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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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.


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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of their mysterious pasts: they may be as decadent as diamonds, as revealing as crime evidence, or as perplexing as outdated modes of transportation.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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Brian C
Sydney, Australia
" Very Good"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 18, 2017 NEW
This museum is a must if you want to understand Chicago and it’s origins. Expansive and well laid out. We came to escape the rain and wound up spending five hours here. Audio guides are free. Not essential but a good addition.
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"Wonderful gem"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2017 NEW
I confess we were not going to stay long at this museum. Mainly needed a parking validation to get a huge discount before heading to the zoo. However, this museum was excellent. Interesting, interactive, fascinating exhibits. So well done. Sobering exhibits, such as the one on the KKK but balanced with uplifting ones also. So much better than the touristy Skydeck. We ended up staying here much longer than we'd planned. And we will go back - definitely. The only downside was the huge number of school kids that day. :)
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Anna G
"Great location!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 12, 2017 NEW
It is located in Lincoln Park, very close to the Lake Michigan. A little bit north of downtown Chicago it is conveniently connected with it via busses. Very large ( no free parking there actually could be a problem with parking in this neighborhood). I came here for a business seminar because apparently they rent out space for events ( even weddings). Great view on the park!
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Zina E
Orange, California, United States
"An overlooked gem"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2017 NEW
This is an interesting and thought provoking museum. Don't let the downstairs fool you..we thought it was geared towards children (which some of it is) but upstairs there is so much to see. We spent about 3.5 hours here. Fascinating.
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Chicago, Illinois
"Great Place to Understand Chicago"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2017 NEW
My father-in-law was visiting, We've only lived here for two years. We brought him here to see the way that Chicago became a world class city. My husband and I had been before, but found new things to learn. Then we strolled over to Lincoln Park and the Zoo. A pleasant way to discover this great city
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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.