Grantee Profile

Chicago Historical Society

Grants to Chicago Historical Society

  • $50,000

    2017 (Duration 1 year)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Historical Society, which houses the Chicago History Museum, is the city’s oldest cultural institution, serving as a hub of scholarship and learning through its programs, exhibitions and research center. With this award, the Chicago History Museum works with the Polish History Museum to explore inter-generational immigration experiences of Poles in Chicago through the collection  of oral histories. The culminating exhibitions are presented in Chicago and Warsaw, Poland. Award funds support travel, lodging, stipends, supplies, programs, and events.

  • $315,000

    2013 (Duration 5 years)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Historical Society was established in 1856 and is the city’s oldest cultural institution. It collects, interprets and presents the history of Chicago and Illinois. Each year more than 50,000 K-12 students participate in the Historical Society’s educational programs. Public programming and tours reach more than 3,000 individuals annually. The Research Center is used by more than 10,000 researchers each year. Recent investments in digital services bring Historical Society programs, collections and curriculum to 2 million online users annually. This grant will support general operations of the Historical Society, new and continuing exhibitions, and educational initiatives.

  • $375,000

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $250,000

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $650,000

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the "Chicago Sports: You Shoulda Been There" exhibition, and space renovation with a particular focus on the Children's Gallery (over three years).

  • $60,000

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $30,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $90,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $90,000

    1993 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $300,000

    1993 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support an institutional change initiative and develop new galleries.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Chicago Historical Society $2,210,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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