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Exhibition Tours

Self-Guided Exhibition Tours

Crossroads entrance

Stroll through the galleries at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Experience the city's greatest triumphs and trials in the Museum's permanent exhibitions, Chicago: Crossroads of America and Facing Freedom. Get a bird's eye view of Chicago's transformation in the Imagining Chicago Diorama Hall. Celebrate the grandeur of Chicago's world fairs through Chicago Treasures installations throughout the Museum.

Discover the city's rich history through temporary exhibitions. Please schedule self-guided tours two to three weeks in advance. Audio tours of Chicago: Crossroads of America are available for an additional $2 per person.

Cost: $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students
Duration: 2-4 hours
Group Size: minimum of 10

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History Scavenger Hunt

How much do you know about Chicago?  Test your knowledge with a scavenger hunt in the Museum.  This tour is ideal for team-building or for a fun way to experience history.

Cost: $2 per person in addition to the self-guided tour fee.

Facing Freedom

Using images, artifacts and interactivity, this exhibition explores familiar and not-so-familiar stories from the nation’s past where Americans have struggled over the true meaning of freedom.

Guided Exhibition Tours

'L' car no. 1 platform

The Museum offers guided tours of several permanent and temporary exhibitions to help you make the most of your visit. Your visit includes a tour led by a trained docent in the gallery of your choice. Please schedule four to six weeks in advance.

Cost: $14 for adults; $14 for seniors and students
Duration: 50–60 minutes
Group Size: Minimum of 10; maximum of 50 for permanent exhibitions. Maximum group size varies for special exhibitions.

Railroaders: Jack Delano's Homefront Photography

Soldiers and civilians, food and supplies, fuel and raw materials—everything moved by rail during World War II (1941–45). America’s railroads were critical to the war effort, and the Office of War Information assigned photographer Jack Delano the job of telling the nation’s rail story in pictures. He focused his lens on the railroaders who kept the industry running, the men and women whose demanding jobs and long hours demonstrated the sacrifices needed to win the war. During the assignment, Delano captured three thousand images, two-thirds in Chicago—the heart of the nation’s rail industry.

Highlights of Chicago

Discover Chicago's transformation from a smelly swamp to a thriving metropolis touring highlights of our permanent exhibition,Chicago: Crossroads of America. Experience the city's greatest triumphs and trials. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the past as you climb aboard ‘L' Car No. 1. Feel history come alive as you explore innovations in fashion, entertainment, and architecture. Discover how the city changed with each crisis—from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 to the riots of 1968. Celebrate the city's love affair with its sports teams.

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Chicago’s World’s Fairs

Experience the grandeur from the magnificent White City of 1893 to the rainbow-colored oasis created in 1933.

Curator’s Guided tour

Get a first-hand account from one of our curators about their  vision of a current exhibition’s scope and its development.

Cost: Call 312-799-2162 or e-mail grouptours@chicagohistory.org

Duration: 60 minute tours

Group size: Minimum of 10, maximum 25 people.

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