Chicago Museums Open Late

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


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!




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Art Institute of Chicago


111 S. Michigan Ave. - Loop

On Thursdays, get inspired at the Art Institute until 8 p.m.




Chicago History Museum

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!




DePaul Art Museum

935 W. Fullerton Ave. - Lincoln Park


This Lincoln Park museum stays open until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.




International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 N. Lake Shore Dr. - Gold Coast


The museum hosts occasional after-hours events. Check its calendar for updates. 




Leather Archives & Museum

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


Museum of Contemporary Art

220 E. Chicago Ave. - Streeterville


On Tuesdays and Fridays, this museum is open until 9 p.m. 




The Oriental Institute Museum

115 E. 58th St. - Hyde Park


The Oriental Institute Museum stays open until 8 p.m on Wednesdays.




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Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington St. - Loop


Get lost in this massive homage to the arts until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.




Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N. Central Park Ave. - Garfield Park


On Wednesdays, hang around until 8 p.m. to gaze at the botanical majesty. 




Loyola University Museum of Art

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 


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!





Museum of Science and Industry

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!




Lincoln Park Zoo

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.