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Chicago History Museum


1601 N. Clark St., Chicago IL 60614

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Explore the history of Chicago and United States through permanent and temporary exhibitions drawn from more than 20 million items in the Chicago History Museum’s collections. “Chicago: Crossroads of America” explores the city’s development and its influence on US history. Examine a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including a chunk of the original Fort Dearborn and the actual first locomotive to operate in Chicago.

Use all five senses to discover Chicago’s history with the “Sensing Chicago” exhibition and even pretend to be a Chicago-style hot dog. Check out temporary exhibitions that pull from our vast collections of photography, documents, artifacts, and interviews that help tell Chicago stories.

In the dynamic film presentation, “The Great Chicago Adventure,” experience the intensity of the Great Chicago Fire and splendor of the World’s Columbian Exposition, explore the sights of bustling Maxwell Street in the 1950s and peer down from an I-beam at the top of the Sears Tower in the 1970s.

Chicago History Museum Highlights

Chicago: Crossroads of America – Learn what makes Chicago home sweet home. Explore the city’s history through a series of themed galleries that highlight artifacts through interactive features and multimedia presentations.”

Sensing Chicago – This multisensory experience includes hopping on a high-wheel bicycle, hearing the Great Chicago Fire, catching a fly ball at Comiskey Park, smelling the Union Stock Yard, and diving into a giant Chicago-style hot dog.

Abraham Lincoln – In this installation, you’ll learn all about former president Abraham Lincoln, his leadership during the civil war, and his assassination.

Facing Freedom in America – Examine the stories behind eight conflicts over American freedom dating from the 1850s to the 1970s. This exhibition uses artifacts, images, and interactive displays to explore everything from women’s suffrage to Japanese internment.

Jaffee History Trail: This outdoor, interpretive path incorporates features such as a native species garden, the Couch Tomb, and a 13,000-pound, metal relic from the 1871 Great Chicago Fire.

Visit or call 312-642-4600 for visitor information and for a full schedule of museum public programs and events.

Group Amenities

Complimentary Policy1 per 25

Separate Group Entrance

Average Visit/Tour Length2. 5 hours

Minimum Group Number10

Maximum Group Number1000

Attraction Pass Partner

Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate10

Restaurant(s) On-site

ADA Compliant

Self-Parking AvailableOff-site

Food On-siteRestaurant

Hours of OperationTuesday-Saturday - 9:30 am - 4:30 pmnSunday - 12 pm - 5 pm


Preferred Catering Providers

Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing)600

Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated)310

Off-Site Catering Allowed

On-site Audio/Visual Equipment

Complete Buy-out Available

Max Capacity, Theater Style4850

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing)800

Max Capacity, Classroom Style4850

Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated)310

Total Square Footage of Meeting Space4850

Max Venue Capacity800

Private Meeting Space Available

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