The kids are back in school, so Chicago's museums won't be as busy. September is filled with free days at Chicago's top museums. There's no charge for general admission so you only have to pay for any special exhibits.

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

Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • September 11-17
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave:

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

The Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E Ontario St:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Always free

Chicago Children's Museum, 700 E Grand Ave:

  • Neighborhood: Streeterville
  • Free Thursdays 5pm to 8pm

City Gallery, 806 N Michigan Ave:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile/Streeterville
  • Always free

DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E 56th Pl:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Free on Sundays

Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • September 10, 11, 23, 24
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N Lake Shore Dr:

  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Free on Tuesdays for 1st two floors

Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S Halsted:

  • Neighborhood: University Village
  • Always Free

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N Cannon Dr:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Always Free

Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 N Michigan Ave:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays

Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston:

  • Neighborhood: North Suburbs (Evanston)
  • Always Free

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays for Illinois residents

Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S Michigan Ave:

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Always Free

Museum of Science & Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • September 5-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
  • October 5, 6

National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th St:

  • Neighborhood: Pilsen
  • Always free (donations accepted)

The Oriental Institute, 1155 E 58th St:

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

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr:

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

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 5811 S Ellis Ave:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always free

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • September 6 - 30

Smart Museum Of Art, 5550 S Greenwood Ave:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always Free

Swedish American Museum, 5211 N Clark St:

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

Find more free days at Chicago Museums through the end of 2017.

Photo credit: Nick Ulivieri