Open today 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Welcome to the Research Center

We’re open! Please read the Museum’s safety guidelines prior to your visit.

If you have traveled from another state to visit the Museum, the Chicago Department of Public Health has issued an  directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to from the time of last contact within the identified state. Please to see if your state is covered by the order.

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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.

Please note: Archives and manuscripts, with the exception of some small collections, will be unavailable to researchers from December 24, 2020, through January 1, 2022. Expand to learn more.


Free. Visitors to the Research Center are asked to . We encourage you to email [email protected] before making a reservation to ensure that an on-site visit is best for your needs.


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。 Due to capacity restrictions, we cannot guarantee entry for walk-ups。

捕鱼大作战appUpon 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.

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Guide to the Research Center

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.


Please note: The Research Center’s hours are different from the Museum’s. Material will not be paged after 2:30 p.m.

Summer Hours (July 14–September 6)
捕鱼大作战app Tuesday–Friday: 12:00–3:30 p.m.

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