History and Social Studies

Featured History Museums/Exhibits

Chicago History Museum

This museum interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. See paintings, vintage clothes, historical documents, and much more while learning about the city’s history, culture, and challenges. 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614. Cook County. Tel: 312-642-4600. Cost: Free.... More Info

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American Farm Heritage Museum

1395 Museum Ave., Greenville, IL 62246. 618-664-9733. Exhibits portray everyday life in Illinois as it was over 100 years ago. Students can view the American Heritage Railroad working train, a reconstruction of Hills Fort, the Lil' Red Barn, and the Armed Forces Museum. Free.

Evanston History Center

225 Greenwood St., Evanston, IL 60201. 847-475-3410. Preserves and interprets the rich history of Evanston and all its people through exhibits like Milestones and Memories, which uses artifacts and archival materials to tell the story of some of the people who called Evanston home. School tours and scout projects available. Fee.

Illinois State Military Museum

1301 N. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62702. 217-761-3910. Dedicated to the legacy of the Illinois militia and the Illinois National Guard. Located in a limestone fortress known as “the Castle,” exhibits tell the stories of citizens’ service to the U.S. Free.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

800 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607. 312-413-5353. The newly renovated House Museum opens up the never-before-exhibited second floor of the Hull home and recounts stories of Hull-House residents and immigrants. Tours cover artifacts, 19th century social history, and interactive exhibits. Free/Suggested donation.

Wheels O’ Time Museum

1710 West Woodside Drive, Dunlap, IL 61525. 309-243-9020. Four spacious and attractive buildings house the museum’s eclectic collection, including cars, steam trains, a working windmill, clocks, musical devices, and more. Fee.