The Museum hosts a wide array of films, discussions, lectures, concerts and family programs to probe more deeply into aspects of civil rights, human rights, tolerance and history.

View our 2014 quarterly event cards >


Unless otherwise noted, programs are FREE with Museum admission.


Genocide Prevention & Awareness Month – April 2014

We hope you will join us as we remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides; educate and raise awareness about genocide; and encourage citizen engagement through advocacy and action against future genocides.



Located in the Feis Family Lobby

Joe KoenigVisit the Museum during the times below to meet with Holocaust survivors who have written about their experiences:

April 2014
Wednesdays 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 10 & April 24 | 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 | 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturdays 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Subject to author availability



Thursday, April 24 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

rwandaJoin the Illinois Holocaust Museum in observance of the 20th Commemoration of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, where in the span of 100 days, an estimated one million people were murdered. NPR Worldview host Jerome McDonnell will interview Tutsi survivors Immaculee Mukantaganira and Jean Claude Mugenzi, who will share their stories of survival, reconciliation, and renewal in the aftermath of atrocity.

Prior to the ceremony, the 2014 Power of One Award will be presented to Matthew Whipple, Glenbrook South High School teacher and founder of STAND for Peace, a student-led anti-genocide group.

Presented in partnership with Global Voices International.

Reservations required;





Sunday, April 27

DS0902_0345The Museum will be free to the public in observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

We invite you to  view our exhibitions and reflect in our contemplative spaces.

Museum hours >






Sunday, April 27 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm 

Exclusive Members Only Event
Due to overwhelming demand, this program is SOLD OUT. No further reservations will be accepted.

Theodore Bikel, Craig Taubman and Michelle Citrin will commemorate Yom Hashoah with a program in song and story. Join us as we honor the Survivors, Liberators and Rescuers of the Holocaust, and keep their memories and stories alive.

This event is supported by Donna and Barry Hafft, Lore Kirchheimer and Julie and Jeff Kreamer.

Seating is limited. Call 847.967.4881 to learn more.




On the Table
Hosted by Susan L. Abrams

Monday, May 12 | 5:30 – 8:00 pm


On May 12 thousands of Chicago-area residents will pull up a chair to discuss the future of our communities, while sharing a meal at small gatherings throughout the region. On the Table participants will dissect, discuss, debate and ultimately define specific ways that we can work together to build strong, stable, safe and viable communities.

Join Illinois Holocaust Museum CEO Susan Abrams as we talk about our future and developing a truly global human rights culture. Susan is passionate about embracing the lessons of history to foster social awareness and inspire change in Chicago and the broader community. She believes as a global citizens we can generate new ideas and cultivate bold solutions to make a difference in the world today. Join the conversation about our community and our world.

Reservations required;



Due to popular demand, we will be screening an encore presentation of the film:

Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

Sunday, May 18 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Ruth Gruber cameraRuth Gruber didn’t just report the news…she made it! Born in 1911 to Russian Jewish immigrants, Gruber photographed the Soviet Arctic, escorted Holocaust refugees on a secret war-time mission, and changed the world with dispatches from the Palestine-bound ship Exodus 1947.

Reservations required;



FAMILY WORKSHOP: Photography Fun!

Sunday, June 1 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm

0202032-HL07-11Join Chicago photographer Matthew Austin to see what happens inside a camera to create a photograph. Participants will make pinhole cameras, compose fleeting images and explore photography as a means of storytelling while exploring the Museum’s stunning outdoor spaces.

Recommended for ages 8 to 14 with an adult.

Reservations required;


BOOK & AUTHOR: Isaac Levendel

Sunday, June 8 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm

hunting.down.the.jewsSix years of research contributed to Hunting Down the Jews: Vichy, Nazis and Mafia Collaborators in Provence 1942-1944, Isaac Levendel’s penetrating analysis of Nazi and Vichy antisemitic policy. The book is also rooted in his decades-long search for answers to his mother’s disappearance on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and the discovery of its perpetrator, which resulted in his previous book, Not the Germans Alone, a Son’s Search for the Truth of Vichy. A book signing will follow.

Reservations required;






FILM & DISCUSSION: “Life? Or Theatre”

Sunday, June 29 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm

LifeOrTheater filmDirector Franz Weisz explores the haunting legacy of German Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon and her remarkable 700 autobiographical painting series in a documentary that incorporates scenes from his feature film about her, as well as the artwork and testimony from those who knew Charlotte.  Running time is 85 minutes; Dutch, English, French and German with English subtitles.

Reservations required;





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