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

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

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.