Chicago: History Museum Admission Ticket

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Explore moments and milestones in Chicago’s history with this museum admission ticket. Enjoy exhibitions that show the city’s stories using artifacts, photographs, and oral histories.


  • See the first passenger car to operate on Chicago's L train system in 1893
  • Admire sophisticated fashions in a Marshall Field's window display
  • Step across the hardwood from the original Chicago Stadium
  • Hop into the giant Chicago-style hot dog bed for the perfect picture
  • Walk along the Jaffee History Trail, where history meets nature and the outdoors


Explore the history of Chicago and the United States through permanent and temporary exhibitions drawn from more than 20 million items in the Chicago History Museum’s collections. 'Chicago: Crossroads of America' explores the city’s development and its influence on US history. Explore a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including a chunk of the original Fort Dearborn and the actual first locomotive to operate in Chicago. Use all five senses to discover Chicago’s history with the “Sensing Chicago” exhibition and even pretend to be a Chicago-style hot dog. Check out temporary exhibitions that pull from the vast collections of photography, documents, artifacts, and interviews that help tell Chicago stories. In the dynamic film presentation, “The Great Chicago Adventure,” experience the intensity of the Great Chicago Fire and splendor of the World’s Columbian Exposition, explore the sights of bustling Maxwell Street in the 1950s, and peer down from an I-beam at the top of the Sears Tower in the 1970s.


Admission to museum Entry to all permanent and special exhibits Complimentary coat check

Important Information

  • Children who are Illinois residents and under 18 can enter for free
  • Children who are non-Illinois residents and under 12 can enter for free
  • Masks are recommended and appreciated, however, they are no longer required
  • There will be signage at the Museum to guide you during your visit
  • The Museum welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its programs and services accessible to everyone

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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