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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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  • Local and some National displays. Map on the main hall floor was great. Was hoping for an adult film on summary of the history of the city. The film shown was great for kids and school field trips. Ne...  more »
  • Must see current exhibits Chicago Blues musician and ML King. Cool dioramas portray Chicago pre and post great fire. Very nice Abraham Lincoln exhibit. Chicago gangsters and more.  more »
  • First the older gentleman (docent) knew pretty much everything. I learned that Mrs. O'Leary did not start the Chicago fire and neither did her cow. Pretty sure "Peg Leg" O'Sullivan did. There is some ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Loved the Chicago history museum. They turned it into interactive experience and I have to admit, I love this place. I am thinking of paying them another visit. Being a history nut, this is one of the must-see locations of Chicago. The interior of the building itself is fascinating! It's historical landmark in an of itself. It has an interesting contemporary cafeteria, which wasn't cheap, but was a nice experience. Totally worth the price of admission.
  • A great first stop if you are new to Chicago. Many of the exhibits are also kid friendly. Learn about the Chicago hot dog, the Blues scene, civil rights agitation, Ab Lincoln, the first skyscraper and of course...the Great Chicago Fire. My special interest was the Exposition. The Pullman car was a great draw. Do not miss the passenger conversations.
  • Do many things to see and learn. They have a nice gift shop downstairs. Nice area for smaller kids to enjoy. Loved the jazz area very cool you can make your own music beats. Learn so much about chicago a must go.
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