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The Northern District of Illinois Court History Museum located in the Dirksen Federal Courthouse is closed temporarily due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

About

The Northern District of Illinois Court Historical Association is dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting the history and artifacts of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and to educating the public on the role and function of the Court.

The Court Historical Association undertakes and sponsors projects and events designed to preserve and enhance the historical, artistic, and architectural character of the District Court’s functions and buildings. By collecting photographs, documents, judicial biographical information, and artifacts the Association seeks to archive the history of the court and its cases.

Officers

Martin V. Sinclair, Jr., President
Gretchen Van Dam, Vice President/Archivist
Margot Klein, Secretary/Treasurer

Directors

Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, Chair
Hon. Jeffrey Cole
Hon. Jacqueline P. Cox
Hon. William T. Hart
Hon. James F. Holderman (Ret.)
William J. Kresse
Joel R. Skinner

Visit

The Northern District of Illinois Court History Museum is closed temporarily due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Northern District of Illinois Court History Museum is located in Room 2144A of the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse, at 219 South Dearborn Street in Chicago, Illinois. 

The museum is free of charge and open to the public. 

Museum Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm 

Click on the video below to learn more about the Court History Museum.

Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Chicago 7 Trial 50 Years Later: A Conversation with Trial Prosecutor Richard Schultz

Free Virtual Seminar

1.5 Illinois CLE Credit Hours pending approval

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

The Chicago 7 Trial was one of the most famous, and infamous, trials ever to take place in a Chicago courtroom.  Now, 50 years after the verdict, and days after the release of a new blockbuster film on Netflix, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Federal Bar Association -Chicago Chapter, and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association are proud to present a conversation with the last living member of either trial team –  former Assistant United States Attorney Dick Schultz.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin and U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole interview Mr. Schultz as he takes us through all of the hard-to-believe moments of one of the most talked about trials in American history.

To register, go to: https://www.fedbarchicago.org/event/chicago-7-trial-2020/