The Chicago History Museum’s Jaffee History Trail is an interpretive path through the park space around the Museum. The trail incorporates features such as a fire relic from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the Couch Tomb, a reminder that the area was once a Chicago city cemetery. Developed in partnership with the Chicago Park District and support of neighborhood groups, the Jaffee History Trail creates a new destination at Lincoln Park’s southwest corner.
Each stop on the Jaffee History Trail explores aspects of Chicago’s personality, highlighting the city’s resilience, connections, and complexity. As you move along the trail, be sure to:
- Visit the native species garden where you can identify native plants and trace plant shapes etched into the garden’s boulders
- Take in a collection of community-inspired kinetic sculptures by local artist Bernard Williams
- Stop by the open pedestal, which invites you to consider what your legacy will be
- The new landscaping includes approximately 150 young trees and large beds of native plants, which will attract birds and other pollinators
This project included renovation to our underground storage facility, which is directly below the plaza and houses the Museum’s 23,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts. Renovations upgraded the structural integrity of the space and modernized the interior.
Guided tours of the Jaffee History Trail are available this summer. For more information, visit our Adult Group Tours page.
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