The Chicago History Museum is free on Mondays so come out with the kids and family to see this Chicago museum devoted to collecting, interpreting, and presenting the rich multicultural history of Chicago and Illinois. As we celebrate the Chicago Chinese New Year, check out the new exhibit on Chinatown. If you live in Chicago or visit here and are curious about the city’s past, present, and future, the Museum should be your first stop. The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. The Museum aims to illuminate the past as a reminder of what really happened once upon a time and as a way to shed light on the present, and compellingly inform the future.
Current exhibits include:
Discover the sights and sounds of Chicago’s Chinatown. The Chicago History Museum’s first multimedia theater experience, My Chinatown is driven by the personal stories of the people who live in the neighborhood and keep its traditions alive.
Chinese immigrants first came to Chicago after 1870, once the railroad they helped build connected the Pacific coast to the Midwest. After decades in downtown, Chicago’s Chinese Americans developed a new Chinatown around the intersection of Cermak Road and Wentworth Avenue. Today, a wave of new people and new languages is changing Chinatown.
The voices of My Chinatown tell the story of the neighborhood’s past and present, providing an insider’s view of culinary delights and traditional medicine, the powerful role of family and business associations, and the celebration of the Chinese New Year.
The Museum’s collection of over 22 million artifacts and documents is a rich source for the study of Chicago history, both as urban center and as part of the larger United States.
Other Upcoming Events
Tasty Treats Today
Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago’s up-and-coming confectioners join us for a chat about our city’s current candy culture. Local shops that have found their niche share secrets to their success. Representatives from Katherine-Anne Confections, Rich Chocolates, and Terry’s Toffee will tell us about breaking the mold in the Windy City and beyond.
The discussion will be moderated by Monica Eng of the Chicago Tribune. As you fill up on history, be sure to save room for dessert!
$10; $8 members.
Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
Please note: This program was originally scheduled for February 9 and was postponed, due to severe weather. Call 312.642.4600 for more information.
For generations, the kings of candy have made their mark on Chicago’s sweet scene. Representatives from classic candy companies Wrigley Co. and Primrose Candy Co. share the history of their companies, why they chose to set up shop in Chicago, and how their brands continue to grow. Artifacts from the Museum’s collection, on display for one night only, highlight this delectable discussion. The discussion will be moderated by Monica Eng of the Chicago Tribune.
$10; $8 members.
About the Chicago History Museum:
Chicago’s oldest cultural institution has eight main collection areas:
– Archives and Manuscripts
– Books and other Published Materials
– Decorative and Industrial Arts
– Oral History, Film, and Video
– Paintings and Sculpture
– Prints and Photographs
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street – Chicago, IL
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.