Events

The Museum is temporarily closed. We look forward to the near future when we can gather together again. 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 April 30. We hope to reschedule many programs as soon as there is clarity regarding COVID-19. We will share dates when we have details.

This policy relates to the following events:

  • Jump For Justice! (March 15)
  • WTTW Survivor Documentaries: “Final Transports” and “Childhood Lost” (March 19)
  • From Day To Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps (March 26)
  • Weekend Survivor Speaker: Sharon Pitluk Silver (March 28)
  • Tightrope: Americans Reaching For Hope (April 1)
  • Genocide Awareness & Prevention Month (April 5)
  • Yom HaShoah Commemoration at Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah, Wilmette (April 19)
  • Growing Up With Ruth & Marty (April 26)
  • Saving Free Speech…from Itself (April 29)

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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Book & Author

CANCELED: From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps

Thursday, March 26, 6:30 pm

Community Partners: Honorary Consul General for Norway in Illinois; Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce

Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” Odd Nansen’s diary reveals his daily struggles, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity while imprisoned in concentration camps in Norway and Germany. After being out of print for over 60 years, Timothy Boyce rescued Nansen’s diary from oblivion after reading another Survivor memoir, which detailed how Nansen saved his life while they were prisoners in Sachsenhausen. Book signing to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

Book & Author

POSTPONED: Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 PM

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Commemoration

CANCELED: Genocide Awareness Month Commemoration

Sunday, April 5, 12:00-8:00 pm

Presented in partnership with Together We Remember.

Join us for a day long series of events in recognition of Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. Together we seek to empower and amplify voices that have been affected by genocide or have taken up the challenge to intervene and prevent mass atrocities and identity-based violence in the future helping to make “never again” a reality. This programming consists of 3 parts:

  • Community Vigil
  • Film & Discussion: Amahoro
  • Live Performance: Harold Green’s “King In Continuum”

 

Community Vigil
Hosted by the Illinois Holocaust Museum Teen Leadership Board
Sunday, April 5, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Drop-in at any time between 12:00 and 6:00 pm to participate in a vigil hosted by Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Teen Leadership Board. Throughout the vigil, names of victims of genocide will be read out loud, and participants will be able to contribute names of family members & loved ones to a database of victims. Participants will also be able to join in a community-created art project in remembrance of those lost to hate-based violence.

 

 

 

 

 

Film & Discussion
“Amahoro – The Peace Exchange in Rwanda”
Sunday, April 5, 2:00 pm

 Amahoro The Peace Exchange in Rwanda shares the stories of seven Chicago “Peace Builders” who traveled to Rwanda as part of a year-long program that teaches young leaders to be community advocates for nonviolence. A post-film discussion with Henry Cervantes, Peace Exchange Program Manager, and Carl Wilkens, a humanitarian aid professional who worked in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, will detail their experiences together, lessons learned & bonds formed on their remarkable journey together.

 

 

 

 

 

Live Performance
King In Continuum
Sunday, April 5, 6:30 pm

Poet and lyricist Harold Green, featured in the introductory video for our Take A Stand Center, delivers a captivating performance in his self-curated “King In Continuum.” A deep-dive into Dr. King’s most poignant speeches, sermons and letters, Green tackles self-love, determination, respect, humanity, and civil rights through a reimagination of King’s words in a modern contest to show the timelessness of King’s brilliance and the legacy of race relations in America today.

 

 

 

 

 

Ellen V. and Phillip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series
CANCELED: Yom HaShoah Community-Wide Commemoration

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah, Wilmette
Sunday, April 19, 1:30 pm

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

The Museum is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

Gather together as a community to memorialize victims of the Holocaust with a candle-lighting by Survivors and their descendants; remarks from civic, religious, and political leaders; and live musical performance.

This commemorative program is presented in cooperation with Sheerit Hapleitah of Metropolitan Chicago and ADSI – Association of Descendants of the Shoah-Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Presentation

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

Sunday, April 26, 2:00 pm 

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

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

What was it like growing up with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Marty Ginsburg as mom and dad? Join us for laughter, learning, and an intimate conversation with RBG’s children, Jim and Jane Ginsburg, who will share personal stories about growing up in this iconic family. Conversation moderated by former CBS Anchor John Davis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book & Author

POSTPONED: Saving Free Speech … from itself

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 7:00 pm

Community Partner: Sheerit Hapleitah of Metropolitan Chicago

Hear child of Survivors and noted essayist Thane Rosenbaum take on the confusions and contradictions surrounding the cultural lightning rod of free speech as he presents his newest book, Saving Free Speech…from Itself. Book signing to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live Performance

Sip and Swing:  Sounds of the USO

Thursday, May 7, 7:00 pm

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

Celebrate 75 years after the end of WWII with a classic USO tribute, featuring a live musical performance by Chicago’s Big Band Boom! Lindy hop, jitterbug, and jive the night away with “String of Pearls,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Take the A-Train,” and other musical gems from a bygone era.

Refreshments provided by Chicago’s own Revolution Brewing and KOVAL Distillery.

 

 

 

 

Tickets: $30 General, $15 Members.
Reservations required.

 

Commemoration

POSTPONED: Victory Day: 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II

Friday, May 8, 3:00 pm

Community Partners: Holocaust Community Services CJE SeniorLife; Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany; JUF – RJD

The Peter Polsky Freedom Fund & The Chicago Association of Veterans of WWII invite you to a commemorative ceremony to honor those who fought against Nazism and sacrificed their lives for future generations’ freedom. The ceremony will include a laying of flowers & candle-lighting, followed by a Victory Day celebration with live music and a “field kitchen” meal. Father Patrick Desbois will deliver keynote remarks.

