Museum open on Monday, 6/19. IL residents get free admission MORE

Included with General Admission





(Ages 65+)



Students (19-22)



Children (18 & under if Illinois Residents)

We’re open and ready to share Chicago stories with you while continuing our health and safety procedures. While masks are recommended and appreciated, they are no longer required. Learn more.


We encourage visitors to purchase tickets in advance online.
Discounts can only be applied on tickets purchased in person.


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*Illinois Resident Children 18 and under are FREE

*Non-Illinois Resident Children 12 and under are FREE

2022 Illinois Resident Free Days: January 17; February 1–4, 9, 21; March 4; June 19, 23, 30; July 4; August 23–26, 30–31; October 10

Access to the Abakanowicz Research Center is by appointment only. Find more information here.

Learn about our backpack & large bag policy.

City of Chicago residents receive a $2 discount (with valid ID)

It pays to be a member. Admission is free for members of the Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, and National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.

Free admission is granted year round to the following audiences (with valid ID):

NARM Association Members: Members listed on card only.

US Armed Services: All active duty military and all veterans

Chicago Police Department: All active duty

Chicago Fire Department: All active duty

City Colleges of Chicago students, faculty, and staff

Illinois Teachers

Pre-Registered School Field Trips

Park Voyagers: Must show your pass.

Kids Museum Passport Holders: Must show your pass.

Museums for All: The Chicago History Museum is pleased to offer a discounted admission fee of $3 to individuals and families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a valid form of photo ID. A maximum of four adults is allowed per EBT card.

Blue Star Museums: The Chicago History Museum is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums offer free admission to active duty military, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve members, with up to five family members.
The program runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

WIC: The Museum offers a discounted admission fee of $3 with verification of participation.

Prices subject to change.

  • Address

  • Chicago History Museum
    1601 N. Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60614

    Chicago History Museum – Google Maps

  • Phone: (312) 642-4600
  • Museum Hours

  • Tuesday - Saturday
  • 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday
  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Monday
  • -
  • Holiday Museum Hours

  • New Year's Day
  • Closed - Holiday
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Open
  • Presidents' Day
  • Open
  • Memorial Day
  • Open
  • Fourth of July
  • 12:00–4:30 p.m.
  • Labor Day
  • 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Eve
  • 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Closed - Holiday
  • Christmas Eve
  • 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Day
  • Closed - Holiday
  • December 26–30
  • 9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • New Year's Eve
  • 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Research Center Hours

  • Tuesday
  • 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday
  • -
  • Thursday - Friday
  • 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Saturday
  • 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Cafe Hours

  • Tuesday - Saturday
  • 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday
  • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Museum Map

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Getting Here

From the North

Take the Kennedy (1-90/94) to the North Avenue exit. Travel east on North Avenue two miles to Clark Street.

From the West

Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to the Kennedy (I-90/94). Take the Kennedy to the North Avenue exit. Travel east on North Avenue two miles to Clark Street.

From the South

Take I-90/94W to the North Avenue exit. Go east on North Avenue to Clark Street. Alternatively, take the 1-90/94 W to 1-55N, and follow I-55N to Lake Shore Drive. Continue north to the North Avenue exit. Then go west two blocks to Clark Street.

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The Museum is easy to reach via public transportation. CTA buses 22, 36, 72, 73, 151, and 156 stop nearby. The Brown Line Sedgwick station and Red Line Clark/Division station are approximately one half-mile from the Museum.

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Public parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets; enter on Stockton Drive.

Cost: $10 with Museum validation. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted. Specially located spots are reserved for persons using mobility devices.

Call 312-642-4600 for more information.

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