Chicago History Museum


The Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark St. A couple buses like the 26 and 22 drop people off right at the front. It’s the perfect place to get acquainted with the city and it’s history. It packs a lot into two floors. It goes through Chicago’s history, the blues and jazz era, the chicago fire, the gangsters during prohibition, the L and trains, the stock yard, the world fair and more. They have permanent exhbits as well as changing ones such as Siam: The Queen and the White City which is set up for the 120th anniversary of the World’s Fair Columbian Exposition to celebrate the queen and the work she did helping with the World’s Fair. It shows some of the items that were displayed in the fair. The current featured exhibit is the Inspiring Beauty: 50 years of Ebony Fashion Fair. There are over 60 garments on display.


The museum also has a nice cafe and place to grab a bite to eat or something to drink. They have free wifi where you can grab a slip of paper at the counter with the password. They also have a childrens area and a lunchroom for groups with a couple vending machines. In the children’s area they have a large plush hot dog, and several interactive displays where kids can try and figure out the sounds that fit different parts of Chicago and it’s history. They also have a table with different scents and you can learn about that scent.

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