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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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.




January 13 – 19: Aaron Elster

January 20 – 26: Fritzie Fritzshall

January 27 – February 2: Sam Harris

February 3 – 9: Pinchas Gutter

February 10 – 16: Aaron Elster

February 17 – 23: Fritzie Fritzshall

February 24 – March 2: Sam Harris

Free with Museum admission. Free for Members. 
Advance reservation recommended. 



Architecture Tour: Symbolic by Design

January 13 & 26, 11:00 – 12:00 pm

February 10 & 23, 11:00 – 12:00 pm

March 10 & 30, 11:00 – 12:00 pm




Survivor Speaker: Yvonne Aaronson

Saturday, January 26, 12:30-1:30 pm

A child survivor, Yvonne was born in Brussels, Belgium, and was in hiding for 2 ½ years (beginning at the age of 2) with a non-Jewish family in Belgium. Yvonne’s father and aunt perished in Auschwitz. Yvonne immigrated to the U.S. in March 1947.

Free with Museum admission.

No reservations required.



International Day of Holocaust Remembrance
Ellen V. and Philip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series

Sunday,  January 27, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Community Partners: Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, Holocaust Community Services, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

For 12 years, Patrice Bensimon has served as Research Director for Yahad-In Unum, a French association founded by Father Patrick Desbois. Yahad-In Unum investigates the so-called “Holocaust by bullets” in Eastern Europe by gathering the testimony of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust, and by identifying the mass graves of Jews and other victims killed by the Nazis and their allies during WWII. 

The efforts of Father Desbois and Yahad-In Unum have significantly broadened our understanding of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, revealing for the first time the history of as many as one million previously undocumented Jewish victims.

Bensimon, who has interviewed close to 2,000 eyewitnesses, will update us on Father Desbois’ Holocaust-related work, and describe Yahad-In Unum’s efforts to raise awareness of this aspect of Holocaust history and to fight against genocide.

Free to the Public

Reservations required



YPC PRESENTS! : Stand Up Magician Derek Hughes

Moonlight Studios, 1446 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60642

Thursday, January 31, 7:00 – 10:30 pm

Join the Young Professional Committee for a night of magic and comedy featuring stand up magician Derek Hughes, as seen on America’s Got Talent. Tickets include open bar and hors d’oeuvres.







EXHIBITION OPENING – Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 – 1865

Sunday, February 10, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Purchased Lives illustrates the pain and injustice of the American domestic slave trade. The exhibition illuminates just how widespread the practice of slavery was in American life, as well as its impact on slave families across the country.

The opening program features a powerful conversation about the long-lasting impact of the domestic slave trade with Erin Greenwald, Curator of Purchased Lives, Nancy Bercaw, Chair of the Division of Political History, National Museum of American History, and Dr. Christopher Reed, Professor Emeritus of history, Roosevelt University, General Secretary, Black Chicago History Forum.

Moderated by Morgan Elise Johnson, award-winning filmmaker, publisher and co-founder of, a digital publication re-shaping the narrative of Black Chicago.

Free with Museum admission

Reservations required


FILM & DISCUSSION –  The Zookeeper’s Wife

Sunday, February 17, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Community Partner: Human Relations Commission of Skokie

The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the true story of a Polish couple who rescued hundreds of Jews from the Germans by hiding them in their Warsaw zoo. After the screening, a discussion will be led by Dr. Elliot Lefkovitz, faculty member, Spertus Institute and History Professor Emeritus, Loyola University. The program is offered free of charge as part of Coming Together in Skokie.

Free to the Public

Reservations required



COMMUNITY DIALOGUE: Grassroots Strategies to Combat Community Violence

New Trier Township High School Northfield, 7 N Happ Rd, Northfield, IL 60093

Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Community Partners: Archdiocese of Chicago Violence Prevention Initiative, BallotReady, Center for Nonviolence College of Lake County, Communities in Schools of Chicago, The Peace Exchange, Sisterhood, Unsilence

Parkland, Florida school shooting Survivor David Hogg, peace activist Henry Cervantes and founder of the advocacy group Sisterhood, Gwen Baxter, explore the causes of and solutions to community violence. Learn grassroots strategies to make a positive impact in your own backyard. Moderated by Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun-Times and ABC-7.

