Free Museum Days in the Chicago Land Area

    Free Museum Days in the Chicago Land Area

    Jan 08, 2019

    Chicago's museums are world-class, but all those bones, weather simulators and rides in Chicago's first El train car don't come cheap. Throw in parking, special exhibits and the gift shop, and it adds up fast. But in the philanthropic spirit of our fine city, most museums offer free admission for Illinois residents on certain days. Here's a complete calendar for the next few months. You're on your own in the gift shop. 

    *Free days can change at the last minute, so ALWAYS call first to confirm before heading out to the museums. 

    City

    Adler Planetarium

    January: 21-22, 29-31

    February: 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 26-28

    April: 2-4, 9-11

    June: 3-5, 10-13

    September: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27

    October: 7-9, 14-16

    November: 8, 1

    December: 2-3, 7, 12-13

    The Art Institute of Chicago 

    Free for Illinois residents 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Kids 13 and under and Chicago teens under 18 are always free. 

    The Field Museum

    January: 21

    February: 1-28

    April: 5-7

    May: 2

    June: 26-28

    Lincoln Park Zoo

    Free admission daily. 

    Museum of Science and Industry 

    January: 7–10, 14–17, 21–24, 28–31

    February: 4–7, 11–14, 19–21, 25–28

    Suburb Locations

    Brookfield Zoo 

    January: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31

    February: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 24, 24, 26, 28