Choose from Three Options
- $7 for admission for one (up to $14 value)
- $14 for admission for two (up to $28 value)
- $28 for admission for four (up to $56 value)
Admission includes access to audio tours, as well Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, now through May 11, 2014. A story of vision and innovation as told through the history of the traveling fashion show, its longtime producer Eunice Walker Johnson, and the Johnson Publishing Company, the exhibit will showcase more than 60 garments from such designers as Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Christian Dior. Visitors enter on a red carpet and witness two audiovisual presentations that demonstrate how the show, inaugurated in 1958 and masterminded by Johnson from 1963 onward, grew into a world-class representation of high fashion and the African-American cultural experience. A third presentation demonstrates the Johnson Publishing Company's role in presenting African-Americans with images of black achievement in Ebony and Jet.
Admission also includes access to Unexpected Chicago, the exhibit that puts one special item from the museum's collection on display for a limited run of two months. Past artifacts that have been displayed in this exhibit include Hugh Hefner's little black book, John Hancock's billfold, and a game-worn Scottie Pippen jersey from the 1998 championship series.
Student and senior discounted tickets are available but this Groupon still offers the best deal available. Children 12 and under are free.
Chicago History Museum
Founded in 1856, the Chicago History Museum upholds its legacy as one of the city's oldest cultural institutions with more than 22 million artifacts blown in from the city's storied past. Permanent exhibitions include Chicago: Crossroads of America, which sends visitors on a journey through a re-created jazz club and features a replica of an original L car and the monkey bars that its passengers hung from during commutes. Collections of dioramas detail the story of the city's growth from a barren nineteenth-century trading outpost to the bustling, youthful city that hosted the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Exhibitions centered on Abraham Lincoln offer an in-depth look at his campaign and election in 1860, and Lincoln's Chicago shows visitors a vision of the city as the 16th president saw it: from 7 feet, 6 inches in the air.