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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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  • This museum is small enough to see all of the attractions yet there is plenty to see. There are many exhibits to see that are so helpful in exploring Chicago's heritage. There's a large train which is...  more »
  • Audioguide in Spanish, it is fairly complete with info from the origins of the city, its name, big personalities, inventions that were forged in the city, etc. Patience because usually have school always. Away from the center of the city, but arrives with Metro in less than 20 minutes and a subsequent hike in less than 10 minutes.
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  • The Chicago History Museum is located on the southwest corner of Lincoln Park. It is also located on the corner of North Clark Street and West North Avenue about 2 miles north of downtown Chicago. I t...  more »
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  • Park your vehicle in the museum's parking lot on Stockton Drive so that you can get a discount on the parking. The museum was awesome! Ask the front desk for a tour to get more information about the museum. They usually run every couple hours throughout the day. Military and students get discounts on tickets with ID. The restaurant at the museum is pretty good, too. Restrooms were clean and fully stocked. And after the museum closes, walk through the park, sit down on the benches, take a breather! Chicago has some beautiful parks, don't let the pressure of life keep you from the simple things that make us human.
  • I brought my boyfriend here he lives out of state and it was my first time going there and we had a great time! We both enjoyed the "Race Exhibit" that is running right now. We also did a guided tour it was only 30 mins but very I formative. Our guide, Vera, was sweet and wonderful to listen to. I definitely recommend visiting the Chicago History Museum!
  • In the 29 years I've lived in the Chicago area, I have gone to the Chicago History Museum, and it has never disappointed. They have excellent, relevant displays; they have a hands-on part to the museum. Spend at least an hour if not several hours to get a good comprehensive experience from the library. I agree with Sumy Guzman who gave a review before me. She indicated to get a parking discount and explains how. Check out each of the floors. If there was quibble about the CHM it is that the food is pretty expensive, but that's not enough to give it 4 stars. It certainly deserves a 5-star rating!
  • Amazing museum. I have a great time there. It is very entertaining and for all the family. There is a replica of one of the first city air trains as many other sections with different stories about Chicago.
  • I love the Chicago History Museum. It's always a great place to visit, and the staff and docents are all incredible and very kind. It seems like every time I go there's a new exhibit or event going on.
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