OLD TOWN — Abraham Lincoln has it all over George Washington when it comes to Presidents Day at the Chicago History Museum.
The museum throws open its doors for free to all Illinois residents Monday. Actors portraying President Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, will stroll the museum and pose for photos ahead of a half-hour "Meeting the Lincolns" program at 1 p.m. in the McCormick Theater.
After that, three students from fifth grade through sophomore year of high school will deliver prize-winning speeches inspired by Lincoln at 2 p.m. in the Chicago Room North.
Earlier, the Chicago Brass Band's Vintage Brass Ensemble will play a 45-minute "Lincoln Program" concert at 11:30 a.m. in the Chicago Room North.
The museum also points out it's the last chance to see its "Lincoln's Undying Words" exhibit. Produced in conjunction with the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, it emphasizes the evolution of his position on slavery as shown in his speeches. The exhibit also includes the Lincoln family carriage and the bed in which he died.