Type: Architecture, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Historic Sites: As the current Zeitgeist mulls immigration, a stop at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum may serve us well. Hull House was a Near West Side settlement house co-founded in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr open to newly arrived European immigrants. Italian, Irish, German, Greek, Russian, Polish, African American and Mexican immigrants were able to put down roots and enjoy day care for children of working mothers; an employment bureau; art gallery and library, cultural events and English and citizenship classes. In a time when people are lauded for Instagram photos of their vacations, learning about this remarkable woman who forged a powerful reform movement that helped children, women, union workers and minorities is nothing if not humbling. The museum that honors Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and her influence on civil rights and women's suffrage includes documents, furniture, photographs and artifacts.
Attractions near UIC Pavilion, Attractions near United Center: Named after the first female to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum pays homage to her work in social justice, education, immigration and child welfare. A quest for social reform and belief in equal opportunities for all community members were driving forces behind Addams' establishment in 1889 of a settlement house in one of Chicago's immigrant neighborhoods. Documents, furniture, and plenty of photographs tell the story of this remarkable woman. Entrance to the museum is free although donations are requested. There is plenty to read, view and touch (and some things you can't) as well as a short film depicting life in the late 19th century/early 20th century. Addam's actual bedroom is in the building where one can walk in and be surrounded by her desk, clothing, diaries, books and personal photographs.
800 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60607
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Historic Sites: "There are self-guided and guided tours of the exhibits which are suitable for all age groups, from elementary school students through adults."
Best for Historic Sites Because: The museum is a dynamic memorial to a social reformer whose work changed the lives of immigrants and national and international public policy.
Attractions near UIC Pavilion, Attractions near United Center: "Entrance to the museum is free"
Best for Attractions near UIC Pavilion, Attractions near United Center Because: The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum pays homage to the first female Nobel Peace Prize winner's work in social justice, education, immigration and child welfare.