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On September 2, 1890, Standard Oil completed its refinery in Whiting, and the town developed into a growing site for commercial enterprise and trade.
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Visitor Information

Welcome to the Research Center

 

While many research resources are available online, much of the collection is only available through a visit to the Chicago History Museum. Staff research specialists provide assistance to Research Center visitors, but be sure to plan your visit in advance to make the most of your time.

Learn more about:

> The scope of the collection

> Hours and location

> Policies and rules

> Photocopying

> History Fair

> Research help

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