Help Share Chicago Stories

Help Share Chicago Stories supporting the Chicago History Museum
Chicago History Museum

Interested in contributing more to our mission?

Join Historical Alliance with an annual fund gift of $500 or more and be part of an elite group of individuals dedicated to supporting the Museum and its work to share the authentic Chicago. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Check out our Historical Alliance levels and opportunities below. 


 ASSOCIATE | $500–$999 

  • Access to the Museum and Research Center for up to four adults for one year
  • Annual report recognition
  • As It Happens newsletter
  • Chicago History magazine
  • Invitation to two behind-the-scenes experiences
  • Discounts on parking, tours, programs, the Museum shop, and North & Clark Café

 PATRON | $1,000–$2,400 

      Associate benefits, plus:

  •  Invitation to one additional behind-the-scenes experience

 BENEFACTOR | $2,500–$4,999

      Patron benefits, plus:

  • Private behind-the-scenes experience for up to eight (8) people (on request)
  • Invitations to signature events

 GUARDIAN | $5,000–$9,999

      Benefactor benefits, plus:

  •  Invitation to Fourth of July celebration

 HISTORIAN | $10,000–$24,999

      Guardian benefits, plus:

  • Recognition on Lifetime Giving Wall
  • Invitation to a white-glove experience

 PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE | $25,000 +

       Historian benefits, plus:

  •  Concierge Service-dedicated staff assistance to tailor Museum experiences for you and your guests


For more information on giving or to make a gift, contact Lauren Wissbaum, individual giving and annual fund manager, at 312.799.2114 or wissbaum@chicagohistory.org

The Chicago History Museum is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and is affiliated with the Chicago Historical Society. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Join Historical Alliance with an annual fund gift of $500 or more and be part of an elite group of individuals dedicated to supporting the Museum and its work to share the authentic Chicago. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Check out our Historical Alliance levels and opportunities below. 


 ASSOCIATE | $500–$999 

  • Access to the Museum and Research Center for up to four adults for one year
  • Annual report recognition
  • As It Happens newsletter
  • Chicago History magazine
  • Invitation to two behind-the-scenes experiences
  • Discounts on parking, tours, programs, the Museum shop, and North & Clark Café

 PATRON | $1,000–$2,400 

      Associate benefits, plus:

  •  Invitation to one additional behind-the-scenes experience

 BENEFACTOR | $2,500–$4,999

      Patron benefits, plus:

  • Private behind-the-scenes experience for up to eight (8) people (on request)
  • Invitations to signature events

 GUARDIAN | $5,000–$9,999

      Benefactor benefits, plus:

  •  Invitation to Fourth of July celebration

 HISTORIAN | $10,000–$24,999

      Guardian benefits, plus:

  • Recognition on Lifetime Giving Wall
  • Invitation to a white-glove experience

 PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE | $25,000 +

       Historian benefits, plus:

  •  Concierge Service-dedicated staff assistance to tailor Museum experiences for you and your guests


For more information on giving or to make a gift, contact Lauren Wissbaum, individual giving and annual fund manager, at 312.799.2114 or wissbaum@chicagohistory.org

The Chicago History Museum is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and is affiliated with the Chicago Historical Society. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

December is usually our busiest time of the year for welcoming visitors, but this year museums across Illinois are closed in support of Illinois's COVID-19 mitigation efforts. While our holiday gatherings with loved ones may look different this year, what we celebrate remains the same.

Uncover our shared stories. Our city’s history tells us who we are and where we come from. It connects us to our home and to each other, helping to build community and cross-cultural understanding. For nearly 165 years, the Chicago History Museum has been dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing our stories, providing an understanding of the past so we can shape a bright future.

Make the perfect gift. The Chicago History Museum has bold aspirations for the future,
but we need your help to bring them to life. Whether you can give a lot or a little, your support matters. Every donation to the Museum supports thought-provoking public programs, a world-renowned collection, and virtual learning opportunities for Chicago students. 

Please consider giving generously this holiday season between Giving Tuesday, December 1 and December 31, 2020. Now more than ever, we rely on the generosity of our loyal supporters who value the human connection that history inspires. 

Thank you for your support!