Chicago History Minute

On September 2, 1890, Standard Oil completed its refinery in Whiting, and the town developed into a growing site for commercial enterprise and trade.
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2014 is your chance to see six collection treasures that would rarely be on display. Whether you’re interested in Lincoln, corrupt aldermen, or Babe Ruth, Unexpected Chicago has something for you. The smallest donation helps share our beloved city's history with the world. Support the Museum's collection to ensure that it is here for generations to come.

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Dental tools used by Dr. Charles S. Williams

On display from September through October

Dental tools used by Dr. Charles S. Williams

Dr. Williams trained numerous black dental professionals from around the nation during the Jim Crow era. His dental office was located in Bronzeville.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

On display from November through December

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sprang to life in 1939. Chicagoan Robert Lewis May (1905-76) created the beloved children’s story as a holiday promotion for his employer, Montgomery Ward and Company. This original copy is signed by both May and illustrator Denver Gillen.

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