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About the Chicago History Museum's Free Admission:

Each year the Chicago History Museum, located at 1601 North Clark Street, offers Illinois residents (with a valid driver's license) free admission. In 2012, the museum's free dates are February 5 - 29. Please note that the museum is no longer free every Monday. The museum is only free during specific dates during the year. Admission is normally $14 for adults; seniors (65+) are $12; students (13–22 with ID) are $12; and children under 12 are free. All admissions include audio tours.

Admission to the Chicago History Museum is free for members of the DuSable Museum and the National Museum of Mexican Art. Admission is also free for members of the Chicago History Museum. Rates for a membership at the Chicago History Museum start at $45 for a one year student/senior individual. For more information on the museum's membership rates, visit the museum's membership section on its Web site.

Read below for ideas on things to do and exhibits to see during the museum's free days in February.

The Chicago History Museum in a Nutshell:

The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. If you live in Chicago or visit here and are curious about the city’s past, present, and future, the Chicago History Museum should be one of your first stops. Exhibits include Lincoln's Chicago, which features portraits of President Lincoln’s contemporaries with lithograph views of Chicago created in the 1860s. President Lincoln was a frequent visitor to Chicago; the city became his second home and political headquarters during his rise to prominence. Another exhibit is Unexpected Chicago, which includes more than 22 million artifacts handpicked by curators on a bi-monthly basis such as selections from the museums's 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.

Second Saturdays for Families - February 11, 2012:

On the second Saturday of each month the Chicago History Museum and the Radio Disney Road Crew takes young Chicago historians on an exploration of Chicago historical events through fun, creative activities that engage the whole family.

Presidents’ Day: Kids in the White House! - February 20, 2012:

Imagine living in a big white house with 132 rooms, an eighteen-acre yard and secret agents to play with. Celebrate this Presidents’ Day by discovering stories about “First Kids” through dramatic performances, music, and activities for the entire family.

Maritime Festival - February 26, 2012:

Discover Chicago’s diverse maritime community and heritage. Seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, and workshops explore a range of topics, including underwater archeology, boating safety, marine art, tall ships, lighthouses, and privateers. Several seminars will focus on the War of 1812.

Chicago History Museum Location and Hours:

The Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614; 312-642-4600. Hours are Monday–Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Suggested reading: Chicago's Annual Events 2012 l Guide to the Chicago Botanic Garden

Parking at the Chicago History Museum:

The Chicago History Museum's parking lot is located at the corner of Stockton and LaSalle. Parking is $9 with museum validation. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards are accepted.

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