$7 for Admission to the Chicago History Museum (Up to $14 Value)

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  • City's oldest cultural institution
  • Rotating exhibitions
  • Architecture, artifacts & more
  • Weekend programs & events

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History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance that Napoleon will rise from his grave to criticize the shortcomings of NBA players. Admire what history has taught us thus far with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get admission to the Chicago History Museum (a $14 value for adult admission; a $12 value for senior and student admission. Admission is free on Mondays).

The Chicago History Museum, the city’s oldest cultural institution, houses an awe-striking array of intellect-tickling artifacts, documents, and artwork from the city’s past and future-past. Take a sepia-tinged trip past ornate architecture and glance at Stan Mikita's jersey. Or, venture through the hall of dioramas, which showcases epochs of Chicago's history, from its earliest days as a malört-trading outpost to its triumphant World’s Fair, made possible by an uneasy alliance between Daniel Burnham and arch-rival Mike Ditka. The museum also displays rotating temporary exhibitions, such as Out in Chicago, an exhibition about the city's LGBT history, and My Chinatown, a multimedia exhibition telling the story of the famous neighborhood’s past and present.

The Chicago History Museum offers evening and weekend programs, from History Pub Crawls to the monthly documentary series Project Sunday, which is free with museum admission. Check the museum calendar for complete info about public programs, exhibits, and other events.

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 19th-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.


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Customer Reviews

Gave us a great perspective on the city of Chicago and its history. The food was very good at the cafe - we had lunch there.
Mary E. · 7 days ago
A gem of a place and great info. Be sure to get there in time to sign up with one of the guides to walk you thru the museum and provide additional history not on the exhibit wall descriptions
Tracy L. · January 11, 2017
This was a GREAT visit. Food in the cafe is great and a really well planned and modern museum. Will definitely go again!
Christe M. · January 8, 2017
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    1601 N Clark St.

    Chicago, Illinois 60614

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