Chicago History Museum - The Dark Side of Illinois History (Chicago Open Archives)

  • 16 Oct 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 1601 N Clark St.

Murder, mayhem, and crime have been a part of life in Illinois, and particularly Chicago since its founding. From frontier justice and the car barn bandit murders to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and Leopold & Loeb’s “crime of the century,” explore the darker side of our state’s history with a selection of rarely seen materials from the Museum’s archives. Archivists and Research Center Staff will be on hand to share their insights into these collections at display stations on the second floor in the Elizabeth Morse Genius Chicago Room.

Admission to the museum is free to Illinois residents. Show your copy of the Chicago Open Archives event page to receive a ticket for free happy hour beverage.

Visitors will need to abide by the rules of the museum (e.g., complimentary bag check, no outside food or drink) for both events. Information on museum rules, parking and other visit logistics is available on the museum website at

Admission to the museum is free to Illinois residents. Nonresidents will be charged museum admission.

No registration is required for this event.

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