There is so much to do in Chicago. Chicago is home to many award-winning museums. They are absolutely worth seeing, but admission can get pricey for a large group. Check out our official list of museum free days in Chicago for the 2019 calendar year. This list will be updated as future months are released. Feel free to bookmark this page!
Address: 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Illinois residents can enjoy complimentary general admission on Illinois Resident Discount Days. A valid ID with an Illinois address is required for these special admission prices:
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
Art Institute of Chicago
Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursdays.
Address: 400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL 60513
General Zoo Admission is free on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Feb. 28, 2019.
Chicago Botanic Garden
Address: 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022
Always free. Parking for non-members $30.
Chicago Children’s Museum
Address: 700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
The first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. Always free to children under 1.
Chicago Cultural Center
Address: 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Chicago History Museum
Address: 1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
The Museum is free to Illinois residents every Tuesday from 12:30 to 9:00 p.m. and on Commemorative Days: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, March 4, and July 4. *Excludes January 2, January 9, December 18th & December 25th. The museum is always free for children ages 17 and younger.
DuSable Museum of African American History
Address: 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637
Admission is free to all every Tuesday.
Address: 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Illinois residents with proof of residence may enjoy free general admission on the following days:
February 1 - 28
Lincoln Park Zoo
Address: 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Lincoln Park Zoo, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, is always open! This outdoor zoo is fun for everyone. Parking is , or free for members.
Address: 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Illinois Resident Discount/Free General Admission Days, with Valid ID:
February 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-28
Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Admission is FREE for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round. Kids 18 and under are always free Also free the second Saturday of the month through May for Family Day, for families with kids 12 and under. Family Days are 11 am–3 pm.
Museum of Science and Industry
Address: 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637
Illinois residents can enjoy free general admission on the following days:
January 7–10, 14–17, 21–24, 28–31
February 4–7, 11–14, 19–21, 25–28
National Museum of Mexican Art
Address: 1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Free Admission Every Day. Open Tuesdays to Sundays.
Address: 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois Residents.
Smart Museum of Art
Address: 5550 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Swedish American Museum Center
Address: 5211 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Admission is free for everyone on the second Tuesday of the month.
Written by Brooke Bressler