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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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  • October 4, 2017
    The exhibition is well made and you can easily spend up to two hours in the restaurant. Ideal for a rainy or snowy day. Afterward, you can walk to the John Hancock building and have a cocktail in the ...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    little known museum but full of fascinating Chicago facts. I always find that I spend more time than I would of thought when I visit.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    I think this is one of the best museums in Chicago, but maybe due to its location or maybe because of other popular places, it appears to be often over looked by tourists. The museum is very well desi...  more »
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  • May 9, 2017
    A nice museum, pretty well done. Interesting, entertaining, more or less thorough. But: about half of its contents are geared towards children. Nothing wrong with that, but one should know this. Lots of attention for some of the more awkward parts of history of the US and Chicago. I loved the photo exhibition. Pretty expensive.
  • April 18, 2017
    Great place... love it. Look into discount days... believe Tuesdays free for chicago residents after 12pm. Great place to go and please watch the free movie. EXTREMELY ENTERTAINING. ALSO HAS A DISCOUNTED PARKING LOT. ASK BEFORE U GO.
  • January 22, 2017
    Such a great surprise how wonderful this museum is overall. Some great pieces to look at and very informative. We got caught during a bunch of field trips but still enjoyed our visit. One recommendation would be to expand the sports area. Or at least get the world champ Cubs in the asap.
  • April 27, 2017
    Easy to miss since it is off the beaten path. However, a must for any Chicago afficianado. It traces history unique to the region through a number of permanent and rotating exhibits. Look for the free days on their website.
  • November 26, 2016
    Chicago's secret museum. Well it feels that way since it's off the usual path for tourists. But one not to miss. Great permanent exhibits and a wonderful roaming exhibit. I have never been disappointed. And the prices are reasonable for Chicago. Plus you get to learn a ton about one of America's most important gateway cities.

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