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Chicago History Museum: A guided tour of Crossroads of America

  • 05/16/2024
  • 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM
  • 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
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Chicago History Museum:

A guided tour of Crossroads of America

for IWA members

Date: May 16, 2024

Time: 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $19 p/p

Deadline to sign up: May 8, 2024

Maximum: 30, Members and one guest each

Explore the city’s history through a series of galleries that highlight artifacts from the Museum’s

remarkable collection. By no means a complete history, Chicago: Crossroads of

America focuses on a selection of stories that illustrate Chicago’s crossroads nature and its

national influence. The iconic L car no. 1 greets visitors at the entrance, and then the exhibition

is divided into five thematic areas that explore various aspects of the city’s dynamic nature:

  1. City on the Make examines Chicago as a crossroads of economic and cultural exchange from prehistoric time to the present
  2. City in Crisis shows how conflicting social, economic, and political forces converging at the crossroads can explode in violent disorder, disrupting and changing the city
  3. Sweet Home Chicago explores how Chicago’s communities unite and divide along the lines of race, ethnicity, and class
  4. Second to None gives a presentation of Chicago’s many innovations and their far-reaching impact
  5. My Kind of Town discusses Chicago as a cultural crossroads where generations of people have gathered to play and celebrate

Within each thematic area, individual stories are arranged chronologically to illustrate how the

city changed over time. Key themes overlap and illuminate the complex and often contested

nature of Chicago’s past.


1:45 PM – Arrival and orientation (time to check your coats, receive maps, etc.)

2:00 PM – Guided tour of Crossroads

3:00 PM – Self-exploration of Back Home: Polish Chicago

4:00 PM – Depart

4:30 PM – Museum closes.

Location: 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

Public Parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum near Clark and LaSalle

streets at 1730 N. STOCKTON DRIVE. $10 with Museum validation.

Contact: Jill Brennan, jill.brennan1@rcn.com

307 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 702 | Chicago, IL 60601
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