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.


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


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


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 – 4:30pm 



Bicentennial Presentation

Reflections from the Court at the Heart of America: Judicial Oral History Project 

An Interview with Judge William J. Bauer: Reflections on a Six-Decade Career in Public Service in the Law

June 13, 2019  — 3:00pm to 4:30pm 

Courtroom 2141, Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL

RSVP requested to: Bauer_RSVP@ilnd.uscourts.gov 

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Bicentennial Presentation

“It Would Be Inhumane and Cruel:” A Brief History of Immigration Law and the Bold Decisions of Judges from the Northern District of Illinois, 1907-1940 — a talk by Professor Felice Batlan

June 18, 2019  — 3:30pm to 4:30pm 

U.S. District Court Northern District of IllinoisCourt History Musum – 21st Floor, 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL

RSVP requested to: ILND_RSVP@ilnd.uscourts.gov 

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