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

Throughout summer 2021, Once Upon Our Time Capsule supported thousands of children from across Chicago to tell the stories of their life during the COVID-19 pandemic. These individual stories will be brought together into a Giant Chicago Time Capsule that will tell the collective story of Chicago’s children during this time.

Today and years from now, these Time Capsules will tell 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
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Submissions Now Closed. Time Capsule To Be Sealed...
October 2021
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