The Abakanowicz Research Center is open.
Winter Hours | Tuesday–Friday: 12:00–3:30 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
ARC capacity is limited to eight (8) people per day (Tuesday–Friday). To best serve patrons, we will make reservations available one month at a time. Reservations 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.
Note: The ARC will be open on Saturdays in the fall. Reservations will continue to be required Tuesday–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.
Welcome to the Abakanowicz Research Center
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.
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.
Please note that the ARC is observing reduced capacity to allow for safe social distancing among researchers and staff. Eight (8) spots will be made available per day. Reservations need to be received at least 48 hours in advance.
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.
Tuesday–Friday: 12:00–3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Holiday Closures: December 24, 2021–January 3, 2022