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Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Enjoy an afternoon immersed in Native American culture on a bus tour organized by the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian on Saturday, June 15th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Visit today’s urban American Indian organizations, historic sites, public art, and the St. Kateri Center’s pow wow.

From the comfort of an air conditioned bus without the hassle of parking, knowledgeable guides, Kathleen McDonald and Ernest Whiteman III, Northern Arapaho, take you on this exclusive tour. The tour departs the Mitchell Museum, located at 3001 Central Street in Evanston, at 1:00 p.m. and costs $45 or $40 for museum members. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended by June 7 and tickets can be purchased by calling the museum at 847-475-1030.

“Chicagoland was once entirely Indian Country, home to tribes including the Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi. While vestiges of the past remain, more recent artwork and commemoration sites are visible if you know where to look” says Mitchell Museum’s executive director, Kathleen McDonald. “Complementing the Mitchell Museum’s exhibit, Heritage Markers: Local Native American History and Culture, the museum organized this three-hour bus tour around the north side of Chicago for everyone to experience American Indian heritage.”

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After meeting at the Mitchell Museum, the tour’s first stop is the American Indian Center’s art gallery for an exclusive tour by American Indian Center director, Heather Miller, of artwork by Melissa Melero-Moose, Andrea Carlson, Silvester Hustito, and Thomas “Breeze” Marcus. From the American Indian Center, the tour visits sites such as the “Indian Lands Dancing” bricolage, the Kwakuit’l totem pole, historic treaty boundary lines, traditional trails, sculptures, and the historic portage between the Chicago and Des Plaines rivers - future site of the walking museum. During the bus ride you will hear more about the history of the region from broken treaties to the current American Indian population in Chicagoland. 

The final stop before returning to the Mitchell Museum is a Pow Wow hosted by the St. Kateri Center where you can listen to the Guest Drums: Little Thunder Singers, Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago’s own, Redline Drum. There will also be pow wow dancing, Native food, and over eight vendors of Native-made arts and crafts. The Pow wow continues until 8 p.m. so you can return later or stay and find alternate transportation back to the Mitchell Museum.

The Mitchell Museum is one of only a handful of museums in the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, culture, and current events of American Indian and First Nation peoples throughout the United States and Canada. The Mitchell Museum won the top Superior award by the Illinois Association of Museums in 2017 and 2012, was named “Best Museum of the North Shore: Up and Comer” by Make It Better magazine in 2012, and was named a national finalist by the American Association of State and Local History award program.

For more information about the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, visit, call 847-475-1030 or see our verified Facebook page.

The museum is located in Evanston, Illinois at 3001 Central Street. It is open Tuesday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, Friday- Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students, and children, and free for Mitchell Museum members and Tribal members. The museum is CLOSED July 4th.