Many Chicago museums offer free or discounted admission for Illinois or Chicago residents (with proof of residency!)
Which are a great way for families to experience an affordable trip to some of the most famous museums in the world! Please share this list with your family and friends who may be planning a trip to Chicago!
Here is the list:
General admission is free to Illinois residents on the following dates in 2019:
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
Chicago residents under the age of 18 can get into this museum for
Illinois residents of any age can also enjoy free admission year-round on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.
Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier
Admission is free for kids 15 and under all day on the first Sunday of every month.
Chicago History Museum
Children under 12 years old and Illinois residents under 18 years old are always free. Illinois residents of all ages are offered free admission every Tuesday excluding January 1, January 8, December 24 and December 31.
DePaul Art Museum
Admission is always free at the university’s on-campus art museum!
DuSable Museum of African American History
Free admission every Tuesday, all year long. Children under 5 always get in free.
The Field Museum
Free admission January 21, April 5 -7, May 2 and June 26 -28. The museum is also offering admission free for the entire month of February.
International Museum of Surgical Science (Lincoln Park)
Admission is waived on Tuesdays for Illinois residents, with proof of residency. However, donations are still accepted.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Offers free admission 365 days a year.
Loyola University Museum of Art
Free to the public every Tuesday.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Illinois residents can skip the admission fees every Tuesday, year round.
Museum of Science and Industry
Free Admission for Illinois residents:
January 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 and 28-31
February 4–7, 11–14, 19–21, 25–28
National Museum of Mexican Art (Pilsen)
Free admission daily, all year long.
The Oriental Institute Museum (Hyde Park)
Admission is free but there is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Lincoln Park)
Thursdays are free for Illinois residents but they are encouraged to make a donation upon entry.
Free admission for Illinois residents offered on the following days:
February 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-28
Swedish American Museum (Andersonville)
Free admission offered on the second Tuesday of every month.
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (Humboldt Park)
Admission and parking are free year-round
Chicago Cultural Center (Loop)
Admission is always free here. Plus, you can enjoy free building tours!