Welcome to the Abakanowicz Research Center
September 9–December 23: Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–3:30 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Closed: November 22–25, December 24, 2023–January 1, 2024
The Abakanowicz Research Center (ARC) holds the Research Collections of the Chicago History Museum, which comprise printed material, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, architectural drawings, and assorted ephemera.
Admission to the ARC is free. Reservations are not required. Children under 6 will not be admitted.
We encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that an on-site visit is best for your needs. If you have identified items that need advance request, please email us at email@example.com
Starting Tuesday, May 30, reservations will no longer be required, and there will no longer be a capacity limit. Please note that masks will still be required.
Much of our material is fragile; please respect the following policies:
- Pencils only
- Cell phones silent
- No food, drink, or gum
We have 6 PCs in the ARC with access to our online resources:
- The ARCHIE catalog
- The historical Chicago Tribune and Chicago Defender database
- Sanborn Maps and more
Have a laptop or tablet? Wi-Fi is available; please ask for the password at the reference desk.
Before you visit
When you check in at the Ticket Desk, you will be asked to:
- Present a valid driver’s license, state-issued identification card, or passport
- Check coats, backpacks, and oversized bags in the Museum’s free coat check
The ARC has free lockers available for purses.
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.