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May 24-26
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

Congratulations! Tens of Thousands of students participate in the Great History Challenge, but only a select few perform well enough in their regions to qualify to compete in the National Championship.

At the National Championship, you'll compete against the best of the best for the title of America's best middle school history student! 


The Competition

At the National Championship, you'll compete against other students from across the country to answer questions and earn points.  It's a three-day version of what you did at the Regional Championship.

At the end of the day, we'll crown a single National Champion in each grade division - 6th Grade, 7th Grade, & 8th Grade.

Friday, May 24
     (5:00 PM-9:00 PM) Event Check-in
     (6:00 PM-8:00 PM) Practice Rounds 

Saturday, May 25

     (8:00 AM-9:00 AM) Welcome Meeting
     (9:00 AM-12:00 PM) Rounds 1-6
     (12:00 PM-2:00 PM) Lunch Break
     (2:00 PM-5:00 PM)  Rounds 7-12

Sunday, May 26

     (8:00 AM-10:00 AM) Rounds 13-18
     (11:00 AM) Semifinal Rounds

     (11:45 AM) National Championship

     (12:15 PM) Awards

Schedule subject to change


Only students who qualify for the National Championship at a Regional Championship event are eligible to participate in the competition.

To register you'll need your Invitation Code (the same you used to RSVP for the Regional Championship).  Don't know your code, no worries!  Just contact us.

Registration for the National Championship is $299 per student.  

The deadline to register is Friday, May 3.


The Venue

The National Championship will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in downtown Chicago.

The hotel is newly renovated and in a great neighborhood that's perfect for exploring all that Chicago has to offer.  It's walking distance to popular tourist attractions like Chinatown, Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and the Museum Campus (Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium).

A limited number of deeply discounted guest rooms are available for Great History Challenge participants.  These rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

To book, click HERE.

The City

Chicago is an awesome city with tons of great attractions to explore when you're not competing!  Here are some of our favorites!

* Chicago is home to several world-class museums, including the Field Museum (dinosaurs!), Shedd Aquarium, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry.

* Get a jaw-dropping view from observation deck of one of Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - the Willis Tower and the John Hancock Center.

* Visit the world's largest Starbucks (seriously, it's five stories!) while strolling the Magnificent Mile, the world-famous shopping destination.  

* Learn about the history of Chicago while taking a River Architecture Tour.  There's no better way to see the city!

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