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11 Free Things to Do in Chicago Right Now!

The Bean in Millennium Park

March in Chicago means that spring is here and summer is right around the corner. As the weather warms up, there are more and more FREE things to do around Chicago. Read on for some top picks to finish out the month.

10 Exhibitions to See at the Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum in Lincoln Park is a historic building that was founded in 1856 to study Chicago’s rich history. The museum houses millions of original pieces from Chicago and U.S. history. You could spend an hour or an entire day there, and you’re sure to learn something new. Lovers of literature, fashion, history, anthropology, photography and more will find something to pour over.

An Encased Meat Celebration, Chicago Style, at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Hot Dog Fest '15

Since the opening of the Stockyards (and before), Chicago’s hot dogs and other related meat products have been celebrated around the world. Many visitors to Chicago do not consider a visit to the city complete without at least one visit to a hot dog stand, hut, or full-on sausage emporium.

Choose Your Own Urban Adventure at CHICAGO24

Chicago History Museum

Remember the Choose Your Own Adventure series? Here's your chance to jump into Chicago history, choosing your own adventures that will have you exploring the city's secrets over an exciting 24-hour journey. Whether you're a history buff or just a night owl who enjoys walking the city streets at night, ChicaGO24, the Chicago History Museum's annual 24-hour event, promises to reveal hidden city secrets on a series of action-packed tours on Friday, May 8 through Saturday, May

Jack Delano's Homefront Photography at the Chicago History Museum

Jack Delano railroad

If you're a rail fan like me, you may have already heard about the fantastic railroad photography exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. If you're not, never fear: you'll be converted to the ways of steam, wyes, roundhouses and the other ways of railroading when you step inside this well curated exhibit. 

This elaborate production was created by the Center for Railroad Photography & Art and the Chicago History Museum and it brings together the

Seven Reasons to Visit the Chicago History Museum With Your Family This Fall

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum is a treasure trove of all things Chicago. With its collection of over 20 million items, including photographs, drawings, diaries, letters, costumes, textiles, sound recordings, films, books, newspapers, furniture and more, this museum will take your family back in time, from Chicago's beginnings as a fur trading settlement to the bustling, modern city it is today. Here are seven reasons to visit the Chicago History Museum this upcoming fall.

Behind the Scenes: Chicago History Museum's Inspiring Beauty

Inspiring Beauty at Chicago History Museum

Patchwork leather in a rainbow of colors sewn into a strapless, floor-length gown. A Victorian-inspired evening dress from 1986 that is business in the front and party in the back. A sharply tailored plaid and sequined men's suit. A jacket of turquoise suede with matching knitted chevron hot pants and thigh-high socks.

Sensing Chicago at the Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum was founded way back in 1856, with the goal of providing a place to study and interpret Chicago history. I'm a lifelong Chicagoan, but I still learn something new every time I visit this gem of a museum, thanks to engaging exhibits and knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

While parents will appreciate the current exhibitions on Lincoln's Chicago and Unexpected Chicago, there is a wonderful ongoing, must-see exhibition that will take Chicago history down to a kid's level:

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