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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 presents the history of Chicago in a variety of ways, including both permanent and temporary exhibits, in a modern facility on the southwest corner of Lincoln Park, about a half hour's...  more »
  • If you want the local history of Chicago, including the Worlds Fair and the Great fire it is here. A bit pricey but worth it. They have a paid parking lot just down the street. With validation it.....  more »
  • The Chicago History Museum provided some fun and interesting exhibits. Not what we thought it might be, but a Groupon helped to offset those thoughts. Good, relaxing time for about 2.5 hours, if...  more »
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  • A small, but well executed museum, filled with spectacular presentations. Find Chicago's first settlement, the hay days of the 20's, the Chicago Fire, politics, musicians, jazz, blues,mobsters, Abraham Lincoln's bed, manufacturers, and inventors. A great Cafe and museum store. A real coal engine train and trolley car to use your imagination with, and 1 to 2 special exhibits. Adjacent to the beautiful Lincoln Park.
  • This is an excellent outing with the kids if you are looking for something for all ages. Kids were 14, 20, 9, 4 and 1. We thoroughly enjoyed the blues exhibit; it was very interactive. The fashion exhibit was fun for all of us, providing a glimpse through time as various styles transitioned from the big screen to the streets of Chicago. The children's area was fun for the little kids. Not to mention 18 and under are free! Teachers are also free! I'd strongly recommend it. Staff was very helpful with recommendations as well.
  • Clean and well designed museum. It was a fun experience seeing the history of the city. Was hoping for something on the history of crime but didn’t find anything. The Blues section of the museum was very interesting and had a few hands-on attractions. It’s a nice option to try when new to Chicago but I personally wouldn’t make another trip after visiting the museum once.
  • A small little museum on the city's history. Has a lot of activities for the young ones in the group and beautifully designed exhibits. A great way to spend a couple hours in the city.
  • Excellent museum. Fun evening of blues! 2 bands- inside and out! Great exhibits. Helpful staff. Did you know members have reciprocal privileges with 800 museums around the US??

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