2018 Free Museum Days in Chicago

 

You don’t have to pay the full admission price to take your children to the museum. Many Chicago area museums offer free admission days for Illinois residents. Check out our list with free days available in 2018. Free days can change at the last minute, so always call to confirm before heading out to the museum. Check the museum’s website for any cancellations, changes, and additional fees like parking fees, or special exhibits that you would have to pay extra for. Remember to bring your Illinois ID, to show proof of your residency.

 

Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60605, 312-922-7827
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/adler-planetarium-special-offers/

January 3, 4, 7-12, 15-19
February 2, 5-9, 19-22
June 21
August 27-31
September 9-16
October 8, 21, 24, 25
November 11, 12, 14, 15
December 1, 3-7, 10

Notice from the website: Dates subject to change. Check back frequently for updates.

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Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603, 312-443-3600
http://www.artic.edu/visit
Free admission every Thursday 5:00-8:00 pm.

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Brookfield Zoo
8400 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, 708-688-8000
http://www.czs.org/CZS/Brookfield/Plan-Your-Day/General-Information.aspx

General zoo admission is free on Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 1, 2017.

Hamill Family Play Zoo Admission is free from November 1, 2017 thru February 28, 2018.

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Chicago Children’s Museum
Navy Pier, 700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, 312-527-1000
http://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/index.php/plan/free-discounted-visits

Thursday Evenings 5:00–8:00 pm – Free admission for all visitors.
Free admission for visitors 15 and under on the first Sunday of each month.

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Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614, 312-642-4600
http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/visitorinformation/#tickets

The Museum is free to Illinois residents every Tuesday from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on Commemorative Days: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, March 4, and July 4. *Excluding December 19 and 26.

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DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, IL, 60637-1495, 773-947-0600
http://www.dusablemuseum.org

Admission is FREE to all on each Tuesday of the year. Free admission for visitors 5 and under.

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Field Museum of Natural History
1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, 312-922-9410
http://www.fieldmuseum.org/at-the-field/programs/discount-days

January: 3, 4, 15, 27, 28
February: 1-28 (basic admission is free for Illinois residents all month!)
June: 20, 21, 22

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McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum
376 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-977-0227
http://www.bridgehousemuseum.org

Free for children age five and younger.
Free on Sundays.

The museum is open Thursday-Monday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., between May and October. The museum is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611, 312-280-2660
https://mcachicago.org/Visit/Hours

Free on Tuesdays 10 am-8 pm for Illinois residents; children 12 and under are free every day.

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Museum of Science and Industry
5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637, 773-684-1414
http://www.msichicago.org/visit-the-museum/museum-info/admission/free-days/

January 8–11, 15–18, 22–25, 29–31
February 1, 5–8, 12–15, 20–22, 26–27
March 14
June 4–7, 11–12
September 4–6, 10–13, 17–20, 24–27
November 12

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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago, Ill. 60614, 773-755-5100
http://www.naturemuseum.org

Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents. Always free for Children under 3.

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Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, 312-939-2438
http://www.sheddaquarium.org/plan-a-visit/special-offers/

January 15, 18, 19, 22-26
February 2, 14
June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19
September 4-30
October 3, 10

Please note: A $3 transaction fee applies to Illinois Free Day tickets reserved online. This helps ensure access to as many neighbors as possible by validating orders.

 

 

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Free days for Illinois Residents at Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, and more Chicago’s museums.

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