Chicago History Museum in Chicago, IL

1601 N. Clark StreetChicago, IL 60614
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Overview

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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Features a 22 million-piece collection of historical artifacts, documents, photographs, and more.
  • Admission includes an audio tour.
  • Children ages 12 and younger are free.
  • Museum parking is $9 with validation.

Description

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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of their mysterious pasts: they may be as decadent as diamonds, as revealing as crime evidence, or as perplexing as outdated modes of transportation.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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TheDanTaylor
New York City, New York
"Informative, fun way to learn about Chicago history!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2017 NEW
I had an hour to spare before my flight out of Chicago, so I stopped by for a brief visit. I wish I would have had more time to explore! The exhibits were super interesting, and I found myself wanting to spend lots of time reading through the history and information on all of the plaques. The most interesting tidbit I learned was the origin of the name Chicago, and they have a really cool old fashioned subway car that you can sit in. The only complaint I had (although I don't think there's a real solution), is that the tours being led were very loud and distracting while I was trying to independently explore. Overall a worthwhile place to visit!
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Ray S
Chicago, Illinois
"No better place to learn about Chicago's Past"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 06, 2017 NEW
This is a place for Chicagoans to learn about their city as well as for those who are not from the City but want to learn its history. Well laid out, quiet, good for browsing. A nice way to spend an afternoon.
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John F
Setauket, New York
"America through the Eyes of Chicago"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2017 NEW
This is a really eclectic museum which details the growth of a major American city. It includes Chicago's development as well as the rest of the country. It does not paper over the warts of America and is a wonderful place for all ages.
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JLo5424
Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Great venue to understand this fabulous city"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 27, 2017 NEW
Spend significant time just looking and wandering to get a glimpse of the energy that Chicago over time always possesses.
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Pad B
Chicago, Illinois
"First rate operation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 25, 2017 NEW
As well as the permanent exhibits, there are temporary exhibits. All are done well and you will enjoy the day. You can spend the day or part of the day.
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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.