Plan your visit today
- Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Please note: The Museum and the Research Center will be closed to the public on Friday, January 16, for a staff institute day.
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Illinois Resident Discount Days
Illinois residents can enjoy free admission to the museum during Illinois Resident Discount Days.
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.
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.
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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.
Public parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets; enter on Stockton Drive.
$9 with Museum validation; Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards are accepted.
Specially located spots have been reserved for persons using mobility devices. Call 312.642.4600 for more information.
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.
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:
- Monday, January 5–Friday, January 9
- Monday, January 12–Thursday, January 15
- Monday, January 19–Friday, January 23
- Monday, January 26–Friday, January 30
- Every Monday–Friday of the month
- Wednesday, March 4
- Saturday, July 4
- Tuesday, August 18–Thursday, August 20
- Monday, August 24–Thursday, August 27
- Monday, August 31
- 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.
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!
- 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.
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.
For groups of 10 or more, we highly recommend pre-ordering lunch.
Join the Museum!
Members receive a 10% discount on purchases in the North & Clark Café.
Find 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.
Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.