Free Days at Chicago Museums in January

Free Days at Chicago Museums
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 10:43am

If checking out Chicago's museums is on your list of things do in 2018, then January is the time to do it. Chicago's top museums offer several free days during the month.

There's no charge for general admission so you only have to pay for any special exhibits you'd like to see.

Most of the museums are free for Illinois residents only, so be sure to bring your license or state ID!

Free Days at Chicago Museums in January

Adler Planetarium

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January: 3, 4, 7-12, 15-19

Art Institute of Chicago

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • Thurday nights from 5pm to 8pm for Illinois residents only
  • Free for all Chicago teens under 18

Brookfield Zoo

  • City: Brookfield
  • JanuaryTuesdays and Thursdays

Chicago History Museum:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Every Tuesday 12:30pm to 7:30pm 

DuSable Museum of African American History:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Free on Sundays
Sarcophagus at Field Museum of Natural History, photo credit Nick Ulivieri

Field Museum of Natural History:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 3, 4, 15, 27, 28

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

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

Museum of Contemporary Art:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays and open until 8pm

Museum of Science & Industry:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • January 8–11, 15–18, 22–25, 29–31
Jellyfish at the Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 15, 18, 19, 22-26

Find more free days at Chicago Museums throughout 2018. For more free events visit our Free Things To Do in Chicago section.

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Visit the Adler’s theaters and numerous exhibitions for an unforgettable space science experience.
111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
The Art Institute of Chicago is the second largest art museum in the USA housing a world-renowned encyclopedic collection.
Art Institute of Chicago
8400 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513
How much: Adults: $17.85 Seniors 65 and Over: $12.50 Children 3 to 11: $12.50
Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo inspires conservation leaders every day by connecting people with wildlife and nature.
Brookfield Zoo
1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
The Chicago History Museum is a place of learning, discovery, creativity, and, well, history.
Chicago History Museum
740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637
To collect, preserve and display artifacts and objects that promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans.
1400 S Lake Shore Dr , Chicago, IL 60605
Travel around the world, go back in time, and discover things you never knew at The Field Museum! Whether you're a first-time guest or a frequent visitor, we're your home for endless adventures.
Field Museum of Natural History
3001 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201
How much: $5
The only museum in the Chicagoland area that focuses exclusively on the history, culture and arts of the North American native people.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.
1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
How much: Shedd Pass: Adult $30.95 Child $21.95
Shedd Aquarium is Chicago's indoor public aquarium. At Shedd Aquarium, animals connect you to the living world, inspiring you to make a difference.


do you have the list for teh whole year? I like to print it out and hang it next to my yearly calendar.


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