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Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago

Museum of Broadcast Communications - Chicago, Illinois
Museum of Broadcast Communications
400 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60610Map
Suite 240
+1 312 245 8200
Neighborhood: Loop
Overview

Often overlooked by tourists and locals, this is a great place for old-time radio and TV buffs. Housed in the Neo-Classical Cultural Center, this museum takes a look into Chicago's broadcasting past. Exhibits feature one of the actual Charlie McCarthy puppets used by ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. You can also step into Fibber McGee's closet and peer into Jack Benny's vault. On Saturdays, watch as old-time radio expert Chuck Shaden hosts his “Those Were the Days” radio program from the museum's broadcast center. The museum also houses a large archive of old radio and television broadcasts that are open to the public. Not just for people who remember these shows, this museum engages both children and those who grew up listening to their parents tell them how much better radio was than TV.

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Museum of Broadcast Communications General Information
  • Open Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM, Sunday from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
  • Type: Other
  • Nearest Train: Grand-Red; Merchandise Mart
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