Most programs are free with Museum admission or membership. Reservations are required for all programs. (Exceptions noted.) Please note that program fees are nonrefundable.


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Questions? Contact the Museum’s membership department: 847.967.4821.



Programs generously supported by the:




A Door Closed:  The Unknown Story of America’s Failed ‘Kindertransport’ and Its Continuing Legacy

Thursday, July 25, 6:30-8:00 pm

Community Partners: Chicago Refugee Coalition, MedGlobal, Refugee One, Syrian Community Network

By late 1938, Nazi policies had resulted in a refugee crisis, as Jews and other threatened groups attempted to flee the German Reich.  During 1939, intense debate raged in Congress about legislation that would have allowed 20,000 refugee children into the United States outside of America’s restrictive immigration quotas.  Join us for a thought-provoking conversation as we explore the history and controversy of the bill, public opinion at the time, and the legacy of immigration and refugee policies.

Panelists will include:

Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY-Retired), Novelist;  Director, Cornell University Institute of Politics and Global Affairs

Rebecca Erbelding, Author, Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe (Winner National Jewish Book Award); Curator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul, President, MedGlobal; Former Senior Advisor, Syrian Medical Aid Society

Moderator: Richard Salomon, Board of Directors, Illinois Holocaust Museum

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required


Weekend Survivor Speaker

Saturday, July 27, 12:30 pm

Sharon Pitluk Silver  was born in Knyszyn, a small town in Poland in November 1941.  In November 1942, Sharon’s parents were killed and she was taken into hiding by a young Catholic couple.  Sharon lived with the family for the next three years.  In May 1945, Sharon’s uncle, the only survivor of the family, came to retrieve her from the couple.  They refused to give Sharon up, forcing her uncle to come back during the night and steal her away from them. Sharon’s uncle took her to a displaced person’s camp, and, after unsuccessfully searching for any other related survivors, he and Sharon left for the United States.

No reservations required






Lecture: The Lingering Impact of the American Slave Trade

Thursday, August 8, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Presented in partnership with Heartland Alliance

The Purchased Lives exhibition illuminates the many ways that slavery was a pervasive part of American life, enslaving individuals and families across the country, impacting generations to come. As the exhibition comes to a close, we converse about the legacy of slavery and its manifestations in today’s world. Through professional experience and personal testimony, our panel will discuss implications of this history on contemporary American law enforcement and our criminal justice systems, including issues of mass incarceration, community disinvestment, poverty, and trauma.





Free with admission

Reservations required


Multimedia Presentation: German and True

Monday, August 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Community Partners: Center for the Study of Judaism and Jewish Culture – Augustana College, Hyde Park School of Music, North Shore Center for the Permitting Arts in Skokie, The People’s Music School, Goethe-Institut Chicago.

In Germany prior to 1933, Jewish composers and performers dominated musical life to a degree that remains largely forgotten or overlooked in musical academia.  In this special program, Michael Haas, chair of the Center at Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts, will highlight the lost contributions of Jewish composers who identified culturally as a German, both those who survived and those who perished.





Free with admission

Reservations required


An intimate evening with Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Thursday, August 15, 6:00-8:30 pm

Meet Dr. Ruth, Holocaust Survivor, renowned sexpert, and pop culture icon.  During this program, she will reflect on her painful past and the career that led her to the forefront of the sexual revolution, making her America’s most famous sex therapist.

Dr. Ruth will be in conversation with morning radio personality Melissa Forman.

Following, she will be signing her book , The Doctor Is In:  Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre.

Presented by the Women’s Leadership Committee.








$20 – Program Admission

$40 – Program Admission + Book


Peace Garden Dedication

Tuesday, August 27, 6:00-7:30 pm

Community Partners: Baha’i House of Worship, Jewish Neighborhood Development Council, Skokie Park District.

The Peace Garden welcomes visitors to Illinois Holocaust Museum and creates a sanctuary for reflection after their Museum experience.  With a diversity of plantings, inspirational quotes, and seating, the Peace Garden provides an inviting and educational space for visitors to prepare for and then process new ideas and perspectives.  We will dedicate this space with a ribbon cutting, and a special performance of Keeping Faith, by Sisters of Story.

We thank Harvey L. and Jan Miller, Jessica and Steve Sarowitz, Myrna and Sy Sarowitz, and Julian Grace Foundation for their vision and support.




