Chicago History Museum Tours
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Much of the history of the United States took place in Chicago, so it makes perfect sense that the city’s history museum features extensive collections of historic artifacts from both Chicago and America as a whole. One exhibit, with over 600 objects, focuses solely on the city’s growth and influence on American history. There is also a research center on site, and the museum serves both to discover and protect Chicago’s history.
The museum has been in operation since 1856. Unfortunately much of the museum’s early collection was lost in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, but the museum resurged (in a now fireproof building.) The museum demonstrates eight times in history America fought for its freedom, including extensive information regarding the life of Abraham Lincoln. You’ll find exhibits on everything from sports memorabilia to past public transportation to blues and jazz music in Chicago. With paintings, books, manuscripts, sculptures, and photographs, the collection has an impressive amount on local display.
The museum is located at 1601 N. Clark St. Parking is available at the corner of Stockton and LaSalle Street, or take the Red, Brown, or Purple ‘L’ lines to Clark/Division or Sedgwick stops. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and on Sundays from 12-5 pm.
Address: 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois, USA 60614, USA
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am–4:30pm Sun 12:00pm–5:00pm
Admission: Adults: $14; Children: free
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Chicago History Museum
The easiest and most affordable way to explore some of Chicago's top attractions at your own pace, the Go Chicago Explorer Pass saves you up to 45 percent on regular ticket prices. Create your own sightseeing itinerary by choosing 2, 3, 4, or 5 attractions, tours, and activities from among more than 30 top sites, including SkyDeck, 360 Chicago, the Field Museum, a shoreline sightseeing cruise, a hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
Amy Bizzarri, author of 111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss, takes you on a fascinating self-guided audio tour of hidden historical spots in Chicago's gilded Gold Coast. Peep behind the gates of the original Playboy Mansion, walk along a wooden block-paved alley, sip a Faster Pussycat in Chicago's oldest piano bar and more as you enjoy a delightful walk through time in this exclusive Chicago neighborhood. The starting point is the Chicago History Museum, located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
Step off the tourists’ path to visit Lincoln Park, a neighborhood beloved by Chicagoans for its stately homes, historic zoo, and stunning green areas. Your tour begins at the charming Children’s Fountain and continues to unexpected sites like the shrine of the first American saint. As your local guide leads you through the city’s largest park, you’ll marvel at the wild feel of this neighborhood just north of downtown Chicago.
Enjoy admission to more than 26 of Chicago's most popular attractions with the Go Chicago™ Pass. Create your own itinerary and sightsee at your own pace. Save your pass, available as your 'ticket' after purchase, on your mobile device; don't waste time redeeming vouchers. This pass offers something for all members of the family. Take a hop-on hop-off trolley tour or admire the stunning views from SkyDeck Chicago. The Go Chicago™ Pass is available in 1-, 2-, 3-, or 5-day options. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Chicago History Museum hours of operation?
Chicago History Museum hours of operation: Mon-Sat 9:30am–4:30pm Sun 12:00pm–5:00pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Chicago History Museum?
The best ways to experience Chicago History Museum are:
- Go Chicago Explorer Pass with SkyDeck and 360 Chicago
- Chicago's Gold Coast Hidden History: A Self-Guided Audio Walk
- Walking Tour of Lincoln Park in Chicago
- Go Chicago All-Inclusive Pass with Skip the Line Access
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