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Spine-Tingling Events and Tours This Fall


Join the Chicago History Museum this fall for a full lineup of spine-tingling events that venture into the darkest corners of Chicago’s history. Museum events and city-tours explore the city’s infamous incidents, devilish disturbances and bone-chilling cemeteries.

History Happy Hour
Tuesday, October 16; 6 – 9 p.m.
Creepy collections and eerie archives are on view for one haunted night at the Chicago History Museum. This quarterly series features two drinks on the Museum, talks and activities highlighting the Museum’s collection and exhibitions. Guests will enjoy ghoulish music by Lakeside Pride Wilde Cabaret and specialty cocktails by El Jimador Tequila. Admission to History Happy Hour is $15 and $10 for Museum members. Guests must be 21+ to purchase a ticket.

Art Deco Cemetery Tour
Saturdays, October 20 and November 3; 1 p.m.
Historian Al Walavich leads an exploration of Bohemian National Cemetery that demonstrates how unexpected styles such as Art Deco and mid-century modernism were used to commemorate and mourn the dead. Art Deco Cemetery Tour is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Tour tickets are $25, and $20 for Museum members.

Leopold and Loeb Walking Tour
Sundays, October 21 and 28; 2 p.m.
Historian and author Paul Durica revisits a Chicago scandal that shocked the nation and still leaves many baffled – the murder of adolescent Bobby Franks. This exploration of the Kenwood neighborhood visits the scene of the crime and other sites connected to the gruesome and senseless murder. Tour tickets are $25, and $20 for Museum members.

After Hours at Bohemian National Cemetery Tour
Sunday, October 21; 4 p.m.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their flashlights to the after-hours exploration of one-of Chicago’s oldest cemeteries. Established in 1877, Bohemian National Cemetery features a historic gatehouse, magnificent mausoleums and emblematic treestone grave markers. Tour tickets are $25, and $20 for Museum members.

Garden of the Dead Walking Tour
Tuesdays, October 23 and 30; 8 p.m.
The city’s early dead were trafficked into and out of its first municipal graveyard, the Chicago City Cemetery. Pamela Bannos of the Hidden Truths Project shares stories of grave robbers, improper burials and the confusion that led to the creation of Lincoln Park. Tour tickets are $35, and $30 for Museum members.

Graceland Cemetery Tour
Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28; 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31, 1 p.m.
Marshall Field, Louis Sullivan, George Pullman and Potter and Bertha Palmer are just some of the remarkable Chicagoans buried at Graceland Cemetery. Historian Al Walavich shares their remarkable stories and more. Tour tickets are $25, and $20 for Museum members.

Chicago Crime History Bus Tour
Saturday, November 3; 1 p.m.
Award-winning Chicago author and historian Richard Lindberg leads this bus tour of famous and forgotten crime scenes north and northwest of downtown Chicago. Stops along the way include Little Hell, Anna Sage’s last bordello where John Dillinger hid in plain sight, the site of Alderman Charlie Weber’s mysterious death, the former Hotel Carlos where a Chicago Cubs player was shot and the haunted hospital.  Tour tickets are $55, and $45 for Museum members.

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The Chicago History Museum is situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. Established in 1856, the Museum is now at 1601 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, its third location. As a major museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other. To share Chicago stories, the Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents, images and other items that are relevant to the city’s history. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. 

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