Museum of Science and Industry

Yesterday's Main Street

Exhibit Essentials

This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Main Level, Yesterday's Main Street
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Yesterday’s Main Street transports you back to the beginning of the 20th Century and allows you to see what Chicago would have looked like in 1910. As you stroll along the cobblestone and brick streets of the exhibit, you'll encounter old-fashioned storefronts and businesses---like a law office or the Chicago Post Office. As you peer through the windows, you can see some of the technologies that were common.

You can go window shopping and admire the fashions of yesteryear at Lytton’s clothing store, Chas A. Stevens & Co or the Gossard Corset Shop.

You may even see some familiar Chicago names as you pass by Berghoff’s Restaurant, Commonwealth Edison, the Jewel Tea Company grocery (now Jewel-Osco) and Marshall Field and Co. (now Macy’s).

Yesterday’s Main Street is brought to life by real operating versions of 1910 businesses. Step into the Nickelodeon and view classic silent movies. If you work up a hunger from traveling through time, stop into Finnigan’s Ice Cream Parlor (open seasonally) for a delicious treat!

Before you leave, make sure to stop by the photo studio and have your picture taken in the classic 1902 motor car with vintage clothing accessories. It makes a perfect souvenir to remember your time-traveling experience.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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