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“Lifting As We Climb”

CHM curatorial intern Brigid Kennedy recounts the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Lindsay Davis. This blog post is part of a series in which we share the stories of local women who made history in anticipation of CHM’s upcoming exhibition Democracy Limited: Chicago Women and the Vote, opening August 2020. Elizabeth Lindsay Davis not only took More


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OUT at CHM | Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist Film Screening

Discover the storied history of Chicago’s LGBTQIA+ communities with the Museum’s popular and proactive series. This season, we’re exploring Chicago’s LGBTQIA+ political engagement. The series kicks off with a screening of Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist (1990), an award-winning documentary about the fiery, funny, and passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation’s first openly More


Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour

Featuring beautifully landscaped grounds and grand monuments, this walking tour led by historian Al Walavich reveals the history of the city’s growth and its diverse inhabitants. Discover the remarkable stories of the Chicagoans buried in this famous cemetery, including Marshall Field, Louis Sullivan, George Pullman, and Potter and Bertha Palmer. $25, $20 members *Tour runs approximately 2 More


Dark Side of the Near North Side Walking Tour

From disastrous relationships to economic ruin, delve into the darker history of Chicago’s affluent Gold Coast neighborhood with neighborhood resident and guide Scottie Perry. Look past its glamorous facade, and you’ll find personal stories intertwined with mystery and death. Hear tales of the complex and often tragic lives of the people behind the famed mansions More

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