Free Days at Chicago Museums - 2014

Chicago's museums are some of its top attractions, and for good reason. They're world class, but seeing them all can be very expensive. Fortunately, there are several free days at Chicago museums throughout the year. While general admission is free on those days, special exhibitions usually require a paid ticket.

Many free days are for Illinois residents only.

Adler Planetarium:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
  • February 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25
  • March 3, 4, 5, 6
  • June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12
  • September 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

Art Institute of Chicago:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • Weekdays through February 12
  • Thurday nights from 5pm to 8pm
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

The Arts Club of Chicago

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Always free

Brookfield Zoo:

  • Neighborhood: West Suburbs
  • Free Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through February 27
  • Always free for Military Personnel

Chicago Children's Museum:

  • Neighborhood: Streeterville
  • Closed Sept 2 - 5
  • 1st Sunday of every month free admission for children 15 and under
  • Free Thursdays 5pm to 8pm for everyone

Chicago History Museum:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • January 20
  • February Every day except Saturdays
  • March 4
  • July 4
  • August 10, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
  • September  Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the month
  • October 1, 2, 7, 8, 9
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

City Gallery:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile/Streeterville
  • Always free

DuSable Museum of African American History:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Free on Sundays

Field Museum of Natural History:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 6, 7, 8, 15, 16, 21, 22, 29, 30
  • February 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27
  • June 4, 5, 9
  • September 7, 10, 11, 16, 27, 28
  • October 1, 4, 5, 19, 30, 31
  • November 1, 16, 23, 24
  • December 3, 4, 15, 21 
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

International Museum of Surgical Science:

  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Free on Tuesdays for 1st two floors

Jane Addams Hull House Museum:

  • Neighborhood: University Village
  • Always Free

Lincoln Park Zoo:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Always Free

Loyola University Museum of Art:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays

Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art:

  • Neighborhood: North Suburbs (Evanston)
  • Always Free

Museum of Contemporary Art:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays for Illinois residents

Museum of Contemporary Photography:

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Always Free

Museum of Science & Industry:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • January 6 - 10, 13 - 17, 20 - 24, 27 - 31
  • February 4, 11, 18, 25
  • March 10
  • May 5
  • June 1 - 6
  • September 8 - 12, 15 - 19, 22 - 26, 29
  • October 6, 7
  • November 3
  • December 8

National Museum of Mexican Art

  • Neighborhood: Pilsen
  • Always free (donations accepted)

The Oriental Institute

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always free (donations accepted)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Free on Thursdays (donations suggested)

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always free

Shedd Aquarium:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
  • February 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25
  • June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
  • September 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
  • October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
  • November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Smart Museum Of Art:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always Free

Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Always free

Swedish American Museum

  • Neighborhood: Andersonville
  • Free on second Tuesday of every month

 

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