Seeking to bring Chicago's often complicated history to life, this museum has several strong permanent exhibits, including "Chicago: Crossroads of America," which demystifies tragedies like the Great Chicago Fire and the Haymarket Affair, in which a bomb thrown during a labor rally in 1884 led to eight anarchists being convicted of conspiracy. In "Sensing Chicago," kids can feel what the city was once like—they can catch a fly ball at Comiskey Park (now US Cellular Field),
dress up like a Chicago-style hot dog, and "hear" the Great Chicago Fire. "Facing Freedom" takes a close look at what freedom means. Admission includes the audio tour.
Nov 23, 2009
This is a GREAT city museum. Long ago, I lived in Chicago, and had a membership here. Now that I live elsewhere, I still return to this fine museum. It has interesting permanent displays highlighting aspects of Chicago history, including of course, the Fire. The exhibit about the 1968 Democratic Convention riots is very well presented. The bookstore has an outstanding collection of books about Chicago's history, architecture and famous residents.
You can easily get to this Chicago History Museum from downtown by taking the 151 Michigan Ave bus. The 22 Clark or the 11 Lincoln will also get you to this museum.