Since 1990, the Chicago office has served more than 7,847 local educatorsin professional development programs. These teachers annually reach over 573,500 middle and high school students in over 1,011 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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    American Creed Community Conversation

    In turbulent times, what ideals do we all share?

    In the documentary film American Creed, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from remarkably different life experiences, backgrounds and points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of a wide range of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides.

    A Community Conversation featuring Condoleezza Rice

    Join us for an American Creed Community Conversation featuring former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in discussion with Patricia Harrison, Chief Executive Officer at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Together with Facing History students, they’ll engage in a dialogue about freedom, fairness, opportunity and the meaning of citizenship.

    Venue SIX10
    610 S. Michigan Ave
    60605 Chicago
    5:00 pm - 6:30 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

    The deep social and political divisions amplified in headlines, social media feeds, and daily conversations have put our democracy at risk. We can find ways to unify our fractured nation by facing our histories, and ourselves, together.

    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
Roxanne Hori
Francis Idehen
Amy Kaplan
Christopher D. Lueking
Paul Meister
Richard Melcher
Peter J. Miller
Linda K. Miner
Jo Ann Nathan
Stuart Nathan
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
Tom Wippman
Judy Wise


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