The Chicago History Museum aims to tell the stories of Chicago and its residents through a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits. As Chicago’s oldest cultural institution, the museum offers an opportunity for everyone to come and learn about Chicago’s history and to contribute to their exhibits in several different ways such as through public talks and other events hosted on public holidays.
Chicago’s Fifth Star
One of the most popular exhibits with kids, this digital screen allows for kids to learn about the importance of Chicago’s flag whilst examining other values of Chicago that could be commemorated in an additional star. The Fifth Star exhibit lets visitors vote for what a fifth star could represent and offers colourful and interactive history slideshows that any visitor can scroll through.
Acting as both a cafe and a gallery, this collection can be experienced in a social and collaborative environment. All of the authors featured in the exhibit are from Chicago and their works reflect their feelings towards the city. On top of being able to read their work, Chicago Authored allows for visitors to fill out postcards and create masterpieces out of magnetic poetry.
Of all of the exhibits featured in the museum, this is definitely the one that focuses on kids the most. Sensing Chicago is an entirely interactive exhibit that focuses on the five senses and what that could mean in Chicago. Kids are able to ride a high wheel bicycle, smell the Union Stockyard, and experience what it’s like to be a Chicago style hot dog.