2015 Chicago Museum Free Days

Many Chicago area museums offer FREE days for families! Please note that special exhibits and features may not be included in the free general admission. See individual museum web sites for details. And check back as more free days are added for 2015.

Always call ahead to doublecheck! The following information may change without notice.

Adler Planetarium
Illinois residents can enjoy complimentary general admission on Illinois Resident Discount Days. A valid ID with an Illinois address is required for these special admission prices.
January 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

Art Institute
Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursdays. Kids 13 and under are always free.
Free Winter Weekdays 2015 - January 5 - February 10, museum admission is free to Illinois residents every weekday, all day long.

Chicago Botanic Garden
Always free. Parking $25.

Chicago Children's Museum
Always free: Free for everyone from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday, and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. Always free to children under 1.

Chicago Cultural Center
Always free.

Chicago History Museum
Illinois residents can enjoy free admission to the museum during Illinois Resident Discount Days.
January 5-9, 12-15, 19-25, 26-30
February: free every Monday - Friday
March 4
July 4
August 18-20, 24-27, 31
September 1-3
Always free for children ages 12 and younger.

DuSable Museum of African American History
Admission is free to all on each Sunday of the year.

Field Museum
Illinois residents may enjoy free general admission on the following days:
January 5-7, 14-15
February - every day

John G. Shedd Aquarium
Illinois Resident Discount/Free General Admission Days:
January 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
February 2, 3, 9, 10, 13, 14 , 15, 16, 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
On the first full weekend of the month, present your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or debit card, along with photo ID, and receive one free general admission. Valid for the cardholder only. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D theater.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Admission is FREE for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round.

Museum of Science and Industry
Illinois residents can enjoy free general admission on the following days:
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

National Museum of Mexican Art
Free Admission Every Day. Open Tuesdays to Sundays.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois Residents.

Smart Museum of Art
Always free.

Swedish American Museum Center
Admission is free for everyone on the second Tuesday of the month.