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Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

History Museum
Lincoln Park, Chicago
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    Rachel C.
    "However, the Vivian Maier exhibit is beautiful."(2 Tips)
    Michele D.
    "their History Pub Crawls...a"(2 Tips)
    Samantha K.
    "vast history of Chicago and enjoy the rotating exhibits"(2 Tips)
    Sierra C.
    "Fantastic museum for the Chicago history buff"(2 Tips)
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  • history of chicago
  • history buff
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  • Jonathan F.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan FerreraJuly 7, 2015
    A seemingly underrated museum since it does not target a wide audience like the Shedd, Field, or Art Institute. However, this is a must-visit for everyone, not just Chicago-lovers.
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • Jen W.heart icon on user image
    Jen WaltonSeptember 14, 2014
    If you visit while one of the free guided tours is on, do it - the guide was really interesting and informative, I felt I learned a lot more than I would have done just browsing around by myself.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Jon-Paul L.heart icon on user image
    Jon-Paul LeducMarch 14, 2014
    Don't skip out on cafe. It is one of the best museum restaurants I have been to. Amazing gourmet burgers.
  • Michelle
    MichelleSeptember 2, 2012
    Great concise overview of Chicago's history! Perfect for introducing kids to history museums (it's relatively interactive) and for those of us that want to get a feel for our new city :)
  • Stefanie K.heart icon on user image
    Stefanie KressatyJanuary 26, 2018
    Thoroughly satisfying and engaging. The docents are knowledgeable and approachable and the exhibits are not just interesting but relevant. Must-See for history buffs!
  • AnaKarla A.heart icon on user image
    AnaKarla AlbisuaApril 21, 2019
    The best way to get to know a city is by going to the city’s museum and this one is so good, in terms of exhibits, how the information is presented, etc. My love for Chicago grew thanks to it
  • C R.heart icon on user image
    C ReyJanuary 5, 2016
    All things Chicago in this clean and well organized place. Be sure to check out the World's Fair of 1893 and 1933. Both have fascinating artifacts. The gift shop is legit too.
  • Edwin V.heart icon on user image
    Edwin ValentiJanuary 8, 2020
    Chicago is a great city, and this museum will tell you more about the great history. Relative small museum, easy to combine with a visit to the nearby Chicago Zoo.
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RodriguezMay 28, 2014
    If you park in the lot get your ticket validated by the museum. You will only be charged $9 for parking, instead of $15, $20 or $28. You can stay in the lot all day, ticket is good until midnight.
  • Rachel C.heart icon on user image
    Rachel CJuly 30, 2017
    Super informative and a good first stop for tourists! However, staff is not amazingly friendly and the exhibit layouts are somewhat confusing. However, the Vivian Maier exhibit is beautiful.
  • David W.heart icon on user image
    David WeathersbyMarch 12, 2018
    Incredible museum representing a incredible city.
    Upvoted Feb 9
  • Catriona H.
    Catriona HunterNovember 21, 2013
    The section on the history of the city is really interesting. They have some objects that survived the Great Fire (well, survived is a relative term)
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Sensing Chicago, the children’s gallery at the Chicago History Museum, invites kids to experience the city with all their senses. Perfect for kids of all ages! -- Green Guide Editor
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RangelJanuary 27, 2015
    DO NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A HOT DOG. Also, make sure you cop the souvenir penny documenting your said hot dog experience.
  • James C.
    James CAugust 19, 2014
    Really nice museum spacious and informative. Look for the Groupon. Totally worth it.
  • Samantha K.
    Samantha KuhnSeptember 25, 2013
    DePaul students get in for free. Soak in the vast history of Chicago and enjoy the rotating exhibits on the second floor.
  • Sierra C.heart icon on user image
    Sierra CampbellJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Fantastic museum for the Chicago history buff like me! Go check out the store, it has some pretty cool stuff in it!
  • Chicago H.
    Chicago HistoryJune 11, 2012
    We are no longer free every Monday, but Illinois residents can still enjoy free admission on specified days. See the schedule
  • Bobby K.heart icon on user image
    Bobby KennedyJanuary 16, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The permanent exhibit is a great encapsulation of how this city was made.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph B.October 17, 2014
    The temporary exhibits can be hit or miss, but the permanent stuff easily warrants at least one visit.
