Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

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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.

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  • $8 for admission for one (up to a $14 value)
  • $15 for admission for two (up to a $28 value)
  • $29 for admission for four (up to a $56 value)

Admission includes access to audio tours, as well Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, now through January 5, 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. Through August, a baseball signed by Babe Ruth during the 1933 MLB All-Star Game at Comiskey Park is open to visits. 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.

The city’s oldest cultural institution, The Chicago History Museum houses an awe-striking array of intellect-tickling artifacts, documents, and artwork from the city’s past and future-past. On any given day, 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 Shalom Chicago, an exhibition about the local Jewish community’s history, and Vivian Maier’s Chicago, a local photographer’s images of Chicago in the 1960s and 70s.

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.

In a Nutshell

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per person per visit. Valid only for option purchased. If not redeemed by expiration date, the amount paid for this voucher is only valid toward the purchase of admission tickets or museum membership. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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