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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Inspire and Reflect Bus Tour

June 22 and 29, 9:30 am-3:15 pm

Jump on a bus in downtown Chicago and spend the day visiting two premier attractions on the North Shore.

The first stop is the Museum, where a docent will lead you on a tour of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition, which seamlessly weaves history with local Survivor narratives. Through August, see Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808-1865, a special exhibition that tells the stories of those whose lives were bought and sold. Following the tour, you will visit the award-winning Survivor Stories Experience Theater where you will have a “conversation” with a 3D Interactive Survivor Hologram.
(Survivor Stories Experience features Dimensions in Testimony, developed by USC Shoah Foundation in association with Illinois Holocaust Museum.)

After being amazed by these moving stories told through innovative technology, you will travel 15 minutes to the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, where you will grab lunch and stroll 27 gardens and four natural areas, including the renowned Bonsai collection.

Tour Details:
Pick-up at 2 downtown locations
9:30 am: Chicago Water Tower | 806 Michigan Ave.
9:40 am: Chicago Cultural Center | 78 E. Washington St.
10:30 am – 12:45 pm: Docent-guided tour at Illinois
Holocaust Museum
12 noon: 3D interactive hologram
12:45 pm: Depart for Chicago Botanic Garden
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Lunch and exploration of Chicago Botanic Garden
3:15 pm: Return to city



Film & Discussion: Slavery on the Silver Screen: Popular Culture and the Shaping of American Memory

Sunday, June 16, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Community Partner: Columbia College Chicago Department of Cinema & Television Arts, JCUA

Columbia College faculty members Dr. Karla Fuller and Ron Falzone explore Hollywood’s interpretation of slavery in America. Selected clips and commentary will highlight productions ranging from D.W. Griffith’s controversial 1915 film The Birth of a Nation to 2014 Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave.

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required




Pride Month Film & Discussion: Dear Fredy

Thursday, June 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Community Partners: Equality Illinois, Congregation Or Chadash, Chicagoland Alliance of Museums with Pride – CAMP

The documentary Dear Fredy tells the story of Fredy Hirsch, a Jew, an athlete, and an openly gay man who fled Germany after the passage of the Nuremberg Laws.  In the Czech Republic, he continued to inspire more than 4,000 young people in the Ghetto Terezin.  When many were deported to Auschwitz, Hirsch convinced the infamous Dr. Mengele to let him oversee a daycare center for some 600 children, where Fredy gave them hope in a place of death and despair.

A post screen discussion will reflect on heroic actions of other Upstanders within the LGBTQ+ community.





Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required


Survivor Speaker: Steen Metz

Saturday, June 29, 12:30 pm

Steen Metz grew up in the town of Odense, Denmark, about 100 miles west of Copenhagen, and was the son of non-practicing Jewish parents. Jews made up only 0.2 percent of the country’s population, and were well-integrated into Danish society at the time.

Then, on Oct. 2, 1943, after more than three years of Nazi occupation in Denmark, Metz’s family — 8-year-old Steen and his parents — were arrested at their home, loaded into a crowded cattle car without food, water, light or a working toilet for three days, and sent to Terezin Concentration Camp in what is today the Czech Republic.

Please join us for this special presentation by Danish Holocaust Survivor Steen Metz to hear the rest of his incredible story.

Free with Museum admission

No reservations required





Film & Discussion: From Stage to Screen: The Soap Myth

Sunday, June 30, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Community Partner: JCC Chicago

More than 50 years after World War II, a young investigative reporter, spurred on by a Holocaust survivor, finds herself caught between multiple versions of the same story in Jeff Cohen’s play The Soap Myth.  Deadlines, integrity, and the question of whom to believe all play a role in this provocative history lesson.

Following the screening of a filmed performance, Dr. Alvin Goldfarb, child of Holocaust survivors and nationally known theater educator and administrator, will discuss the themes explored in the play.

Free with Museum admission

Reservations required


Consular Series: Rescue in the Caribbean

Sunday, July 14, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

The Evian Conference in the summer of 1938 resulted in only one country agreeing to accept Jews fleeing the Nazis in Europe.  The Dominican Republic extended welcome to a limited number of refugees.  Learn what these Jews experienced in the Caribbean and how the town of Sosua became a Jewish agricultural settlement.  Kitty Loewy, the daughter of one of those resettled Jews, will speak, and we will share a 1941 film encouraging Jews to come to the Dominican Republic.






Free with admission

Reservations required


A Door Closed: The Unknown Story of America’s Failed Kindertransport

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

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.

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required




Peace Garden Dedication

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

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, music, and special programming.

We thank Harvey L. Miller and the Sarowitz family for their vision and support of this project.

Free to the public

Reservations required


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

Sunday, September 22, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

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


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)


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.

June 1 – 30: Eva Schloss

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

June 9 & 29, 11:00 – 12:00 pm






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