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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.

The Chicago Flag

Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

One of Chicago’s greatest symbols is its flag. Created in 1917 and voted the second-best US city flag in 2004, it is a code for what makes the city great! Follow the design of the flag as we talk about Chicago’s history and geography.

Cost: $25 adults, $10 children. Members: $20 adults, $5 children

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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.

Union Park

Monday, May 5, 9:30–11:00 a.m.

Explore the hidden gem of West Town. Learn about the legacy of the park—the first to be integrated in Chicago—as well as the surrounding neighborhood, which includes the home of Mary Todd Lincoln and one of the world’s largest harp companies. Meet at the Union Park Field House at Randolph and Ogden.

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

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Millennium Park

Monday, May 12, 9:30–11:00 a.m.

Opened in 2004, this $500-million park has become the centerpiece of Chicago’s downtown. Walk around the world’s largest green roof, discussing the history, architecture, and politics of the park. Meet at the corner of Randolph and Michigan.

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

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Lincoln Park

Monday, May 19, 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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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.

Maps

Saturday, May 10, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Be a history detective! Use a compass to connect artifacts to their original locations in the city. Follow clues and share stories.

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.

Theater Workshops: Voices of the City

Calling theater and history enthusiasts alike! Join us for a workshop with Kristen Leahey, resident dramaturg at Northlight Theatre. Gain a greater understanding of voice and how to incorporate authenticity into your writing. Open to all levels of writers.

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Family Drama Club

Saturday, May 17, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Use voice, imagination, and Chicago stories to create a performance. Learn from Chicago theater students, role play, and find your voice, all inspired by the city’s history.

Recommended for kids age 6 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult and vice versa.

Cost: $20 adults, $10 children

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