Looking for a fun and interactive way to teach your little ones about our amazing city? Then look no further than The Chicago History Museum.
Spend an hour or two at the museum, learning about the sights, smells, culture, and important events that make Chicago the unique city that it is. My boys loved spending time in the kid’s area, especially comparing traditional thin crust and Chicago’s finest stuffed pizza, as well as building their own Chicago style hot dogs.
There are lots of interactive displays that appeal to all of your senses, from smelling the Chicago stockyards to jumping on light up dots in order to find their hidden sounds. It was hard to pull my boys away from the faux Comiskey stadium, which was disappointing to my husband and I, since we are North Siders and will always cheer for the Cubs, no matter how bad they are.
Upstairs there are a ton of different displays celebrating the state of Illinois, ranging from an exhibit highlighting the presidency of Abraham Lincoln to artwork from distinguished artists, including Frank Lloyd Wright.
My train loving boys enjoyed checking out the steam engine train, as well as the authentic “L” train car…we probably walked through it at least 50 times.
Even though we tried to get our boys to be interested in other sections of the museum, such as the area about Chicago Blues music and the World’s Fair, they weren’t very interested since much of the exhibits were very “reading heavy.”
Luckily when we visited, it was the second Saturday of the month, which is Family Day at the Chicago History Museum. There were tons of different Chicago themed books available to read, as well as a craft and toy station. We spent a ton of time playing with the Tinker Toys (a Chicago classic), as well as playing with the Chicago skyscraper puzzle.
For the entire month of February, the weekday museum admission is free for everyone, so be sure to take advantage and hide from Mother Nature’s brutal wind. Thursdays are free days throughout the year.
The Chicago History Museum is holding its 56th annual Fourth of July Celebration from 10am to 12 pm on July 4th. Families can enjoy music, performances, face painting, a children’s costume contest, children’s parade and more…followed by FREE ADMISSION to the museum.
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Enjoy learning about Sweet Home Chicago!