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Chicago History Museum, Chicago

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At Chicago History Museum, learn all about the Windy City's history and its role as the scene of numerous nationally significant moments. Check out exhibits like Facing Freedom, which focuses on key American conflicts over freedom from the 1850s to the 1970s. Then head into the Abraham Lincoln alcove to discover details of the 16th president’s election, leadership during the Civil War, and assassination. The Sensing Chicago exhibit invites children to use their senses to learn about the city’s past. Temporary exhibits feature artifacts covering everything from the city’s art to its social movements. The community gallery highlights each of the city’s distinct communities. The museum is easily accessible via a quick walk from the nearby public transportation. Put Chicago History Museum into our Chicago online trip itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Chicago.
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  • Love Chicago and loved this museum. Great exhibits, simply explained without leaving out detail. There is so much history it is almost impossible to take it all in during one day. But I seriously... 
    Love Chicago and loved this museum. Great exhibits, simply explained without leaving out detail. There is so much history it is almost impossible to take it all in during one day. But I seriously...  more »
  • Interesting museum about the history of Chicago and a few of its more well-known former residents. Has the bed that President Abraham Lincoln passed away in after he was shot. Also has a large... 
    Interesting museum about the history of Chicago and a few of its more well-known former residents. Has the bed that President Abraham Lincoln passed away in after he was shot. Also has a large...  more »
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  • Such a hidden gem. Although the kid’s area is small it is highly engaging and worth the visit. The entire Chicago Fire exhibit was highly educational. It also made the tragedy feel much more real by sharing actual narrative and first hand experiences. The exhibit also had engaging experiences for children to relate. Parking is a bit of a walk so recommend being aware of the weather when visiting.
  • Had an awesome time. It's a little small but well worth it. Shout out to the great helpful staff who offered to take our pictures; special shout out to Charlie the manager who became our personal photographer

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