The Museum will close at 2:30 on Wed, Nov 22, and will be closed on Thurs, Nov 23, for Thanksgiving. More


The Great Chicago Adventure Film

This dynamic film presentation in our newly renovated theater transports visitors through major events in Chicago’s history. 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 of the Sears Tower in the 1970s. Relive Chicago sports victories and cheer on President Obama during his Grant Park victory speech.

The film runs every half hour starting at 10:00 a.m. with the final screening at 4:00 p.m. Running time: 27 minutes.

Modified screening times

  • Wednesday, November 22: Final screening is at 2:00 p.m. due to early Museum closure.
  • Thursday, November 23: Museum closed for Thanksgiving.
  • Friday, December 1: Final screening is at 2:30 p.m. due to set up for The Last Speakeasy.
  • Wednesday, December 6: No screenings due to a private event.
  • Sunday–Monday, December 24–25: Museum closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas.
  • Monday, January 1: Museum closed for New Year’s Day.
  • Tuesday–Friday, February 20–23, 2018: No screenings due to a private event.


The theater renovation and film presentation are generously supported by a major grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Additional support provided by ComEd; the State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources Public Museum Capital Grant Program; The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation; and Shure.

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The Robert R. McCormick Theater

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