. and Shirley H. Jaffee History Trail.
Guild-polish-trip-photo-7-1024×763 Guild members enjoy field trips to cultural attractions and historic sites, such as Holy Trinity Polish Catholic Church.
The Guild Guild members in the Morse Genius Chicago Room enjoying a reception. Programs are an opportunity to learn, socialize, and connect with friends.
Polish Chicago Benefit Guild members in the McCormick Theater, enjoying the Back Home: Polish Chicago Benefit event.
2023 Holiday Party 2 Celebrating the holidays in the Chicago Room.
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