What do the atomic bomb, birth control pill, and Lincoln Logs have in common? They were developed in Chicago, which you’ll learn about when you visit here. The museum’s name is far more straightforward and boring than what’s within, so if you’re not a history buff, don’t let it scare you off. This place is pretty great. On any given day, a visit here could reveal dramatic photo exhibits, luxurious fashion explorations, stories from the lives and times of railroad workers, and more. Year-round, the museum, which sits on the southwest boundary of Lincoln Park, does a great job of capturing just how fascinating the history of Chicago is, rife with gangsters and race riots; riddled with tragedies and fire; rich with inventions and innovations. Although the bulk of the museum is best suited for older kids and adults, a number of interactive exhibits, including a hands-on El train from the late 1800s, will keep little ones entertained, at least for a little while. Programming in recent years has shown a particularly fun edge, drawing in younger patrons, including historic bar crawls, same-sex wedding events, energetic history tours, and family trolley tours. Check the website to see what the museum has in store during your visit. The museum is also home to a small gift shop and cafe. Allow 1 to 2 hours.