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Carefully read the instructions before registering to insure to a pleasant and efficient registration experience.

Your Username and Password will be emailed to you if you completed an Intent to Enter form. If you have not received a Username and Password, please contact us at

All competing students must still submit the Student Authorization Form. Exhibit, documentary, and performance students may bring to the event. Paper students may submit with their papers.  Website students should mail or scan and send it to the History Fair office at the Chicago History Museum.

Registration Allowances for Each Division

Senior Division (Grades 9-12)

  • 10 research papers
  • 10 exhibits
  • 10 performances or documentaries
  • 6 websites (if teacher is certified to compete)


Junior Division (Grades 6-8)

Schools with under 140 projects completed in grades 6-8:

  • 4 research papers
  • 4 exhibits
  • 2 performances or documentaries
  • 3 websites (if teacher is certified to compete).

If more entries are wanted for performances or documentaries only, a school may “trade” exhibit slots (for example, a school could send 2 exhibits, 3 documentaries, 1 performance). Trades cannot be made to add more website entries.  Schools may not fill unused paper, website, or documentary/performance slots with additional exhibits.

Junior Division schools with over 90 projects completed in grades 6-8 may add one entry per every 50 projects. For example, 140 projects = one additional entry in any category; 190 projects = two additional entries.  Above 240 projects, consult with History Fair staff.


Independent History Fair Scholar

Students who are home-schooled or are at a school that does not offer History Fair may still enter the competition.  Independent History Fair Scholars who complete the application and submit entry fee are eligible for coaching and prize consideration as well.  The "Intent" will generate a registration form for the actual competition.

Download the Independent Scholar Form.


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