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Experience history, together.

Stories are always better when shared. Bring your group to the Chicago History Museum and walk in the footsteps of the city’s past together. Groups of ten or more receive a discount when reserving at least four weeks in advance.

Whether you are a professional tour operator, group planner, or you simply have a lot of friends and family, we have an experience for you. Customized itineraries, Museum tours, city tours, and a variety of lunch options are just some of the ways in which we can specialize your group’s visit.

Current Offerings

Our expert Group Sales team has carefully crafted tours that tell Chicago’s story both inside the Museum and out in the city.

Note: In-person tour offerings are subject to change based on compliance with current state health guidelines. Read more about how we are keeping you safe.

Virtual Group Experiences

Virtual Chicago History Group Presentations

Delve into Chicago history from wherever you are! Our new exclusive lectures with Chicago History Museum curatorial staff can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home, your virtual office, or incorporated into your next virtual event. See our full list of offerings.

Virtual House History Workshops

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods with each one featuring distinct buildings and residences. Now that more of our house history resources are available online, you can get a personalized walk-through of them with Ellen Keith, CHM director of Research and Access. Get more information.

Museum Tours

Guided Exhibition Tours
Learn the backstory and see Chicago’s past and present from a historian’s perspective with guided or self-guided tours.

Highlights of Chicago

Discover the city’s vast history in Chicago: Crossroads of America. Whether you want to explore the grandeur of the world fairs of 1893 and 1933, or Chicago innovations that changed the world like skyscrapers and modern retail, or the diverse neighborhoods and lively cultural scene, this exhibition is a must see!

This is Chicago

City that Works, Second City, City of Big Shoulders–all are names the city has proudly earned. Meet the diverse people who have called Chicago home and imagined the city it is today.

Chicago’s World’s Fairs

From the White City of 1893 to the rainbow-colored oasis of 1933, experience the wonder of Chicago’s world’s fairs.

City on Fire: Chicago 1871

A rapidly growing city built of wood. A summer-long heat wave. An exhausted and misdirected team of firefighters. Racial, social, and economic tensions bubbling just below the surface. All Chicago needed was a spark. Learn more about our newest exhibition, which opens October 2021.

Duration: 50–60 minutes

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 25 people

Cost: $21 for adults; $19 for seniors (65+) and college students

Self-guided Tour
Learn all about Chicago history as you stroll through the galleries at your own pace.

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 100 people

Duration: 2–4 hours. The group rate of $17 for adults and $15 for seniors/college students applies. 

History Scavenger Hunt
How much do you know about Chicago? Test your knowledge with a scavenger hunt in the Museum. This tour is ideal for team-building or for a fun way to experience history.

Cost: $2 per person in addition to the self-guided tour fee.

City Tours

Walking Tours
Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Lace up your shoes and explore them on foot! Tours run 1.5 to 2 hours. Contact [email protected] for pricing.

Masks required and social distancing of 6 feet must be observed. Minimum 10 participants.

Tours subject to availability. Please schedule 4 weeks in advance. The following tours are available in July 2021.

Historic Old Town

From postfire recovery to the hub of Chicago bohemianism in the 1960s and ’70s, Old Town reveals diverse stories about the city’s past. Highlights include a shelter cottage, St. Michael’s Church, the Midwest Buddhist Temple, and numerous historic residences.
Meet at the Chicago History Museum.

Glitterati on the Gold Coast

Whisk away to a time when Chicago’s rich and famous caroused on the coast. Gaze at ornate architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, step onto a rare wood-block alleyway, and take in Chicago’s early mansions, including the Archbishop’s Residence.
Meet at the Chicago History Museum.

Pilsen Murals

Walk through Pilsen with local guide Luis Tubens and get the larger meaning behind the artwork in Chicago’s capital of Mexican cultures. The tour weaves the history of Pilsen with vibrant large-scale murals and lived personal experiences.
Meet outside the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 West 19th Street.

Bronzeville

Did you know that Bronzeville is home to many of Chicago’s treasured landmarks? This tour gets you up close to the culture, history, landmarks, and great stories in a great neighborhood. We’ll see the Walk of Fame, celebrate the music, learn about how the Black Belt became the Black Metropolis, and celebrate the cultural institutions that existed and endure.
Meet at the SE corner of 35th Street and Martin Luther King Drive.

Scheduling Your Visit

Groups of ten or more—social organizations, hobbyists, even huge families—can enjoy savings by booking at least four weeks in advance.

Your group will have access to a dedicated entrance, including access for motor coaches and buses. A CHM representative will meet your group, answer any questions you may have, and get your visit off to a great start.

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