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Chicago History Museum

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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...more
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1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Lincoln Park
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Reviewed 3 days ago

So many things that were part of what we should learn to do and live. Such tragic and sad things, yet other areas were fashionable and very interesting. My hubbie is a PTSD Veteran and he just enjoyed reading everything in amazement

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Carol B
Reviewed 1 week ago

There were many interesting displays and artifacts of interest. I felt it was a bit pricey. Some of the interactive displays were not working. I did learn a lot about the city and enjoyed seeing the fashions of the 40's and 50's by Chicago designers....More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my 12 year old while we were in Chicago for another event. Being a military retiree and my daughter being under 13, we didn’t even have to pay. We did pay $10 to park a block or so away by the park. Be...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank markus2300
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is well laid out with easy to read plaques. It's colorful and eye-catching. I learned so much about Chicago! We did a self-guided tour and we were just fine.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank CityGirl53156
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to learn a lot about Chicago. The exhibits are interesting and cover a wide breadth and depth of the city's history. The gift shop was a huge disappointment. It did not have items or postcards related to the museum's exhibits.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SeekPeace
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we were there they had 2 exhibits closed, the museum was very busy with school trips which was unfortunate for us as they were very noisy and running around, overall we enjoyed the history presented.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chicago has a short but eventful history, which is largely reflected here.Impressed by dedicated guides who mostly handle lots of school students who get to know the city's history. The museum on the outskirts of the city offers an interesting shop and an acceptable cafe.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Phayao13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum offers some historical events of importance in Chicago. As always, there is something to learn. Quite informative information about the Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Affair, the Civil Rights Movements, and S.S. Eastland. One complaint I have is that it was hard to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank 698bekat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a joy to visit this museum. Plenty of neat exhibits, hands-on learning and an old L car! We loved it! Plan on at least 4 hours to stop and read everything. The cafe has good food and is reasonable.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank tojofenton64
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to know all about Chicago's history in one place, then this is it. Starting right from the beginning up to present day there's something for everyone. There is hands on sections for young (& old) to keep everyone entertained. The museum has...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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January 14, 2019|
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Response from Emily O | Property representative |
The Chicago History Museum is a quick trip from Chicago's Union Station. We recommend taking the #156 bus, Union Station north to Belmont/Halsted, to LaSalle and North Avenue, right outside of the Museum. We can't wait to... More
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October 12, 2018|
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General admission to the Chicago History Museum is $19 adults/ $17 seniors and students, and free for children 12 years of age and younger and Illinois residents 18 years and younger.
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August 2, 2018|
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Public parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets; enter on Stockton Drive. Cost: $9 with Museum validation. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted... More