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Virtual Event | Presidents’ Day

Commemorate Presidents’ Day virtually with us as we explore the leadership and legacy of the nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, through family-friendly exhibition tours, music, arts workshops, and more. Special virtual activities include a visit with Lincoln as portrayed by Kevin J. Wood and a hands-on history arts workshop with teaching artist Justin Ricks. More More


Votes for Women

In January 1917, a group of women organized by the National Woman’s Party began picketing in front of the White House in protest of President Woodrow Wilson’s failure to support a suffrage amendment. These “silent sentinels,” so-called because of their silent protest, faced frequent attack by angry mobs as well as arrest. Among them were More


Popped and Packaged

It’s National Popcorn Day! A whole lot of kernels were once popped and packaged at the Cracker Jack plant in Chicago’s Clearing neighborhood. In 1869, F. W. Rueckheim emigrated from Germany to Chicago, and by 1872, he and his brother Louis formed F. W. Rueckheim & Bro., a small candy and popcorn shop. Business grew More


Jaffee History Trail

The Chicago History Museum is excited to embark on a multifaceted park beautification project including renovations to our plaza and construction of the Richard M. and Shirley H. Jaffee History Trail. Set to break ground on March 2021, the History Trail, an interpretive path through the park space around the Museum, will incorporate features such More


For Freedom and Justice

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’” Today, we honor and recognize the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More than sixty years ago, Dr. More


Muhammad Ali: Undeniably Great

On this day in 1942, Muhammad Ali (né Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.) was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He began boxing at twelve years old and rose quickly to national prominence, becoming an amateur boxing champion by the time he graduated high school. Ali gained valuable experience in the late 1950s—in 1958, he competed in the More

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