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Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America

Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America provides historical perspective on nine major events when the nation felt threatened by those within its borders.

The exhibition illustrates the evolution of public opinion; the impact on citizens; the response by US law enforcement, counterintelligence, and homeland security; and the challenge of securing the nation without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded.

Grounded in nineteenth- and twentieth-century history, the charged content in Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs invites each of us to consider how to strike the right balance between security and freedom in the twenty-first century.

The Details


Until October 22, 2017

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Mazza Foundation Gallery

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Through photographs, interactive displays, artifacts, and video, the exhibition tells the stories of dramatic moments which represent times in US history when Americans felt threatened on their own soil.


Inspired by Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs, these tours explore the way real or perceived acts of terrorism affected the city of Chicago, its residents, and law enforcement.

Haymarket Walking Tour | Sunday, July 30, 2:00 p.m.

Included with General Admission





(Ages 65+)



(13-22 with ID)



(Free for ages 12 and younger)

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*Illinois Resident Children under 18 are FREE

City of Chicago residents receive a $2 discount (with valid I.D.)

Wintrust Sponsors of Free Museum Admission for Illinois Residents under 18

*Non-Illinois Resident Children 12 and under are FREE

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