Chicago History Museum in Chicago, IL

1601 N. Clark StreetChicago, IL 60614
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Located near North Avenue Beach, The Second City and more, Chicago History Museum offers a fun and interactive attraction for families, groups and couples alike to learn about The Windy City’s rich history. Visitors can visit exciting exhibits like “Sensing Chicago”, which allows guests to ride a high-wheel bicycle, catch a fly ball at Comiskey Park, learn about Great Chicago Fire and more.


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Located at the intersection of Clark Street & North Avenue in Lincoln Park, the Chicago History Museum has an impressive 22 million-piece collection of historical artifacts, documents, and photographs, as well as a world-renowned costume collection.
Admission includes access to all exhibitions in the Museum, including audio tours, and The Secret Lives of Objects, a special exhibition that features over 40 objects and artifacts that have emerged from the museum’s protected vaults, and offer hints of their mysterious pasts: they may be as decadent as diamonds, as revealing as crime evidence, or as perplexing as outdated modes of transportation.
The Kid’s Gallery exhibition, Sensing Chicago, enables young visitors to explore Chicago’s history through their five senses. The Museum’s newest exhibition, Lincoln’s Undying Words explores the powerful story of Abraham Lincoln’s transformation through five key speeches made between 1858 and 1865. Rare treasures, including Lincoln’s family carriage and the bed in which he died, are on display supplemented by an audio program of selected excerpts from the speeches.

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Naperville, Illinois
"Great Family Museum Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2017 NEW
Spent a day here enjoying the exhibits. Great look at Chicago history. Went during the week and it wasn't overly crowded like some of the bigger museums and the staff was helpful and friendly. Kids were free with the adults which is awesome! If you don't enjoy a trip here you aren't going to be entertained at any museum.
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"Spend an hour or half a day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 09, 2017 NEW
Really excellent history museum. Engaging and informative displays- many are interactive. It wasnt overly crowded when we went do was really enjoyable couple hours learning more about this great city.
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"Great place to go back in time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 08, 2017 NEW
If you love history as I do, this is a great place to learn more about the fascinating history of Chicago. There are permanent as well as changing displays so there is always something new and interesting to see. Highly recommend for a fun field trip!
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Mardel F
"Charming Small History Musuem"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 08, 2017 NEW
We went here for the Mainbocher exhibit, which was small, interesting and fairly well done, but the docent apparently knew more about history than clothing. Apparently the museum has an extensive collection and it may be worth looking for other exhibits and attending. We also spent considerable time in the Vivian Maier exhibit, which was stunning. She obviously had great talent and a great eye for capturing place and emotion. There was no historical narrative, but stunning images of people. The rest of the museum appeared interesting, and may, through rotating exhibits be a good place to start conversations about aspects of Chicago History for further exploration.
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Robert D
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
"Informative about the city of Chicago "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 07, 2017 NEW
We enjoyed ourselves. Our children were well entertained and I learned more about Chicago than I thought I knew. History of the city is very diversified and historic. This is a great city to visit and we always enjoy ourselves here. I recommend a visit to this museum!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago History Museum

How much is parking?
Public parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets; enter on Stockton Drive. The cost is $9 with Museum validation; Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards are accepted.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the Chicago History Museum welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its programs and services accessible to everyone.

Do you offer wheelchair rentals?
They do offer wheelchairs for your use free of charge; please inquire at the Ticket Desk. Supply is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Does my admission include an audio tour?
Yes, you can stop by the Visitor Center for iPods preloaded with our five tours, two of which are available in Spanish, as well as rotating selections for temporary exhibitions. To take the Museum’s tours home, purchase the Chicago History Museum app for your Apple or Android device. It’s only $1.99.

Is my child under 12 years old need an admission ticket?
Children 12 and younger are free.

Does the museum offer a place to eat?
They have the North and Clark Café which features a diverse menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, items from the grill and more.Enjoy all-day breakfast, an assortment of snacks and delicious Intelligentsia coffee and tea. The Café also has a kids’ menu.

Is there a gift shop?
Yes, in the Museum Store, you’ll find books, DVDs, children’s toys, and more—all relating to Chicago and its history.