Free Days at Chicago Museums in February

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 7:35am

If you're on a budget but want to explore Chicago's museums you're in luck. February is chock-full of 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!

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Free Chicago Museum Days in February

Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • Free weekdays through February 10
  • Thurday nights from 5pm to 8pm
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

The Arts Club of Chicago201 E Ontario St

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Always free

Brookfield Zoo8400 31st St, Brookfield

  • Neighborhood: West Suburbs
  • Free Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Always free for Military Personnel

Chicago Children's Museum, 700 E Grand Ave

  • Neighborhood: Streeterville
  • 1st Sunday of every month free admission for children 15 and under
  • Free Thursdays 5pm to 8pm for everyone

Chicago History Museum1601 N Clark St

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • February Every weekday
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

City Gallery806 N Michigan Ave

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile/Streeterville
  • Always free

DuSable Museum of African American History740 E 56th Pl

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Free on Sundays

Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • Every Day!
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

International Museum of Surgical Science1524 N Lake Shore Dr

  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Free on Tuesdays

Jane Addams Hull House Museum800 S Halsted St

  • Neighborhood: University Village
  • Always Free

Lincoln Park Zoo2200 N Cannon Dr

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Always Free

Loyola University Museum of Art820 N Michigan Ave

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays

Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston

  • Neighborhood: Evanston
  • Always Free

Museum of Contemporary Art220 E Chicago Ave

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

Museum of Contemporary Photography600 S Michigan Ave

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Always Free

Museum of Science & Industry5700 S Lake Shore Dr

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • February 29

National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th St

  • Neighborhood: Pilsen
  • Always free (donations accepted)

The Oriental Institute1155 E 58th St

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

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum2430 N Cannon Dr

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

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago5811 S Ellis Ave

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always free

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29

Smart Museum Of Art5550 S Greenwood Ave

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always Free

Swedish American Museum, 5211 N Clark St

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

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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
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.
Brookfield Zoo
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
1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
The Chicago History Museum is a place of learning, discovery, creativity, and, well, history.
Chicago History Museum
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
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.
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.
International Museum of Surgical Science
2200 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
How much: $15 adults; $8 students, teachers, and 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.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
How much: Free
The Museum of Contemporary Photography is dedicated to a greater understanding of the cultural and political implication of the image in our world today.
Museum of Contemporary Photography
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.
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.
5211 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
How much: Adults $4; Children/students/seniors $3; Families $10
Swedish American Museum in 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.
The Arts Club of Chicago
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637
The Oriental Institute is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology, and history of early Near Eastern civilizations.
Oriental Institute