Fodor's Expert Review Chicago History Museum
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 U.S. 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.