Free Days at Chicago Museums - 2015

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.

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Many free days are for Illinois residents only.

Adler Planetarium:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

Art Institute of Chicago:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • Free weekdays January 5 - February 10
  • 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:

  • City: Brookfield
  • Always free for Military Personnel

Chicago Children's Museum:

  • Neighborhood: Streeterville
  • 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 5 - 9, 12 - 15, 19 - 23, 26 - 30
  • February Every weekday
  • March 4
  • July 4
  • August 18 - 20, 24 - 27, 31
  • September  1 - 3
  • 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 5 - 7, 14, 15
  • February 1 - 28
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

International Museum of Surgical Science:

  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Free on Tuesdays

Jane Addams Hull House Museum:

  • Neighborhood: University Village
  • Always Free, $5 suggested donation

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
  • Closed to the public through January 25, 2015

Museum of Science & Industry:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • 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

  • 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 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

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