Enjoy special events just for members of the Museum.
Not a member?
Contact Natalie Conti, Member Services Coordinator, at 312-799-2272.
- Members-Only Hours for The 1968 Exhibit
- Moth StorySLAM: Resilience
- Medium Cool Film Screening
- Members' Annual Meeting
- Members' Holiday Party
Saturdays, October 4 and 11, 9:00–9:30 a.m.
Sundays, October 5 and 12, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
The Museum invites members to exclusive viewings of The 1968 Exhibit, a state-of-the-art, multimedia exhibition that looks at how the experiences of that year fueled a sense of identity for the people who were there. During the first two weekends of the exhibition’s run, we’ll open the gallery early, giving you special access to this engaging and compelling story.
Cost: No reservations needed. Coffee and tea service included.
Access to the Museum parking lot will be limited in the morning on Sunday, October 12, due to the Chicago Marathon.
Wednesday, October 8
Museum open to the public at 6:00 p.m.
Stories begin at 8:00 p.m.
Join us on the 143rd anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire for a heated Moth StorySLAM hosted by Amy Dickinson, syndicated advice columnist and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! panelist.
Moth StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions that are open to anyone with a five-minute story to share. Hailed as “brilliant, and quietly addictive” by theGuardian, don’t miss what theVillage Voice deems “the most memorable and hilarious narratives… and exuberant moveable feast.”
Members can purchase exclusive early bird tickets starting September 24 (limited seating).
Tuesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. refreshments, 6:30 p.m. screening
Medium Cool plunges viewers into the social upheaval of 1968, including the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The film—the debut feature of Chicago’s famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler—combines fictional and nonfictional content that reflects the conflicted nature of a country divided by issues of race, gender, poverty, crime, and war. Following the film, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and Museum curator Joy Bivins will discuss Medium Cool and how it helped cement in the public eye the image of Chicago during that time. Please note: This film is rated R.
Cost: $10, reservations required. Cash bar available.
Thursday, November 13
Reception at 5:30 p.m., program at 6:00 p.m.
All members are invited to join Museum president Gary T. Johnson for an evening of thoughtful discussion. The event includes refreshments and a presentation that highlights upcoming Museum activities. Guest speaker Patrick T. McBriarty, author and bridge historian, will discuss the importance of bridges in the development of the Windy City as chronicled in his photographic guidebook Chicago River Bridges. From the first wooden footbridge to moveable bridge technology and stories of bridge jumps, hear what made Chicago the drawbridge capital of the world.
Cost: Free, but reservations requested.
Saturday, December 13, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Celebrate the city’s wintry splendor at the Members’ Holiday Party. Look back on Marshall Field and learn about his glamorous palace of a department store. Other festivities will include wintertime treats, live music, and family craft activities.
Cost: $20 members, $5 children, $25 members’ guests