Climb aboard L car no. 1, visit a jazz club, picture yourself in the fashions of the 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 through interactive features and multimedia presentations.
History Highlights Gallery Tours
These 30-minute tours focus on a specific aspect of Chicago’s history. Free with admission; no RSVP required. Meet at the exhibition entrance.
- Monday, April 24, 1:30 p.m. – “The Great Migration, Chicago Style”
- Monday, May 8, 1:30 p.m. – Topic TBD
Created for visitors who have low vision or are blind, our Touch Tours are led by volunteer gallery interpreters and offers opportunities to touch objects from our teaching collection. FREE with admission; companions are welcome. Touch Tours are available by appointment on Monday through Friday only, and reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Self-Guided Audio Tours
To experience these audio tours, stop by the Ticket Desk to borrow an iPod.
In Our Own Words
Developed, written, and performed by Lake View High School students, this tour features original interviews, vintage music, dialog, and dramatic readings on topics such as the Great Chicago Fire, gangland Chicago, jazz and blues music, and the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Running time: 40 minutes
Add a literary dimension to your exploration of Chicago: Crossroads of America. This audio tour offers perspectives on Chicago’s evolution from its great literary traditions. Listen to works by a dozen beloved authors, including Theodore Dreiser, Lorraine Hansberry, and Studs Terkel. Running time: 40 minutes