Free Days at Chicago Museums in January

It's the beginning of a new year! If checking out Chicago's museums is on your list of things do this year then this is the month to do it. Chicago's top museums offer free days during the month of January. 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!

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January: 6 - 13, 16 - 20

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

  • City: Brookfield
  • JanuaryTuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

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

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Free on Sundays


  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 4, 5, 16, 28, 29, 30

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


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


  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • January 10-12, 16-19, 24-26, 31


  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

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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.
Art Institute of Chicago
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.
Brookfield Zoo
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.
Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
The Chicago History Museum is a place of learning, discovery, creativity, and, well, history.
DuSable Museum of African American History
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.
Field Museum of Natural History
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.
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.
Shedd Aquarium
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.

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