“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
The Pritzker Military Museum & Library has been in operation since 2003 and is a visitor must-see. Their mission is to educate guests on Chicago’s military history and the preservation of democracy in today’s society. They have several different exhibits and artifacts within the museum that seeks to inform visitors, along with programs that focus on soldiers and their journeys. Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker founded the museum with the hopes of sharing her story and the stories of others, as well as highlighting the importance of maintaining an open conversation about the past, present, and future. Tickets are only $5 per person and free for service members.
Inside the 1912 Romanesque Monroe Building, floors two through four are dedicated to the museum and library. The design combines technology today with the historic features of the past. Walking throughout the building gives guests a sense of belonging and discovery, along with being comfortable and welcoming. During the museum’s beginning, Colonel Pritzker assembled an impressive collection of books on military history throughout the years to provide to the museum. These books and the other materials that have been added further helped the public understand military history and why it’s important to remain educated about these topics. Today, private donors are one of the main reasons that the museum is as successful as it is and it remains a staple of Chicago.
HOURS: Monday - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m Friday and Saturday - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday - 12 - 4 p.m. Since the museum has opened, it has had more than 500 captivating events such as author talks, military personnel lectures, and movie screenings. They also have some passing through exhibits so you never know what nice and exciting things may be happening when you stop by.