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Welcome to the Research Center

We are actively monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the CHM statement regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the latest updates. To start your research at home, visit our LibGuide for online resources.

The 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.



Free. Visitors to the Research Center are required to fill out a registration form on-site, show a photo ID, and check oversized belongings in the Museum’s coat check. The Research Center has free lockers available for bags and coats. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

Quick Links

Guide to the Research Center

An in-depth guide to the Chicago History Museum’s Research Center, including hours, access, policies, subject guides, and other useful resources.


ARCHIE Online Catalog

Search ARCHIE for information on the Museum’s holdings that are served through the Research Center. Materials described in ARCHIE include manuscripts; books and periodicals; and photographic materials. Please note that while this resource is extensive, it is not exhaustive.


Please note: The Research Center’s hours are different from the Museum’s. We stop paging material at 3:30 p.m.

June 2–September 7, 2020
Tuesday–Friday: 1:00–4:30 p.m.

Appointments available on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Closed: July 3, 2020

The Research Center is open most Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon (and on Thursdays in summer months) for researchers who have identified in advance the material they want to use. No additional materials can be retrieved, reference assistance provided, or photocopying until the Research Center reopens at 1:00 p.m.

To request a morning appointment, email [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

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