Reservations required


WORLD PREMIERE – Live Performance of Martin Rising: Requiem for a King

Sunday, February 24 , 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Community Partners: Communities in Schools of Chicago, Northlight Theatre, Skokie Public Library

Explore the last months of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and his assassination in this original theatrical adaptation of the book Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Coretta Scott King award winner Andrea Davis Pinkney & Caldecott Medal award-winner Brian Pinkney. Produced and performed by local teens in collaboration with Northlight Theatre and Skokie Public Library. A talkback with Andrea Davis Pinkney will follow.

Free with Museum admission

Reservations required






Thursday, February 28, 2019,  6:30-8:00 pm

Community Partner: Victory Gardens Theater

Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau’s social dramas raise pointed questions about class, race, parental duty, and the state of American education. Pipeline depicts a mother trying desperately to protect her son and a family struggling to outrun social prophecy. Join us for excerpts from the production and a panel featuring artists exploring the parallels between the school-to-prison pipeline and the themes of the exhibit Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade From 1808 to 1865.

Free with Museum admission.

Reservations required.




JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival at Illinois Holocaust Museum

Sunday, March 3, 10:00 am – 8:30 pm

A variety of recently released feature films and documentaries related to the Holocaust will be screened. Each will be followed by a talkback involving local experts. Selections are expected to include the Chicago premiere of The Invisibles as well as the screening of The Body Collector, The Accountant of Auschwitz, and Academy Award-nominated documentary short Joe’s Violin.

Tickets (per film): $13, general; $11, seniors & students 

Click links to purchase tickets.

10:30am          Joe’s Violin + They Played for Their Lives

1:00pm            The Body Collector

4:00pm            The Accountant of Auschwitz + The Driver Is Red

6:30pm            The Invisibles


 Joe’s Violin – 24 minutes, Documentary Short

This Academy Award-nominated documentary short shows how a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor’s violin donation during an instrument drive changes the life of a 12-year-old girl from the Bronx.  Trailer:

They Played for Their Lives – 52 minutes, Documentary

Holocaust Survivors whose musical talents saved their lives during one of mankind’s darkest days now use music to inspire and teach the following generations to remember and never forget.  The documentary utilizes intimate interviews and live performances.  Trailer:

The Body Collector – 142 minutes, Drama

Based on the book The Menten Affair, this taut thriller brings to life the true story of Hans Knoop, the Dutch investigative journalist who uncovered the truth behind wealthy art collector, Nazi and war criminal Pieter Menten.  Trailer:

The Accountant of Auschwitz –78 minutes, Documentary

More than 40 years after serving as an SS officer at Auschwitz, Oskar Gröning went to trial for complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews. While the majority of Nazis escaped prosecution, a new generation is reopening investigations against living perpetrators of some of history’s worst crimes, raising fundamental moral questions with few simple answers. Trailer:

The Driver Is Red –  15 minutes, Animated Short

The capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann is told through the words of Mossad agent Zvi Aharoni, who was part of the team that carried out the successful capture in Argentina.  Trailer:

The Invisibles­ – 110 minutes, Documentary

In June 1943, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels infamously declared that Berlin was Juden rein—free of Jews.  Using interviews as well as dramatic reenactments, this is the true story of four young people who were among the 1,700 of Berlin’s Jews in hiding, who ultimately survived until liberation.  Trailer:


Illinois Holocaust Museum Consular Series – My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

Sunday, March 17, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Community Partners: Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, Italian Cultural Institute 

Nearly 700 Italians have been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, but few of their courageous acts are known. Join us to hear stories from the documentary My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes, including that of champion cyclist Gino Bartali. Postscreening, Consul General of Italy in Chicago Giuseppe Finocchiaro and Holocaust survivor Dr. Adina Sella will discuss the film.




Free with Museum admission

Reservations required




LIVE PERFORMANCE – ShPIeL Performing Identity Theatre Presents: The Green Book

Sunday, March 31, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Community Partner: ShPIeL Performing Identity Theatre

The Green Book, a play by Calvin A. Ramsey, tells the story of an African-American family who opens their home to black travelers in the south during the Jim Crow era. The appearance of a white visitor, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, sets off a chain of events that reveals that racism and anti-Semitism cannot be ignored. See the original story and participate in a discussion with producer/co-adaptor David Chack, director/co-adaptor Ilesa Duncan, and the cast.


Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required



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