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Chicago History Museum

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Time Out Says

Founded in 1856, the Chicago History Museum is home to more than 22 million artifacts, documents, photographs and a world-renowned costume collection blown in from the city's past. Located in Lincoln Park, the beloved museum is home to several galleries and interactive exhibits where visitors can discover the fascinating history of a city that grew from a 19th-century trading outpost to a bustling, youthful town that hosted the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 to the Chicago we know today. No matter your age or interest, the Chicago History Museum has something for everyone. Psst: Admission includes access to all exhibitions in the museum, including audio tours. Children 12 and under and Illinois residents 18 and under snag free admission daily.


1601 N Clark St
Cross street:
at North Ave
El: Brown,Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick. Bus: 22, 36, 72, 73.
$19; seniors and students $17; members, kids 12 and under free
Opening hours:
Mon, Wed–Sat 9:30am–4:30pm; Tue 9:30am–9pm; Sun noon–5pm
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“Vivian Maier: in Color”

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The Chicago History Museum welcomes a fascinating multimedia exhibition of more than 65 pieces from the celebrated street photographer. Known for beautifully capturing everyday moments, each of the shots on display here was taken when Maier was a suburban Chicago nanny from the ‘50s to the ’70s. Most of them have never been on display, and feature alongside film clips, quotations, and sound bites that help to bring Maier’s incredible work further to life. ‘Vivian Maier: in Color’ opens May 8 2021. Admission is included in the Chicago History Museum entry price. For more information head to Written by Time Out. Paid for by Chicago History Museum

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