Current Exhibits at West Chicago City Museum


Artists explore the meaning of “home” as it applies to the history of West Chicago though eleven new works of art. This exhibit includes items from our collection to help support the artists’ interpretations. Learn more about the artworks here. Visitors are encouraged to participate in interactive elements of the exhibit. Our children’s area includes a doll house and maps where you can locate your current and former homes, or the homes of your ancestors.

Building Community

This exhibit is on the second floor of the museum. It is presented in English and en español.

Building Community explores the founding and evolution of the town of Turner, Illinois. Originally referred to as "Junction," Tuner was the location of the first railroad junction in Illinois. We are the birthplace of the Burlington Santa Fe railroad, as the first run by locomotive on that line went from Turner to Aurora. Turner changed its name to West Chicago in 1896 in an effort to draw more industry to the area. This semi-permanent exhibit also chronicles the experiences of the early settlers. How did they get to the area? What did they bring? What did they build? What did they do for fun?