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Chicago History Museum

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From Chicago's sports to politics, the Union Stockyards to the Great Chicago Fire - there's so much to explore at the Chicago History Museum. Dive right in with the Museum's exhibitions and programs or get out and explore the city through guided...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Lincoln Park
+1 312-642-4600
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must if you really want to get to know and understand the city of Chicago. It goes from sports culture, to music, science discoveries, city architecture and civil rights. It’s very interesting and dynamic, very different from other history museums. The staff...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank yessitaoppugno
Reviewed 1 week ago

So many exhibits from so many times of our history. They have got Egyptians exhibits several times . They do several special events for their members. Rex has been here for a long time. So are the mummies

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Deepti111
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great museum to learn about American history. Got a free pass with BOFA museum days. Especially liked the Martin Luther King section.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ranadhir S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Besides the exhibits, please make sure you do a walking tour that is offered with your admission to the museum. That really made the visit worth while. Check the schedule, there are a variety of walking tours offered.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Rosemarie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love coming here for their special exhibits and even though we had spent two hours in the museum, we still missed exhibits that we haven't seen for a while. The exhibits are accessible and interesting for all age groups. They could update the sports...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Babu2773
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I are fans of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks. And the Chicago History Museum. In fact, we live directly across the street from the museum and are dues-paying members. Located at 1601 North Clark Street...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came on a Windy City cold cold day and spent well over 2 hours learning about Chicago from the settlers days and on. Def worth visiting for your history nerds like me. I recommend on a weekday!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank scnate87
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Chicago History Museum has been doing a first-class job of making the Windy City's past seem relavent to our dynamic present. Hands-on interactive exhibits like the Chicago Fire to familiar presentations of Chicago's many sports teams, favorite foods, and rich musical heritage are compliment with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank budgetgourmet2019
Reviewed 15 January 2019

There were several permanent exhibitions about the history and development of the city. In the section on blues and jazz, I had a nice conversation with John who was a volunteer/intern. He took the trouble to give me a close up perspective of the roots...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lavarcham
Reviewed 13 January 2019

Two floors of galleries, most interesting though a bit too gloomy on the lighting levels for my eyes, making captions rather difficult to read. The content is good, and the pride in their city and people comes across in bucketsful. As a railway enthusiast I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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15 January 2019|
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Response from Emily O | Property representative |
The Chicago History Museum is a quick trip from Chicago's Union Station. We recommend taking the #156 bus, Union Station north to Belmont/Halsted, to LaSalle and North Avenue, right outside of the Museum. We can't wait to... More
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13 October 2018|
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General admission to the Chicago History Museum is $19 adults/ $17 seniors and students, and free for children 12 years of age and younger and Illinois residents 18 years and younger.
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3 August 2018|
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Response from Emily O | Property representative |
Public parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets; enter on Stockton Drive. Cost: $9 with Museum validation. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted... More