Free Days at Chicago Museums Return in September

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:35am

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

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 and Industry

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

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1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
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
700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to create a community where play and learning connect.
Chicago Children's Museum
806 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
How much: Always free
A resplendent venue showcasing the work of local photographers and artists, the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, is centrally located along the city's famed Magnificent Mile.
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
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1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610
How much: Adults - $15.00 Senior Citizens (ages 65+) - $10.00 Students & Members of the Military (with ID) - $10.00 Children ages 4–13 (Free for ages 3 & under) - $7.00 Children ages 3 and under - FREE
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800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607
How much: Free; $5 suggested donation
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820 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
How much: $15 adults; $8 students, teachers, and seniors
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600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
How much: Free
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5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637
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2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
How much: $9 for Adults $7 for Students and Seniors (60+) $6 for Children Ages 3 - 12 Free for Children under 3; Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents
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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
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201 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611
Preeminent exhibitor of international art, a forum for established and emerging artists, and a celebrated venue for performers since 1916.
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1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637
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Oriental Institute
5811 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
How much: Free admission
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