Chicago History Minute

On September 2, 1890, Standard Oil completed its refinery in Whiting, and the town developed into a growing site for commercial enterprise and trade.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are your preferred caterers?

Please download our Corporate Events brochure for a current list of preferred caterers.

Will the galleries be open during my event?

The viewing of permanent exhibitions for the first 90 minutes of your event is included in your rental fee. Viewing time can be extended for $250 per hour per gallery. Special exhibitions may require an additional viewing charge. Please ask your Corporate Event representative for details.

Can I use candles?

Candles are not allowed inside the event space or museum. We have great suggested alternatives, such as battery operated votives and small lamps. Candles are allowed outside on our Plaza.

Does the Museum have parking?

Yes, see Parking for more information.

What are your daytime rates?

Please download our Daytime Meetings and Events brochure for details about our daytime rooms and rates.

Does the Chicago History Museum have any audiovisual equipment?

Most event spaces feature built-in audiovisual equipment. Please contact us at 312.799.2254 for recommendations to meet your audiovisual needs.


The City's History Museum

The Chicago History Museum collects, exhibits and interprets documents, images, and artifacts related to the history of the United States and metropolitan Chicago.

Popular exhibitions, interactive activities, and educational programs about the city's past, present, and future have earned the Museum a well-deserved reputation as the premier urban history museum and research center in the United States.

The Museum's classical and neo-classical architecture, rich interiors, and engaging collection of historical artifacts create a unique, delightful, and entertaining setting for any special event.

The Museum Store

The Chicago History Museum Store carries many unusual items that would make perfect, personalized gifts for your guests. Store items feature designs by historically significant architects and commemorations of landmark events. Such memorable mementos could include Frank Lloyd Wright coasters, brass letter openers, Chicago specialty mugs, scenic note cards, or exhibition catalogs.

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Please contact the Corporate Events Department at 312.799.2254 for more information.

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