Tours & Experiences


Virtual Tour: Identity, Art, and Public Protest for Social Change

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

This tour has been cancelled.

Session 53  |  Thursday, 10:30 AM – Noon  | St. Gallen 2

Virtual tours of Hull-House use our beautiful 360-degree virtual walkthrough of the mansion through a Zoom presentation. Guests will learn about the history of the Hull-House Settlement and the life of social activist and reformer Jane Addams. This tour also explores Jane Addams’ lifelong queer relationship with Mary Rozet Smith, and how reformers at Hull-House challenged gender norms and expanded the role of women in civic life. We will discuss the many programs and initiatives launched by Hull-House, through artifacts like ceramic pieces from the Hull-House Kilns program, which tell the stories of the Mexican migrant and immigrant experience in Chicago. Finally, guests will visit the exhibit True Peace: The Presence of Justice, spotlighting the beginnings of the women’s peace movement and organizing legacy of women, women of color and queer communities of color, featuring artist-activists Monica Trinidad and Sarah-Ji.



Onsite Tour: Gender and Sexuality Tour

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Session 95  |  Friday, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  |  Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

This tour is full.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 9:45 AM to access the tour bus. We should return to the hotel around noon.

Bring Chicago history out of the closet! Join us for a tour of Hull-House and explore early 20th century stories of gender non-conformity, diverse definitions of family, and fierce self-expression. Hull-House was world-renowned for supporting immigrants and world peace, but did you know it helped pave the way for LGBTQ+ rights? We will address the question, “Was Jane Addams a lesbian?” and consider the historic context that complicates both the answer and the question itself. On this participatory tour we will explore historic artifacts and contemporary conversations. We will consider how history connects with today’s struggles for social justice and how we might expand our own notions of gender and sexuality.