Free Days at Chicago Museums Return in September

The kids are back in school, so now's a perfect time to take advantage of Chicago's museums. 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!

, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • September 14 - 25
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

, 111 S Michigan Ave:

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

, 201 E Ontario St:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Always free

, 700 E Grand Ave:

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

, 806 N Michigan Ave:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile/Streeterville
  • Always free

, 740 E 56th Pl:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Free on Sundays

, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • September 20
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

, 1524 N Lake Shore Dr:

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

, 800 S Halsted:

  • Neighborhood: University Village
  • Always Free

, 2200 N Cannon Dr:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Always Free

, 820 N Michigan Ave:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays

, 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston:

  • Neighborhood: North Suburbs (Evanston)
  • Always Free

, 220 E Chicago Ave:

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

, 600 S Michigan Ave:

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Always Free

, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • September 14 - 18, 21 - 25, 28 - 30
  • October 5, 6

, 1852 W 19th St:

  • Neighborhood: Pilsen
  • Always free (donations accepted)

, 1155 E 58th St:

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

, 2430 N Cannon Dr:

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

, 5811 S Ellis Ave:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always free

, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • September 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
  • November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24

, 5550 S Greenwood Ave:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always Free

, 5211 N Clark St:

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

Find more  through the end of 2015.

Photo credit: Nick Ulivieri

1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
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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.
Chicago Children's Museum
700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to create a community where play and learning connect.
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.
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.
International Museum of Surgical Science
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
Since 1954, the International Museum of Surgical Science has provided education on the history and progress of surgery and related medical sciences to hundreds of thousands of visitors.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607
How much: Free
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Lincoln Park Zoo
2200 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)
820 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
How much: $8 - General Admission, $6 - Seniors, $2 - Non-LUC Students w/ Student ID, Free for Museum Members, LUC Students, Faculty, & Staff, Clergy, and Military
The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) offers members one of the one of the finest collections of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art in the Midwest.
40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
How much: $12 suggested admission, $7 students & seniors
The MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists.
600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
How much: Free
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP) is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to photography and its evolving, interdisciplinary approaches.
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.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
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
The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: Chicago's urban gateway to nature and science.
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.
The Arts Club of Chicago
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.
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637
5811 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
How much: Free admission
Founded in 1915, The Society's mission is to encourage the growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, and events.

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