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of their mysterious pasts: they may be as decadent as diamonds, as revealing as crime evidence, or as perplexing as outdated modes of transportation.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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Laurie S
Aurora, Colorado
"Really enjoyed it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2018 NEW
We were looking for something to do on a cold, rainy day and took a chance on the museum. It was well worth the time and money. There was so much to see and learn about Chicago. We enjoyed all the exhibits, sitting on an old rail car and the interactive jazz exhibit was very enjoyable. It wasn't crowded and we enjoyed our time!
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Christine V
Saint Louis, Missouri
"So Much to See"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
I was so surprised at all the amazing displays at this museum. It is a great way to spend a couple of hours in Chicago.
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Ali V
Oak Park, Illinois
"Cool local museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 05, 2018 NEW
There were some cool items and unexpected exhibits here, but a lot of the interactive pieces were broken/not functioning the day I went. There was one movie on Chicago you could watch while I was there and a few exhibit halls both upstairs and downstairs. The music in Chicago exhibit was very cool and creative and had a lot of fun things to engage you. The dioramas of Chicago's history were also fun. This museum didn't wow me, but it was a good visit for a couple hours on a rainy day. I found them on Groupon, so check there. If you haven't been and are from the area, go check it out. If you're from out of town, you'd still find it interesting but not as relevant.
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wooleynuts969
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
"A good brief trip through Chicagos troubled times"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 03, 2018 NEW
Worth a trip to see and hear how Chicago developed and links into some modern history. Nice cafe bar available
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RenYVR
"Great gem of a museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 02, 2018 NEW
We biked along the Lakefront Trail from the Navy Pier to here (approximately 1/2 hour). We got a couple of tickets via Groupon. We took a tour which cover a special exhibit called Amplified which highlighted how the blues made its way to Chicago and its influence. We had a very enthusiastic tour guide (and we were the only ones on the tour). The exhibit also had a lot of interactive stations (make your own album cover, learn how to play blues, singing stage). Lots of other interesting Chicago-centric exhibits. Highly recommended to check out.
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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.