  • Niklas W.heart icon on user image
    Niklas WeinsSeptember 20, 2012
    Don't miss the 'neighborhood' movie and the Vivian Maier photo exhibit. I think they are the best part of the museum :)
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerJanuary 31, 2014
    Leaning all about my city Chicago - the birthplace of House Music from the DJ's who started the movement 30 years ago
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    In the Konen Family Children's Gallery, kids can use their five senses to explore Chicago. Our favorite: “Becoming a Chicago-style hot dog.”Powered by Read more
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoldmanFebruary 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Make a Chicago e-postcard in the kids area and send it to your friends (even local ones). This area of the museum is fun for children and adults alike.
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    The Museum’s permanent exhibition, Chicago: Crossroads of America, explores the city’s economy, crises, innovation, neighborhoods & entertainment. Features include Abraham Lincoln’s death bed.
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerMarch 7, 2015
    Great rainy day museum, love the old Chicago artifacts
  • Michele D.
    Michele DoyleOctober 22, 2012
    The best event at the museum is their History Pub Crawls...a must sign up tour!!!
  • Aimee A.
    Aimee AimeeNovember 3, 2013
    Lincoln's deathbed from the Petersen Boardinghouse is here. That alone is worth the price of admission.
  • Sandrine A.heart icon on user image
    Sandrine AndroDecember 4, 2016
    Interesting to better know the history of Chicago
  • Ash F.
    Ash FSMay 29, 2012
    This is possibly my favorite museum in Chicago. Deeply connected, relevant, and friendly to student researchers.
  • Julianheart icon on user image
    JulianOctober 3, 2016
    Fascinating Vivian Maier exhibit.
  • Simon & Schuster M.
    Museum overflowing with artifacts from Chicago’s bygone eras. Dominic Smith spent many hours here researching his historical novel BRIGHT AND DISTANT SHORES
  • MKheart icon on user image
    MKSeptember 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    great place to learn about what makes Chicago Chicago
  • Dawn B.
    Dawn BertucaJanuary 10, 2010
    Every Chicagoan should visit. User-friendly, interesting, very visual exhibits. Kids can make themselves into a Chicago-style hot dog!
  • Kevin D.heart icon on user image
    Kevin DudleyJuly 29, 2018
    Check out the Lincoln Park Ghost Tour that begins here.
  • Richard B.
    There is a new exhibit exploring the history of one most vibrant and interesting Chicago neighbourhoods-Lincoln Park. Definitley going there soon to see it ! Read more
  • Krystal L.
    Krystal LaFontaineJuly 15, 2014
    Start on the first floor. Wish there was more to the Lincoln area...
  • Bianca B.heart icon on user image
    Bianca BurzJune 7, 2017
    The Fashion Exhibit!
  • LaChelle C.
    The Ebony Fashion Fait exhibit is a must see!
  • Shannon J.heart icon on user image
    Shannon JeropkeMarch 31, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    They have great after hours events
  • Blunt R.
    Blunt RobbinsSeptember 25, 2013
    Nice ride museum worthy.
  • Sharon H.heart icon on user image
    Sharon HowertonJune 3, 2020
    They plan to do more tours and sessions using Zoom.
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RodriguezMay 28, 2014
    Teachers, military personnel & kids get free admission.
  • Andy N.
    Andy NordstromJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Out in Chicago won an honorary mention award from the national association for public history.
  • Kristen N.
    Kristen NelhartMarch 29, 2010
    Lincoln exhibit was awesome! Loved that they had a few personal items on display.
  • Donna B.
    Donna ButtsMarch 29, 2013
    You must see the Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit! Awesome!
  • tolu
    toluAugust 28, 2020
    Muslim exhibit was cool
  • patricia o.
    patricia o'brienJanuary 6, 2012
    I love the "out in chicago" exhibit!
  • Marc S.
    Marc SAugust 24, 2022
    Closes at 4:30.
  • Augie S.
    Augie SpreeJanuary 21, 2013
    Chicago once made more beer than Milwaukee!
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