Chicago History Minute

October 31, 1934, was the last day of the Century of Progress Exposition. This was the second World’s Fair held in Chicago and was attended by more than 40 million people.
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Policies and Rules

Registration

Visitors to the Research Center will need to fill out a registration form, show a photo ID, and check belongings in the Museum lobby.

Admission Fees

  • $10/day
  • Free for members
  • Free for students grades K–12
  • Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted

Coat and Item Check

A free and secure coat check is available for your convenience on the first floor at the Visitor Center. Please check:

  • Large bags, large purses, backpacks, and briefcases
  • Hats, coats, and jackets
  • Books, notebooks, binders, and large amounts of loose paper
  • Cameras, scanners, and laptop cases

Some lockers are available in the Research Center for small valuables that must be checked.

Please note

  • Cell phones must be turned off.
  • Food and drink, including chewing gum, are not allowed in the Research Center.

Age Restrictions

  • Adults, college students, and graduate students are admitted at any time.
  • Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.

K-12 Students—October through March

During the months when students are completing projects for History Fair, K-12 students are admitted as follows:

  • High school students (grades 9-12) must make an advance appointment.
  • Middle school students (grades 6-8) must make an advance appointment and must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Elementary school students (grades K-5) cannot be accommodated in the Research Center.
  • Children of members may be admitted to the Research Center without an appointment, but advance appointments are encouraged. K-8 students must be accompanied by an adult.

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K-12 Students—April through September

After History Fair, K-12 students are admitted as follows:

  • High school students (grades 9-12) are admitted without an appointment.
  • Elementary and middle school students (grades K-8) may conduct research when accompanied by an adult.

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