Not so long ago this vibrant museum was the stodgy ol' Chicago Historical Society, which let you cull through thousands of archived photographs and curio. Well, that library still exists, but joining it are several permanent and temporary exhibits, the largest of which is "Chicago: Crossroads of America," a treasure trove of historical objects, including a chunk of the original Fort Dearborn. Other exhibits include “Sensing Chicago” (kids swarm around the giant Chicago hot dog) and revolving displays showing off one of the world's largest costume collections.
Chicago History Museum
|Venue name:||Chicago History Museum||Contact:|
1601 N Clark St
|Cross street:||at North Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 9:30am–4:30pm; Sun noon–5pm|
|Transport:||El: Brown,Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick. Bus: 22,36,72.|
|Price:||$14; seniors and students $12; members, kids 12 and under free|
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"Railroaders: Jack Delano's Homefront Photography"
In 1942, photographer Jack Delano documented America's railroads and rail workers as the nation entered World War II. Of the 3000 images that he captured, almost two-thirds were taken in the U.S.'s rail hub—Chicago. "Railroaders" displays some of Delano's...History Until Monday August 10 2015Read more
"Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile"
The Chicago History Museum documents the transformation of Michigan Avenue into a fashion destination with its latest exhibition, incorporating 20 ensembles featuring work by designers like Gianni Versace, Christian Lacroix, Yohji Yamamoto and Chanel....Until Sunday August 16 2015Read more
"The Secret Lives of Objects"
The Chicago History Museum's newest exhibit assembles a collection of seemingly unremarkable object pulled from the muesum's vaults and digs into their backstories. From the lamp that started the Iriquois Theatre fire in 1903 to a table from the Appomattox...Until Saturday October 31 2015Read more
Things to do
Fourth of July Celebration
Paint Chicago red, white and blue at the Chicago History Museum's 56th annual Fourth of July Celebration. Bring your family to this fun event, featuring face painting, crafts, activities, music and a children's parade. Even better? The museum's Robert...Saturday July 4 2015Read more