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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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  • While this musueum has some amazing Chicago History, they also have some amazing artifacts of Lincoln, including his death bed. We are big history buffs, and being from Chicago, this museum is very in...  more »
  • Nice Museum to tell the story of the city. However, I would include the main landmark, not a visit. To see only if that's your thing.
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  • I am a 30 year resident of Chicago; Rogers Park and Galewood neighborhoods and suburban Elmhurst. My parents and one set of grandparents have history here too, and I love to learn about Chicago histor...  more »
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  • Chi-town is a way cool city with an equally cool museum to tell its history. We were fascinated by the hall of dioramas about the city's early history, the Crossroads section (especially learning about the Pullman railcars and the part about the meat industry's early days), and the five star challenge. The short film also was enjoyable. The Chicago History Museum is a must see for all lovers of the Windy City!
  • This may be a great place to visit for fun, but its a horrible place for employment if your a minority. The entire staff is segregated. With exception to the leadership, 90% of the Security staff is African American. With exception to the leadership, 100% of the Cafe and Janitorial staff is Hispanic. With exception to 6 or 7 minorities, the entire Staff of operations (President, VP, Execs, Curators, etc) are of Eastern European Decent (WHITE). This Museum is a live demonstration of the segregation that Chicago has been engulfed in since the late 1800s. I know this because I am a former employee of the museum. I quit after hearing multiple people discuss their distaste towards my natural African American Hair style, and after being asked if I were a Drug Dealer by my Superior Marcia Gundrum.
  • This review is of a Chicago History Museum tour. Disclaimer: I have not visited the actual museum...yet. I took the Old Town walking tour. It was excellent and I highly recommend it. Not only do you learn a lot about the history of Old Town, but you learn about the surrounding neighborhoods (Gold Coast, Lincoln Park) and a lot of general Chicago history. The length of the tour was perfect (just under 2 hours). You make several stops along the way to look at everything from historical homes, bars, churches, parks and more. The highlight was being able to go inside St. Michael. It's absolutely beautiful. I'd recommend the tour for teens and adults...of any age. The walking isn't extensive and there are lots of (standing) breaks along the way.
  • Such an informative little museum. Great for kids and adults to get a basic understanding of the city. The Vivian Maier exhibit is super special. Turning yourself into a Chicago dog is a huge added bonus. 5/5 will be back again.
  • This place has me puzzled: it's big enough to have a lot of comprehensive and themed exhibits. For some reason, the history seemed to be confined to one room on the second floor. There was no chronological flow and each topic had a 20 foot display. That's it. Also, I took the Chicago and Crime bus tour on November 4 (special event). It was supposed to be 3.5/4 hours long. It only ended up being 2.5 hours.... For $55. We never left the bus and there were no picture opportunities since most of the sites are gone. Again, the speaker jumped around without actually telling any stories... Bizarre.

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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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