Chicago Sports Museum

Chicago Sports Museum: Hours, Address, Chicago Sports Museum Reviews: 4/5

Chicago Sports Museum
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Speciality Museums • Game & Entertainment Centers • History Museums
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12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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The 23,000 square foot Chicago Sports Museum offers a highly interactive experience for visitors to explore the legends and lore of Chicago sports. It combines hi-tech interactive experiences-including skill challenges and simulated experiences-with unique sports memorabilia and an impressive collection of game-used treasures and other artifacts. Admission to the Chicago Sports Museum is complimentary with a purchase at Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch! Admission: $10 for adults 12 and up $6 for children 3 to 11 $6 for seniors Free for children under 3
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Near North Side
How to get there
  • Chicago • 7 min walk
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4.0
145 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
5
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Just Get in the Car
Philadelphia, PA706 contributions
I stopped in here with the kids during our recent visit. Its pretty easy to find - top floor of the Water Tower Mall. For myself and two kids, it was about $25. But if you eat at Harry Caray's next door, you get in free. I wish I knew that first - we paid for the museum THEN went to lunch. Oh well. Learn from my mistake!

Tickets are purchased at the restaurant hostess stand (should have been my first clue). The museum is pretty small. You can probably go through it in less than an hour. There are a few exhibits with old uniforms and other stuff from the Chicago sports teams. What my kids really loved were the VR games: they had them for hitting homers, shooting hoops, and throwing footballs. Definitely worth the visit if you are there and love sports. But if you are doing lunch anyway, go to Harry Caray's and save yourself some cash!
Written July 6, 2022
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dashdoggy
Long Island, NY80 contributions
Family
The admission fee of $10 per person over 12 is steep for what you get. I think it is free if you eat at the Haray Caray restaurant which kind of says something I think. It is hardly a museum but has a few interesting interactive things to do generally related to chicago sports. Its a good way to kill 30 min to an hr between some better activities. Has some good photo ops for the kids as well and some video game like virtual games. Save it for a rainy day on a chicago visit if kids are a little bored while mom shops.
Written May 3, 2022
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Lauren D
Tampa, FL11 contributions
2 part review: WATCH OUT FOR FALSE ADVERTISING THAT IS PLASTERED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING ON MICHIGAN AVENUE. Admission is only free if you dine there. From the street one can only see the "Free Admission" advertisement, but if you back up 2 blocks away, you can see the inclusion that it reads:
FREE ADMISSION
For Restaurant Guests.

And the manager, Matt, was completely unreasonable when I tried to explain that my son wanted to go in and the sign says "FREE ADMISSION." If was only after he rudely told me for diners only, that I went down to the street level and 2 blacks away so I could see the caveat.

