Are you looking for things to do in Chicago and maybe check out one the great free Chicago attractions? Come check out the Chicago History Museum, which is free on Mondays. Bring the the kids and family to see the new exhibit “Facing Freedom”, which opened July 4th and explores the questions What does freedom mean? To whom should freedom be extended? How are denied rights gained?
These are some of the questions the new American history exhibition explores. Based on the central idea that the history of the United States has been shaped by conflicts over what it means to be free, this new exhibition uses images, artifacts, and interactivity to explore familiar and not-so-familiar stories from the nation’s past. From women’s suffrage and the formation of unions, to Japanese internment, to a local school boycott, the exhibition highlights some of the ways Americans have struggled over the true meaning of freedom.
Also take in the permanent exhibit about Lincoln Park Block by Block. Lincoln Park is a dynamic neighborhood and home of the Chicago History Museum.
Other Monday Free Options:
View Millions of Dollars at the Free Chicago Fed Money Museum
Also take in the permanent exhibit about Lincoln Park Block by Block. Lincoln Park is a dynamic neighborhood and home of the Chicago History Museum. For 150 years, Lincoln Park residents and visitors have experienced some of the city’s most historic events—from the opening of the Chicago’s first public beach in 1895 to the riots of the late 1960s. Set on an oversized map, the exhibition invites you to discover the history, culture, and making of Lincoln Park. Share your memories with other visitors, and explore Lincoln Park—a place that constantly remakes itself with a nod to the past and an eye toward the future. Read some great memories in Celebrating Lincoln Park History (11/5/09)
Or check out the Chicago: Crossroads of America exhibition. The exhibition Sensing Chicago invites children of all ages to explore the sights, sounds, and smells of the city. Visit the Sensing Chicago gallery to:
- Ride a high-wheel bicycle down a wood-paved street
- Hear the Great Chicago Fire
- Catch a fly ball at Comiskey Park
- Discover history through your nose with our Smell Map
- Become a Chicago-style hot dog
- Create an oversized postcard of your favorite sights to post on the gallery wall or e-mail to a friend
Whether you are interested in Chicago’s changing economy, challenging crises, diverse neighborhoods, groundbreaking innovations, or lively cultural scene, this museum is a must see! The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. The Museum aims to illuminate the past as a reminder of what really happened once upon a time and as a way to shed light on the present, and compellingly inform the future.
Current exhibits include:
Discover the sights and sounds of Chicago’s Chinatown. The Chicago History Museum’s first multimedia theater experience, My Chinatown is driven by the personal stories of the people who live in the neighborhood and keep its traditions alive.
Chinese immigrants first came to Chicago after 1870, once the railroad they helped build connected the Pacific coast to the Midwest. After decades in downtown, Chicago’s Chinese Americans developed a new Chinatown around the intersection of Cermak Road and Wentworth Avenue. Today, a wave of new people and new languages is changing Chinatown.
The voices of My Chinatown tell the story of the neighborhood’s past and present, providing an insider’s view of culinary delights and traditional medicine, the powerful role of family and business associations, and the celebration of the Chinese New Year.
The Museum’s collection of over 22 million artifacts and documents is a rich source for the study of Chicago history, both as urban center and as part of the larger United States.
About the Chicago History Museum:
Chicago’s oldest cultural institution has eight main collection areas:
– Archives and Manuscripts
– Books and other Published Materials
– Decorative and Industrial Arts
– Oral History, Film, and Video
– Paintings and Sculpture
– Prints and Photographs
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street – Chicago, IL
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.