Museums

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Chicago Jewish Historical Society

610 S. Michigan Ave.
Room 803
Chicago, IL 60605-1901
Phone: (312) 663-5634
Email: info@chicagojewishhistory.org
Web: http://www.chicagojewishhistory.org
Contact: Dr. Rachelle Gold, co-president; Jerry Levin, co-president

Historical material on Chicago Jewry; sponsors public programs; tours of Jewish historic sites; quarterly journal.

Frank Rosenthal Memorial Collection

20820 Western Ave.
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
Phone: (708) 748-6010
Email: rfriedman@templeanshesholom.org
Contact: Rick Friedman

An extensive private collection of Judaica gathered by Rabbi Frank F. Rosenthal; open to the public.

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center *

9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 967-4800
Fax: (847) 967-4801
Email: info@ilhmec.org
Web: http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org
Contact: Susan L. Abrams

Illinois Holocaust Museum honors the Survivors and victims of the Holocaust and transforms history into current and universal lessons in humanity. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, the Museum inspires individuals and organizations and provides a universal wake-up call to action. The Karkomi Holocaust permanent exhibition weaves history with local Survivor narratives and over 500 artifacts to create a highly personal experience. The Take a Stand Center includes the world's first interactive, holographic Survivor Stories Experience Theater, followed by three galleries that guide visitors through social justice issues suggesting ways to take action.


Kohl Children's Museum

2100 Patriot Blvd
Glenview, IL 60026-9010
Phone: (847) 251-6950
Web: http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org

A hands-on children's museum with changing exhibits, some with Jewish content.

The Rissman Family Kol Ami Museum

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
1175 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 432-8900
Email: rkamin@nssbethel.org
Web: http://www.nssbethel.org

The Rissman Family Kol Ami Museum encompasses Jewish ceremonial art, articles of folklore, manuscripts and documents of historical value from the 18th century to modern times from countries around the world. Paintings, sculptures, prints, rare books and Judaic ritual objects are included. The Museum features objects from the core collection as well as visiting exhibits and programs throughout the year. 

What's New in the Guide

Jewish Enrichment Center

The Jewish Enrichment Center is a laboratory school that raises a child's voice in Jewish learning. Since 2011, we've run an independent Sunday and afterschool in Hyde Park, Chicago, where children are co-creators of Judaism. The Jewish Enrichment Center is recognized nationally as an exceptional model of deep, personalized Jewish children's learning. At the Jewish Enrichment Center, children ask questions, generate ideas, and bring Jewish texts to life for themselves. Using art and drama and clay, children dialogue with peers and with our ancient tradition, simultaneously growing their Jewish literacy as well as skills for critical and creative thinking and compassionate listening. Our environment teaches children to pursue dignity for all humanity. Now open for infant/toddlers through middle school.

Sharsheret

Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting Jewish women and their families facing breast and ovarian cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.

Bais Chaim Dovid

Orthodox Shul in Lincolnwood