Your busy schedule doesn't have to get in the way of discovering what Chicago's museums have to offer.
Bummed that most of Chicago’s greatest museums close so early? Don’t be! We’ve rounded up the museums that stay open late for night owls searching for some culture after getting out of their 9 to 5.
Photo via Facebook/The Adler Planetarium
1300 W. Lake Shore Dr. - South Loop/Museum Campus
Every third Thursday of the month, Adler Planetarium offers Adler After Dark, where patrons over 21+ can explore the space and experience the engaging themes that change every month. Plan your next date night for November's Enchantment Under The Stars event!
Photo via Facebook/The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave. - Loop
On Thursdays, get inspired at the Art Institute until 8 p.m.
1601 N. Clark St. - Lincoln Park
Learn about Chicago's rich history until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Tuesdays also happen to be Illinois resident free admission days at the Chicago History Museum!
935 W. Fullerton Ave. - Lincoln Park
This Lincoln Park museum stays open until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
1524 N. Lake Shore Dr. - Gold Coast
The museum hosts occasional after-hours events. Check its calendar for updates.
6418 N. Greenview Ave. - Rogers Park
The Leather Archives stay open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.
Photo via Facebook/Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave. - Streeterville
On Tuesdays and Fridays, this museum is open until 9 p.m.
115 E. 58th St. - Hyde Park
The Oriental Institute Museum stays open until 8 p.m on Wednesdays.
Photo via Facebook/Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St. - Loop
Get lost in this massive homage to the arts until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
300 N. Central Park Ave. - Garfield Park
On Wednesdays, hang around until 8 p.m. to gaze at the botanical majesty.
820 Michigan Ave. - Streeterville
Not only is this museum open until 8 p.m. every Tuesday, but it's also free!
Photo via Facebook/Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. - South Loop
Shedd Aquarium often hosts themed after-hours events. Check the calendar to see what's coming up!
5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. - Hyde Park
Whenever the Museum of Science and Industry hosts an After Hours night it is not to be missed!
2001 N. Clark St. - Lincoln Park
Chicago's free zoo hosts lots of after-hours events during the warm summer months including food truck socials, craft beer festivals and more. Check the zoo's calendar for a full list of events.