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08/15/18 - 08/15/18

Chicago: Crossroads of America

Climb aboard L car no. 1, visit a jazz club, picture yourself in the fashions of a 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 from the Museum’s remarkable collection. More
08/15/18 - 08/15/18

Facing Freedom in America

Generations of Americans have grappled with the meaning of freedom defined by the nation’s founders. Discover how the quest for equality over the past 200 years has transformed what it means to be free. More
08/15/18 - 08/15/18

Chicago Authored

Authors of fact and fiction, prose and poetry have shaped Chicago’s identity and helped us understand the complexity of our great city. Explore this multimedia experience with diverse and inspiring works by writers, past and present. More
08/15/18 - 08/15/18

The Great Chicago Adventure Film

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 at the top of the Sears Tower in the 1970s. Relive Chicago sports victories and cheer on President Obama during his Grant Park victory speech in this compelling adventure film. More
08/15/18 - 08/15/18

The Fifth Star Challenge

If Chicago’s flag had a fifth star, what would it represent? Discover highlights from the city’s past, cast your vote, and see how your choice stacks up. While in the gallery, be sure to look beneath your feet and explore Chicagoland on our wall-to-wall floor map. More
08/15/18 - 08/15/18

Sensing Chicago

Use your five senses to explore Chicago, uncover the past, and discover that history is all around you. More
08/15/18 - 08/15/18

Lincoln’s Chicago

Abraham Lincoln may have lived in Springfield, but Chicago was his second home and political headquarters during his rise to the White House. This gallery provides a glimpse of the city that Lincoln knew—a dynamic young metropolis on the verge of greatness. More
08/15/18 - 08/15/18

Abraham Lincoln

As president, Abraham Lincoln faced our nation's greatest crisis–the Civil War. This installation highlights Lincoln's election in 1860, his leadership during the Civil war, and his tragic assassination.Artifacts on display are from the John and Jeanne Rowe Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln Collection. The installation is supported by a gift from The Gupta Family with additional support from the Joyce Foundation in honor of Lawrence N. Hansen.  More
04/08/17 - 10/22/17

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

The charged content in Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs invites each of us to consider how to strike the balance between security and freedom in the twenty-first century. More
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