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Chicago History Museum, Chicago

(4.3/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to see Chicago History Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Chicago trip itinerary maker.
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  • If you're walking by, go in, the admission was $16 when we went at it was worth it. I wouldn't plan a day around this museum, but also wouldn't tell anyone not to go. It isn't very big, just the right...  more »
  • I went to see the special exhibit on Mainbocher, the Chicago-born French couturier. It was a revelation. Among other things, we have him to thank (or blame) for strapless dresses. Who knew! The perman...  more »
  • I always enjoy going to this museum. They have their regular exhibits showing how the city has changed over the years. The special exhibits are always interesting. I particularly enjoyed the Mainboche...  more »
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  • Everyone must visit this place. I guarantee you will learn something new about Chicago. There are many interesting and interactive exhibits, quizzes you can answer through to make it even more fun with your children or friends. New special exhibits every couple months. Is maintained very well. There are Illinois resident free days so make sure to call before you purchase a Groupon. There is a cafe, that's ok. A gift store and near old town.
  • Lovely place for those interested in Chicago. Many interesting facts, skillful objects, some of them you can touch and try (kind of ride an old train to World's Columbian Exposition of 1893), learn about Lincoln and see very extraordinary temporary expositions. If you are quicker then those joining you at you visit here, you can have some snacks at the cafe while waiting. Or better have some reading on Chicago at a small library corner on the 1st floor. One unpleasant thing - a bit too cold, so a jacket was really a good idea.
  • This a great place to visit if you live here or just visiting. Solid permanent collection and ususlly good rotating exhibits
  • I think this was the most I've learned about Chicago in my two and a half years living in Chicago. Not a big museum, but fairly educational and a good way to spend a few hours in Chicago indoors. Some of the exhibits are rather old but informative. I enjoyed the more interactive exhibits (like getting to experience an old "L" train) and there were whole sections that dealt with the world's fair and Chicago's crime history. The museum on a whole seemed well-kept, clean, and quite beautiful.
  • Fantastic museum worth paying for, as a tourist it was interesting to read about the colourful history of Chicago, from the prehistoric times until its 20th century achievements. They don't hold back on their dark past, which makes it even more interesting than other historical museums. At the time of my visit, they had a special exhibition for President Lincoln's famous speeches, so their focus is not only on Chicago. They have free mandatory luggage check, and you can revisit the place within the same day.