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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Chicago History Museum reviews
This well set our museum tells the fascinating story of this great city. It follows the development in a chronological order and there's more than enough to hold any viewer's attention. Also...
This well set our museum tells the fascinating story of this great city. It follows the development in a chronological order and there's more than enough to hold any viewer's attention. Also... more »
Interesting overview of Chicago that touches on most aspects of Chicago history and culture at a high level. The Chicago Fire exhibit was very well done. My only complaint was that some parts of the..... more
Interesting overview of Chicago that touches on most aspects of Chicago history and culture at a high level. The Chicago Fire exhibit was very well done. My only complaint was that some parts of the..... more »
We did their Blues Bus Tour which was absolutely excellent. You will get to make several fascinating stops including Muddy Waters’ house and even get to meet a wonderful old blues musician who has...
We did their Blues Bus Tour which was absolutely excellent. You will get to make several fascinating stops including Muddy Waters’ house and even get to meet a wonderful old blues musician who has... more »
Very entertaining and educational! It isn't just about Chicago history. It also has some U.S. history as well! If you are a true historian and just love learning about facts you didn't know before, then this is the place to go! If you want to travel back in time, then this place is also the way to go! Take advantage of those free days for Illinois residents! The staff are very friendly and welcoming. The museum is very clean. Before visiting the museum for the first time, I thought it was just going to be old Chicago history like 19th and 20th century. But, I was surprised to see some 21st century history that isn't so much far back! That is so cool that they try to include as much history as possible. The most fun part of my museum experience was learning about the Chicago Fire. You learn to humble yourself a bit and really look at what's truly important. You get to see old letters of those who survived the Chicago fire! Amazing!
If you love my hometown Chicago like I do, this museum is a must see. I learn more about this city every time I visit. I became a member a few years ago. Mainly so I could attend the special exhibit openings each year. The museum is housed in a historic building in Lincoln Park, in a lush park setting. I recommend that you visit the website to plan your visit, so you're sure to make time for the most important attractions. Most of the museum's exhibits are not interactive, so not a lot of appeal for little kids. But there's a special area set aside just for them, with activity based learning. Ample discount parking a few blocks away in Lincoln Park. And a terrific store and cafe that are much better than you'll find at most museums this size.
If you want to know about the history of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum is the place to go. Great exhibits with amazing details about the City of Big Shoulders. Visit and drink in the incredible story of Chicago and its people's.
The 1871 Chicago fire exhibition is fabulous! I really love the 2D cartoons and the music. It is the first time I learn the history of the city systematically.
It is located near Lincoln park zoo, and linked to public transport. The museum has got the full history about Chicago cultur, people etc. It can be fun with the family my daughter liked it very much. It has a wing regarding President Abraham Lincoln. Over all nice place to be.
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