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Chicago History Museum

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1601 N. Clark St., Chicago IL 60614

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The Chicago History Museum offers exhibitions and public programs that illuminate the city’s past, engage the city’s present, and point to Chicago’s future. Vivian Maier’s Chicago explores the city through the eyes of the nanny turned photographer who wowed the world with breathtaking images of everyday urban America. Maier’s Chicago collection is presented at larger than life scale vividly documenting Chicago neighborhoods and faces of the 1960s and 1970s. Lincoln’s Undying Words discover how Abraham Lincoln’s changing views toward slavery transformed America. The exhibition explores this powerful story through five key speeches made by Lincoln between 1858 and 1865. In Secret Lives of Objects, artifacts pulled from the darkened shelves and hidden crates of the Museum’s collection storage rooms, are finally getting their chance in the spotlight…and they have some pretty remarkable stories to tell. Permanent exhibitions include Chicago: Crossroads of America, Facing Freedom, Sensing Chicago, and Unexpected Chicago. Visit or call 312-642-4600 for visitor information and for a full schedule of museum public programs and events.

Health and Safety

Masks Provided

Masks Required-Guest

Masks Required-Staff

Reservations Required

CDC Recommended Cleaning Procedures

Hand Wash/Sanitizer Stations

Complimentary Policy 1 per 25

Separate Group Entrance

Average Visit/Tour Length 2. 5 hours

Minimum Group Number 10

Maximum Group Number 1000

Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate 10

Restaurant(s) On-site

ADA Compliant

Self-Parking Available Off-site

Food On-site Restaurant

Hours of Operation Tuesday-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 Style 4850

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing) 800

Max Capacity, Classroom Style 4850

Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated) 310

Total Square Footage of Meeting Space 4850

Max Venue Capacity 800

Private Meeting Space Available

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