Welcome to the Abakanowicz Research Center
Spring Hours | Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:00–3:30 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours (Tuesday, May 31–Friday, September 2) | Tuesday–Friday: 12:00–3:30 p.m.
The Abakanowicz Research Center holds the printed material, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, architectural drawings, and assorted ephemera of the Chicago History Museum. Explore our Research Collections.
ARC capacity is limited to eight (8) people per day (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday). To best serve patrons, we will make reservations available one month at a time. Time slots will be made available the week before the start of a new month. Reservations need to be received at least 48 hours in advance and only one admission can be reserved per order. We encourage you to email [email protected] before making a reservation to ensure that an on-site visit is best for your needs. Researchers who have not been able to make their reservation 48 hours in advance are encouraged to email [email protected] to see if they can be accommodated.
The ARC is open on Saturdays through Memorial Day weekend. Reservations will continue to be required Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Capacity limits currently do not apply to Saturday hours, so no reservations are required that day.
Upon successfully registering, you will receive an email confirmation for your selected date. All ARC visitors MUST have this confirmation in order to enter.
Free. Visitors to the Abakanowicz Research Center are asked to register in advance. We encourage you to email [email protected] before making a reservation to ensure that an on-site visit is best for your needs.
Upon successfully registering, you will receive an email confirmation with an order number, which all ARC visitors MUST have in order to enter.
Upon arrival, visitors will be asked to scan their ticket at the Front Desk and check oversized belongings in the Museum’s free coat check. The ARC has free lockers available for bags and coats. Children under 6 will not be admitted.
An in-depth guide to the Chicago History Museum’s Abakanowicz Research Center, including hours, access, policies, subject guides, and other useful resources.
Search ARCHIE for information on the Museum’s holdings that are served through the ARC. Materials described in ARCHIE include manuscripts; books and periodicals; and photographic materials. Please note that while this resource is extensive, it is not exhaustive.