1968War in Vietnam. Women’s liberation. The assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Black Panthers, Apollo 8, and the explosive Democratic National Convention held in Chicago. In 1968, we saw it all.

Explore this iconic year through our special Fall programs!

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Event Listing

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, October 23, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

Inspired by The 1968 Exhibit, we’re turning back the clock at this swingin’ evening event. Grab your glad rags and join us for a night filled with 1968-themed performances and activities. Tour the exhibition and celebrate the ’60s in style with retro cocktails, snacks, and live music featuring the Beatles tribute band American English.

Cost: $30, $20 members. Early bird special $25 until October 5. Cash bar available.

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Schedule of Events

7:00–9:30 p.m.

Feed Your Head

  • Food and beverages available for purchase

Peace and Love Tattoo Art

  • Face painting for adults

Flower Power Flair

  • Stop by one of our activity tables to create your own psychedelic art

7:00–10:00 p.m.

After Hours Exhibition Viewing

  • The 1968 Exhibit
  • Chicago: Crossroads of America
  • Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography

Retro-Inspired Cocktails

  • Cash bar available

Vintage-Style Photo Booth

  • Snap commemorative photos of the night

7:308:30 p.m.

Costume Contest Registration

  • Visit the Judging Station on the first floor to register

8:00 p.m.

American English Beatles Tribute Band

  • Live performance of music from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

8:45 p.m.

And the Winner Is…

  • Costume contest winner announcement

9:00 p.m.

American English Beatles Tribute Band

  • Live performance of music from The White Album

Stories of ’68

Wednesday, November 5, panel discussion at 6:30 p.m., reception follows

Journalist Laura Washington moderates a panel discussion that explores this pivotal decade in American music, culture, and politics. Join us as speakers discuss the impact and legacy of the era, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Our esteemed panelists include acclaimed broadcaster Bill Kurtis, host of WXRT’s Breakfast with the Beatles Terri Hemmert, and political activist and founder of MK Communications Marilyn Katz.

Cost: $25, $15 members. Early bird special $20 until October 9

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Family Events: Second Saturdays Get Groovy!

Inspired by The 1968 Exhibit, drop by the Museum to discover what makes Chicago unique. Explore the city and its stories through family art projects with flower power flair. From peace sign necklaces to pop art headbands, celebrate the 1960s with your family!


November 8, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Connect artifacts to their original locations in the city, follow clues, and share stories about places in Chicago.

Cost: Included with Museum admission. Kids 12 and under always receive free Museum admission!

Second Saturdays at the Chicago History Museum is supported by a gift from the Siragusa Foundation.

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