Chicago History Museum

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Fee: $14

Sun. 12 PM–5 PM
Mon. 9:30 AM–4:30 PM
No-Fee Hours: 9:30 AM–4:30 PM
Tue. 9:30 AM–4:30 PM
Wed. 9:30 AM–4:30 PM
Thu. 9:30 AM–4:30 PM
Fri. 9:30 AM–4:30 PM
Sat. 9:30 AM–4:30 PM
1601 N Clark Street
Chicago, Chicago 60614
(312) 642-4600

Check the Chicago History Museum website for additional hours, special pricing/discounts, and closure dates.


Clark Street facade of the Chicago History Museum
The Chicago History Museum (website) is a Museum (Historical) in Chicago.
Official description from Chicago History Museum:

The Chicago History Museum (CHM) is the city’s oldest cultural institution. Founded in 1856 and incorporated in 1857 by an act of the state legislature, the Chicago Historical Society and its collection grew and opened its first building at the corner of Dearborn and Ontario Streets. That building and the most of the collection, however, burned during the Great Fire of 1871. After three years and a second fire that destroyed most of the remaining collection, the Society renewed its operations. Occupying temporary buildings on the same site until 1896, the organization built a massive stone edifice designed by Henry Ives Cobb, which housed the Gilpin Library and exhibition spaces.

In 1920, the Society purchased thousands of manuscripts and hundreds of paintings and historical artifacts from the estate of Charles F. Gunther, including the bed on which Abraham Lincoln died and George Washington’s compass. In the late 1920s, the trustees began planning a new $1 million museum to house its growing collection and to celebrate the city’s centennial. Designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, the Georgian colonial building opened in 1932 in Lincoln Park at Clark Street at North Avenue. That building, with various additions, renovations, and improvements, has served as the organization's home ever since.

Wikipedia excerpt:
Chicago History Museum (formerly known as the Chicago Historical Society) was founded in 1856 to study and interpret Chicago's history. It is located in Lincoln Park in a building at 1601 North Clark Street at the intersection of North Avenue in the Old Town Triangle neighborhood of Lincoln Park in Chicago. It was renamed the Chicago History Museum in September, 2006. Founded in 1856, (about 25 years after Chicago's founding) much of the early collection amassed by the museum was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, but like the city, the museum rose from the ashes. Among its many documents which were lost in the fire was a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, hand-written by Abraham Lincoln. After the fire, the Society began collecting new materials, which were stored in the a building owned by J. Young Scammon, a prominent lawyer and member of the Chicago Historical Society. However, the building and new collection were again destroyed by fire in 1874. The Chicago Historical Society built a fireproof building on the site of its pre-1871 building. The replacement building opened in 1896 and, after housing the collection for thirty-six years, was used for many purposes and often remained vacant until being transformed into a nightclub in 1985. This impressively massive Romanesque building is currently the home of the Excalibur nightclub. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

We don't have any current exhibitions on file, most likely because we're still collecting listings.

In the meantime, check out the Chicago History Museum homepage or our exhibitions list for Chicago-wide exhibits.

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