 

 

 

 

 

Special Presentation

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

Thursday, May 21, 6:30 pm

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

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.

 

Book & Author

The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial

Thursday, June 4, 6:30 pm

Praised by New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal, and subject of Netflix documentary The Devil Next Door, Lawrence DouglasThe Right Wrong Man presents the incredible story of the last major Holocaust trial to galvanize world attention. Book signing to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

Free with Museum admission.
Reservations required.

 

Family Event
Touch-a-Tank:  A Salute to our Veterans, Active Military, and First Responders

Sunday, June 7, 1:00 pm

Presenting Sponsor:  Wintrust Community Bank
Community Partner:  Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America – Department of Illinois

Join us as we thank your heroes with a special outdoor event. Climb inside military and emergency response vehicles, meet the Upstanders who serve our community, and enjoy food, drink & fun on a summer afternoon.  The Museum will be free for children and students with guided activities in Make a Difference!  The Harvey L. Miller Youth Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

Free to the public.
Reservations required.

 

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

Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 pm

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

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

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

Kick off your weekend with Notorious RBG “after dark.” #BeLikeRBG and come dressed in costume! Event includes social justice anthems & top 40 hits as performed by Expo ’76. Refreshments available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets: $30 General; $15 Members; $15 Under 21*.
(*Please note that there is no member discount for under 21.)

 

Film & Discussion

PRIDE PROGRAM

The Man Who Saved 14 Million Lives

Thursday, June 25, 6:30pm

Based on the life of legendary LGBT English mathematical genius Alan Turing, Academy Award-winning film Imitation Game tells the story of how Turing’s race to crack the German Enigma code saved millions of lives and directly contributed towards ending World War II.

 

 

 

 

 

Free with Museum admission.
Reservations required.

 

Live Performance
I Died in Auschwitz:  A Remarkable Story of Survival

Sunday, July 12, 3:00 pm

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

This critically-acclaimed stage work interweaves the stories of a Polish Jew coming of age during World War II, a half-Jewish lieutenant in Hitler’s army, a high-ranking SS officer, and a Jewish-American comedian. Written and performed by Roger Grunwald, this one-man, tour-de-force performance gives a rare glimpse into the moral dilemmas of World War II and the Holocaust.

 

 

 

 

 

Free with Museum admission.
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

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

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 per film: $15 General; $5 Members.
Reservations required.

RBG

On the Basis of Sex

 

Discussion
We Dissent!”: The Women Who Stood with RBG

Sunday, August 2, 2020, 2:00 pm

*** 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.

 

Exhibition Opening

We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim

Sunday, September 13, 2:00 pm

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

Photo: Children playing on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, 1947.

We Went Back reveals oft-overlooked details about the aftermath of World War II on civilians throughout Europe. Also known as David Seymour and born Dawid Szymin (1911 – 1956), this retrospective by preeminent 20th-century photojournalist Chim thoughtfully presents the reconstruction of post-war Europe, worker’s rights efforts, resistance, and above all, survival.

Though framed by the destruction and devastation of war, We Went Back focuses primarily on ordinary people and the intimacy of their daily lives, reminding visitors of the challenges faced by survivors of the war and the difficult task of rebuilding. 

Several of these photos are among the most iconic and recognizable of the era.

The exhibition’s opening program will include a conversation with the original curator, Cynthia Young, International Center of Photography, New York.

 

We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim is organized by the International Center of Photography. The exhibition was made possible by The John and Anna Maria Phillips Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.

Free with Museum admission.
Reservations required.

 

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

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.

 

Ellen V. and Philip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series
75th Anniversary of Nuremberg Trials & Kristallnacht Commemoration:
“Legacy of Nuremberg”

Sunday, November 8, 2:00 pm

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

On Sunday, join us for a moderated panel discussion with John Barrett, the official biographer of chief Nuremberg prosecutor Justice Robert H. Jackson; and Judge Melissa Jackson, Justice Jackson’s granddaughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free with Museum admission.
Reservations required.

 

Ellen V. and Philip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series
75th Anniversary of Nuremberg Trials & Kristallnacht Commemoration:
“Rule of Law” & “Search for Justice”

Monday, November 9

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

On Monday, panelists will discuss key prosecutors at Nuremberg – Bernard Meltzer, Telford Taylor, Ben Ferencz, and Whitney Harris – and the lasting impact of their work. Each of these prosecutors worked on twelve Holocaust-era war crime trials, all twelve of which were prosecuted solely by the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

Free with Museum admission.
Reservations required.

Please note there are TWO OPTIONS:

“Rule of Law” – 1:00 pm

“Search for Justice” – 3:00 pm

 

Ellen V. and Philip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series
75th Anniversary of Nuremberg Trials & Kristallnacht Commemoration

Monday, November 9, 6:30 pm

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

The Museum is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

Join us as we commemorate the 82nd anniversary of the “Night of Broken Glass” with a program of remembrance, featuring eyewitness testimony and candle-lighting by Survivors and their descendants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free to the public.
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.

March 1 – 31: Sam Harris

 

 

 

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:

  • March 28
  • April 12 & 25
  • May 10 & 30
  • June 14 & 27
  • July 12 & 25
  • August 9 & 29
  • September 13 & 26
  • October 11 & 31
  • November 8 & 28
  • December 13 & 26

 

***RBG EXHIBITION AND ALL EXHIBIT-RELATED PROGRAMMING SUPPORTED BY…***
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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