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Temporary Exhibition

Amplified: Chicago Blues

Explore how southern black migrants brought the blues to Chicago, where the music helped them forge connections and transform an unfamiliar, often inhospitable city into a new home. More
Temporary Exhibition

Remembering Dr. King: 1929-1968

Remembering Dr. King: 1929-1968 invites visitors to walk through a winding gallery that features over 25 photographs depicting key moments in Dr. King’s work and the Civil Rights movement, with a special focus on his time in Chicago. More
Temporary Exhibition

Chicago and the Great War

More than four thousand men and women from Cook County lost their lives in World War I. The Great War began in 1914 and pitted the Central Powers, led by Germany and Austria-Hungary, against the Allied Powers, led by Great Britain and France. The conflict claimed more than 17 million lives, left more than 20 million wounded, and shattered the illusions of an entire generation. The “war to end all wars” sowed the seeds for World War II and continues to influence our political landscape a century later. More
Permanent Exhibition

Facing Freedom in America

Generations of Americans have grappled with the meaning of freedom defined by the nation’s founders. Discover how the quest for equality over the past 200 years has transformed what it means to be free. More
Permanent Exhibition

Chicago: Crossroads of America

Climb aboard L car no. 1, visit a jazz club, picture yourself in the fashions of a Marshall Field's store window, and learn what makes Chicago home sweet home. Explore the city's history through a series of galleries that highlight artifacts from the Museum’s remarkable collection. More
Permanent Exhibition

Chicago Authored

Authors of fact and fiction, prose and poetry have shaped Chicago’s identity and helped us understand the complexity of our great city. Explore this multimedia experience with diverse and inspiring works by writers, past and present. More
Permanent Exhibition

Lincoln’s Chicago

Abraham Lincoln may have lived in Springfield, but Chicago was his second home and political headquarters during his rise to the White House. This gallery provides a glimpse of the city that Lincoln knew—a dynamic young metropolis on the verge of greatness. More
Permanent Exhibition

Sensing Chicago

Use your five senses to explore Chicago, uncover the past, and discover that history is all around you. More
Permanent Exhibition

The Fifth Star Challenge

If Chicago’s flag had a fifth star, what would it represent? Discover highlights from the city’s past, cast your vote, and see how your choice stacks up. While in the gallery, be sure to look beneath your feet and explore Chicagoland on our wall-to-wall floor map. More
Permanent Exhibition

The Great Chicago Adventure Film

Feel the intensity of the Great Chicago Fire and splendor of the World’s Columbian Exposition. Explore the sights of bustling Maxwell Street in the 1950s and peer down from an I-beam at the top of the Sears Tower in the 1970s. Relive Chicago sports victories and cheer on President Obama during his Grant Park victory speech in this compelling adventure film. More
Permanent Exhibition

Abraham Lincoln

As president, Abraham Lincoln faced our nation's greatest crisis–the Civil War. This installation highlights Lincoln's election in 1860, his leadership during the Civil war, and his tragic assassination.Artifacts on display are from the John and Jeanne Rowe Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln Collection. The installation is supported by a gift from The Gupta Family with additional support from the Joyce Foundation in honor of Lawrence N. Hansen.  More
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