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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Chicago History Museum

History Lives Here

three stars

82.05

1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614
tel: (312) 642-4600   Web Site
EIN: 36-2167004

Board Leadership
David D. Hiller Gist Gilliam
Chair

CEO
Gary T. Johnson
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.05 three stars
  Financial 77.13 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Chicago History Museum is the city's oldest cultural institution, founded as the Chicago Historical Society in 1857 by leading entrepreneurs to help develop their frontier town into a balanced city. Nationally recognized for its major collections, the Museum specializes in the diverse and evolving history of Chicago and Illinois, as well as selected areas of American history.

Our mission is to share Chicago stories, serving as a hub for scholarship and learning, inspiration and civic engagement. The Chicago History Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets documents, images, and artifacts related to the history of metropolitan Chicago and the United States. Permanent and special exhibitions, a dynamic website, publications, research guidance to the collection, and educational programs are offered to the public.

The Chicago History Museum is the city's oldest cultural institution, founded as the Chicago Historical Society in 1857 by leading entrepreneurs to help develop their frontier town into a balanced city. Nationally recognized for its major collections, the Museum specializes in the diverse and evolving history of Chicago and Illinois, as well as selected areas of American history.

Our mission is to share Chicago stories, serving as a hub for scholarship and learning, inspiration and civic engagement. The Chicago History Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets documents, images, and artifacts related to the history of metropolitan Chicago and the United States. Permanent and special exhibitions, a dynamic website, publications, research guidance to the collection, and educational programs are offered to the public.

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Financial

two stars

77.13

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
68.7%
  Administrative Expenses 21.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.66
  Program Expenses Growth 4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 52.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago History Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago History Museum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago History Museum (IL) 82.05 three stars
California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CA) 93.91 four stars
Fairfield Museum and History Center (CT) 88.36 three stars
Detroit Historical Society (MI) 90.03 four stars
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (MD) 94.91 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,169,743
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $562,570
   Fundraising Events $961,675
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,120,166
Total Contributions $9,814,154
   Program Service Revenue $1,514,612
Total Primary Revenue $11,328,766
   Other Revenue $3,760,984
TOTAL REVENUE $15,089,750
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,998,878
   Administrative Expenses $3,518,987
   Fundraising Expenses $1,559,558
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $18,077,423
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,987,673
   
Net Assets $58,321,290

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Education and Audience $6,499,439 50.0%
Collections and Research $3,899,663 30.0%
Exhibits $2,599,776 20.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 82.05 three stars
2017-06 11/01/2018 77.98 two stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 77.36 two stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 81.64 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 81.05 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 87.73 three stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 78.93 two stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 83.14 three stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 80.07 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 87.74 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 63.38 one star
2008-06 05/01/2009 62.77 one star
2006-06 05/01/2008 84.40 three stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 79.15 two stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 79.30 two stars
2002-06 08/01/2003 85.24 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 82.42 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 36-2167004
Name in IRS Master File CHICAGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code A54
NTEE Classification History Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (30) School, college, trade school, etc.
(61) Library
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 1932
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$362,699 2.00% Gary T. Johnson President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago History Museum (IL) 82.05 three stars
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (MD) 94.91 four stars
Dubuque County Historical Society (IA) 90.20 four stars
National World War II Museum (LA) 90.38 four stars
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (IL) 85.00 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
tel: (312) 642-4600
fax: (312) 266-2077
EIN: 36-2167004

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Board Leadership

David D. Hiller Gist Gilliam
Chair

CEO

Gary T. Johnson
President

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