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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"The Secret Lives of Objects"
The Chicago History Museum's newest exhibit assembles a collection of seemingly unremarkable object pulled from the museum's vaults and digs into their backstories. From the lamp that started the Iroquois Theatre fire in 1903 to a table from the Appomattox...Until Saturday October 31 2015Read more
Things to do
The Last Speakeasy on the Eve of Repeal
Celebrate the 82st anniversary of the repeal of prohibition at this annual event, which takes attendees back to the end of the "noble experiment" in 1933. Guest will be provided with cocktails, period-appropriate tunes from Steve Anthony & his Society...Thursday December 3 2015Read more