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A Jewish refugee from Vienna, #RudiGernreich (1922–85) was known for his unisex clothes, bold geometric patterns, and provocative cutouts. His fame peaked in 1964 with the scandalous topless monokini, which was denounced by the Vatican. Upon partnering with #HarmonKnitwear in the early 1960s, Gernreich’s work became available to the masses. This wool sweater and skirt set (c. 1965) is a departure from his usual avant-garde creations, but retains an op art-inspired pattern he favored. #PrideMonth #FashionFriday #ChicagoHistoryMuseum #CHMCostumeCouncil #vintagefashion

#OnThisDay in 1964, about 75,000 people gathered at #SoldierField for the Illinois Rally for #CivilRights. The program featured notables such as gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, civil rights leaders Al Raby, Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins, and Dr. #MartinLutherKing Jr. as the keynote speaker. King praised the passage of the #CivilRightsAct that had taken place a few days prior but reminded the crowd that it “doesn’t mean that we have reached the promised land.” Learn more about King’s work in our exhibition “Remembering Dr. King: 1929–1968.” #chicagohistorymuseum

Chicago has been home to countless #refugees over the course of its history. Wars, poverty, persecution, and political instability led Irish, Germans, Poles, Jews, Eastern Europeans, Cubans, Southeast Asians, Africans, Asians, and Latin Americans to flee their native countries. Those who settled here helped build Chicago’s multiethnic character, making it the cosmopolitan city it is today. #WorldRefugeeDay #ChicagoHistoryMuseum #museumgallery #immigrationhistory

Repost @specialolympicschicago // We are so excited for our athletes representing Special Olympics Chicago at the National Games in Seattle July 1-6th. They visited the @chicagomuseum today and visited the Special Olympics exhibit with Justice Anne Burke. Make sure to catch the story on @abc7chicago (5pm) and @wgnnews tonight. Good luck in Seattle! #choosetoinclude

Happy #NationalWatchDay! You can find this gold #RailwayTimekeeper pocket watch (c. 1855) in “Chicago: Crossroads of America.” As the railroad industry developed in the 19th century, the accurate keeping of time became essential. In 1883, the major railroad companies established four zones—Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific—of Standard Railway Time. Prior to then, railroads had been coursing through at least 50 regional times. Many jewelers, factories, courthouses, and other timekeepers followed suit, and Congress made the time zones official in 1918. #ChicagoHistoryMuseum #museumgallery #enjoyillinois #igwatch

Chicago native Robert T. Ford brought the #LGBTQ cultural experience into the #AfricanAmerican community. He was the founding publisher and coeditor of “Thing” (1989–93), an underground magazine covering issues, arts, and culture. Ford’s goals were to include elements of both #gay and #black consciousness and to have a gay presence that was as strong as its black focus. You can find “Thing” in the #CHMResearchCenter. #🏳️‍🌈 #ChicagoHistoryMuseum #PrideMonth #BlackLGBT

Born in Vicksburg, MS, in 1954, #PatrickKelly ran a boutique in Atlanta before moving to Paris, where he started selling clothes on the street. His flamboyant designs captured attention, and in 1988, he became the first American member of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. This cotton ensemble (1988) from our collection illustrates how Kelly’s lively designs celebrated his southern roots. He achieved the dramatic shaping with shoulder pads and a peplum. #PrideMonth #FashionFriday #BlackLGBT #ChicagoHistoryMuseum #CHMCostumeCouncil #igfashion #vintagefashion

#OnThisDay in 1916, more than 5,000 #suffrage supporters marched south from Michigan Avenue at Randolph Street to the Chicago Coliseum, where the Republican National Convention was being held. Despite heavy rain, they were determined to make their presence known and push for women to have the right to vote. Learn more in our exhibition “Facing Freedom in America.” #ChicagoHistoryMuseum #museumgallery #enjoyillinois #womensrights #righttovote

CHM collections interns started their summer with us by cleaning the Lincoln Alcoves, which features one of our most famous artifacts—#AbrahamLincoln’s deathbed. Senior collection manager @bkarendt and collection technician Jessica McPheters showed them the appropriate tools and techniques with which to help care for each artifact. You can find the bed on the Museum’s second floor. #ChicagoHistoryMuseum #collectionsmanagement #collectionscare #WhenYouWorkAtAMuseum #museumgallery #enjoyillinois

Today would've been #StudsTerkel's 106th birthday. To celebrate, CHM, @StudsArchive, @NEHgov, and @librarycongress got him a new website for the 5,600 live radio programs he created at #WFMT between 1952 and 1997. As you navigate the new site, we hope you enjoy the curatorial commentary, educational resources, and an original podcast, along with other special features that open up Studs’s radio programs and allow for a deeper level of engagement: #linkinbio #ChicagoHistoryMuseum #oralhistory #enjoyillinois

For #MapMonday, let’s take a look at James Rees’s #map of Cook County (1851), which includes parts of DuPage, Kane, and Kendall Counties. Since a road system was not yet developed, waterways were essential for transport. Note that the largest cities were along rivers, such as Elgin and @cityofstcharlesil on the Fox River and Joliet on the Des Plaines River. #ChicagoHistoryMuseum #chmresearchcenter #cityofstcharlesil #enjoyillinois

It’s #ChicaGO24 weekend! This afternoon @chicagoelevated led us over, under, and across the Loop. 🏙 More adventures await! ✨ For info about tours on Sun. 5/13, visit

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