Trip Planner:   USA  /  Illinois  /  Chicago  /  Museums  /  Chicago History Museum

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.
Create a full Chicago itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Chicago

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Chicago by other users

30 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, kids, popular PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 40 days in United States BY A USER FROM TAIWAN July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM HONG KONG August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM CANADA August, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 27 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The name says it all: the Chicago History Museum provides a great overview of the city's history, with in-depth exhibits about the prominent points in Chicago's history, like the Chicago fire and its ...  more »
  • Reasonably priced attraction with lots to do. Easily accessible and hands on in some areas. We particularly enjoyed the Chicago fire information and the transport area. Nice little shop with large caf...  more »
  • I have been to Chicago multiple times, but never knew this museum existed. We had a lay over of 6 hours on the train and were looking for something to do to fill the time on a rainy day. The museum do...  more »
Google
  • 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.