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Adler Planetarium Chicago
Chicago is one of the world’s greatest cities. It has world-class architecture, a beautiful lakefront and a thriving food scene.  It is also arguably the top city in the country for museums.  Many people consider The Art Institute of Chicago the country’s best art museum. Our two top science museums, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Field Museum, are excellent family-friendly venues! There is also a plethora of other great but lessor known museums.

The one problem with all of these great institutions is that they can be expensive. A trip to the Shedd Aquarium can cost a family of 4 over $100. Luckily, for Illinois residents at least, there are free days at many of these museums.  

The following is a list of the free days at many of Chicago’s museums in 2016.


The Shedd Aquarium:

January: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
February: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29
June: 6, 7, 13, 14
September: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
November: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

The Field Museum:

January: 3, 13, 18, 23, 24;
February: 1-29

Museum of Science & Industry:

January: 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
February: 29
June: 1-3, 6-8
September: 6-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30
October: 4-6
November: 3, 10
December: 1

Adler Planetarium:

January:  4-8,11,12,15,18-22, 25-29
February:  1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29

The Art institute of Chicago:

General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Museum of Contemporary Art:

The MCA Chicago is free for Illinois residents every Tuesday all year long. 

Chicago History Museum:

Free for Illinois residents Monday through Friday during the months of January and February. 

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum:

Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents. You can pay as much as you like, including going for free. 

Loyola University Museum of Art:

Free every Tuesday for Illinois residents. 

Chicago has several great institutions that are always free: 

They include: the Lincoln Park Zoo, Smart Museum of Art, and the Chicago Cultural Center.




Ralph F
01/06/2016 2:18pm

I will definitely be taking advantage of the Shedd being free.

03/13/2016 7:07am

This content is simply exciting and creative. I have been deciding on a institutional move and this has helped me with one aspect.

03/13/2016 10:24am

Good luck with your move.


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