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This section includes local history museums, historic houses and other sites of historical significance. Museums focusing on the history of science, technology or industry are listed in the "Science & Technology" section. Museums focusing on natural history are listed in the "Creatures" and/or "Science & Technology" section. The gear icon indicates locations likely to be of greatest interest to steampunks.

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Chicago, IL, USA

This museum celebrates the life of A Philip Randolph, as well as the role of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and other African Americans in the US labor movement. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The American Writers Museum is a museum of American Literature and writing that opened in Chicago in May 2017. . .

Arlington Heights, IL, USA

This museum complex includes several historic buildings. . .

Aurora, IL, USA

This historical society focuses on Aurora, Illinois near Chicago. . .

Libertyville, IL, USA

The Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County is an interactive museum of history, art, and popular culture in Wauconda, Illinois. . .

Calumet City, IL, USA

The society maintains a museum focusing on the history and culture of Calumet City near Chicago. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The James Charnley Residence, also known as the Charnley-Persky House, is a historic house museum in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. . .

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Chicago, IL, USA

Chicago History Museum in Lincoln Park explores both Chicago and American history. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The Chicago Maritime Museum is a maritime society and museum dedicated to the study and memorialization of Chicago's maritime traditions. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The Chinese-American Museum of Chicago seeks to commemorate and interpret the experiences of Chinese immigrants to the American Midwest. . .

Kenosha, WI, USA

"The museum focuses on the Civil War from the perspective of the people of the seven states of the upper middle west. . ."

Chicago, IL, USA

The Henry B Clarke House is a Greek Revival style house in Chicago. . .

Vernon Hills, IL, USA

The Cuneo Mansion and Gardens are a historic home, art collection and gardens in Vernon Hills, Illinois, built in 1914. . .

Des Plaines, IL, USA

Local history museum.

Wheaton, IL, USA

The DuPage County Historical Museum, formerly the Adams Memorial Library, is a building in Wheaton, Illinois, designed by Charles Sumner Frost. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The DuSable Museum of African American History is dedicated to the study and conservation of African American history, culture, and art. . .

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Elgin, IL, USA

The Elgin Area Historical Society is a non-profit organization that preserves and presents the history of the Elgin, Illinois area. . .

Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

This museum has exhibits and collections related to the history of Elk Grove Village and the surrounding area near Chicago. . .

DeKalb, IL, USA

The Ellwood House was built as a private home by barbed wire entrepreneur Isaac Ellwood in 1879. . .

Elmhurst, IL, USA

This museum has exhibits and collections related to the history of Elmhurst near Chicago. . .

Oak Park, IL, USA

The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio is a historic house designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The Frederick C Robie House is a US National Historic Landmark on the campus of the University of Chicago. . .

Geneva, IL, USA

Local history museum.

Chicago, IL, USA

The John J Glessner House, operated as the Glessner House Museum, is an architecturally important 19th-century residence in Chicago. . .

Hinsdale, IL, USA

The society maintains several historic sites as well as archives and a research library. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

Hull House was a settlement house in the Near West Side of Chicago that was co-founded in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr. . .

Joliet, IL, USA

The Joliet Area Historical Museum celebrates the history of Joliet and surrounding Will County. . .

Kankakee, IL, USA

This museum has exhibits and collections related to the history of Kankakee County near Chicago. . .

Kenosha, WI, USA

Kemper Center includes the Victorian-era Durkee Mansion, Anderson Arts Center, Simmons Auditorium and a conference center. . .

Kenosha, WI, USA

This lakefront attractiion inludes a history museum with three galleries, a gift shop and archives. . .

La Grange, IL, USA

The society operates a museum and research center focusing on the history of La Grange, Illinois, near Chicago. . .

Lake Forest, IL, USA

The society maintains a museum, archive and library focusing on the history of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff in Lake County near Chicago. . .

Cedar Lake, IN, USA

This museum has exhibits related to the history of the Cedar Lake area near Chicago. . .

Chicago, MI, USA

Lincoln Park Conservatory is a Victorian Era glass house, built in Chicago's Lincoln Park in the late 19th century. . .

Lombard, IL, USA

The society maintains three historic buildings in Lombard, a Chicago suburb. . .

Oak Brook, IL, USA

The Mayslake Peabody Estate is an estate constructed by Francis Stuyvesant Peabody during the American Gilded Age. . .

Union, IL, USA

This museum has exhibits and a research library related to the history of McHenry County near Chicago. . .

Evanston, IL, USA

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian focuses on the history, culture and arts of North American native peoples. . .

Mount Prospect, IL, USA

This museum has exhibits and collections related to the history of the Mount Prospect area near Chicago. . .

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Lisle, IL, USA

Lisle Station Park contains a 19th century railroad depot and other historic buildings. . .

Naperville, IL, USA

Naper Settlement is a 12-acre outdoor history museum that consists of 30 historical buildings and structures from the Naperville, Illinois area. . .

Oak Park, IL, USA

Pleasant Home, also known as the John Farson House, is a historic home in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. . .

Valparaiso, IN, USA

The Porter County Museum is located inside the former Porter County Jail & Sheriff's Residence. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is a museum and a research library for the study of military history in Chicago. . .

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Chicago, IL, USA

The Pullman Historic District was the first model, planned industrial community in the United States. . .

Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

The Raupp Memorial Museum is an organization that chronicles the social history of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. . .

Wheaton, IL, USA

This museum preserves the home of Robert R. McCormick, owner and publisher of the Chicago Tribune from the 1920s through 1950s. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The Rookery Building is a historic landmark in Chicago. . .

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Barrington, IL, USA

The foundation maintains a notable collection of antique music machines. . .

Glen Ellyn, IL, USA

Stacy's Tavern is a historic wayside stagecoach inn in the village of Glen Ellyn in DuPage County. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

This museum has exhibits and collections related to Swedish culture and Swedish immigration to the United States. . .

Bartlett, IL, USA

This village near Chicago operates two history museums. . .

Warrenville, IL, USA

The society operates a local history and art museum in the historic Albright Building. . .

West Chicago, IL, USA

The West Chicago City Museum occupies the former Turner Town Hall in West Chicago. . .

Wilmette, IL, USA

This museum occupies the Gross Point Village Hall, originally built in 1896. . .

Winnetka, IL, USA

The society runs a local history museum and research center in a house built in 1877. . .

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