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Museum Hours

  • Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Looking for Research Center hours?

> Plan a visit to the Research Center

Illinois Resident Discount Days

Illinois residents can enjoy free admission to the museum during Illinois Resident Discount Days.

> See the schedule of Illinois Resident Discount Days


Directions

Address

The Chicago History Museum is located at the south end of Lincoln Park, on the corner of Clark Street and North Avenue. Our address is 1601 North Clark Street.

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Public Transportation

The Museum is easy to reach via public transportation. CTA buses 22, 36, 72, 73, 151, and 156 stop nearby. The Brown Line Sedgwick station and Red Line Clark/Division station are also located approximately one half-mile from the Museum.

> For travel information, visit transitchicago.com.

Driving Directions

From the North

Take the Kennedy (I-90/94) to the North Avenue exit. Travel east on North Avenue two miles to Clark Street.

From the West

Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to the Kennedy (I-90/94). Take the Kennedy to the North Avenue exit. Travel east on North Avenue two miles to Clark Street.

From the South

Take the Dan Ryan (I-90/94). Continue on the Kennedy (I-90/94). Take the Kennedy to the North Avenue exit. Travel east on North Avenue two miles to Clark Street. or, take the Dan Ryan (I-90/94) to the Stevenson (I-55). Take the Stevenson to Lake Shore Drive. Travel north on Lake Shore Drive to the North Avenue exit. Travel west on North Avenue/LaSalle Street two blocks to Clark Street.


Parking

Public parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets; enter on Stockton Drive.

Cost:

$9 with Museum validation; Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards are accepted.

Accessibility

Specially located spots have been reserved for persons using mobility devices. Call 312.642.4600 for more information.

CHM Parking Map


Admission

General Admission

Adults: $14 with audio tours
Seniors (65+): $12 with audio tours
Students (13–22 with ID): $12 with audio tours
Free for children (age 12 and younger)

Free for members of: Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum, and National Museum of Mexican Art.

Admission includes two audio tours: Chicago: Crossroads of America, a tour developed with the Second City (available in English and Spanish) and In Our Own Words, a tour created by local teens (English). Ask for the audio tour at our Visitor Center.

> Learn more about Chicago: Crossroads of America

> Learn more about In Our Own Words

Illinois Resident Discount Days

Illinois residents can enjoy free admission to the museum during Illinois Resident Discount Days. Discount Days at the Museum in 2015 are:

January 2015

  • Monday, January 5–Friday, January 9
  • Monday, January 12–Thursday, January 15
  • Monday, January 19–Friday, January 23
  • Monday, January 26–Friday, January 30

February 2015

  • Every Monday–Friday of the month

March 2015

  • Wednesday, March 4

July 2015

  • Saturday, July 4

August 2015

  • Tuesday, August 18–Thursday, August 20
  • Monday, August 24–Thursday, August 27
  • Monday, August 31

September 2015

  • Tuesday, September 1–Thursday, September 3

Become a Member of the Museum Today!

Free admission is just one of the many benefits of membership, which include special members–only events, discounted tickets to tours and programs, store and café discounts, and more.

> Learn more about the benefits of membership


North and Clark cafeMuseum Dining

North & Clark Café

Stop by the North & Clark Café for breakfast, lunch, a snack, or a cup of coffee. Our affordable menu features regular selections and daily specials, so you can visit often and always try something new!

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Free Wi-Fi

Hours

  • Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Hours are subject to change.

Menu

The North & Clark Café features a diverse menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, items from the grill and more. Enjoy breakfast all-day, an assortment of snacks and delicious Intelligentsia coffee and tea. The Café also has a kids’ menu.

> Download the menu (PDF)

Group Reservations

For groups of 10 or more, we highly recommend pre-ordering lunch.

> Learn more

Join the Museum!

Members receive a 10% discount on purchases in the North & Clark Café.

> Learn more about Museum membership


Museum Store

Museum StoreFind the Perfect Gift

In the Museum Store, you’ll find books, DVDs, children’s toys,and more—all relating to Chicago and its history. Delve deeper into the magical White City with Expo: The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Curious about the Lincolns? Take a look at Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided, which tells the fascinating story of the Lincoln’s life together, so drop by the store or shop online.

> Shop Now!

Hours

Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sunday, 12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.

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