Become a

Member Benefits

It pays to be a member. 

 Membership offers ways to engage with others who love the city of Chicago and its history. 

Free Admission

Enjoy free Museum admission year-round. Your membership will pay for itself after just a few visits.

Exclusive Events

Be invited to exclusive events including; previews & celebrations of new exhibits,

the Members' Holiday Party and

behind-the-scenes access during

Members' Open House.

Special Discounts

Receive 10% off in the Museum gift shop, North & Clark Cafe and PhotoStore and special pricing for all programs, tours and events. 

Membership Levels

Our memberships are designed to be flexible, choose an admission option for two or four adults—plus Illinois Resident children 18 & under are free and all children 12 and under are always free!

All memberships include daily, FREE admission, 10% off at the North & Clark Cafe, Museum Store & PhotoStore, special discounts on programs and events, access to the Museum's parking lot and perks at major Museum events.



Includes admission for one member and one guest during every visit. 




Includes admission for two members and two guests or one member & three guests during every visit.




Admission for two members and two guests or one member & three guests, FREE parking during Museum visits, NARM reciprocal benefits, and subscription to Chicago History Magazine. 



Admission for one member and one guest, FREE parking during Museum visits, NARM reciprocal benefits, and subscription to Chicago History Magazine.



Give the gift of Museum Membership

For the history buff in your life this holiday season

Chicago History Museum Membership makes the perfect gift! 

The gift of membership keeps on giving year round, with many benefits including:

  • Free admission to the Museum for the recipient and at least one guest 
  • Invitations to exclusive members’-only events 
  • Discounts on all Museum tours and programs 
  • Discounts at North & Clark Cafe and the Museum Store

*Gift membership voucher recipients will have 1 year from the date of purchase to activate their gift membership. If a gift membership voucher has not been redeemed within 1 year from the date of purchase, please call the Museum for assistance.

What our members say...

I’ve been a member for 55 years and I’m still fascinated by Chicago’s history.
I became a member after I rented a room to host an event at the Chicago History Museum and was immediately charmed by the building and the staff.

Current Member

The Chicago History Museum is a fantastic resource. One of my favorite Chicago museums. I appreciated how easy it was to take my elderly
parents to the museum (its accessible/easy to navigate if you're not especially mobile), and it was something that we can all enjoy together.

Current Member

I am a member of the Chicago History Museum because I am a second generation native Chicagoan. My father was born on Germania Place only a short distance from CHM's current location. He had a lot of stories about the city in his youth and because of this I became interested in Chicago

Current Member

Upcoming Events

Our members are invited to exclusive events and programs throughout the year, check out the upcoming lineup.


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