Notorious RBG – Exhibition-Related Programming

*** Community Partners for Notorious RBG exhibit & exhibit-related programming listed at bottom of page.***

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Members-Only Preview

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

VIP Member Access: Saturday, February 8, 10:00 am 
Member Access: Saturday, February 8, 12:00 pm

For members at the sponsor level or above ($500+), we will offer exclusive access to the exhibition and “highlights” tours with our Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, at 10:15, 10:45, and 11:15 am.

If you are a sponsor level member or would like to become one, please call 847.967.4821, and our Development Team will register you for this special event.

With Member Access, members will enjoy early access to the exhibition and docent-guided tours of Notorious RBG on a first-come, first-serve basis. The member preview does not require advance reservations. Docent-guided tours will take place each half-hour, beginning at 12:30 pm.

Members will receive a wristband to access the exhibition.


Free to Museum members.

No reservations required.


Exhibition Opening

Sold Out: Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Public Opening Program: Sunday, February 9, 2:00 pm

In the exhibition’s opening program, the authors of Notorious RBG, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, will share the story of how a Tumblr blog inspired by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg exploded into a cultural obsession – including fashion accessories, a fitness regimen, and memes – and birthed one of America’s most unlikely popular icons. Book signing to follow.

This program has sold out.  Although the opening program has reached capacity, we encourage you to visit the exhibition and check out all of our other RBG exhibit-related programming!





Live Performance
SOLD OUT: Notorious RBG in Song

Sunday, March 8

Community Partner for Notorious RBG in Song: The People’s Music School
Supported by the Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Celebrate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – in song! This 75-minute, no-intermission show was created by RBG’s daughter-in-law, Patrice Michaels. She and her cast of three singers and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang tell RBG’s story in a jazz-meets-classical performance, with audience Q&A featuring Justice Ginsburg’s son, Cedille Records producer and Chicagoan James Ginsburg.

This program has sold out. Although both shows have reached capacity, we encourage you to visit the exhibition and check out all of our other RBG exhibit-related programming!





Family Program

Jump for Justice!

Sunday, March 15, 2:00 pm

Be like RBG: keep your body and mind strong so you have the strength to take a stand! Bring your family to the Museum and enjoy exercise circuits inspired by RBG’s own fitness regime. The program will also include healthy snacks and hands-on activities for the whole family.






Kids & Students Free!

General: Free with Museum admission.

Reservations required.


Special Presentation

Growing Up with Ruth & Marty: An Afternoon with Jim and Jane Ginsburg

Sunday, April 26, 2:00 pm

Supported by the Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum.

What was it like growing up with Ruth and Marty as mom and dad? Join us for laughter, learning, and an intimate conversation with Jim and Jane Ginsburg, who will share personal stories about growing up in an iconic American family.







Tickets: $25 General; $10 Members.

Reservations required.



Special Presentation

The Role of Judges, Attorneys, and Bar Associations During the Holocaust

Thursday, May 21, 6:30 pm

How did the legal profession operate under – and cooperate with – the Nazi regime? In this program, founder and executive director of Sparks Fly Upward Foundation Cathy Lesser Mansfield will explore the conduct of key legal players under Nazi dictatorship, and whether the American legal system could ever be at risk of supporting such a regime. 






Free with Museum admission.

Reservations required.




Commemoration: 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth

An Evening with Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 pm

Commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth with an evening of reflections from noted civil rights attorney Sherrilyn Ifill. Ifill is a nationally recognized advocate for civil rights, voting rights, and judicial diversity, and the author of On the Courthouse Lawn, which describes the lasting impact of lynching in the United States.






Free to the public.

Reservations required.




Live Entertainment

RBG After Dark

Thursday, June 18, 7:00 pm

Kick off your weekend with Notorious RBG after dark! Let your hair down and rock out to a setlist of social justice-themed power anthems. Don’t forget to #BeLikeRBG and come dressed in costume! Food & drink will also be available for purchase.







Tickets: $30 General; $15 Members; $15 Under 21.

Reservations required.



Film & Discussion

Double Feature: “RBG” and “On The Basis of Sex”

Sunday, July 19

RBG: 12:30 pm; On The Basis of Sex: 3:00 pm

Experience the life and times of RBG on the silver screen as portrayed by two hit films: critically acclaimed biopic On the Basis of Sex, and BAFTA/Emmy Award-winning documentary RBG.







Tickets: $15 General; $5 Members.

Reservations required.





Panel Discussion

“We Dissent!”: The Women Who Stood With RBG

Sunday, August 2, 2:00 pm

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said that true and lasting change in society and law is accomplished slowly, one step at a time. Join us in conversation with Dean Emerita of Loyola Law School Nina S. Appel and The Honorable Judge Carole Kamins Bellows as they reflect upon their legal careers, what it meant to break the “glass ceiling” at a time when women accounted for less than 3% of the legal profession, and their unique, personal relationships with the Notorious RBG.






Tickets: $20 General; $5 Members.

Reservations required.




Ballot Ready; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago; Center on Halsted; Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights; The Decalogue Society of Lawyers; DePaul University Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Department at Lake Forest College; Illinois State Bar Association; In Her Shoes Foundation; International Women’s Forum – Chicago Chapter; Jewish Judges Association of Illinois; League of Women Voters Chicago; Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago; Mujeres Latinas en Acción; UIC John Marshall Law School; Women’s Bar Association of Illinois; Women’s and Gender Studies at Northeastern Illinois University; Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Roosevelt University; Women’s Studies & Gender Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago


Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California.



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