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Chicago History Museum, Chicago

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · 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. 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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  • On the last day of our trip to Chicago, my wife and I went to the Chicago History Museum. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and learned quite a bit about the history and significant events that helped...  more »
  • This was a very good museum. I had my doubts at first because there’s really not all that much to see on the first floor. But the second floor has lots of interesting photos, facts and information on....  more »
  • 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.

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