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Jane Addams Hull House Museum


800 S. Halsted St. (Cross Street: W. Harrison St.)
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone Number: (312) 413-5353

Housed in original Hull-House buildings at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the museum interprets the work of social welfare pioneer Jane Addams and her settlement house associates. Through paintings, photographs and artifacts as well as a slide show and captioned video, visitors can explore the history of the settlement. The museum also presents frequent cultural and educational events in its Residents' Dining Hall. "History on Call" audio clips are now available by cell phone and online.


  • Tues-Fri. 10am-4pm
  • Sun 12pm-4pm
  • Closed Mondays and Saturdays


  • Free

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Nearest offsite public parking lot/garage
    • UIC parking garage, across S. Halsted

Educational Programs

  • Types
    • Gallery tours
    • Workshops
    • Lectures
    • Discussions
  • All ages served
  • Disabilities served-
    • All, no targeted programming

Hearing >>  

Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • Sign language interpretation-on request, groups only
  • Captioning of video
    • New 25 minute video, "Women of Hull House"
    • Captions in Spanish and English
  • Script/text available
    • Introductory 15 minute slide show, "Jane Addams and Hull House"
  • Strobe alarms in public areas and restrooms
  • Elevator has visual indicators

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Guided tour/orientation-on request, groups only
  • Recorded audio clips
    • "History On Call"
    • Available by cell phone (703-637-9317)and online
  • Exhibit labels-high contrast/non-glossy labels for exhibits
  • Height clearance at least 80"
  • No undetectable protruding objects in path of travel
  • Braille/tactile signage-restroom, elevator controls, hoistways
  • Elevator has audible indicators
  • Nearest grassy/dog relief area
    • In front and alongside museum

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  • Secondary entrance is wheelchair accessible (not a service entrance)
  • Location-Rear of Hull House mansion
  • Ramped entry
  • Door has at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Note: Ramp has 1" step at bottom and no level landing at top. Rear door is locked so visitors must knock. Those who need the accessible entrance are advised to call ahead to alert staff. See accessibility site map online. The museum plans to redo the rear entry to improve access to the Hull House Mansion by adding an elevator. Entry to Residents' Dining Hall is fully accessible.

Assistive Equipment for People with Physical Disabilities

  • None

Interior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide

Exterior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide
  • Stable/non-slip surface
  • Surface material-brick sidewalk
  • Note: Sidewalk to rear of mansion and to Residents' Dining Hall

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Information Counter-36" max.
  • Brochure rack
  • Gift shop
  • Seating-chairs with arms in library
  • Drinking Fountain

Performance Space

  • Name-Resident's Dining Hall
  • Moveable seating-chairs without arms
  • Wheelchair seating
    • Number of Spaces-As needed
  • Companion seating
    • Moveable, alongside


  • On accessible route
  • Space to approach/view/maneuver
  • Freestanding cases 36"-39" max.-most
  • Wall hung cases 36-39" max. bottom level-most
  • Wall hung displays 54" to center line
  • Labels are viewable from seated position-most
  • Notes: Research computer has space to approach but only 25" knee clearance


  • Door clearance at least 36"
  • Car size at least 54" x 80" with centered door or 54" x 68" with side door
  • Elevator controls 54" or less
  • Notes:Elevator in Residents' Dining Hall only. In Hull-House Mansion, public access is to ground floor only.

<< Vision Restroom >>  


  • Men's and Women's
  • Location-2nd fl., Resident's Dining Hall
  • Access symbol identifies facility
  • Entry door at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Space in restroom to maneuver-5' by 5' or T-shaped space to turn
  • Stall door at least 32" clearance
  • Stall door swings out
  • Grab bar behind and alongside toilet
  • Lateral transfer space at least 30" wide
  • Toilet height 17" to 19"
  • Roll under sink with knee clearance at least 27" high and 30" wide
  • Insulated sink pipes
  • Mirror 40" or less from floor or tilted
  • Towels/soap/vending within reach-48" or less from floor
  • Faucet controls automatic or lever type
  • Latch operable with closed fist
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none

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