How would you like the chance to get up close and personal with ONE MILLION DOLLARS? If you're visiting Chicago with a kid that dreams of big bucks, visiting the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is a must. Along with twelve regional reserve banks, the "Chicago Fed", makes up our nation's central bank, and its Money Museum is a great stop for learning and fun.
Located at 230 South LaSalle Street, the Federal Reserve's Money Museum is a fun and free museum that features all things money! Lots of money! Though I am sorry to report that you won't be able to take any crisp $100 dollar bills home, you will be able to carry away a bag of shredded money. Hey - better than nothing! Right?
A smile is worth more than a $100.
Your best bet is to catch a guided tour, offered Monday - Friday at 1 p.m. (tours last about 45 minutes). You'll learn more about the important role that the Federal Reserve System plays in the United States, you'll learn more about the historical currency collection, and you'll have a chance to ask your burning questions to the expert tour guides. You can reserve your spot on the tour in advance, here.
I visited with my 11-year-old son and we had fun trying to guess which bills were fakes and which were genuine. We both appreciated seeing authentic bills from the very beginnings of the United States and took advantage of the many fun photo ops.
My son with his first million! Too bad we couldn't take it with us...
The Money Museum is located at 230 South LaSalle Street and is free and open to the public year-round from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Bank holidays. For more info, call (312) 322-2400 or visit the museum's website by clicking here.