Once Upon Our Time Capsule believes in the power of storytelling to heal and to bring people together.

In 2021, Once Upon Our Time Capsule helped thousands of kids across Chicago build time capsules to capture what life was like during the pandemic. Together, these individual time capsules will tell us a collective story of a young generation bravely navigating the changes and challenges of complex times — the story of young Chicago heroes.

What’s a Time Capsule?
A Time Capsule is a container of important stories from the present that gets sealed or buried for discovery in the future.
Time Capsule Timeline
Timeline, step 0
Spring/Summer 2021
Reflect and Create
Kids create Time Capsules
Timeline, step 1
August 15 2021
Deadline for Time Capsule Submissions
Last day to submit Time Capsules!
Timeline, step 2
Fall 2021
Chicago's Giant Time Capsules are Sealed!
Chicago’s Giant Time Capsules are sealed and placed in iconic locations for the next five years
Timeline, step 3
Fall 2026
The Time Capsules are Opened!
Kids across the city (re)discover what life was like for kids in these historic years
Support us so we can continue to create engaging programs that empower children and build community.
Chicago’s Giant Time Capsules have now been sealed.
Reopening in 2026
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