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4.17 | Favorite Foods

Chicago is famous for foods such as hot dogs, deep-dish pizza, and the fabulous neighborhood restaurants that feature food from around the world. The Chicago History Museum has many food-related items in our collection—menus, invitations to fancy dinners, cookbooks, and photographs of restaurants that all tell us the city’s food history. Families share history through their food too! Sometimes there’s a special recipe handed down from one person to another or families start their own traditions such as celebrating a birthday with a family member’s favorite dish. Today’s activityis all about your family’s favorite foods!

What do your favorite foods say about your family? Explore recipes and traditions around food and celebrate your family! Share your family’s favorite foods on social media using the hashtag #CHMatHomeFamilies


The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum has dedicated more than a century to celebrating and sharing Chicago stories through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming. The Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents and images to help audiences connect to the city and its history. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

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