Students that attend schools which do not offer the Chicago Metro History Fair are still eligible to participate in the program, as well as home schooled students.
“Independent Scholars” must follow the rules of the Chicago Metro History Fair; therefore, all projects must have a metro Chicago connection to be eligible for any level of competition.
The National History Day theme is not required unless the student wants their project to be considered.
A $35 participation fee is required for each student in the project. For group projects, each student should submit this form, along with the participation fee. This fee entitles students to enter the regional History Fair, attend coaching sessions, consult staff, receive prizes, and be eligible for awards and/or advance to higher levels of competition. If a student(s) cannot pay the fee, please attach a letter requesting a fee waiver.
In order to participate as an Independent Scholar, submit this form along with the fee, to CMHEC, 60 W. Walton, Chicago, IL 60610, at least six weeks prior to the competition. CMHEC will send the actual registration form two weeks prior to the deadline. For schedules and deadlines: http://www.chicagohistoryfair.org/history-fair/dates-and-deadlines.html.