Free Days at Chicago Museums - 2016

Free Days at Chicago Museums

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.

If these dates don't fit your schedule you can save money on tickets with a Go Chicago Card. 

Many free days are for Illinois residents only.

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  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 4-8,11,12,15,18-22, 25-29
  • February 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29
  • June June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 19
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • Free weekdays January 5 - February 10
  • Thurday nights from 5pm to 8pm
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Always free

  • City: Brookfield
  • January Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays
  • February Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays
  • Always free for Military Personnel

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

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • January Every weekday (museum is closed January 13)
  • February Every weekday
  • July 4
  • August 22 - 25, 29 - 31
  • October 10 - 12
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile/Streeterville
  • Always free

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Free on Sundays

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  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January: 3, 13, 18, 23, 24
  • February: 1-29 
  • June: 21, 22, 23
  • August: 11, 27, 29
  • September: 10, 17, 18, 19
  • October: 2, 16, 30, 31
  • November: 27
  • December: 3, 4, 18 
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

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  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Free on Tuesdays

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

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Always Free

:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays

  • Neighborhood: North Suburbs (Evanston)
  • Always Free

  • Neighborhood: North Suburbs (Evanston)
  • Free 1st Friday of every month

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  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays for Illinois residents, open until 8pm

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  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Always Free

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  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • January 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
  • February 29
  • June 1-3, 6-8
  • September 6-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30
  • October 4-6
  • November 3, 10
  • December 1

  • Neighborhood: Pilsen
  • Always free (donations accepted)

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

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

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always free

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  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • 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

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always Free

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

 

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