Chicago History Museum

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Chicago History Museum
4.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
From Chicago's sports to politics, the Union Stockyards to the Great Chicago Fire - there's so much to explore at the Chicago History Museum. Dive right in with the Museum's exhibitions and programs or get out and explore the city through guided tours and events. Founded in 1856, the Chicago History Museum shares Chicago's stories, serving as a hub of scholarship and learning, inspiration and civic engagement. If you live in Chicago or visit here and are curious about the city's past, present and future, the museum should be your first stop.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Matt F
90 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Love Chicago and loved this museum. Great exhibits, simply explained without leaving out detail. There is so much history it is almost impossible to take it all in during one day.
But I seriously suggest you try!
Written 11 May 2022
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Darryl G
Richmond, VA96 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Interesting museum about the history of Chicago and a few of its more well-known former residents. Has the bed that President Abraham Lincoln passed away in after he was shot. Also has a large exhibit about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that destroyed most of the city in two days. I appreciated the exhibit about race relations over the years in Chicago. Not every museum addresses that kind of subject. Even better, the exhibit about organized crime was deliberately small, which made the point that there is a lot more to know about the history of America's "Second City."
Written 26 April 2022
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Rainyanne
Crofton, MD15 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
May have been bad luck, but there was a tour bus and 2 different school groups there making the museum loud and chaotic. It was hard to read and enjoy the exhibits with the crowds. Seemed to have good exhibits but almost all artifacts from the Great fire were out on loan so that section was a bust. The film is made for kids, too cheesy to be enjoyable for adults, IMO.
Written 14 April 2022
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inekesg
Walnut Creek, CA145 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
What a nice museum and what a good experience, we enjoyed it very much! Great place to kearn everything of the history of Chicago
Written 10 April 2022
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tromba61
Oakwood (Montgomery County), OH683 contributions
Mar 2022
So glad that we visited this museum that really hits the full history of Chicago and its development over the years.
Written 4 April 2022
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AnniK_K
Macon, MO289 contributions
Jan 2022
We enjoyed our visit here although we ran out of time (2 hours was too short). It's a well done museum with tons of interesting parts about Chicago's history and we wish we had had a little more time here.
Written 3 January 2022
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,549 contributions
Dec 2021
My wife and I live a block away from the Chicago History Museum so we often taken advantage of our membership and the convenience by strolling through the new pathway and visiting new exhibits while taking a lunch break at the cafe. Located at 1601 North Clark Street, at North Avenue, in Lincoln Park, the museum's latest major exhibit is the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. So we invited a friend to tag along on our latest visit. Reliving the history of Chicago's greatest disaster, a 36-hour fire that killed over 300 people, left over 100,000 homeless and destroyed over $200 million in property is compelling and educational and riveting. See photographs and read personal recollections from survivors. Retrace the route of the fire from its inception to its conclusion, as it swept across the city, twice crossing the Chicago River. Before lunch, if you haven't seen them already, be sure to visit the Abraham Lincoln exhibit, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exhibit, the Vivian Maier photography exhibit and the Chicago Sun-Times photography exhibit. Lunch at the Chicago History Museum is a treat. I was all set to order a Chicago-style hot dog but when I heard my wife order a tuna salad sandwich, I was persuaded to change my mind. With home-made potato chips, a pickle and home-made lemonade, it was delicious. Our friend indulged in a chicken salad that was so overwhelming that she had to take most of it home with her. We arrived just in time, slightly before noon, because the crowd converged on the cafe after noon hour. Like us, they knew a good thing when they saw it.
Written 8 December 2021
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Dean O
Natick, MA179 contributions
Sep 2021
On the last day of our trip to Chicago, my wife and I went to the Chicago History Museum. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and learned quite a bit about the history and significant events that helped shape the city. I'm usually not enamored by photographic exhibits, but "Vivian Maier: In Color" was absolutely absorbing.
Written 2 October 2021
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Dini O
Cleveland, OH202 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
This was a very good museum. I had my doubts at first because there’s really not all that much to see on the first floor. But the second floor has lots of interesting photos, facts and information on all aspects of Chicago’s history. There’s really something for everyone whether you’re from Chicago or not. I really liked all the information and souvenirs from the two world’s fairs.
Written 30 July 2021
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JSSAmber
Cambridge, UK456 contributions
Jul 2021
It's tempting for a museum dedicated to the history of one city to get really narrow and tedious really quickly. That's not a danger here! We really appreciated how we could dive deep on one topic in one room and bounce between thematically related but not strictly synchronous topics in another room. There's some good chest-thumping about how great Chicago is--as there should be; it's their museum!--but also some good self-examination that is never self-flagellating. Great staff, too, who are clearly happy to be here.
Written 29 July 2021
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Chicago History Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Mon 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tue - Tue 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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