The Chicago History Museum is temporarily closed to the public until further notice to support the state of Illinois’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. While we’d love to see you enjoy Chicago history in person, we also want you to stay safe. You can still engage with the Museum through our online exhibitions, virtual programs, and digital resources. Learn more about our current offerings.
Welcome to the Research Center
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.
Upon successfully registering, you will receive an email confirmation with an order number, which all Research Center visitors MUST have in order to enter.
Please note that the Research Center is observing reduced capacity to allow for safe social distancing among researchers and staff. Six (6) 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 Research Center 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 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 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.
The CHM Research Center is currently closed.