2016 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 this year.

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 4-8,11,12,15,18-22, 25-29
February 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29

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.

Chicago Botanic Garden
Always free. Parking for non-members $25.

Chicago Children's Museum
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.
Upcoming Discount Days in 2016 are Monday through Friday during the months of January and February. Please note that the Museum will be closed on Wednesday, January 13, for a staff institute day.
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: 3, 13, 18, 23, 24
February: 1-29 (all month!)
August: 11, 27, 29
September: 10, 17 (ID Day), 18, 19
October: 2, 16, 30, 31
November: 27
December: 3, 4, 18; from 9am to 5pm

John G. Shedd Aquarium
Illinois Resident Discount/Free General Admission Days:
January 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29
June 6, 7, 13, 14
September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
November 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

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 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
February 29, and ALL MONTH free for kids 3-11
June 1-3, 6-8
September 6-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30
October 4-6
November 3, 10
December 1

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.