For a regional history museum, the Chicago History Museum is one of the better designed. The museum skips the “beginning of time” phase and dives right into the First Nations colonization and moves on to the highs and lows of Chicago. Most of the space is dedicated to post-1900 events. Among the collection are some rare Lincoln items, stained glass (harder to find, but search them out), and a large section on the two major fairs that showcased and transformed Chicago.
1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614