During Chicago Museum Week (Thursday, October 1, 2015 through Wednesday, October 7, 2015), the Chicago History Museum (C.H.M.) is offering $4 off admission, 20% off purchases at North & Clark Café and the Museum Store, and 20% off membership. These offers are good only from the 1st to the 7th of October, 2015. Memberships may be purchased on site, over the phone, or online.
Normally, admission is $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $12 for students (age thirteen to twenty-two). Children twelve and under are free. All admission tickets include audio tours. Members of the C.H.M., the DuSable Museum, and National Museum of Mexican Art get in free.
Adult group tours include $8 admission per person with a minimum group size of ten people. Follow, like, and connect with the C.H.M. Twitter account (@ChicagoMuseum) for a chance to win prizes during Museum Week.
The C.H.M. will introduce a new thirty-minute-long highlights tour called “Chicago: Crossroads of America” every afternoon. There is no additional cost for this tour beyond general admission.
There will be a special night event from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Visitors will have a chance to explore exhibits with curators and other staff members, take a flash tour, and consume a beverage or snack at the North & Clark Café.
Tickets are $5 for adults. Children under twelve are free.
Exhibits currently open are The Secret Lives of Objects, Vivian Maier’s Chicago, Chicago: Crossroads of America, and Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography. The C.H.M. will also be screening its new film The Great
Chicago Adventure in the newly-renovated Robert R. McCormick Theater and organizing excursions to Union Station, Old Town, and the Gold Coast, as well as tours of Lincoln Park. For more information, visit chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/museum-week.
The C.H.M. is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Note that Research Center hours differ from Museum hours.
The Research Center is open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays from the 7th of September to the 23rd of December this year. It is closed Sundays.
The weekend of Thanksgiving, the Research Center will be closed Wednesday through Friday. Researchers can make appointments to use the Research Center on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by e-mailing research [at] chicagohistory.org or writing letters addressed to the Research Center, Chicago History Museum. It is free to use the Research Center for C.H.M. members and students. For everyone else, there is a charge of $10 per researcher per day to access the archives of the Chicago Historical Society.
Founded in 1856, the Chicago Historical Society is the city’s second-eldest (non-religious) cultural institution. It is located at the corner of Clark Street and North Avenue in Lincoln Park on the North Side of Chicago. The address is 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60614.