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

Help the Museum Rebuild a Huey Helicopter

Thursday, September 18

Did you fly, service, or ride in a Huey helicopter during the Vietnam War? We're looking for a few good men to help us reassemble one of the birds in the The 1968 Exhibit gallery.

If you're interested, please contact Tamara Biggs at biggs@chicagohistory.org.

See a Huey helicopter being built at the Minnesota Historical Society, where this exhibition first opened.

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1968—A Celebration!

Friday, October 10

Hosted by The Guild of the Chicago History Museum

Grab your grooviest threads for this fundraising event at the Museum. This is one happening you won’t want to miss!

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For more information, contact Auxiliary Group Coordinator
 Tara Kosloski at 312-799-2113 or kosloski@chicagohistory.org

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!


October 11, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Investigate the prairie plants that used to grow here, from gigantic flowers to far-reaching fields.

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


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.

Bus Tour

’68: On to Chicago

Saturday, October 18, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

The 1960s saw great social conflicts and change in the United States, with the national tension exploding in Chicago during the riots of April and August 1968. Andy Baer, PhD candidate at Northwestern University, guides you to places significant to the 1968 Democratic National Convention, including Grant Park, the site of the Youth International Party’s Festival of Life, and the former site of the International Amphitheatre where the DNC took place. Meet at the Museum.

Cost: $55, $45 members

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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 September 30. Cash bar available.

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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 documentary host, producer and broadcaster Bill Kurtis. During the reception, take the opportunity to share your stories of one of the most turbulent times in our history.

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

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