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.
Most programs are free with Museum admission or membership. Reservations are required for all programs. (Exceptions noted.)

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Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect opportunity for a family outing to the Museum.

This Saturday and Sunday, buy one admission and bring a friend for FREE to experience ‪#‎LightandNoir‬ before it closes in January.

Docent-led tours of the Museum’s Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition begin at 1:00 and 2:00 pm.

On Saturday, you can participate in a new interactive Survivor experience. Ask the life-size video projection of Pinchas Gutter any question you would like, and “natural language” software allows Pinchas to respond as if he were in the room!

Holiday hours:



Every Saturday | 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

AsPinchas2 featured on the Today Show, and other media, the Museum invites you to ask Holocaust Survivor Pinchas Gutter any question you would like, and “natural language” technology software will retrieve Pinchas’ response, creating an interactive dialogue, as if Pinchas were in the room!




Monthly Museum Architecture Tours: Symbolic By Design

Second Sunday of each month | 11:00 am


When renowned Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman designed the Illinois Holocaust Architecture Tour GraphicMuseum, he infused every space and structure with meaning. Explore how the Museum’s architecture and interior design help to tell a story and enhance understanding.

Reservations not required.




November 13–December 20, 2015
Prop Theatre

Written and performed by Neil Tobin
Directed by David Belew
Produced by Eclectic Full Contact Theatre

PalaceBlindfoldSquareAttend the most sensational evening on Berlin’s 1933 society calendar. It’s the historic opening of the Palace of the Occult, presided over by popular psychic, Erik Jan Hanussen. Be charmed by his stories and involved in his astonishing feats — but is he seer or charlatan, Nazi or Jew, traitor or martyr? Based on actual events.

A portion of proceeds will benefit the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Special audience talkback immediately following the 7pm performance on Sunday, November 29th with Lillian Gerstner, Director of Special Projects for the Museum. Guests are limited to 75 per seating for this exclusive engagement.

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Chicago YIVO Society:

5th Annual Sarah Lazarus Memorial Concert

Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 1:30-3:00 pm


photo by Avia Moore

Chicago YIVO Society celebrates the memory of beloved music teacher Sarah Lazarus with a concert featuring singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and scholar Michael Alpert, a key figure in the renaissance of East European Jewish music.

Tickets: $10 (in advance); free to Museum members.

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National Human Rights Month Lecture:
Accidental Holocaust Fiction
Book & Author: Danny M. Cohen, Train

Thursday, December 10, 2015 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Danny-Cohen-PortraitDr. Danny M. Cohen will discuss the surprising process of writing his historical novel. Set in 1943 Berlin, Train follows six teenagers who witness and try to escape the Nazi round-ups, shedding light on the “other victims” of Nazism—the Roma, the disabled, homosexuals, intermarried Jews, and political enemies of the regime. Dr. Cohen is founder of Unsilence Project and a professor at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. A book signing will follow.
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Second Sunday Survivor Presentation

Sunday, December 13, 2015 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Zaveduk, AdeleTake advantage of the unique opportunity to hear a Holocaust survivor tell their story and answer questions.  Survivor Adele Zaveduk will speak.

No reservation required.





5 Days, 5 Classic Films

To close out this special exhibition, join us for five different classic films shown over five days, running December 19 through December, 23, 2015. All films will be shown at Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Museum Hall. This is a great family activity; children attend free!

All films free with Museum admission. Children ages 11 and under attend free. No reservations required.

Saturday, December 19
“Casablanca” | 1:00 pm





Sunday, December 20
“A Foreign Affair” | 1:00 pm






Monday, December 21
“Harvey” | 1:00 pm





Tuesday, December 22
“Sunset Boulevard” | 1:00 pm






Wednesday, December 23
“It’s A Wonderful Life” | 1:00 pm





Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency

IL Arts Council




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