Looking for an inexpensive and educational day trip?
The history of Chicago and the region unfolds during a tour of the Chicago History Museum.
And you don’t have to pay a dime to enjoy it if you’re an Illinois resident and plan to visit between 12:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Those are designated as monthly free days for state residents and proof of residency — a driver’s license is fine — is required. Admission will also be free on July 4.
Otherwise, general admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and students ages 13-22 with ID and free for children under 12. Persons with an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer card) are admitted for $3 with a maximum of four per card.
The multi-story museum, founded in 1856 and located at 1601 N. Clark St., features photos and film, historic artifacts, the chance to climb aboard a vintage (but stationary) CTA train as well and special displays.
And, yes, the famed dioramas of historic city moments remain a museum staple.
A current exhibit looks at Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America, offers a historical perspective on nine major events when the nation felt threatened by those within its borders. It runs through October. A relatively recently opened exhibit features the street photography of Vivian Maier, the late Chicago-based photographer.
Amenities include a cafe and Chicago-centric bookstore.
— Story of Chicago and the region unfolds at Chicago History Museum —