Born in Kentucky on February 12, 1809, Lincoln moved to New Salem, IL at the age of twenty-one. By 1846, he was elected to Congress and had moved to Springfield, IL. In 1860, he was elected President of the United States.
Find key Chicago Lincoln Bicentennial events to learn more about this historic figure and celebrate his legacy.
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The Glessner Museum will feature a replica of the life mask made of Abraham Lincoln's face and hands and acquired by John Glessner in 1886.
Illinois Artist Laureate Kay Smith painted twenty-two historical watercolors for this exhibit of places that influenced Lincoln. Pritzker Military Library. 610 N. Fairbanks, 2nd floor, Chicago. Free.
George Mason University professor and former president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Spencer Crew will give a free lecture at the Newberry Library. 60 W. Walton St. Chicago, IL.
The Chicago History Museum shares its Lincoln collection including his pocket watch, desk, piano, the bed where he died, and, from April 1 to May 3, one of the five handwritten copies of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. They'll also officially unveil the United States Postal Service's Abraham Lincoln bicentennial stamps at noon. Also, enjoy one penny admission on Thursday, February 12 through Sunday, February 15.
Author Ronald C. White., Jr. will give a free lecture about President Lincoln at the Newberry Library from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required. 60 W. Walton St. Chicago, IL. Co-sponsored by the McCormick Freedom Museum.
Chicago’s Symphony Center will reverberate with a jazz tribute to the late Max Roach and Oscar Brown, Jr. with vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, drummer Lewis Nash, and more.
Prominent Lincoln scholar Holzer gives a lecture on the life of the president. 1 p.m. in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago. Free.
The CSO plays Bennett’s Selections from Bennett’s Abraham Lincoln , Harris’s Gettysburg symphony, Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, and Beethoven’s Symphony Number 5. James Gaffigan conducts and the James Earl Jones narrates.
Find a complete list of statewide Lincoln Bicentennial events.
- Abraham Lincoln Biographical Timeline
- Abraham Lincoln Resources and Speeches
- Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858
- Lincoln Wins the 1860 Election
- Old State Capitol - Springfield, IL