Open today 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


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

  • Friday, March 23: Last screening at 2:00 p.m. due to scheduled maintenance.
  • Sunday, March 25: No screenings due to a public screening of Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer
  • Wednesday, April 4: Last screening at 3:00 p.m. due to a private event.
  • Tuesday, April 24: No screenings due to a student symposium.
  • Wednesday, May 2: Last screening at 3:30 p.m. due to Museum closure for a staff event.
  • Thursday, June 14: 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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