The Chicago Historical Museum was founded in 1856, a very historical year, politically speaking, because the Whig Party collapsed over the slavery issue (the fugitive slave act, et.al.) and Abraham Lincoln and other disenchanted Whigs founded the Republican Party in Ripon, Wisconsin. When you visit the Chicago Historical Museum, you will learn that Lincoln parlayed an appearance at the first Republican Convention in Chicago to cobble together enough votes to win the 1860 Republican Party Presidential Nomination. Thus, Chicago played a prominent role in Lincoln's subsequent election to the American Presidency. Aside from the Lincoln angle, there is a wealth of information and some really interesting exhibits about the history of Chicago. The museum is top-notch, and is the place to go to learn about Chicago.
The Chicago History Museum is for more than just school kids on field trips. Learn more about the Windy City while wandering through exhibits that cover everything from Fort Dearborn to the Chicago Fire. World's Fair fans shouldn't miss the diorama room, with scaled down models of the White City, as well as the current exhibition, "Siam: The Queen and the White City."
Great museum located near our Chicago vacation rental
Chicago has been one of the most important cities in the US for much of its history. It has played an important role in the colonization and expansion into the west, then with industrialization. It has played a vital role in many industries including meat packing, construction, aerospace, and more. This museum is dedicated to the history of Chicago and its role overall in American History. A definite must see for the history buff
Visit the Chicago History Museum