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Chicago History Museum
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US$30.00*
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Walking Tour of Lincoln Park in Chicago
Ranked #58 of 698 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must see current exhibits Chicago Blues musician and ML King. Cool dioramas portray Chicago pre and post great fire. Very nice Abraham Lincoln exhibit. Chicago gangsters and more.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First the older gentleman (docent) knew pretty much everything. I learned that Mrs. O'Leary did not start the Chicago fire and neither did her cow. Pretty sure "Peg Leg" O'Sullivan did. There is some good dioramas on the history of the city. I would really like to have gone onboard the train but I don't think you can. Some music history is included though the one guitar/computer instruction computer wasn't working and the guitar was out of tune (at least I tuned it for them). There was a lot of information on the riots and the two world fairs. In fact the history of Chicago is varied and all most interesting.

1  Thank Baxterthetravelguy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I tend to overlook the CHM when I come to Chicago unless there's a special exhibition but it's really a fun, fascinating place that's always worth the visit. There's a little bit of almost everything in Chicago history, displayed in ways to keep you from getting bored or overwhelmed. From settlement, disasters, World's Fairs, crime, music, sports, racial struggles, transportation, the Playboy empire, to presidents and politicians...you'll find a lot to learn and appreciate about the city here.
The exhibit on Dr King had a strong personal connection to me, as a photo of the street that I lived on as a child taken during a Chicago Freedom Movement march was displayed in the gallery. I noticed a few other visitors getting emotional as well; it is a moving tribute to him and the others who fought (and still fight) for equality, tolerance, and acceptance.
The public parking lot a block north has reduced fees with museum ticket validation. Don't hesitate to visit the museum or the Lincoln Park/Old Town area. It's great for all ages and interests.

1  Thank EverleighYours
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The History Museum has excellent exhibits and curation. You can spend several hours there and enjoy learning more about the history of Chicago through found objects and more. It's a fun museum and a must for Chicagoans as well as tourists who want to learn more about the city.

1  Thank Leah v
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very interesting museum about Chicago’s history. There are also very interesting section on the blues and R&B music with an interaction area. Also worthwhile seeing is the section on ethic groups. The comments from young children were remarkable, particularly how they discrimination in a white school. Quite moving to read it, makes one think.

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