A gorgeous Georgian colonial building, world-class facilities, and a collection of more than 22 million items helps the Chicago History Museum stand out from the Windy City’s other world-class museums, making it a rare sure-thing for your next family outing. You might be thinking, a history museum with kids? While it might not sound like the most child-friendly environment, the curators here have bent over backwards to make history appealing to all ages, with exhibits that really are as fun as they are educational. Take the youngsters by the hand and head to the Sensing Chicago exhibit, where they’ll go wild over hands-on family activities that bring Chicago’s history to life. Watch their sense of wonder as they go wide-eyed trying to catch a fly ball at a mini version of Comiskey Park. Hear them giggle as they awkwardly ride a high-wheeled bicycle down a wood-paved street. Become astonished, yet grateful, when they go silent to hear an audio recreation of the Great Chicago Fire. Elsewhere in the museum, history a la cart interactive gallery stations will ignite the imaginations of your little engineers, enabling them to construct bridges and skyscrapers modeled after those found throughout the city. And you’ll surely get in on the fun of the museum’s famous Smell Map, which features Chicago-related scents such as chocolate, hot dogs, the prairie, steel mills, and even the wild onions that gave the city its name. After a few hours of exploring, you’ll all be happily exhausted and ready for a relaxing evening discussing everything you’ve learned—and making plans for a return trip

Chicago History Museum

1601 N Clark St Chicago IL 60614

(312) 642-4600

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