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Chicago History Museum, Chicago

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History Museum Museum
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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  • We enjoyed the exhibits of the museum itself then decided to go to the hotdog fest, organised to fund raise for the museum. The "suggested" 5-dollar per person donation was in fact imposed. We gladly ...  more »
  • you get a free entrance to the museum after eating at Harry Carry restaurant next door. They could do so much better if they just staffed it to help you when going thru. lots of video games for kids b...  more »
  • We had relatives from out of town and were looking for things to do. While there is certainly no shortage of things to see and do in our lovely City of Chicago, we purchased tickets off of Groupon at ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Where to stay in Chicago

The Midwest's major center for business conventions, Chicago boasts many affordable places to stay, with most hotels located around the airport and the city's central business district. To discover the city from a comfortable base within walking distance of most tourist attractions, aim for one of the big chain hotels in the downtown area. If you're traveling on a limited budget and wish to get a deeper sense of Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods, consider staying away from the pricey city center and explore suburbs on a commuter train line for easy city access.
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