Current Exhibits at West Chicago City Museum

West Chicago POP!

Explore popular culture throughout the decades of West Chicago history, starting in the 1860s when the city was known as the Village of Turner.

Our kids' area features a pretend play movie theatre, complete with a marquee from West Chicago's own Roxy Theater, which used to be located on Washington just west of Main Street.



Building Community

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

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?