Opening Sunday, July 4th, from 10AM - 2PM
The Fourth of July is remembered as the day when a newly forming country promised freedom and equality as part of its citizenship. However, justice movements followed for centuries through to the present to extend those values, indicating that the work to ensure the full measure of freedom for all remains unfinished. With conversations about America’s future in focus, how might we build a “more perfect union”?
Join us for a virtual event featuring Chicago reflections on freedom and liberty, a family hot dog trivia contest, and more connecting America’s past and present freedom movements and hopes for the future!
This event is free of charge. We would greatly appreciate a donation to the Museum in any amount. Links will be provided after registration.
10:00–10:30 a.m. – Activating Freedom in Chicago
Listen in as contemporary Chicagoans share the ways they work to activate liberty and equality today.
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – Chicago Hot Dog History & Trivia
Gather family and friends into a team and join Paul Durica, author of Pocket Guide to Hell, and Louisa Chu, Chicago Tribune food critic and cohost of Chewing, for this fun-filled exploration of Chicago’s iconic hot dog. We’ll host 3 rounds of questions and the team with the most correct answers gets a prize
- Round 1: The Chicago-Style Hot Dog
- Round 2: Hot Dog Stands of Note
- Round 3: Hot Dog Lore
1:15–2:00 p.m. – Art to Light up the Sky Family Fireworks Craft
Teaching artist Kimberly Nguyen leads a family art making workshop featuring different ways to paint fireworks! See the supply list below; you might have some of these items in your house:
- Construction paper in the color of your choice
- Washable paint in the colors of your choice, including red, white, and blue!
- Disposable flexible drinking straws
- Cardboard toilet paper or paper towel roll
Semicolon x Chicago History Museum: Freedom in Focus Family Book Box
Engage freedom-focused family fun with a FREE Family Book Box developed in partnership with Semicolon Bookstore! Pick one up while supplies last at the Chicago History Museum on Thursday, July 1, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 4, 12:00–5:00 p.m.