Chicago Free Days
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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 a list of the programs and Chicago museums' free days for 2013. After the Chicago museums, we have listed the suburban museums.
Each of the headings for the individual programs and museums is a direct link to the museum's discount page or the program's description page so you can easily click thru to verify the free days. NOTE: It's always a good idea to double check by calling the museum first, just in case their policies change before their website is updated.
Blue Star Museum Program: The Blue Star Museum Program offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families. Visit the website for a list of participating museums.
Bank of America Museums on Us:
Holders of a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card can enjoy free admission to 150 museums nationwide on the first full weekend of every month.
In Chicago, this includes: Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago History Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Adler Planetarium.
Chicago Public Library's Great Kids Museums Passports:
A Great Kids Museum Passport is good for two adults and two children for general admission to certain Chicago museums. Adults may check out these free passes at Chicago Public Library branches with your Chicago Public Library Card.
Illinois residents can enjoy free general admission on Adler Discount Days.
2013 Discount Days:
June: 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, & 12
Free Thursday Evenings: Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day.
Children under 14 are always free.
Free First Sundays: First Sunday of each month, free admission for visitors 15 and under
Free Family Night: Thursday Evenings 5pm – 8pm, free admission for all visitors
Illinois Resident Discount Days:
Monday, February 4–Thursday, February 28
Monday, March 4
Admission for kids age 12 and under is always free.
Free for members of: Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum, and National Museum of Mexican Art.
Tours are FREE on Wednesdays (not applicable to groups of ten or more).
Free Sundays: Admission is FREE to all on each Sunday of the year. The museum also offers free admission rates (on school days) to all Chicago Public School students.
Children under 5 are free every day.
Illinois residents can enjoy free basic admission during The Field Museum Discount Days.
Upcoming discount days are:
Check back in May; the dates for the rest of the year have not yet been revealed.
Tours are FREE on Wednesdays (not applicable to groups of ten or more)
On the Shedd's Illinois Resident Discount Days, Illinois residents can enjoy free general admission.
2013 Illinois Resident Discount Days:
June: Mondays & Tuesdays: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
Check back for more; Shedd's website is not yet updated for rest of year.
Admission is FREE for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round.
Members of the military and children aged 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult) are free every day.
Family Days: Every second Saturday of the month, the MCA invites families to learn about the art of our time through hands-on art activities, scavenger hunts, Look & Learn stations, and more. Admission is FREE For families with children 12 and under. Activities are appropriate for all ages.
Children 12 and under eat FREE at Puck’s cafe at the MCA on Family Day with purchase of one adult entrée per child.
Illinois residents receive free general admission on these dates in 2013:
June: 3-7, 10
September: 9-13, 16-20, 22-27, 30
October: 1, 2
Free admission every day.
Thursdays: Illinois Residents can enjoy free admission.
Children 3 and under are free every day.
Plenty of free street parking along Cannon Drive.
Admission to the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration is included with Swedish American Museum admission.
Free admission: second Tuesday of every month.
FREE DAYS AT SUBURBAN MUSEUMS / ZOOS
Free Winter Admission Days:
General admission is free Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Thursday, Febuary 28.
Free admission is good only during normal zoo hours.
Free Admission for Military Personnel:
To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo's admission booths will be admitted free of charge.
2013 Family Free Days*:
*All visitors receive free admission, but the parking fee remains in effect.
Midwest Museum of Natural History
Tuesdays are FREE to the public; group rates still apply.
Children under 12 are always free.
Every Tuesday is Donation Day, which means there is no fixed admission price, but you can leave a donation if you like.
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