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Welcome to the Chicago History Museum


Explore the city with our expert guides, delve into our exhibitions through thematic programs, or discover Chicago history through family-friendly activities.

Bus Tour | Chicago Blues

1:00 P.M.
$65/$55 Members

On this tour with guide Wayne Galasek, discover how the Delta blues came to Chicago during the Great Migration and evolved into its own distinct sound.

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Blues Bus Tour


Union Station
SAT. AUG 20 1:00 P.M.
Walking Tour | Union Station

Take a closer look at one of America’s last great railway terminals, which bustles with activity day and night. Learn More

Union Stock Yards.
SAT. Aug. 27 10:00 A.M.
Bus Tour | Exploring Chicago’s Union Stock Yard

After opening on Christmas Day 1865, the Union Stock Yard made Chicago the “Hog Butcher for the World.” In its heyday from the Civil War era through the 1920s, Chicago processed more meat than anywhere else in the world. Fueled by the colonialist expansion of railroads and the country’s rapid population growth spurred by European immigration, the stockyards provided meat products as well as jobs across the country.

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Events-Walking Tour-Pilsen
SAT. AUG 27th 10:00 A.M.
Walking Tour | Pilsen Murals

Walk through Pilsen with local guide Luis Tubens and get the larger meaning behind the artwork in Chicago’s capital of Mexican cultures. The tour weaves the history of Pilsen with vibrant large-scale murals and lived personal experiences.

Tour runs 1.5 to 2 hours.

Masks are optional for our outdoor walking tours. Learn more about our COVID-19 safety policies and procedures.

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27th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade
SUN. SEPT. 11 2:00 P.M.
Walking Tour | Paseo Boricua and Humboldt Park

Join professional guide and local resident Eduardo Arocho on a walk through Humboldt Park, which has been home to Chicago’s Puerto Rican community since the 1960s. This thought-provoking tour explores the history of the iconic West Side neighborhood through the public art proudly displayed along the six blocks of Division Street (Paseo Boricua) and in Humboldt Park.

Tour runs approximately 90 minutes.

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Union Station
SAT. SEPT 3 1:00 P.M
Walking Tour | Union Station

Take a closer look at one of America’s last great railway terminals, which bustles with activity day and night. Find out why it was once called “a city within a city” and learn the hidden stories that go unseen by thousands each day.

Tour runs 1.5–2 hours.

As per the CDC, masks are recommended inside transportation hubs, such as stations, for people over age 2.

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CHM strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, programs, digital resources, and special events, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other.

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Home to the Chicago History Museum’s archives, manuscripts, photographs, and more, the Abakanowicz Research Center (ARC) is one of the premier research facilities in Chicago. With free admission, the ARC helps fulfill the Museum’s mission to be a destination for learning and to connect people to Chicago’s history. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Membership offers ways to engage with others who love the city of Chicago and its history and opportunities to interact with our award-winning staff. Enjoy free admission, behind-the-scenes experiences, special discounts, and more!

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