Chicago History Museum Parking Cost & Tips

The Chicago Historical Society owns and operates Chicago History Museum located in Lincoln Park. An ideal place for all history enthusiasts, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and the address for driving directions is 1601 N. Clark St. It’s readily accessible by public transport, while visitor parking spaces are available for those who prefer to stay behind the wheel. Parking Access will take you through all Chicago History Museum parking options, including on-site and off-site lots, rates, and tips! You’ll also find information about museum admission tickets and public transportation.

How Much Are Chicago History Museum Tickets?

The Chicago History Museum hours are from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM except on Sundays, when the building is open from 12 PM to 5 PM. Here are the prices for general admission tickets.

Adults $19
Seniors $17
Students $17

A $3 discounted admission fee applies to WIC members and individuals with an EBT card. Additionally, the museum offers free admission to the following visitors.

  • Children younger than 13
  • Illinois resident children 18 & younger
  • Museum members
  • Chicago Police/Fire Department
  • U.S. Armed Services
  • Illinois Teachers
Chicago History Museum Source Kyle Barron
Chicago History Museum | Source: Kyle Barron, Google

Chicago History Museum Free Days in 2022

The CHS Museum has free admission days for Illinois residents every year! If you want to take advantage of this perk, go through the following list to pick the date of your visit. Here are all 2022 Illinois Resident Free Days after March 4:

  • June 19;
  • July 4;
  • August 23–26, 30–31;
  • October 10.

Chicago History Museum Parking

The most convenient public parking area for guests of the museum is just one block north of the building. The Chicago History Museum parking lot is at Clark Street and LaSalle Street, while the entrance is on Stockton Drive (and in the picture below). It’s open around the clock and can accommodate as many as 460 vehicles. Although it provides daily self-parking services, the staff can also arrange valet parking on selected event days. 

Chicago History Museum Parking Lot
Chicago History Museum Parking Lot

How Much Is Parking at Chicago History Museum?

Parking rates vary depending on whether you validate your parking ticket at the front desk. While the standard parking cost is $20 to $25 for 3 hours of parking, the fee is only $10 with museum validation. The facility accepts MasterCard, Visa, and Discover credit cards.

If you’re planning an event and looking to purchase parking passes for your guests, do it at least ten days in advance. You’ll also pay the discounted self-parking rate while the price is higher for valet service—call 312-642-4600 for reservations or additional inquiries.

ADA Parking & Accessibility

Accessible parking for Chicago History Museum visitors is obtainable in the main lot, which provides designated spots for individuals with mobility devices. The garage at LaSalle St. and Stockton Dr. offers ADA stalls for any guest with a valid disabled parking permit. The south end of the museum’s main entrance has button-activated doors, and an elevator operates between floors.

Top Tips—Parking Near Chicago History Museum

When it comes to additional parking, Chicago History Museum guests have a variety of options; we singled out the best ones and listed them below.  

  1. Several nearby parking lots under the L tracks charge reasonable rates. The 1541 N. Sedgwick St. Lot is 10 minutes away and charges $6 for 3 hours on a weekday afternoon. The 1445 N Orleans St. Lot is within a similar distance and has set a $4 fee for the same time.
  2. Many city residents rent personal parking spots at bargain prices on platforms like SpotHero. Check it out and make a reservation for just a few dollars.
  3. Limited metered parking is available on the surrounding streets, including W. North Ave. If you come across one, pay attention to the time limits and other parking restrictions to avoid pricey Chicago parking tickets.
  4. Finding free parking near Chicago History Museum is virtually impossible unless you stay in a nearby hotel or stumble upon a vacant street parking stall on a Sunday. 
  5. Parking at Lincoln Park Zoo is pricier than validated museum parking, but our guide to Lincoln Park Zoo offers multiple affordable alternatives in the vicinity.

Chicago’s Public Transit—The Best Alternative to Driving

If you live in the area or plan to stay in a city hotel, public transportation is your go-to choice! Whether you opt for a bus or train, your ride will be convenient and affordable. Multiple CTA buses stop near the museum, including 22, 36, 72, 73, 151, and 156; the CTA bus fare is $2.25. 

If you opt for rail services, note that two ‘L’ stations are available in the vicinity. The Sedgwick Station serves Brown Line and Purple Line Express trains, while the Clark/Division Station is on the CTA’s Red Line. Both stations are approximately a 10-minute walk from the museum, and the ‘L’ train fare for adults is $2.50. Use the Trip Planner feature to find the most convenient route to Chicago History Museum.

Find Parking in Chicago Without Any Hassle!

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