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Welcome to the Chicago History Museum

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT CHM?

Explore the city with our expert guides, delve into our exhibitions through thematic programs, or discover Chicago history through family-friendly activities.

Family Event | Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MON. JAN. 16
10:30 A.M.–3:30 P.M.

Commemorate the enduring legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at our annual family-friendly event.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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THU. JAN. 19, 7:00 P.M.
Virtual Urban History Seminar | Patrick T. Reardon

Author Patrick T. Reardon presents “Reporting the Loop: Taking the ‘L’ from Newspapering to History-writing.” Learn more

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THU. FEB. 16, 7:00 P.M.
Virtual Urban History Seminar | Rima Lunin Schultz and Ann Durkin Keating

Historian and author Rima Lunin Schultz and Ann Durkin Keating of North Central College present “Jane Addams, Social Planning, and Early Public Housing on Chicago’s Near West Side.” Learn more

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MON. FEB. 20, 11:00 A.M.
Family Event | Presidents' Day

Illinois has been home to four US presidents: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, and Obama. Commemorate Presidents’ Day at CHM and discover the lives behind the legends of the American presidency. Learn more

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FRI. MAR. 31, 6:00 P.M.
OUT at CHM | Trans Joy and Chicago’s Transgender Community

Learn about the community work of LGBTQIA+ organizations who have fought for transgender equality for years, laying a foundation for LGBTQIA+ youth in Illinois to grow up with greater levels of support. Learn more

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LEARN AND CONNECT WITH CHM

CHM strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, programs, digital resources, and special events, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other.

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23 Mil
Objects in our collections
52,000+
Students visit the museum each year
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ABAKANOWICZ RESEARCH CENTER

Home to the Chicago History Museum’s archives, manuscripts, photographs, and more, the Abakanowicz Research Center (ARC) is one of the premier research facilities in Chicago. With free admission, the ARC helps fulfill the Museum’s mission to be a destination for learning and to connect people to Chicago’s history. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Support the Museum

SUPPORT OUR MISSION BY BECOMING A MEMBER

Membership offers ways to engage with others who love the city of Chicago and its history and opportunities to interact with our award-winning staff. Enjoy free admission, behind-the-scenes experiences, special discounts, and more!

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