The Best Places to Visit in Chicago for History Lovers


Those planning to spend some time in one the wonderful options that may lay claim to being the best hotel in Chicago, should absolutely slot in some time to visit the city's many tributes to its storied past. Much of the excellent accommodation is located very near these major historical sites, so make sure to take some time to visit the following ones.

Chicago History Museum (aka the Chicago Historical Society)

Exhibitions in this museum cover a wide stretch of the city's history, from its rough beginnings as a frontier outpost and subsequent rise as a major city all across the United States, to the prominence of Al Capone's gangster activities and the city's rise as a hotspot for modern American architectural art. The museum itself also offers a lot of print and digital resources - with the Chicago Fire app being the most useful for history buffs. You can use the GPS capabilities of your phone to display images of how nearby locations looked like before the Great Fire of 1871. You may even find out what stood on the site of the best hotel in Chicago more than a hundred years ago.

Tribune Tower

The Tribune Tower may look like one of the top hotels of the city, thanks to its beautiful architecture, but it has one unique feature - it houses a collection of various stones as mementos of famous sites all over the world. This includes rocks from the Taj Mahal, Hagia Sophia, Clementine Hall and the Berlin Wall. These rocks each hold their own stories: for example a column fragment from Wawel Castle in Poland serves as a tribute to Chicago's Polish populace, while a piece from Fort Santiago in the Philippines commemorates the massacre of troops in Manila during the final years of the Second World War. The Tribune Tower is conveniently located, making it an easy historical site to access no matter where you are in the city.

The Pullman State Historic Site (aka the Pullman District)

This district is a well-preserved symbol of America's early attempts to establish modern-day industrial communities. Many cities of today have adopted lessons learned from the experiment that was the Pullman District - from the factories dedicated to mass production to the eventual shifts in society that occurred thanks to this industrialization of communities. This is definitely a must-see destination for history buffs, especially with all the events and exhibits that showcase American industrial history.

Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago's Museum of Science and History is the single largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, with a whole host of exhibits from German U-505 submarines to the Apollo-8 craft that showed it was possible for man to set foot on the moon. If you have booked a suite in the best hotel in Chicago, dedicate a day out to exploring the rich historical artefacts contained within this veritable epicentre of America's unique past.

These sites are all easily accessible from most parts of the city, so take time to explore and learn more about American culture.