Since 1990, the Chicago office has served more than 6,935 local educators in professional development programs. These teachers annually reach over 446,400 middle and high school students in over 770 public, religious, and independent schools in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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Our training enables students to deepen their knowledge of history, their understanding of the origins of hatred and violence, and their ability to relate history to their own lives. Our collection of resources helps educators address sensitive topics, like the 2016 election, in the classroom. A strong alliance with Chicago Public Schools and growing partnerships with suburban, religious, and charter schools enables us to have critical and significant impact. 

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News and Announcements

August 14, 2017

Resources to help educators manage the difficult conversations around the bigotry and hatred demonstrated by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA.

March 14, 2017

Over 200 students from across the Chicagoland area will gather to hear journalist Wesley Lowery discuss the changing landscape of journalism and the rise of social media on March 15 at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will be live-streamed.

Upcoming Chicago Events



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    Planning Your Facing History Unit

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Planning Your Facing History Unit

    Please join us for a collaborative work session to plan your Facing History unit for second semester. You will have the opportunity to work with both Facing History staff members and fellow teachers.
    4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    2 N LaSalle
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    Chicago, IL 60602
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    Chicago: The House We Live In

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Chicago: The House We Live In - A Facing History Look at Belonging in Our City

    Chicago's people and neighborhoods have a wide range of complex identities. This provides opportunities for engaging interaction, but can also lead to misunderstanding and conflict. How can we better understand the roles identity and belonging have played in Chicago's rich history, including the dynamics of "us" and "them"?

    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Wells Community Academy High School
    936 N Ashland Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622


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    Teaching the Holocaust Through Literature

    Teaching the Holocaust Through Literature

    How can literature be a window into how an individual’s life circumstances shape his or her identity? How do tragedy and trauma influence an individual’s identity and choices? In this workshop we will explore how Elie Wiesel and author, Danny Cohen, explore these questions through the particular lens of Night and Train.

    Bernard Zell Anshe Emet
    3751 N Broadway Street 60613
    60613 Chicago
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm


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    Chicago Benefit Lunch
    Benefit Dinner
    Save the Date. We're holding our first annual Chicago Benefit Luncheon on May 4th, 2018!

    2018 Chicago Benefit Lunch

    Facing History and Ourselves has a plan and a vision for the future. Imagine a world shaped by knowledge and compassion, not racism, antisemitism, and prejudice. Join us at the first annual Chicago Benefit Lunch on Friday, May 4th, 2018, honoring GCM Grosvenor, and experience how Facing History and Ourselves equips educators and youth with tools that empower them to consider how today’s choices will shape tomorrow’s world. 

    Hilton Chicago
    720 S Michigan Ave
    60605 Chicago
    11:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Get to know our work through stories told by teachers, students, scholars, and partnering organizations.

Facing History in 60 Seconds

There are many classes that teach science, math, and English. There’s only one that teaches us to be more human.

Maureen Loughnane at the 2017 Chicago Benefit Dinner

Maureen Loughnane, Facing History’s Executive Director in Chicago, tells a powerful story from her days as a student that helped steer her, ultimately, to work at Facing History.

Stories Matter: A Facing History Teacher Uses Her Own Story to Connect with Students

Lydia Kurkjian Mantis recounts her family's harrowing experience during the Armenian Genocide and shares how she draws on her own childhood experiences to connect with her students today.


Facing History, Chicago Advisory Board

John Brooklier, Chair*

Eric Adelstein
Aaron Bianco
Gene Bindler
Ellen B. Carmell
Steve Cohen
Linda Burns Coleman
Nick Colvin
Theresa Cothern
Jill Garling
Karen G. Harrison
Mark S. Hoplamazian
Roxanne Hori
Francis Idehen
Amy Kaplan
Christopher D. Lueking
Paul Meister
Richard Melcher
Peter J. Miller
Linda K. Miner
Jo Ann Nathan
Stuart Nathan
Langdon Neal
Joanne Nemerovski
Bonnie Oberman
Kathy Richland Pick
Michael Pucker
Michael J. Sacks
Peggy Salamon
Carole Segal
Gordon Segal
Stacy Sharpe
Monica Swope
Trish Tullman
Dr. Manika Turnbull
Judy Wise

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Chicago, IL 60602


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