Become a

MEMBER

Member Benefits

It pays to be a member. 

Membership offers ways to engage with others who love the city of Chicago and its history. It also allows you the opportunity to interact with our award-winning staff through exclusive member events.

Free Admission

Enjoy free Museum admission year-round. Your membership will pay for itself after just a few visits.

Exclusive Events

Members are invited to exclusive events including: previews & celebrations of new exhibits, the annual Members' Holiday Party, and behind-the-scenes access during Members' Open House. All Star members ($250) receive an invitation to one additional and intimate, behind-the-scenes event every year

Special Discounts

Receive 10% off in the Museum Store, North & Clark Café, and our PhotoStore. Members also receive special pricing for all programs, tours, and events. Check out our events calendar!

Membership Levels

Our memberships are designed to be flexible— pick the membership that best suits your needs. Illinois residents 18 & under and children 12 and under are free every day!


All memberships include FREE admission, 10% off at the North & Clark Cafe, Museum Store & PhotoStore, special discounts on programs and events, and invitations to exclusive events.


Plus package and All-Star members also receive free parking during every visit (a great value) and reciprocity at over 800 museums throughout North America through NARM.


Have more questions or concerns? Check out our FAQ's or call 312-642-4600.


We’ve gone digital! Membership cards will now be provided in a digital format. Check out our digital membership card FAQ's



Individual

70

  • Free Museum admission for one person (only one person can be listed on this membership level)
  • Invitations to annual events
  • Exhibition previews & celebrations
  • Discounts on tours, programs & events
  • 10% discount at the Museum Store and North & Clark Cafe plus bi-annual double discount weeks
  • Monthly member communications

$

$

Dual

80

$

  • Free Museum admission for two people
  • Invitations to annual member-only events including exhibition previews and celebrations
  • Access to an online member portal, which houses video and audio recordings of past member events, digitized Chicago History Magazines, and more
  • Discounts on programs, and the PhotoStore, Museum Store and North & Clark Café, plus double discount weeks
  • Monthly member communications


Household

100

$

ALL STAR

250

$

  • Free Museum admission for four people
  • Invitations to exclusive member-only events including exhibition previews & celebrations
  • Access to an online member portal, which houses video and audio recordings of past member events, digitized Chicago History Magazines, and more
  • Discounts on programs, and the PhotoStore, Museum Store and North & Clark Café, plus double discount weeks
  • Monthly member communications


  • Extra philanthropic support for the Museum, including a $120 fully tax deductible donation to the annual fund
  • Free Museum admission for four people
  • Invitations to exclusive member-only events including exhibition previews and celebrations
  • Access to an online member portal, which houses recordings of past member events-both video and audio, digitized Chicago History magazines, and more
  • Discounts on programs, and the PhotoStore, Museum Store and North & Clark Café, plus double discount weeks
  • Monthly member e-communications
  • An invitation to one intimate “behind the scenes” tour per year

Plus Levels | + $30

Add to any package (except All Star) for just $30 and recieve:

  • Free parking during Museum visits
  • Reciprocal benefits at over 800 museums through NARM
  • 2 one-time passes to share with friends & family (benefit only available at Dual Plus and Household Plus levels)

Interested in contributing more to our mission?

Interested in contributing even more to our mission?

Consider joining our Historical Alliance by making a gift of $500 or more. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Historical Alliance supporters receive:

  • Access to the Museum and Research Center for one year
  • Free parking during every visit 
  • Recognition in the Museum’s Annual Report 
  • Printed As It Happens newsletter
  • Access to an online member portal, which houses recordings of past member events-both video and audio, digitized Chicago History magazines, and more
  • Discounts on tours, programs, events and at the PhotoStore
  • 10% discount at the Museum Store and North & Clark Café, plus biannual double discount weeks
  • Invitations to two (2) behind-the-scenes experiences

For more information on giving, contact Lauren Wissbaum, individual giving and annual fund manager, at 312.799.2114 or [email protected]


Give the gift of Museum Membership

For the history buff in your life

Chicago History Museum Membership makes the perfect gift! 

Looking for the perfect gift for the history buff in your life?


Have a friend that’s new to the city and wants to learn more about its history?


Our membership is a great way to explore Chicago’s storied history and connect with others.


Purchase a gift membership 

Select “this membership is a gift” under Registration


You can indicate where you would like the membership package sent under “gift information”


If you should have any questions, please call 312-642-4600.

Member Portal

Couldn't make it to a live member program? Looking for previous issues of Chicago History magazine?


Your membership grants you access to select program recordings and magazine archives through our Member Portal!

Forgot your access code? Contact Justina Doyle, Membership Marketing Manager at [email protected]

What our members say...

I’ve been a member for 55 years and I’m still fascinated by Chicago’s history.
I became a member after I rented a room to host an event at the Chicago History Museum and was immediately charmed by the building and the staff.


Current Member

The Chicago History Museum is a fantastic resource. One of my favorite Chicago museums. I appreciated how easy it was to take my elderly
parents to the museum (its accessible/easy to navigate if you're not especially mobile), and it was something that we can all enjoy together.


Current Member

I am a member of the Chicago History Museum because I am a second generation native Chicagoan. My father was born on Germania Place only a short distance from CHM's current location. He had a lot of stories about the city in his youth and because of this I became interested in Chicago
history.


Current Member

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