(Courtesy DuSable Museum of African American History)
Named for Chicago’s first permanent citizen, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the museum displays art, artifacts and documents tracing African-American history. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. Admission $10; with ID students and seniors $7; children 6-11 $3; under 5 free; discounts for Chicago residents; free for military. Free on Tuesdays.
Highlights and Tips:
- Start with a walk-through of the largest permanent installation the museum has seen since its opening: “Freedom, Resistance and The Journey Toward Equality.” Through objects, artifacts, archival videos and images, visitors follow the African-American experience from slave trade through the election of the first African-American president.
- Before there was President Barack Obama, there was Harold Washington, the first African-American mayor of Chicago. Check out “A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story,” in which his life and legacy are made that much more poignant looking through the lens of racial tensions in the city today.