Chicago History Museum

4/5 (2 Reviews)
Seeing all 22 million pieces in this expansive collection would take a lifetime so here are a few can't-miss highlights: the world-renowned costumes collection, the Lincoln artifacts and if you've got kids, 'Sensing Chicago,' where they'll learn about the city through all 5 senses.
Gate Price
Adult: $14.00
Child: FREE

If your knowledge of Chicago is limited to pizza, strong wind and a “Great Fire” you will definitely want to visit this museum. Chicago is one of America’s great cities, and contains a history as rich and diverse as its inhabitants, who emigrated from all corners of the globe. The city has historically been the world’s epicenter of architecture and has a boasts an impressive legacy of music, art, culture, commerce and politics. Don’t go home without learning what made Chicago the cosmopolitan treasure it is today. Pay a visit to the Chicago History Museum…home to an astonishing 22 million-piece collection.

Chicago History Museum has a vast array of artifacts, documents, fabrics and information. Among its greatest treasures are a world-renowned costume collection and a multi-faceted Abraham Lincoln Collection Here’s a look at some of the temporary exhibits visitors will be able to experience at CHM:

  • Abraham Lincoln: Learn about the former president’s life, triumphs and tribulations, including a detailed look at his 1860 election, leadership during the Civil War, and his tragic assassination, as well as a look at “Lincoln at 200”, which shows the impact his politics had on our society.
  • Unexpected Chicago: View rare Chicago artifacts from the museum’s collection that have never before been seen by the general public, including costumes, manuscripts and industrial artifacts. On the first Friday of each month, a new, never-before-seen artifact is put on display.
  • My Chinatown: An intimate look at the people and history that make up Chicago’s famous Chinatown, from their perspective. Experience Chinatown’s most recognizable sights and sounds, and in doing so, learn its most unfamiliar and interesting stories of hard times, and times of prosperity and joy.
  • Out in Chicago: A unique look at the 150-year history and hardships of Chicago’s “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender” (LGBT) populations, using four well-mapped themes- individuals and their bodies, family and home, communities, and political action.
  • Chicago: Crossroads of America: Chicago’s position in the Midwest has made it a rare intersection of not only East and West, but also a junction of the ideas of the past and present, as well as the progressive values that shape the future. Find out why Chicago is the American hub of entrepreneurialism.

See all this and more at Chicago History Museum, the definitive collection of Chicagoan history, and the place to come for a 3D look at the objects and ideas that have made ‘The Windy City’ one of the world’s premier centers of innovation and culture. Take home your own piece of Chicago by picking up a souvenir or replica at the Museum Store. Enjoy Old Chicago!

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

A Main museum in Chicago
By Karla Verified Reviewer from México on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago History Museum:

This museum for me is the main museum of Chicago. It gives an important, helpfull general información of Chicago's history, not Boring at all, and is one of the chapeaste museums that includes, if you need, the audio guide for the same price. It let visitors know about, the big fire, the gangster, sports, archtecture, Indiana chicagoans, where Chicago's name come from, shopping, traditional pizza and h. Dogs, música/blues, why people decide to set in Chicago, which is the Flag of Chicago and IT design, etc. Also you can take a photo of you and make a post card with Chicago caracteristic places tan can be e-Mail for free. other good free museum, as a fact, is the mexican art museum.

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My Kind of Town!
By Heather from Dallas, TX on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago History Museum:

Want to learn more about the development of the great city Chicago? The History Museum has it all! It's great for basic outlines on how the city came to be what it is, the museum will take you through several There are highlights on Chicago crime, Al Capone, Chicago architecture, industry, jazz, and food! Not to mention the nice set of displays and things you can actually touch.

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Phone: 312-642-4600


1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614


Monday–Saturday 9:30 am–4:30 pm, Sunday, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm.


On rare occasions this attraction closes early due to private functions, beyond the control of Smart Destinations. Free for children 12 and under every day.


Thanksgiving,Christmas Day and New Year's Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.


1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Public Transportation

Take CTA: Buses 11, 22, 36, 72, 73, 151, and 156.

Driving Directions

Lake Shore Drive or Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to North Ave. exit. The Museum is on the northeast corner of North Ave. and Clark Street. Parking is available at Clark and LaSalle Streets. Enter on Stockton Drive.

Please present your Go Select Pass to any ticket taker. They will validate it, return it to you, and let you in.

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