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Chicago History Museum
Type: History Museums, Museums
The museum in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood is filled with compelling exhibits about the city's history and it's free for ALL kids 12 and under and free for Illinois residents 18 and younger.... Read More
The museum in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood is filled with compelling exhibits about the city's history and it's free for ALL kids 12 and under and free for Illinois residents 18 and younger. Chicago: Crossroads of America, the Museum's cornerstone exhibition, offers family-friendly experiences such as climbing aboard the city's oldest train car 'L' car no. 1 and steam locomotive, the Pioneer. Two self-guided audio tours enhance the experience for teens and adults. Even the youngest will go for the Sensing Chicago exhibition in which kids can explore the city's history through their five senses. Facing Freedom in America (designed for grades 5 through 12) spotlights eight moments in our nation's past when Americans struggled over the meaning of freedom, including the Civil War, Slavery, and the 1963 Chicago School Boycott. Check the web site for impressive temporary exhibits, such as Amplified: Chicago Blues, that should thrill teenagers.
- Mon,: Wed-Sat; 9:30am-4:30pm
- Tue: 9:30am-9pm
- Sun: Noon-5pm
- Adult $19; Senior (65+) $17; Student (19-22) $17; Child (18 and under) Free
- Family-Friendly Museums: "The Chicago History Museum is easy to navigate and the location, adjacent to Lincoln Park, is perfect for pre or post museum fun."
- Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: Get an overview of the city's past, including the stories behind its famous events, characters, buildings and institutions.
- Museums: "Public parking is available one block away for a lower fee with museum entry. Check website for location and details."
- Best for Museums Because: Why is Chicago called "The Windy City?" You'll learn to the answer to this question and more at the Chicago History Museum.