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
General admission is free to Illinois residents on the following dates in 2019:
January 21-22, 29-31
February 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 26-28
April 2-4, 9-11
June 3-5, 10-13
September 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
October 7-9, 14-16
November 8, 11
December 2-3, 7, 12-13
111 S. Michigan Ave. - Loop
Chicago residents under the age of 18 can get into this museum for free any time. 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
Admission is free for kids 15 and under all day on the first Sunday of every month.
1601 N. Clark St. - Lincoln Park
Children under 12 years old and Illinois residents under 18 years old are always free. Illinois residents of all ages are offered free admission every Tuesday excluding January 1, January 8, December 24 and December 31.
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 2019 are January 21, April 5 -7, May 2 and June 26 -28. 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
Free to the public every Tuesday.
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 2019 free days (for Illinois residents) are as follows:
January 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 and 28-31
February 4–7, 11–14, 19–21, 25–28
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
Free admission for Illinois residents offered on the following days:
February 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-28
5211 N. Clark St. - Andersonville
Free admission offered on the second Tuesday of every month.
3015 W. Division St. - Humboldt Park
Admission and parking are free year-round at this Humbolt Park cultural hub.
Photo via Facebook/Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St. - Loop
Admission is always free here. Plus, you can enjoy free building tours!
Photo via Facebook/American Toby Jug Museum
910 Chicago Ave. - Evanston
Admission is free at this quirky museum! Free lectures from museum founder Steve Mullins and other experts are also offered. Call for more information.