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Chicago: History Museum Admission Ticket

1. Chicago: History Museum Admission Ticket

Explore the history of Chicago and America through a collection of permanent and temporary exhibits drawn from approximately 22 million holdings. "Chicago: Crossroads of America" explores Chicago’s development and its influence on American history. Explore a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including a chunk of the original Fort Dearborn, a restored original L train car, a re-created jazz club, and the actual first locomotive to operate in Chicago. Use all five senses to discover Chicago’s history with the “Sensing Chicago” exhibit, riding a high-wheel bike, hearing the Great Chicago fire, and even enjoying a famous Chicago-style hot dog. Check out temporary exhibitions on everything from Chicago art to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Chicagoans, to the city's fashion history. Feel 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.

Chicago: City Lights, Lakefront, and Skyline Segway Tour

2. Chicago: City Lights, Lakefront, and Skyline Segway Tour

There's no better way to tour the world-class city of Chicago than on a segway tour! On this tour you will learn about and experience Chicago's top attractions. The seven-mile tour begins at the southern end of Millennium Park. First, glide along the fragrant floral paths and rose gardens of Grant Park. Enjoy the open spaces around famous Buckingham Fountain, and the breathtaking evening display. It is the perfect stop for photos, as this venue has generous views of both Lake Michigan and the majestic skyline. Next, get swept off your feet on this evening segway tour as you glide along the Lakefront, past Monroe Harbor, to the Museum Campus where you can find the most incredible view of the city’s skyline in nighttime splendor. Peek into Chicago's architecture and culture as you learn about the history of the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field, and the Adler Planetarium.  Excellent Chicago sightseeing continues as you experience Chicago's illuminated skyline and catch the huge water, music, and lights show at Buckingham Fountain, while heading back through the gorgeous parks and along Michigan Avenue, home of famous outdoor art installations, statues and monuments, and historic hotels, before ending this unique Chicago-style Segway tour.

Chicago: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

3. Chicago: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

Discover Chicago’s famous haunted locations while playing the role of a lost soul wandering among the spirits of the city. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? Head to the Chicago History Museum, where the game will start. It will take you between 1 to 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so feel free to explore, and finish it at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish the game at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

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What people are saying about Chicago History Museum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 341 reviews

Lived in Chicago my whole life and should've visited sooner!! Such a beautiful and wonderful museum! We're going back for sure. :)

Very educational and fun. I enjoyed seeing the Chicago Cubs MVP jersey and ELVIS'S tush!!!! There are so many things to see.

My was excellent. She added in general sites and history to our Gangster tour. I highly recommend their service.

Carries was amazing! We had a terrific night out with lots of laughs and great memories. You rock Carrie!

Great place to take your family and plenty to learn.