The Chicago History Museum Offers Fascinating Online Exhibits

man looking at online exhibits from the Chicago History Museum

Dating back to 1856, the Chicago History Museum tells stories through exhibitions, programs, and digital media. It’s the city’s oldest cultural institution and features thousands of artifacts from colorful paintings to Abraham Lincoln’s bed. If you would like to learn about the area’s storied history, here are a few online exhibitions you can enjoy from your home at our Elk Grove Village apartments:

Ride Around Chicago: A City in Transition

In 1894, Chicago streetcar conductor Elmer Whiting kept a detailed diary. Most of the fascinating entries focus on his work, and he drove his horse-drawn streetcar alongside buggies, pedestrians, and new cable cars. At times, Elmer carried passengers in inclement weather, and once he accidentally hit a horse. Along with the diary, The Ride Around Chicago exhibit also features ticket stubs and photographs.

Touring Chicago’s Culinary History 

Featuring a historical menu collection, Touring Chicago’s Culinary History takes viewers on a journey through time. The city’s first fine-dining restaurant opened in 1835, and many early eateries added cabaret venues. Today, Chicago is one of the world’s top food cities, and many of its chefs gain recognition in magazines and on television.  

A Wheel with a View

Since 1893, Chicago’s Ferris wheel has stood as an enduring symbol of the World’s Columbian Exposition. Construction was a major undertaking, and workers built the concrete footers during one of the city’s coldest winters on record. The Ferris wheel opened to much fanfare in June and cost $400,000 to build. A Wheel with a View also offers a look at letters, telegrams, and press passes.

After virtually touring the museum, kick back with Where the Crawdads Sing and other bestselling e-books. To become a resident of Marquette at Willow Crossing, please contact us. We will schedule a virtual or in-person tour so you can see everything that our apartments in Elk Grove Village have to offer.

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