Using the Chicago History Museum PDF Print E-mail


Evers Fine and Performing Arts School Field Trip at the Chicago History Museum

Graphic Organizers make field trips more engaging for students.

Check out these models from the Chicago History Museum, and Chicago Metro History Fair Staff and Teachers:


  • Taking a Stand in History, Museum Activity Sheet lets you choose a section in the CHM exhibitions you think best relates to the theme, Taking a Stand in History. Look closely at the artifacts, documents, and photographs in the section. Use the organizer to analyze the topic and then answer the questions on the next page.
  • Analyzing a History Museum Exhibit What makes a CHM display successful? Students select a section that really interests them and analyze it to determine what makes an exhibit powerful for the public.



Chicago History Museum offers free, interactive field trips for students from pre-K to grade 12.

CHM Field Trip Registration

Teachers, click on the image to register online or follow this link for a PDF of the registration form.

Facing Freedom is a popular exhibit for students.

This corresponding website helps students work though historical analysis.

Facing Freedom website

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Another great way to introduce students to Chicago history is through historical fiction.

Chicago History Museum hosts a useful resource called Great Chicago Stories.

Great Chicago Stories website

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The Research Center at the Chicago History Museum is a great place for students to do research!

*Before you show up at the archive, you must sign up online*

CHM History Fair Appointment

"All Things for History Fair Research at the CHM" may be found at:

Students, click on the image or visit to make an appointment online.

Note: The research center is CLOSED on Sundays and Mondays and will not be open November 23-25, December 24- January 2, and January 18.


CHM History Fair Bibliographies

Get Ideas for Topics, Jump Start Your Research

CHM history fair bibliography

Chicago History Museum has an entire bibliography of topics on Chicago history and this year's History Fair theme.

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Social Media


Chicago Metro History Fair on Facebook


Twitter @ChiHistoryFair



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