The Museum is temporarily closed. We look forward to the time when we can once again welcome visitors. In the meantime, we invite you to explore our website, subscribe to our e-newsletter, and visit our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for a steady stream of engaging content. We thank you for your continued support during these extraordinary times.

We recognize that our environment is changing rapidly and recommend checking our website for additional updates.

Additionally, in accordance with the recommendations of Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot, Illinois Holocaust Museum is pausing our programming through May 30. We hope to reschedule many programs as soon as there is clarity regarding COVID-19. We will share dates when we have details.

If you are registered for an event with a paid ticket, please expect an email from the Museum with further information.

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

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



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Virtual Program

Lunch and Learn: The Legacy of Winston Churchill: A Conversation with Dr. Rob Havers, President & CEO of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, in honor of the 76th Anniversary of

Friday, June 5,  12:00 PM CST

Liberation2020 Series Partner: Pritzker Military Museum & Library; Liberation2020 Media Sponsor: Chicago Reader; Liberation2020 Community Partner: Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America – Department of Illinois

Community Partners: 84th Great Lakes Training Division; International Churchill Society; British International School of Chicago, South Loop

The Normandy landings (D-Day) were a resounding success for the Allies. Codenamed Operation Overlord, D-Day (6 June 1944) was the largest seaborne invasion in history and marked the beginning of the campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation. But what did British prime minister Winston Churchill make of the plans? Was he, as some have suggested, opposed to D-Day? Join military historian, scholar and author, Dr. Rob Havers as he shares insights into Winston Churchill’s wartime leadership and legacy, and why he gained a reputation in American wartime eyes of being against Operation Overlord until the last minute.


Free to the public.

Reservations required.



Virtual Program

Commemoration: 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth
An Evening with Sherrilyn Ifill, President & Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Wednesday, June 10, 7:00 PM CST

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

Community Partners: Rebuild Foundation; Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois; Center for National Security and Human Rights Law at Chicago–Kent College of Law; Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 

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. 

The program will be moderated by journalist, filmmaker and author of the best national bestseller There Are No Children Here- the New York Public Library selected as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century, Alex Kotlowitz.

Free to the public.
Reservations required.


Virtual Program

Virtual Book Club: One Museum, One Book

Thursday, June 11, 7:00 PM CST

We are excited to announce a new virtual book club hosted by the Museum: “One Museum, One Book.”

Our first book is The Choice: Embrace the Possible, by Holocaust Survivor and internationally acclaimed psychologist Dr. Edith Eva Eger. In The Choice, Dr. Eger weaves her remarkable personal account of surviving the Holocaust and overcoming its ghosts of anger, shame and guilt, exploring how we can find the key to freedom in our own lives.

Don’t forget: the Museum benefits from Amazon Smile! If you purchase your copy of The Choice with Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate a portion of proceeds to the Museum. Click here to log in with Amazon Smile

The moderated discussion for The Choice will take place on June 11 at 7:00 pm and will be hosted by Sid Chapon, Human Resources Professional and Certified Executive Coach.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Virtual Program

Lunch and Learn: Winston Churchill and the Jews: Zionism, Holocaust and the Lessons of the 20th Century – A Talk by Lee Pollock, Trustee & Advisor to the Board, The International Churchill Society.

Friday, June 12, 12:00  PM CST

Liberation2020 Series Partner: Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Liberation2020 Media Sponsor: Chicago Reader
Liberation2020 Community Partner: Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America – Department of Illinois

Community Partners: 84th Great Lakes Training Division;International Churchill Society; British International School of Chicago, South Loop

Winston Churchill is an icon of the 20th century.  From his first election to Parliament in 1900 to his retirement as Prime Minister in 1955, he towered over the world stage, influencing almost every significant issue of his time.


The arc of Churchill’s career intersects with the most significant events in the history of the Jewish people:  Zionism and the Balfour Declaration, the rise of Hitler and the catastrophe of the Holocaust, followed by the creation of the State of Israel and the lasting divisions that affect the Middle East today.


Join Lee Pollock as he explores how Churchill’s relationship with the Jewish people helped to define his remarkable life and career and how his decisions impacted their fate.


Free to the public.

Registration required.


Virtual Program

Book and Author:  THE CHOICE: Embrace the Possible – A conversation with Dr. Edith Eva Eger

Tuesday, June 16, 5:00 PM CST

Community Partners: No Shame On U; JCFS Chicago

IHMEC is thrilled to present an evening with Dr. Edith Eva Eger, acclaimed author of THE CHOICE: Embrace the Possible, national speaker, and renown clinical psychologist. During this pandemic, many have experienced moments of anxiety, fear, sadness, and loneliness. In this rare online appearance, Dr. Eger will share her memoir’s profound message of freedom from self-imposed limitations, and how we can make the choice to move from recovery to discovery and beyond.

The program will be moderated by internationally known licensed psychotherapist, professional trainer and prolific author, Joy Erlichman Miller, Ph.D.

