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FREE MUSEUM DAYS IN CHICAGO

A look at free and discounted admission days for Chicago's award-winning museums.

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Chicago has amazing museums with unbelievable artifacts including a 67 million year old T. rex, moon rocks, dolphins and one of the most extensive displays of rare art this side of the Louvre. Chicago's museums offer an unforgettable experience for visitors and are a proud symbol of cultural pride for locals. As an added bonus, many of these institutions offer free or discounted admission days.

The list below provides more specific information about special museum offers. Check back often for updated dates.

Please note: For many of the museums, you must be an Illinois resident and show proof of residency to take advantage of the free admission days. Dates are subject to change and may not include fees to view special exhibits. Visit individual museum websites for admission details, as well as policies for specific community members such as military personnel and local school groups.

Looking for other ways to save? Consider Chicago CityPASS or a Go Chicago Card, which package several top museums and sightseeing attractions into pre-paid discount admission booklets. Or check out our guide to Chicago's always free museums and attractions that are great no-cost, year-round alternatives.

 

ADLER PLANETARIUM

Free general admission for Illinois residents on these upcoming 2015 dates:
January 5-7, 12-14, 19, 20, 21, 26-28

ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

Free Winter Weekdays: Museum admission is free to Illinois residents every weekday from Monday, January 5, through Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday evening from 5-8pm.

Additionally children under age 14 are always free and the public can enjoy the following museum areas free of charge:

  • The Ryan Education Center in the Modern Wing, as well as all programs for families and children within the center
  • The North and South Gardens (accessible from Michigan Avenue)
  • The Nichols Bridgeway connecting the museum to Millennium Park
  • The Bluhm Family Terrace on the 3rd floor of the west pavilion of the Modern Wing

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY

Free general admission for Illinois residents on the following 2015 dates:
January 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30
March 2-6
April 22
May 21
June 1-5, 8
September 8-11, 14-18, 21-25, 28-30
October 5, 6 

FIELD MUSEUM

Free general admission for Illinois residents on these upcoming 2015 dates:
February 1-28

SHEDD AQUARIUM

Free general admission for Illinois residents only on the following 2015 dates:
January 5-8, 12, 13, 18-20, 23-27
February 2, 3, 9, 10, 13-17, 23, 24
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
September 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM

Free admission for Illinois residents only on the following 2015 dates:
January 5-9, 12-15, 19-23, 26-30
February (Every weekday of the month)
March 4
July 4
August 18-20, 24-27, 31
September 1-3

CHICAGO CHILDRENS MUSEUM AT NAVY PIER

Free admission for visitors age 15 and under on Free First Sundays, offered the first Sunday of each month. Additionally there is free admission for all visitors on Target Free Family Night, offered Thursday evenings 5-8pm.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round.

PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM 

Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents year round.

DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

Admission is free to all on each Sunday of the year.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART

Admission is free for all visitors every Tuesday, year round.

SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSEUM

Admission is free for all visitors on the second Tuesday of the month, year round.

CLARKE HOUSE MUSEUM

Tours are free on Wednesdays, year round (not applicable to groups of ten or more).

GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM

Tours are free on Wednesdays, year round (not applicable to groups of ten or more).

CHARNLEY-PERSKY HOUSE

Tours are free on Wednesdays, year round (not applicable to groups of ten or more).


Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Pl.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 947-0600
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-8111
Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 939-2438
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410
Clarke House Museum
1827 S. Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-1480
Glessner House Museum
1800 S. Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-1480
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 755-5100
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