Chicago History Minute

On July 24, 1915, the Eastland, a steamer loaded with Western Electric employees, capsized into the Chicago River, killing 844 people –the worst loss of life in the city's history.
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Guided Tours

Exhibition Tours

Crossroads entrance

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.

Time: 50–60 minutes
Group Size: 10 to 50

> See Gallery Tours for available guided exhibition tours


Neighborhood Walking Tours

Available May 1 through October 15

Old Town tour

Gold Coast

See the opulent mansions and elegant townhouses of the city's wealthiest neighborhood. Learn about the historic Astor Street district and the area's most famous residents, including the McCormicks, Palmers, and Wrigleys.

Old Town

Explore the architecture of one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Founded by German immigrants in the 1800s, Old Town became a gathering place for hippies in the late 1960s. Today, it is a thriving artists' haven, business district, and home to many young professionals.

Lincoln Park

Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of one of the country's most famous parks during this two-mile walking tour. Visit the park's numerous gardens and statues of William Shakespeare, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln.

Cost: $12 per person
Time: 90–120 minutes per neighborhood
Group Size: 10 to 40


History Boat Tours

Available June 1 through Septempber 1

History cruise

Enjoy a history lesson while cruising along Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Our 90-minute voyage takes you along Chicago's incomparably scenic and fascinating lakefront, where each showcase gem reveals another facet of the city's tumultuous story. Tour includes complimentary Starbucks coffee, lemonade, fresh-baked muffins, and cookies. Presented in partnership with Chicago Line Cruises.

Cost: For pricing, call 312.799.2162
Time: 90 minutes
Group Size: 20 to 100

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