09/13/21
Well.....the issue with this place continues, however it extends to the Joanna, the Vice President of the Harry Caray Restaurant Group. I spoke with her on August 4 and explained the situation. I also told her that I wrote a negative review and requested a refund of the $10 entrance fee. She also asked for a screen shot of my review which I texted to her and she confirmed receiving it. I requested the refund out of principle, as the advertisement for "free admission" is misleading. Joanna agreed to send me a check for the $10 IF I removed the negative google review. I agreed to do so- actually, I would have amended my review to put a positive spin on it by explaining that in the end, the right thing was done and an attention customer service was displayed. HOWEVER, I have never received the refund and have texted and left countless voicemails for Joanna, both on her cell phone and her office line. She is literally dodging my calls and will not call me back. This is beyond unprofessional and I am floored by how this entire ordeal has been handled. But I guess I shouldn't be surprised to be treated like this by a company that misleads their customers. Is the $10 refund itself going to make a big difference? No, not the financial aspect of it. But it's all about doing the right thing, being professional, holding up her end of a deal. I agreed to remove the negative review after receiving the refund, but Joanna has reneged on the agreement. "Reneg" is a perfect word to describe what has happened....Reneging refers to a situation where one party goes back on a promise or breaks an agreement or contract that they had previously accepted. Every day, individuals and businesses enter into verbal or written contracts that they are expected to abide by the terms of. This is what I expect of Joanna, especially in her role as the Vice President of the company. It is so disappointing when someone doesn't hold up their end of the deal. Not to mention downright unprofessional. But, if someone is going to mislead the public on "Free admission," why am I surprised that there are other aspects of dishonesty in place?
Written September 13, 2021
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joe-chicago-23
Chesterfield, MO936 contributions
Couples
As a Chicago sports fan, this was heaven. So many memories of important and championship games. Newspaper headlines, video clips, baseball cards, hockey pucks, etc. are all part of this.
Some of the interactive exhibits were not working, I didn't care. Even my non-Chicagoan spouse enjoyed it.
Written July 27, 2021
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Tourist36367
Baton Rouge, LA5 contributions
Family
We enjoyed this even more than expected — a great way to entertain the kids for 30-plus minutes during a walk up and down the Magnificent Mile. There were a lot of interactive things they could do. And it’s free if you eat at the restaurant, which was also a very good solid sports bar with good food options.
Written July 11, 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,737 contributions
My wife and I love the Chicago History Museum and, as members and neighbors, we make frequent visits to see new exhibits. But its contribution to Chicago sports pales in comparison to the Chicago Sports Museum. Located at 835 North Michigan Avenue, on the seventh level of Water Tower Place, next to Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch Restaurant and Sports Bar, it offers 23,000 square feet of space to hi-tech interactive skill challenges, sports memorabilia and game-used artifacts. Explore the legends and lore of Chicago sports. Opened in 2014 by Harry Caray's Restaurant Group, it features a collection of 2016 World Series memorabilia, including David Ross' Game 7 catcher's gear, Kris Bryant's cleats and Addison Russell's Game 6 grand slam ball. Engage in a home run-hitting contest with Frank Thomas, learn to throw a curve ball with Steve Stone, examine the CT scan of Sammy Sosa's corked bat and study the constitution of a baseball to see how it has evolved over the last 100 years. Elsewhere, score goals like Patrick Kane, shoot free throws and compare your wingspan with Scottie Pippen, test your vertical leap against Michael Jordan, sit in the driver's seat of an Indy race race at Chicago Speedway, try on a replica of William "Refrigerator" Perry's Super Bowl ring, the largest ever crafted, and test your grip strength to Kyle Long. The museum is open from noon to 7 Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 on Sunday.
Written October 18, 2020
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Holy Cow Taylor! Thank you for your fantastic review! We are so happy you visited us and enjoyed your experience with us!
Written October 26, 2020
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Troy C
8 contributions
Solo
I think this was over priced for what you get. Several of the interactive displays were not working. Others were so slow to respond that it was frustrated. You bought your ticket at the restaurant and no employee was in the museum while I was there, which probably contributed to the neglected displays. I took me less than an hour to see everything. There were a few other visitors when I was there. Kids seemed to be enjoying themselves on the few interactive games that worked, but the other adults looked as bored as I was.
Written February 16, 2020
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gemmap81
Liverpool, UK129 contributions
Couples
For $10 it’s great for a hour or 2 visit. All the big Chicago teams represented in the museum. Full of memorabilia and stories of famous players/games etc. Also very interactive, great fun for adults and kids.
Written January 25, 2020
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Thank you for the great review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Chicago Sports Museum. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Written January 27, 2020
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mojoman79
Strathmore, Canada62 contributions
Solo
For $10 it’s OK. I love sports and the historic pieces and Chicago has no shortage. There was NO ONE in there, including staff. The interactive games were, good but some not super responsive.
Written October 3, 2019
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Kevin A
Park City, IL1,158 contributions
That is the first time that I have been there and It was very interesting and I really enjoyed it. They should all the Chicago Sports Teams and they have some interactive displays on hand and it's worth seeing.
Written September 28, 2019
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Chicago Sports Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM