Chicago History Minute

On September 1, 1909, enforcement of the City Council's new street address numbering system began. The Loop was not added until 1911.
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Join the Chicago History Museum!

Rediscover Chicago's history, and join our membership family today. In addition to special exhibitions, the Museum offers a fresh lineup of programs, and a wide variety of membership benefits to enthrall history lovers of all ages.

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Gift Membership

Give the gift of Chicago history. For questions, please call 312-799-2112 for further assistance

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Membership Benefits:

  • Unlimited free admission to the Museum and Research Center
  • Free or discounted admission at more than 270 history museums nationwide through Time Travelers. For a list of all participating museums, visit Time Travelers online or call our membership office at 312-799-2112.
  • Complimentary subscriptions to the Museum’s Chicago History magazine and quarterly Calendar
  • Discounts on all Museum programs, tours, and events
  • A $10.00 discount on Chicago Line cruises throughout the sailing season. Advance registration is encouraged. Please bring your membership card with you when attending the tour. Visit for more information on daily cruises.
  • Exclusive invitations to members-only events, including exhibition previews, programs, lectures, and parties
  • A 10 percent discount on all purchases made at the North & Clark Cafe and Museum Store, including our online store
  • Special discount days at the Museum Store throughout the year
  • Access to the Museum parking lot with membership card, even when it is full
  • Member e-newsletter of upcoming opportunities and events, so you get the most of your membership
  • All memberships are 100% tax deductible

In addition to receiving these benefits, you'll be supporting all the important work done at the Chicago History Museum

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We offer a discounted membership to Illinois families in need.
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