Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St. (S end of Lincoln Park), Chicago, IL. 312-642-4600. www.chicagohs.org
$14 adults, 12 and under free. Free on Mondays. Nearby parking availble (fee). Stroller accessible. Restrooms available. Cafe on-site.
We got to the Chicago History Museum after spending the morning in Lincoln Park, and we were hungry, so our first stop was at the small Wolfgang Puck’s cafe onsite. Unfortunately, the prices were high and the kids choices limited (especially when considering a peanut allergy) so our lunch was light. When we headed into the museum, however, we found the fun.
Galleries about the Great Chicago Fire, Chicago’s music, a streetcar and train engine, and volunteers showing the city’s bridges were interesting, and we learned a lot about Chicago’s history. We saved the best for last, however. The Sensing Chicago exhibit area was a lot of fun! We were able to smell traditional Chicago items, experience a Cubs game, and listen to some Chicago jazz, but being made into a giant hotdog, complete with “condiments,” was a highlight. The kids especially liked making me into a hotdog! We ended our museum trip by creating and sending an electronic postcard from each of the kids, which will be a nice memory of our trip.
The Chicago History Museum was interesting for both the adults and kids in our family, and I’m glad we made the trek through Lincoln Park to see it.
I liked the train car and I really liked it when they had My Chicago and I also liked being a hotdog, but not when they put on the hard toppings.