The mission of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is expressed in our founding principle: “Remember the Past, Transform the Future.” The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost, and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference.
All visitors ages 2 and up must wear a mask over their nose and mouth – regardless of vaccination status. Based on the latest CDC guidance, this will ensure the safety of our Survivors, visitors, volunteers, and staff. Please review our safety procedures and protocols before your visit.
COVID Safety protocols
At this time, online tickets are required and include access to all special exhibitions. There are no timed tickets for the Museum. Your ticket will note our opening time, 10 am; however, you may enter the Museum on the date of your visit anytime between 10 am and 4 pm. Visitors can reserve first-come, first-served tickets for the Survivor Stories Experience Holographic Theater on-site at our Information Desk.
For assistance, please call the Museum at 847.967.4800.
- Adults: $15
- Seniors (65+): $10
- Students (up to age 22 with valid student ID): $8
- Children (5-11): $6
- Children (under 5): Free
Hours of Operation
The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am through 5 pm. We welcome our last visitors at 4:00 pm, one hour before closing. Free parking is available.
We will be closed on the following dates in 2021:
- Rosh Hashanah (closed Tuesday, September 7)
- Yom Kippur (closed Wednesday, September 16)
- Thanksgiving (closed Thursday, November 25)
- Christmas (closed after 2 pm Friday, December 24; closed on Saturday, December 25)
- New Year’s (closed after 2 pm Friday, December 31, 2021; open Saturday, January 1, 2022)
Discounts & Promotions
At this time, guests must call the Museum at 847.967.4800 to take advantage of the below discounts.
Blue Star Museums – If you are a Blue Star family, please call the Museum to reserve your tickets.
Bank of America Museums on Us Program – Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders are eligible for free admission on the following dates. Please call the Museum to reserve your tickets. You will be asked to present your card upon arrival.
- August 7 & 8
- September 4 & 5
- October 2 & 3
- November 6 & 7
- December 4 & 5
North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association – If you are a member of a participating NARM institution, please call the Museum to reserve your tickets. You will be asked to present your membership card with the NARM sticker upon arrival.
Beginning on August 8, 2021, the Museum will offer public “drop-in” Outdoor Architecture Tours on the second Sunday and last Saturday of each month. On this outdoor only tour, participants will explore the outside features of the Museum, including the Ferro Fountain of The Righteous and Peace Garden, and how architectural spaces can influence emotional responses. Reservations can be made on-site, upon arrival, at the Information Desk.
Please come dressed for outdoor weather. Tours will run as scheduled unless there is heavy rain or snow.
All visitors are welcome to take our free self-guided audio tour, available in English and Spanish. At this time, we are unable to offer headphones and audio guide devices, and encourage visitors to bring their own headphones and download the tour before arriving at the Museum.
Audio tour information
The Museum also offers group tours, field trips, and facility rentals for private events.
Directions to Illinois Holocaust Museum
The Museum is located at 9603 Woods Drive in Skokie, Illinois, convenient to I-94 and the Chicago downtown area.
From North I-94
Take the Edens Expressway (I-94) east to the Old Orchard exit. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Old Orchard Road. Turn left onto Woods Drive, about 1/4 mile down.
From South I-94
Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) west. Merge onto the Edens Expressway (I-94) going west to the Old Orchard exit. From the exit ramp, turn left onto Old Orchard Road. Turn left onto Woods Drive, about 1/4 mile down.
From Downtown Chicago
From Downtown Chicago, take I-90 (Kennedy Expressway) to I-94. Then, take Old Orchard Road to Woods Drive.
From South I-294
Take the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) north to the Dempster St. east (US-14) exit. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Dempster Street (US-14) and drive east for about 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Waukegan Road and drive north about 1 mile. Then, turn right onto Golf Road, and drive east about 2 miles. Turn left onto Woods Drive.
Chicago Public Transportation Options
The Museum is easily accessible via public transportation. To find the most efficient route, check Google Maps and use the public transportation (“transit”) filter. Links to Chicagoland’s public transportation (CTA Yellow Line, Metra and Pace) systems are below.Get Directions from Google Pace Tickets Metra Tickets
Accessibility and Amenities
We want each visitor to have a memorable experience at our Museum, so we are committed to making our programs, exhibitions, and facilities accessible for everyone by removing accessibility barriers, delivering a welcoming and relevant experience, and providing opportunities for meaningful engagement.
An audio guide of our exhibitions is available in English and Spanish languages. Wheelchair accessible parking is available in our parking lots. Wheelchairs are available at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. Our facility offers elevators that access all three public levels of the Museum. Please call the Museum at 847.967.4800 for assistance and specific accessibility needs/questions.
Local hotels that visitors enjoy include the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center-Chicago North Shore, Residence Inn Chicago Wilmette, and Hampton Inn & Suites-Chicago North Shore/Skokie.
For additional lodging options, dining, transportation and activities on the North Shore, visit the Chicago’s North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Photo credits: Scott Edwards; Emily Mohney