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

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