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"Chicago History Museum" Top 5 Page for this destination Museums Tip by Dabs

Museums, Chicago: 29 reviews and 42 photos

  Lincoln's death bed
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  • Lincoln's death bed - Chicago
      Lincoln's death bed
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      Old subway car
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  • Kukla and Ollie but where's Fran? - Chicago
      Kukla and Ollie but where's Fran?
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Last visit January 2015, found a Groupon for 1/2 off

Located at the south end of Lincoln Park, the Chicago History Museum, formerly the Chicago Historical Society, is a great place to visit if you are interested in Chicago history. The 2nd floor is where most of the museum is located, the permanent galleries cover the famous events and topics of Chicago history-the Chicago Fire, the Columbian Exposition, the Century of Progress/World's Fair, Fort Dearborn Massacre, Haymarket riots, the Democratic National Convention, gangsters, stockyards and more.

One of the most well known objects on display is the actual bed which President Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865 along with other furnishings from the room in the Petersen boarding house in Washington DC where he died after being shot by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theater. It is currently on loan to a museum in Springfield, IL until February 2016.

There are a couple of galleries with changing displays, currently there is a fashion exhibit about the stores on Michigan Avenue called Chicago Styled: Fashioning The Magnificent Mile in the small space downstairs through August 2015, it's not a very large exhibit and I wouldn't have wanted to pay admission just for that. The other is The 1968 Exhibit which runs through January 4, 2015, that is a really well done exhibit. It's a traveling exhibit, it's next stop is in Colorado at History Colorado in Denver. There museum is usually not crowded but on January 2nd when everyone was off work and a popular exhibit was closing in a couple of days, it was packed!

Free admission on select days only for Illinois residents, regular admission $14 for adults.

Located in Lincoln Park at 1601 N. Clark (at North Avenue). CTA buses 11, 22, 36, 72, 73, 151, and 156 stop nearby or the Sedgwick station on the Brown line el and the Clark/Division station on the red line el are about 1/2 mile. Validated parking is available at the lot on Stockton (Clark & LaSalle). In December 2014 we ate at RJ Grunt's for lunch which is within walking distance, Adodo Grill is also nearby as is Mon Ami Gabi which is where we ate in January 2015.


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  • Updated Jan 3, 2015
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Kukla, Fran and Ollie were the first people (?) I remember watching on black-and-white television.

  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    It looks quite interesting and you photo of the trolley car (?) is rather nice with the beautiful wood, unlike today's metal and plastic train carriages

    • Dabs's Profile Photo
      Jan 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      They don't look a thing like that now! Imagine the CTA (or London's tube) with mahogany & rattan seats!!!


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