Considering Chicago has the best museums in the world, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to NOT VISIT THEM! Especially if you live in the area.
“But it’s expensive!” you might be complaining. No worries. There’s always a free museum day for you to take advantage of. Provided you’re an Illinois resident, that is.
Free Museum Days 2017
ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
Free for Chicago teens under the age of 18.
Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday evening from 5-8pm.
Additionally children under age 14 are always free and the public can enjoy the following museum areas free of charge:
The Ryan Education Center in the Modern Wing, as well as all programs for families and children within the center
The North and South Gardens (accessible from Michigan Avenue)
The Nichols Bridgeway connecting the museum to Millennium Park
The Bluhm Family Terrace on the 3rd floor of the west pavilion of the Modern Wing
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY
June 5-9, 12
September 5-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
THE FIELD MUSEUM
June 21, 22, 23
June 5, 6, 12, 13
August 28, 29
September 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21
CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM
The Museum is free to Illinois residents every Tuesday.
CHICAGO CHILDRENS MUSEUM AT NAVY PIER
Free admission for visitors age 15 and under on Free First Sundays, offered the first Sunday of each month.
There is free admission for all visitors on Target Free Family Night, offered Thursday evenings 5-8pm.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round.
PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM
Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents year round.
DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
Admission is free to all on each Tuesday of the year. Children under 5 always receive free admission.
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART
Admission is free for Illinois residents every Tuesday.
MCCORMICK BRIDGEHOUSE & CHICAGO RIVER MUSEUM
Admission is free to all on each Sunday; note that the museum is open seasonally May to October. Children under 5 always receive free admission.
SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSEUM
Admission is free for all visitors on the second Tuesday of the month, year round. Members and children under the age of one are free
CLARKE HOUSE MUSEUM
Admission always free. One-hour guided tours are free on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, year round at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (not applicable to groups of 16 or more).
GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM
Admission is free on Wednesdays, year round.