What to expect
On Saturday, October 16 from 10 am – 4pm and Sunday, October 17 from 10 am – 2:30 pm, Open House Chicago visitors may check in at a designated tent outside the Museum. Small groups of 10-15 will be assembled for docent-led tours of the exterior and interior of the building. Tours are optional and will last approximately 15 minutes.
All visitors ages 2 and up must wear a mask over their nose and mouth – regardless of vaccination status – while participating in tours and while inside the building.
Open House Chicago visitors are welcome to explore the Museum at their leisure, with exception to our new exhibition, Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement.
Parking at the Museum is limited and public transportation is encouraged.
How to get to the Museum
The Museum is located at 9603 Woods Drive in Skokie, Illinois, convenient to I-94 and the Chicago downtown area.get directions from google
The Museum is easily accessible via public transportation. To find the most efficient route, check Google Maps and use the public transportation (“transit”) filter. Links to Chicagoland’s public transportation (CTA Yellow Line, Metra and Pace) systems are below.Get Directions from Google Pace Tickets Metra Tickets
Driving Instructionsget directions from google printable map with directions
From North I-94
Take the Edens Expressway (I-94) east to the Old Orchard exit. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Old Orchard Road. Turn left onto Woods Drive, about 1/4 mile down.
From South I-94
Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) west. Merge onto the Edens Expressway (I-94) going west to the Old Orchard exit. From the exit ramp, turn left onto Old Orchard Road. Turn left onto Woods Drive, about 1/4 mile down.
From Downtown Chicago
From Downtown Chicago, take I-90 (Kennedy Expressway) to I-94. Then, take Old Orchard Road to Woods Drive.
From South I-294
Take the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) north to the Dempster St. east (US-14) exit. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Dempster Street (US-14) and drive east for about 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Waukegan Road and drive north about 1 mile. Then, turn right onto Golf Road, and drive east about 2 miles. Turn left onto Woods Drive.
About the building
The architectural features of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center affirm its place as both monument and memorial. Renowned architect Stanley Tigerman created the 65,000-square-foot space which incorporates historical and emotional symbolism inside and out, as a response to the apocalyptic inhumanity of the Holocaust. The journey from darkness to light is woven through the building, explicit in the exterior’s starkly divided dark and light wings and visualized as the visitor travels through the interior. The dark and light sides are connected by a “hinge” that symbolizes the rupture in humanity that occurred during the Holocaust and houses the Museum’s anchor artifact, an early 20th-century German rail car of the type used to transport Jews to concentration camps.more about the building reflective spaces
Photo credits: Scott Edwards