Free Admission Days at Chicago Museums

Want to explore Chicago without breaking the bank? Here’s your chance. Several museums in Chicago offer free admission days for Illinois residents, while others provide free entry year-round. Take advantage of these opportunities to enjoy the city’s rich cultural offerings.

Field Museum

  • Free Admission: Every Wednesday all year long.
  • Reservation: Must be obtained onsite with proof of residency; not available online.

Adler Planetarium

  • Free Admission: Wednesday evenings from 4 pm–10 pm.
  • Reservation: Tickets must be purchased online and in advance.

Art Institute of Chicago

  • Free Admission: Select days for Illinois residents, reserved online in advance.
  • Upcoming Free Days:
    • Thursday evenings: 5 pm–8 pm, June 6–September 26.
    • Always free: Chicago teens under 18, children under 14, Link and WIC cardholders, active-duty military, and Illinois educators.

Shedd Aquarium

  • Free Admission: Select dates throughout the year.
  • Upcoming Free Days:
    • Tuesday evenings: 5 pm–9 pm, May 7–June 25.
    • Reservation: Advance reservations required; no onsite tickets.

Chicago History Museum

  • Free Admission: Select holidays and dates.
  • Upcoming Free Days:
    • May 1, 27, 29
    • June 19, 23, 26, 29
    • July 4, 17
    • August 28

DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center

  • Free Admission: Every Wednesday.

Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Free Admission: Every Tuesday.

Griffin Museum of Science and Industry

  • Free Admission: Select dates throughout the year.
  • Upcoming Free Days: June 6 and 19.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

  • Free Admission: Every Thursday morning.
  • Suggested Donation: $10 per household.

Illinois Holocaust Museum

  • Free Admission: For kids and students (5-22 years old) during the entire month of June.

Chicago Children’s Museum

  • Free Admission: Play For All program for the first 250 children and families with disabilities.
  • Upcoming Dates: June 1 and August 3.

For more ways to save, consider the Chicago CityPASS or Go Chicago Card, which offer discounted access to multiple museums and attractions. Don’t miss these opportunities to explore Chicago’s world-class museums without spending a dime!

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