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Chicago History Museum

Updated on November 16, 2014

Chicago History Museum: Gatekeepers of Chicago's past, present and future

Formerly known as the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago History Museum is one of Chicago's great museum treasures. It is a privately endowed, independent institution devoted to collecting, interpreting, and presenting the rich multicultural history of Chicago and Illinois, and is a must-visit for those studying the history of Chicago. From Chicago politics to housing history, architectural evolution to census records, the Chicago History Museum has everything any scholar of Chicago history could desire, as well as a variety of interesting exhibits for the public too.

Chicago History Museum Lowrider

One of the Chicago History Museum's most recognizable and famous exhibits is the 1978 Chevy Monte Carlo lowrider created by the Amistad Car Club of Cicero, Illinois, that sits in the lobby of the museum. This video was commissioned by the museum to explain lowriding culture.

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Meet Chicago History Museum Staff: Meghan Smith - Meghan Smith, manager of the costume and textile collection

Chicago History Museum on Growing Up Catholic In Chicago

The Chicago History Museum produced this video which interviews several Chicagoans about what it was like to grow up Catholic in the city of Chicago. As a heavily Catholic city, the influence of the faith is felt in many of the Chicago History Museum's collections.

Have you ever visited the Chicago History Museum? Leave your thoughts...

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    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I haven't been there, nor the Field Museum. Been to the Shedd Aquarium though.

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Sounds wonderful - and I'd love to go there Sigh.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. I haven't been to Chicago for years, but I shall certainly visit the History Museum next time.