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The Center of America

At the base of the Great Lakes, near the headwaters of the Mississippi River, in the central node of the American railroad system, Chicago has been the node of the American experience for more than a century and a half. The Chicago History Museum, founded in 1856 (which not only managed to burn down in the Great Fire in 1871, but again three years later!) documents the city's importance in the nation through its collections and exhibitions.

Whether you are a resident of the city or its neighborhoods, or visiting from anywhere else, you should visit this museum to help you understand the importance of Chicago in the history of the country. Their series of curated exhibitions are constantly changing, giving visitors a new experience for every visit.

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