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 2014.
Always call ahead to doublecheck! The following information may change without notice.
Illinois residents can enjoy complimentary general admission on Adler Discount Days with proof of residency.
January 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
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.
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
Chicago History Museum
Illinois residents can enjoy free admission to the museum during Illinois Resident Discount Days.
February: free every day but Saturdays
August: 10, 19-21, 26-28
September: free every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
October: 1-2, 7-9
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. Admission is also free on school days to all Chicago Public School students.
Illinois residents may enjoy free general admission on the following days:
January 6-8, 15-16, 20-21, 29-30
February 4, 11, 18, 25
September 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29
October 6, 7
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Illinois Resident Discount/Free General Admission Days:
January 6, 7, 11-14, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
February 3, 4, 10, 11, 14-18, 24, 25
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 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31
February 4, 11, 18, 25
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
Swedish American Museum Center
Admission is free for everyone on the second Tuesday of the month.