Chicago History Museum in Chicago, IL

1601 N. Clark StreetChicago, IL 60614
View on Map
per person
Chicago History Museum Logo
Authorized Reseller


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.


from Chicago History Museum
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of their mysterious pasts: they may be as decadent as diamonds, as revealing as crime evidence, or as perplexing as outdated modes of transportation.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.

Reserve Chicago Customer Reviews

Have you been to Chicago History Museum? Share your knowledge and be the first to review this.
TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
Durham, North Carolina
"Love the Chicago History Museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2017 NEW
Was last here 4 years ago. All my favorite things were still there, plus some neat new exhibits. Do not miss the dioramas on the first floor. Staff was very friendly and helpful. A great way to learn about Chicago's interesting history.
TripAdvisor user image
Iowa City, Iowa
"Interested in Chicago? . . ."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2017 NEW
I put off going to this museum for many years, while on every trip to Chicago I'd take in the Art Institute, Field Museum, and often the Museum of Science and Industry. The Chicago History Museum is a little out of the way, and it's not the greatest place for kids, since you'll be doing a lot of reading here--it's filled with the fascinating history of this wildly diverse city, but it's just a bit like walking through the chapters of a vast history book. I'd say it's an "adult" museum, though there are some old streetcars kids can climb on . . .
TripAdvisor user image
Alexander S
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2017 NEW
This place was fantastic and really worth the time to visit. Just make sure you take the time to soak in the experience.
TripAdvisor user image
Georgeville, Louisiana, United States
"Excellent Place to Visit!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
My husband and I brought our 10 year old son here. We all really enjoyed viewing the history of Chicago. Very inexpensive and children get in free!
TripAdvisor user image
Penny U
Chicago, Illinois
"Old Town Walking Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2017 NEW
We took a walking tour of Old Town a neighborhood in Chicago. We met at the museum and walked for 2 hours around historical Old Town. The price was $20 a person which included admission to the museum. Discounted parking of $9 was a nice perk! Our guide was great.
Star Map Pin Icon
Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark StreetChicago, IL 60614
Attraction Map Pin IconAttractions Hotel Map Pin IconHotels & Lodging

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.