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A guide to the Research Center at the Chicago History Museum, including hours, access, policies, etc.
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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January 3-May 27

Tuesday through Friday: 1-4:30

Saturday: 10-4:30

All History Fair appointments for Saturday, Feb. 18 are full

Closed April 9-17, 2017

Please note, we stop paging material at 3:30 pm.

Advance appointments available on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon for researchers looking through large archival collections, large runs of microfilm, etc. During these hours, we cannot accommodate photo researchers. No additional materials can be retrieved, reference assistance provided or photocopying until the Research Center re-opens at 1:00.





Registration required at the Visitor Services Desk.

* Children under 6 not admitted



Freelance Researchers

If you require a detailed or time-critical response, we may suggest that you hire a freelance researcher.


About the Research Center

The Research Center holds the printed material, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, architectural drawings, and assorted ephemera of the Chicago History Museum.

Visitors include authors, university and college teachers; independent scholars; photo researchers; members of the press; elementary and secondary school students; undergraduate and graduate students, including PhD candidates; architects; building developers; family and house historians.

Please direct inquiries regarding this collection to We regret we cannot take phone calls.

The Research Center is a popular destination for History Fair students. Please note that appointments are required for History Fair research (grades 6-12).  

For licensing or reproduction inquiries related to the Museum’s holdings, contact Rights and Reproductions.


Museum Collections

Information about Museum Collections is here.

If you would like to donate material to the Museum, please submit a Collection Donation form.


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Swift and Company Packers

Swift and Company Postcard, 1893

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