Chicago History Bowl Hits Final Four

Visit NBC Chicago on Facebook to help choose a future exhibit at The Chicago History Museum and you could win a weekend for two at the Palmer House.

Monday, Dec 16, 2013  |  Updated 10:08 AM CDT
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Chicago History Bowl Hits Final Four

Prohibition is one of the final four categories in the Chicago History Bowl.

The following content is created in consultation with Chicago History Museum. It does not reflect the work or opinions of NBC Chicago's editorial staff. To vote for a future exhibit at the museum, visit NBC Chicago's Facebook page.

Back in October, The Chicago History Museum--the city's oldest cultural institution--asked fans to help select a future exhibit by participating in the Chicago History Bowl. By submitting their ideas to NBC Chicago's Facebook page, users would help determine the top 16 ideas. 

This crowdsourcing initiative, presented by HERE, is the first of its kind to open the topic submission and decision process for an exhibition entirely to the public. 

"The Chicago History Bowl is a first for museums and very exciting," said Elizabeth Merritt, Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums at the American Alliance of Museums.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, you've spoken. After receiving hundreds of ideas and thousands of votes, the Chicago History Bowl has now reached the final four, and there are some pretty hot topics still in the mix. 

Prohibition
During the Roaring Twenties, Chicago became the hotbed of Prohibition, and the city was rife with gangsters, bootleggers and speakeasies thanks to America's anti-alcohol law. 

Chicago Authors
From Ernest Hemingway to Raymond Chandler, Saul Bellow to Michael Crichton, some of literature and popular fiction's greatest scribes have made Chitown their home. 

Neighborhoods
Chicago is one of the most culturally diverse cities in America, comprised of neighborhoods with a rich sense of history and place. 

Architecture
Laying claim to one of the most celebrated skylines in the world, comprised of iconic buildings designed by visionary architects, Chicago is one of America's architecturally-rich destinations. 

The categories above beat out legendary moments and figures such as the Great Chicago Fire, Chicago's women, music and, last but certainly not least, Marshall Field's.

So what's next? Would you rather see an exhibit on Chicago's rich literary tradition or its groundbreaking architecture? Tell us by voting and you'll be eligible to win a weekend for two at the Palmer House Chicago and a membership to the Chicago History Museum. 

Visit NBC Chicago on Facebook and tell us what you'd like to see. And don't forget to check out Chicagohistory.org for the latest information on current and future exhibitions. 

*You must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible to win
 

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