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Chicago History Museum

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Chicago History Museum

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596Smokey wrote a review Sep 2020
Bloomington, Indiana348 contributions203 helpful votes
The employees here were very nice. The museum wasn't busy at all on this Thursday morning. It allowed us to take our time and also not worry about being around too many people. Lots of very interesting exhibits. We spent a couple of hours there, and mainly went to see the Lincoln exhibit. The dioramas are amazing! We did not eat at the cafe, but it looked nice. We were a little disappointed in the selection of items at the gift shop. I really wanted to get something, but couldn't find anything. I was hoping for more books on the history of Chicago as seen in the museum. Still, it was a worthwhile trip.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Taylor B wrote a review Sep 2020
Chicago, Illinois6,563 contributions5,377 helpful votes
My wife and I are members of the Chicago History Museum, which is located at 1601 North Clark Street, at North Avenue, a block from our condominium. We make it a point to visit frequently, especially when there is a new exhibit that stokes our interest. Like the Chicago Sun-Times collection of photographs, which dates from the Chicago Fire to the Eastland disaster to the Manhattan Project to the Chicago Cubs' World Series victory. Oh, we always view the Abraham Lincoln exhibit, which includes his deathbed. And the many exhibits that recall the history of Chicago, from Fort Dearborn to the International Stockyards to the construction of the Hancock Building and Willis Tower, are always a treat for adults and children. But the Chicago History Museum always offers new exhibits to keep visitors coming back for more. And, if you are a retired newspaperman who was employed by the old Chicago Daily News and Sun-Times for 33 years...well, you are fascinated by the photographs taken by talented photographers who I knew. And there's more. On the Chicago History Museum's website, you can view ALL of the photographs in the Sun-Times collection, more than 1,000 of them. In fact, there is a picture hanging on the wall in the Chicago History Museum that once hung on my office wall in the old Sun-Times building. Lots of cherished memories there.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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HDS1 wrote a review Aug 2020
Fairfield, Ohio801 contributions105 helpful votes
When we visited in mid-July one section was closed. The parts that we saw were fascinating, though. I love dioramas, and there were seven showing the history of Chicago. There was also an exhibit about the battle for human rights of different groups. Upstairs there was a small Lincoln exhibit, and an exhibit on Chicago design. There was also a wonderful exhibit of newspaper photos in the cafe area.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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JAB wrote a review Jul 2020
Chicago, Illinois160 contributions14 helpful votes
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Open Again! Went this morning with excitement to see Abraham Lincoln’s bed again. There are clear direction spots on the floors. The Museum looks spotless! So creative that you get a small stylus with a rubber end to activate exhibit screens! They really have thought this through! Amazing.. There is stained glass from multiple places around Chicago hanging. A Medina exhibit, facts on the Pullman strike, and create a living room from a bygone time. Chicago pictures that surely will have you smiling. 1893 WORLD’S FAIR which had the very first Ferris wheel! It was built right here in Chicago! A Cafe to have food and drink. A great place to see when you’re in town.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Charles B wrote a review Mar 2020
Montreal, Canada31 contributions16 helpful votes
This museum presents the history of Chicago in a variety of ways, including both permanent and temporary exhibits, in a modern facility on the southwest corner of Lincoln Park, about a half hour's walk north of downtown (through the beautiful Lincoln Park neighbourhood, which is worth seeing itself). Definitely not in the same class as the major Chicago museums (Science & Industry, Field, etc.), but a worthwhile excursion for someone with an interest in local history, including sports and social history. The admission price is a little high for what you get, which will take most people no more than an hour or two to see. Included is a 20-minute film on the Chicago Experience, aimed at elementary-school-aged children, packed with modern politically correct social justice messaging (including a shout-out to veganism in a city founded on stockyards), which attempts to give an overview of the city's history but isn't very effective in this attempt. Rather than a straight-forward factual presentation of events in narrative sequence, it alludes to them indirectly and out of sequence in the context of a rather silly framing story about a boy who has just moved to the city and steps back in time with his babysitter. This was a missed opportunity: a more conventional and less artistically adventurous review of history would have been a welcome complement to the museum's collection of artifacts and information panels, which are somewhat sparse on their own.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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