Chicago History Museum
Cost: $14, $12 seniors (65+) and students, free for museum members and kids 12 and under. Call or check website for free day schedule.
Hours: June 9-Jan. 6: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday
The Chicago History Museum offers a permanent exhibition Sensing Chicago where children can explore the city's history through their five senses. Kids love making themselves into a giant Chicago-style hotdog or smelling the (sometimes awful) smells associated with the city, or becoming part of a giant Chicago postcard. Families can also explore the city's first 'L' Car and the first steam-powered locomotive to come through Chicago. The Facing Freedom exhibit depicts the struggles Americans have had over freedom both past and present. There's a cafe in the museum, as well as other nearby restaurants to grab a bite to eat. Public parking lots are nearby the museum--make sure to get your parking ticket validated at the museum to get a parking discount.