Des Plaines History Center
Creating. Inspiring. Connecting.


Looking for something to do and an opportunity to learn more about the Des Plaines History Center?
Try one of these upcoming events!

Each year, the History Center hosts and participates in special events, both at the History Center and throughout the community. Find out more about our upcoming events below!

Chestnut Roasting at the Tree-lighting ceremony
Friday, December 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Square

Join us in Metropolitan Square during the city’s tree-lighting ceremony. The History Center staff will be roasting chestnuts and serving them to the community. Stop by our table!

Holiday Open House
& 50th Anniversary Kickoff
Sunday, December 18
2-4:30 p.m.
Des Plaines History Center

All are welcome to join us for festive music and light refreshments and to hear about the special activities that are being planned for the History Center’s 50th anniversary next year. We’d love to share the holiday season with you! Please RSVP by calling the History Center at 847-391-5399 by Wednesday, December 14.


School Day Off: “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day”

Monday, January 16, for children, ages 5-12, with an adult

1:00-3:00pm • $3 per child for non-members, $2 for members

Learn about one of America’s most inspirational social activists who led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used nonviolent methods to achieve social change. Come celebrate this remarkable Nobel Peace Prize winner by creating a colorful collage of Dr. King.