Free to the public

Reservations required


10th Anniversary Soirée hosted by the Women’s Leadership Committee

Thursday, September 19, 6:00-9:00 pm

Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan Street, Chicago

A partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

Join us for fabulous food, drink, entertainment, and a silent auction not to be missed!

Supporting Illinois Holocaust Museum is more important than ever, as there has been a 22% increase in neo-Nazi groups and a 17% increase in hate crimes nationwide.* Together we will change these statistics.

Tickets on sale now $175 each; after 8.15.19, $200 each

Call 847.967.4821 for tickets or more information.

*2017 FBI “Hate Crime Statistics” Report



Exhibition Opening: Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross

Sunday, September 22, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Supporting Sponsors: Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, Brenda and lance Feis, Womens’s Leadership Committee of the Illinois Holocaust Museum

Contributing Sponsor: Carol Maxon

Additional Funders: Magnus Charitable Trust, Golder Family Foundation, Susan and Richard Welleck

Community Partners: Museum of Contemporary Photography, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, Chicago Jewish Historical Society, American Society of Media Photographers Chicago/Midwest

Media Sponsors: Chicago Tribune, WBEZ, WGN9

Memory Unearthed offers an extraordinarily rare glimpse of resistance inside the Lodz Ghetto during WWII, through the lens of Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross.  In 1940, Ross was confined the Lodz Ghetto and put to work as a bureaucratic photographer taking official photographs for Jewish identification cards and Nazi propaganda.  Unofficially, and forbidden from doing so, Ross risked his life to document the realities of life in the ghetto.  After liberation, Ross recovered more than 3,000 negatives, buried before the ghetto was liquidated.  Memory Unearthed presents more than 300 of Ross’s powerful photographs, comprising a realistic and intimate visual record of the Holocaust.

The opening program will feature a panel discussion with exhibition curator Maia-Mari Sutnik, Curator Emeritus, Photography, the Art Gallery of Ontario; and Judith Cohen, Chief Acquisitions Curator, USHMM.

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required


SOLD OUT: 3rd Annual Friends, Fun & Games Day

Tuesday, October 15, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for Friends, Fun & Games. Enjoy an afternoon of “maj”, canasta or other games, lunch and of course, candy. Play with your regular group or make some new friends in this non-tournament game day. Registration is limited so don’t wait. (Please bring your own mahjong sets, cards or other games.)

Reservations required.

Non-Member Tickets – $85*

Member tickets – $75

*Includes a one year complimentary individual membership ($40 value)

***THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Thank you for your support of the Museum!***

For questions or concerns, please call Allie Block at 847.967.4850.


Donald and Sue Pritzker Voices of Conscience Lecture: Footsteps of My Father: An Evening with Pastor Chris Edmonds

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Pastor Chris Edmonds is the son of WWII hero Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, whose extraordinary courage saved the lives of more than 200 Jewish American soldiers in a prisoner of war camp in Germany.  In 2016, Roddie Edmonds was posthumously recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.  He was the fifth American to be recognized and to date the only American soldier awarded this honor.  As founder of Roddie’s Code, Pastor Chris is committed to extending the legacy and leadership of Sgt. Edmonds by inspiring heroes everywhere to enjoy life and express love, while working towards a better world.

Reservations required.

Non-Member Tickets – $15

Member Tickets – $10

Students – $5

Teachers – $5

Military/Veterans – $0


What Can A Hologram Tell You About the Holocaust?

Experience the first interactive 3D exhibit of its kind. Get real responses to real questions from the holograms of real Holocaust Survivors in the new Take a Stand Center.

WEEKDAYS & WEEKENDS (every hour 11 am – 4 pm), with additional screenings THURSDAYS at 5:30 pm and WEEKENDS at 10:15 am.

July 1 – 31: Eva Kor

August 1 – 31: Sam Harris

***Please note that the Holographic Theater will be closed on August 26, 27, and 28 for maintenance.*** 

Free with Museum admission. 

Free for Members. 
Advance reservation recommended. 

Permanent Holocaust Exhibition Drop-In Tour

Public tours of our permanent Holocaust exhibition are available to Museum visitors on a drop-in basis. Hear the stories behind 500 artifacts, including personal items, photographs, and identification cards.

The drop-in tour begins at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. every day, and lasts 90 minutes. You may sign up at the information desk upon arrival.




Architecture Tour: Symbolic by Design

July 14 & 27, 11:00 – 12:00 pm






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