Unexpected Chicago

Let history surprise you. Each month stop by to see a new item on display from the Museum’s collection of more than 22 million artifacts. Handpicked by our curators, the selections may come from our 17,909 linear feet of archives and manuscripts; 40,000 decorative and industrial arts artifacts; 3,400 works of art; 1.5 million photographs; or 50,000-piece costume collection.
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Exhibitions and events

Abraham Lincoln

Permanent exhibition

As president, Abraham Lincoln faced our nation’s greatest crisis—the Civil War. His resolve to save the Union and radical decision to end slavery transformed America. This intimate exhibition...

Lincoln's Chicago

Permanent exhibition

Lincoln was a frequent visitor to Chicago; The city became his second home and political headquarters during his rise to prominence. This gallery features portraits of Lincoln’s contemporaries with...

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