Pritzker Military Library

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is one of Chicago's most unique and off-the-beaten path museums. Just steps from Millennium Park and the Art Institute, it's worth visiting for its unique collection and rotating, acclaimed exhibits, all housed in the historic Monroe Building. This upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the museum has a number of events planned to honor the courage of our nation's service men and women. 

On Saturday, May 24, the museum invites all veterans to walk in and share their stories as part of their oral history recording sessions. All day long, the museum will also be hosting a military movie marathon. At 10:30 a.m., Jennifer Holik, genealogist and author of Stories of the Lost, will be presenting a lecture related to her book. Admission is free for everyone. This special day of activities coincides with the City of Chicago's Memorial Day Parade, which will travel down State St. from Lake to Van Buren. 

Also now on display until December 2014, SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice offers a rare glimpse into the post 9-11 world of Navy SEALs, depicted in the incredible more than 80 stunning black and white photographs captured by documentary photographer Stephanie Freid-Perenchio, the first woman and civilian to be granted nearly unfettered access to the professional and personal lives of Navy SEALs abroad and at military facilities in the United States. Several Navy SEAL artifacts on loan from the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, including a tribute wall to SEALs who lost their lives in action or in training since 9/11, add to the intensity of the exhibit.
The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is located at 104 s. Michigan Ave. Admission is $5. For more information, contact the museum at (312) 374-9333 or visit