Free Museum Days

04/18/2017 by


Free Museum Days In Chicago And Suburbs

Parents won't need to empty their wallets if they visit Chicago area museums / cultural institutions on one of the many free days offered. Below you'll find an alphabetical list of the programs and Chicago museums' free days for 2017. Note that many of these free admission days are for Illinois residents only. After the Chicago museums, we have listed the suburban museums followed by a few free museum admission programs.



Adler Planetarium

Free Days For Illinois Residents 2017:

June 5–9

Art Institute Of Chicago

Admission to the Art Insitute of Chicago is FREE to Illinois residents every Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Free Winter Weekdays:  Illinois residents enjoy free admission every weekday January 9 - February 16, 2017.

Children under 14 are always free, as are teen (14-17) residents of Chicago.

Bridgehouse Chicago River Museum

Free admission every Sunday.  The Museum is open seasonally, May - October.

Chicago Children's Museum

First Sunday of Each Month: Free admission for kids 15 and under.

Free Family Night: Thursdays 5pm – 8pm, free admission for all

Chicago History Museum

2017:  Beginning January 3, 2017, the Museum is FREE to Illinois residents every Tuesday 12:30-7:30 PM and on these Commemorative Days:

  July 4

  Admission For Kids Age 12 And Under Is Always Free.

Clarke House Museum

Tours are FREE on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm.

DuSable Museum Of African American History

Free every Tuesday

The museum also offers free admission rates (on school days) to all Chicago Public School students.

Children under 5 are free every day.

Field Museum

2017 Illinois Resident Discount Days:

June 21-23, 2017


Glessner House Museum

Tours are FREE on Wednesdays (not applicable to groups of ten or more).

Shedd Aquarium

FREE general admission for Illinois Residents 2017:


June 5-6, 12-13, 2017
August 28, 29, 2017
September 5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 2017
October 2, 3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-26, 30-31, 2017
November 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 2017

Museum Of Contemporary Art

Admission is FREE for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round.

Members of the military and kids 12 & under are free every day.

Family Days: NOTE:  This program is on hiatus as the building is redesigned, and will resume in the fall of 2017.  The Museum will continue to be FREE to families on the second Saturday of the month, 11am - 3pm.  

Museum Of Science And Industry

Illinois Residents Free Admission Days in 2017:

June 5-9, 12, 2017

September 5-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29, 2017

October 2-5, 2017


National Museum Of Mexican Art

Free admission every day.


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Every Thursday: Illinois Residents can enjoy free admission.

Children 3 and under are free every day.


Swedish American Museum / Brunk Children's Museum Of Immigration

Admission to the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration is included with Swedish American Museum admission.
Free admission in 2016: second Tuesday of every month, year round.


Blackberry Farm

Family Fun Days means free admission for Illinois families to enjoy all amenities without cost, including all interpretive stations, museums and rides.

2017 Family Fun Days:

May 10 & 24, 2017

June 7 & 21, 2017

July 6, 2017

August 9, 2017


Brookfield Zoo Free Admission Days

Free Admission for Military Personnel daily.



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