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4.2 | Stay Home. Save Lives.

On this day in 2019, Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago, becoming the first openly gay person and first African American woman to hold that position. In her first year, she has created an affordable housing task force, navigated a Chicago Teachers Union strike, and is currently battling to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the city.
Mayor Lightfoot, we’re sharing Chicago History from Home and following your direction to stay home and save lives. Learn more about Chicago’s Mayors.


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. 

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago Stories