The Choice is #1 on Bill Gates’ 2020 Summer Reading List and was Oprah Winfrey’s pick for World Book Day in 2019.



Free to the public.

Reservations required.



Virtual Program



LBGTQ+ Jewish Upstanders with Eric Marcus

Tuesday June 23, 2020 6:30 PM CST

Community Partner: Center on Halsted; Equality Illinois

This Pride Month, explore the world of Jewish LGBTQ+ historical figures with the founder and host of award-winning podcast Making Gay History, Eric Marcus. The discussion will be moderated by Illinois Holocaust Museum Associate Manager of Education, Matthew Sackel.

Eric will share these rare stories through excerpts from his audio archive of LGBTQ+ civil rights movement interviews conducted for his oral history book, Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights.

Highlighted LGBTQ+ Jewish Upstanders include Frank Kameny (U.S. Army astronomer who was fired for his sexual orientation & later played a role in de-classifying homosexuality as a mental illness); Pauline “Popo” Phillips (original “Dear Abby” columnist & radio show host who publicly and affirmatively wrote about the rights of gay people); and Morty Manford (co-founded an organization for parents of gay people, PFLAG, with his mother, Jeanne Manford).


Free to the public.

Reservations required.


Virtual Program

Film Discussion: RESISTANCE, with Jesse Eisenberg 

Thursday, June 25, 5:00 PM CST

Temple Emanu-El’s Streicker Center in partnership with Together We Remember,  Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, IFC Films and Mean Streets Management.

Long before he rose to international fame as a mime, Marcel Marceau put his fledgling career as an artist on hold to spirit Jewish refugee children out of Nazi-occupied France, even as his own father was murdered at Auschwitz. Watch the extraordinary new film  Resistance, about that little-known chapter of Marceau’s life, and then join our discussion with the film’s star, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), director and screenwriter Jonathan Jakubowicz, Dr. Barry Eisenberg, SUNY Empire State College and Second-Generation Survivor, Dr. Eileen M. Angelini, SUNY Empire State College and Subject Matter Expert on the WWII Occupation of France. Moderated by Richard Salomon, Vice President of  Illinois Holocaust Museum, with a special introduction by David Estrin, CEO of #TogetherWeRemember and closing word by Susan Abrams, CEO at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. 

Rent the film Resistance in advance HERE.  

Watch the trailer for Resistance HERE

Free to the public.


Registration required.



We Dissent!”: The Women Who Stood with RBG

Sunday, August 2, 2020, 2:00 PM CST

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

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 Carol 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 relationships with the Notorious RBG.



Free with Museum admission.
Reservations required.


Virtual & In House


Combating Hate: Confronting Antisemitism and White Nationalism Three Years after Charlottesville

Tuesday, August 4, 6:30 pm CST

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the work being done in the ongoing fight against white-nationalist extremists. Upstanders Christian Picciolini, Former Extremist, Peace Advocate and Founder of the Free Radicals Project; Amy Spitalnick, Executive Director, Integrity First for America; and Eric Ward, Human Rights Expert and Executive Director, Western States Center, will speak about their personal journeys and the work they are doing to break the cycle of hate.  Their presentation will leave you energized with the knowledge that there are leaders across the country taking significant action to renounce violence, promote tolerance and inclusion, and safeguard democratic values.

Free to the public.

Reservations required.

*Virtual Program will be live streamed

*In House seating available at the Museum


 Virtual Program Reservation                             In House Reservation





Book & Author

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

Thursday October 1, 6:30 PM CST

Community Partners: ACLU of Illinois; A Better Chicago; Open Communities

Hear Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as they explore rural America’s challenges in education, healthcare, employment, and judicial processes with their 2020 New York Times bestselling book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. Kristof and WuDunn will share Tightrope‘s compelling appeal to address the many crises facing rural Americans.

Book signing to follow.




Donald and Sue Pritzker Voices of Conscience Lecture
Presidential Perspectives:  A Conversation with the descendants of Harry S. Truman, Dwight David Eisenhower, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Sunday, October 18, 2:00 PM CST

Liberation2020 Series Partner: Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Liberation2020 Media Sponsor: Chicago Reader
Liberation2020 Community Partner: Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America – Department of Illinois

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

Join us for a not-to-be-missed event with Clifton Truman Daniel, Mary Jean Eisenhower, and Scott Roosevelt as they share little-known stories from three of America’s most well-known Presidents and reflect on the legacies  left for them – and for the world.




Tickets: $25 General; $15 Members.
Reservations required.



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.





Free with Museum admission. 
Advance reservation recommended. 




Permanent Holocaust Exhibition Drop-In Tour

Hear the stories behind our permanent exhibition’s 500 artifacts, including personal items, photographs, and identification cards. Public tours of our permanent Holocaust exhibition take place every Wednesday at 2 PM and last approximately 90 minutes. Tours also take place at 2 PM on the 2nd Sunday and last Saturday of each month.







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

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