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.
Chicago History Museum Reviews
This museum provides an interesting glimpse of Chicago's history and blues tradition. Other exhibits that were there during our visit highlighted Martin Luther King and streamlined design. Our gold st... more »
We bought the city pass, it gave us access to almost everything in the museum. We ran short with time and it’s definitely an all day kinda museum but it’s rich in history. Highly recommend. more »
Great place to find out about Chicago history. We arrived too close to closing time, which was our loss as there was so much more to discover. The Chicago fire and sports memorabilia was great, as was inventions from this area. Very interesting place in a multi-level building with an elevator. Great for ages 7 - 107!
Sit inside an original subway car, listen to exhibits in an audio tour, or have lunch at the museum's on site cafe (closes 3 p.m.). Check their website for exact hours/days of operation -- they close early on weekends, but I noticed the day I went (Tuesday) they were opened until 9 p.m. It's accessible by bus and is close to Lincoln Park and the Lincoln Park Zoo, Aquarium, Nature Museum (?) and the Lake Front Beach. Close to Lake Shore Drive and less than 1/2 hour from Downtown Chicago including the Magnificent Mile shopping.
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