In Chicago, you really have no excuse for not embracing everything the city has to offer.
No budget? No fear. Free museum days are here. Mark these days on your calendar for your chance to enjoy Chicago's museums and galleries care and cost free.
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. - South Loop/Museum Campus
Illinois residents enjoy free admission on January 3, 4, 7-12, 15-19; February 2, 5-9, 19-22; June 21; August 27-31; September 9-16; October 8, 21, 24, 25; November 11, 12, 14, 15; and December 1, 3-7, 10.
111 S. Michigan Ave. - Loop
As of January 2, 2017, Chicago teens under the age of 18 can will not be charged admission to the museum. Children age 14 years and younger are always free.
Illinois residents of any age can also enjoy free admission year-round on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.
8400 W. 31st St. - Brookfield, IL
Free admission offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from January 1 through February 28.
1000 Lake Cook Rd. - Glencoe, IL
Admission is always free! Check the garden's website for seasonal hours.
700 E. Grand Ave. - Downtown/Navy Pier
Free family nights are offered Thursday evenings from 5-8 p.m. The first Sunday of each month is also free (all day) for kids 15 and under.
1601 N. Clark St. - Lincoln Park
This Lincoln Park museum extends free admission to Illinois residents every Tuesday from 12:30 to 9 p.m. (excluding January 2, January 9, December 18th & December 25th) and on Commemorative Days: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, March 4, and July 4. Children under 12 years old are always free.
935 W. Fullerton Ave. - Lincoln Park
Admission is always free at the university's on-campus art museum!
740 E. 56th Pl. - Washington Park
Free admission every Tuesday, all year long. Children under 5 always get in free.
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. - South Loop/Museum Campus
Free days in 2018 are January 3, 4, 15, 27 and June 20-22. The museum is also admission free for the entire month of February.
1524 N. Lake Shore Dr. - Lincoln Park
Admission is waived on Tuesdays for Illinois residents, with proof of residency. However, donations are still accepted.
6418 N. Greenview Ave. - Rogers Park
Admission is free every Thursday for those who are 18+.
2001 N. Clark St. - Lincoln Park
Offers free admission 365 days a year.
820 Michigan Ave. - Streeterville
Enjoy free admission every Tuesday if you're an Illinois resident.
220 E. Chicago Ave. - Streeterville
Illinois residents can skip the admission fees every Tuesday, year round.
600 S. Michigan Ave. - Loop
Free daily, but is closed when Columbia College is closed.
5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. - Hyde Park
MSI's 2018 free days (for Illinois residents) are as follows:
January 8–11, 15–18, 22–25, 29–31
February 1, 5–8, 12–15, 20–22, 26–27
June 4–7, 11–12
September 4–6, 10–13, 17–20, 24–27
1852 W. 19th St. - Pilsen
Free admission daily, all year long.
4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Portage Park
1155 E. 58th St. - Hyde Park
Admission is free but there is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children.
2430 N. Cannon Dr. - Lincoln Park
Thursdays are free for Illinois residents but they are encouraged to make a donation upon entry.
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. - South Loop/Museum Campus
Illinois residents will be extended free admission on the following days in 2017:
January 15, 18, 19, 22-26
February 2, 14
June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19
October 3, 10
If you feel like staying up, the Shedd will be having extended hours (open until 9 pm);
September 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
October 3, 10
Hours will be extended to 10 pm on;
September 5, 12, 19, 26
5211 N. Clark St. - Andersonville
Free admission offered on the second Tuesday of every month.