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Chicago History Museum Reopens with FREE Admission

The Chicago History Museum is ready to reopen its doors TODAY Friday July 10 and will offer FREE ADMISSION through the end of the month (see all the info below).  In order to provide a safe experience, the Chicago History Museum will have reduced capacity with a maximum of 275 visitors at a time, pursuant to State of Illinois Phase 4 guidelines for museums. To help keep everyone healthy, they’re requiring that all visitors over the age of two and CHM staff wear masks at all times inside the Museum.

  • Admission is free through July 31, but note that the price will not adjust for your transaction until you begin check-out. Tickets are available on-site as well, on a limited basis. You can also call 312-642-4600 for more information.
  • Hours of operation are shown below
  • Groups will be limited to a maximum of ten people.


We can’t wait to see you.

We’re excited to share Chicago stories and want to assure you that the safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. From the moment we closed, we have been dedicated to researching, developing, and designing a Museum experience that ensures our guests have an engaging and safe visit.

Learn more about all that we’ve done to prepare for you.

Museum Admission

Online reservations are now available with free admission for all visitors in July.

We encourage visitors to reserve tickets in advance online. Tickets are available on-site as well, but each online purchase reduces person-to-person transactions and keeps us all safer.

In accordance with city guidelines, Museum capacity will be limited to 275 people at a time. Tickets will be timed, so please be sure to plan your visit within the ticketing timeframes.


MONDAY–SATURDAY: 9:30 A.M.–4:30 P.M.

Entry timeframe

Morning | 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.     Afternoon | 12:30–3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: 12:00–5:00 P.M.

Entry timeframe

Early afternoon | 12:00–2:30 p.m.           Late afternoon | 2:30–4:00 p.m.

Ticket sales will end one hour before close each day

Reserve tickets


Summer Hours (July 14–September 6): Tuesday–Friday: 12:00–3:30 p.m.

Research Center capacity is limited to 8 people per day. Advance registration is highly encouraged and only one admission can be reserved per order. Reserve your space now.

Visitor Guidelines

Please reserve your tickets online in advance, digital ticket scanning will reduce in-person interactions.


To help keep everyone healthy, we’re requiring that all visitors over the age of two and CHM staff wear masks at all times inside the Museum.



Please be aware of fellow visitors and ensure 6 feet of space between you, your group, and others. Please follow directional flow arrows and floor markers throughout the building.



Groups will be limited to a maximum of ten people.



During your visit, feel free to use any of the additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the Museum. Also, please practice frequent hand-washing and avoid touching your face.



We will have reduced space in our bag and coat check. To protect our artifacts and displays, backpacks, large bags, umbrellas, food, and drinks are not allowed in the Museum’s galleries. If possible, please leave these items in your car or at home.


Do you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath or have you been exposed to someone with these symptoms? Come see us another time! Contact us at or 312.642.4600 and we’ll be happy to reschedule your visit.


Museum Changes

We have made some changes to our building, gallery spaces, and activities to protect visitors and staff, so your Museum visit may look and feel a little different.

Some interactive elements and exhibitions, including Sensing Chicago and Chicago: Crossroads of America, are temporarily unavailable.


We ask that visitors use a stylus pen provided by the Museum on touchable screen interactive activities. You can also use them to press buttons in the elevator and to begin audio or videos in the galleries. Return the stylus at the end of your visit and we’ll sanitize it for the next guest.


Separate entrance and exit points to allow for a one-directional flow inside the Museum.


Plan ahead! Download your Museum mapin advance of your visit.



  • During the day, we are regularly cleaning surfaces you might need to touch, such as handrails, benches, and elevator buttons in all public areas.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized every 3 hours.
  • A specialized custodial team wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) will clean the entire Museum every night. The team will use electrostatic sprayers, misters, and vacuum equipment with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.
  • The disinfectants we use are on the EPA list of approved disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, and are in widespread use by the healthcare industry.


We may have been closed, but we’ve been quite busy! Check out what’s new on view

Millions of Moments: The Chicago Sun-Times Photo Collection
Our brand new exhibition features a first look at highlights from our Chicago Sun-Times photograph collection, which houses over five million negatives spanning the 1940s to the early 2000s—one of the largest newspaper photograph collections ever acquired by an American museum.

In our newly renovated Lester and Renée Crown Gallery, watch a dynamic display of large-scale panoramic images from the Museum’s collection chronicling Chicago’s remarkable growth from 1858 to 2019.

Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America
Extended through January 3, 2021! Featuring nearly 300 objects, photographs, and printed materials dating from the 1930s to the 1950s, this exhibition celebrates Chicago’s role in shaping one of the most popular and enduring styles in our history.


The Chicago History Museum has received phase 4 business certification approval from “Be Safe. Chicago.” This self-certification means we’ve met the city’s business operational standards, submitted our business plan to ensure we are compliant with the city’s standards, and confirmed our willingness to commit to the “Be Safe. Chicago” guidelines.


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