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On July 24, 1915, the Eastland, a steamer loaded with Western Electric employees, capsized into the Chicago River, killing 844 people –the worst loss of life in the city's history.
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Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival

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Monday, July 28–Sunday, August 3, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Visit us this summer in the activity zone at the Family Fun Tent in Millennium Park. Each day, we will feature a craft project that invites children to identify something unique about Chicago. The tent is located southeast of the corner of Randolph and Michigan.

Cost: Free. No reservations needed.

The Family Fun Festival at Millennium Park is sponsored by Target and presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Family Trolley Tours

familytrolleygroupJoin us for a real urban adventure! Guide Josh Eisenberg leads these thematic journeys though Chicago’s unique places and spaces. Tours begin at the Museum.

Recommended for kindergarten through sixth grade. Children must be accompanied by an adult and vice versa.

Water, Water Everywhere

Saturday, August 2, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cool off on this exploration of the city’s waterways. Enjoy the Lake Michigan coastline and the glorious fountains in Chicago’s parks. Take off your sandals on this wet and wild trip around the city!

Cost: $25 adult, $10 child; Members: $20 adult, $5 child

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Second Saturdays

Second Saturdays for Families

Every second Saturday of the month, drop by the Museum to experience history in unexpected ways. Take your family on a museum adventure, learn with your senses, and discover what makes Chicago unique.

Each month, we highlight a different activity cart where families can learn together. Our trained volunteers, the Fun Timers, will get you started exploring the city and its stories.

Maps

Saturday, August 9, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Be a history detective! Connect artifacts to their original locations in the city, follow clues, and share stories about places in Chicago.

Cost: Free with Museum admission, Museum admission is free for kids 12 and under

Second Saturdays at the Chicago History Museum is supported by a gift from the Siragusa Foundation.

Stroller Tours in the Parkstrollersinpark

Looking for something different as you take your little one for a walk? Join us on our new stroller tours of Chicago’s historic parks with public historian and stay-at-home-dad Josh Eisenberg. Buckle up the kids and enjoy these adult-focused strolls.

Lincoln Park

Monday, August 11, 9:30–11:00 a.m.

The largest park in Chicago was originally the city’s cemetery. Starting at the base of the park, follow a path north, talking about Boston Tea Partiers, a giant “tortoise,” and the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Meet at the Museum.

Cost: $20, $15 members. Kids in strollers are free.

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