Art Education Events

Free Chicago Museum Days 2016

Time-honored Museums

Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60605 | 312-922-7827

Free general admission for ILLINOIS residents
January 4-8, 11, 12, 15, 18-22, 25-29, February 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 | 312-443-3600

Free admission for ILLINOIS residents
Every Thursday 5-8PM.
Residents under 14 free everyday.

Chicago Children’s Museum
Navy Pier | 700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 | 312-527-1000

Free admission for ALL visitors every Thursday 5PM-8PM.
Free admission for visitors 15 AND UNDER on the first Sunday of each month.

Field Museum of Natural History
1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 | 312-922-9410

Free basic admission for ILLINOIS residents
January 3, 14, 18, 23, 24 February 1-29 (all month long)
Additional free days for 2016 to be announced in late spring.

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637 | 773-684-1414

Free museum entry for ILLINOIS residents
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

Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 

Free general admission for ILLINOIS residents
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

*First Full Weekend of every month: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or debit card holders
Eligible for ONE free general admission*


Nature, Farms & Zoos

Check websites for special programs and scheduling (some additional fees may apply).

Brookfield Zoo
8400 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513 | 708-688-8000

Free on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from January 1-February 28.
Admission to Hamill Family Play Zoo is free January 1-February 29.

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022 | 847-835-5440
Free daily admission for ALL, parking fees apply.

Elawa Farms
1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Free admission all days for all people: No entry fees.

Emily Oaks Nature Center
4650 Brummel Street, Skokie, IL 60076 | 847-677-7001
Free admission all days for all people: No entry fees.

Fischer Farm
16W680 Old Grand Ave., Bensenville, IL 60106 | 630-766-7015

Free for ALL
Wednesdays & Fridays 9AM-3PM
Thursdays 2-7PM
Saturdays 9AM-1PM

Gardens at Cantigny
1S151 South Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189 | 630-668-5161
Free daily admission for ALL, parking fees apply.

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60624 | 312-746-5100
Free daily admission for ALL, street parking available.

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614 | 312-742-2000
Free daily admission for ALL, parking fees apply.

Lurie Garden at Millennium Park
201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60602 | Southeastern end of Millennium Park
Free admission all days for all people: No entry fees.

Morton Arboretum
4100 ILLINOIS ROUTE 53, LISLE, IL 60532 | Phone: 630-968-0074
Thanksgiving and Christmas, Free admission
*The Morton Arboretum offers free general daily admission year-round to active-duty service men or women with a valid ID*

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614 | 773-755-5100
Thursdays are suggested donation days for ILLINOIS residents.

The Grove
1421 Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview, IL | 847-299-6096
Free admission all days for all people: No entry fees.

Wagner Farm
1510 Wagner Road, Glenview, IL 60026 | 847-657-1506
Free admission all days for all people: No entry fees.


Other Museums

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610 | 312-642-6502
Free for ALL on Tuesdays.

Money Museum [Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago]
230 South LaSalle St., Chicago, IL | 312-322-2400
Free daily admission for ALL (Mondays-Fridays except on Bank holidays)

History Museums

Cantigny Park Museums 
Robert McCormick Museum & First Division Museum
1S151 South Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189 | 630-668-5161
Free daily admission for ALL, parking fees apply.

Charnley Persky House
1365 N. Astor St., Chicago, IL 60610 | 312-573-1365
Free 45 minute tour on Wednesdays 12PM

Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614 

Free admission for ILLINOIS residents
January – Mon - Fri (all month, except January 13)
February – Mon - Fri (all month)

Free admission for children 12 & under.

Clark House Museum
1827 South Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Free for ALL
Viewing for groups of 5 or more by appointment only.
Guided tours offered Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 1PM & 3PM.

DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton, IL 60187 | 630-510-4941
Free for ALL during general hours, including the 3rd & 5th Saturday of the month for the running of the model train exhibit & the LEGO Exhibit on February 20-21.

Elmhurst Historical Museum
120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60302 | 630-833-1457
Free for ALL during general hours. Some nominal fees for additional programs.

Glessner House Museum
1800 South Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616 | 312-326-1480
Free for ALL on Wednesdays.

Illinois Holocaust Museum
9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077 | 847-967-4800
*First Full Weekend of every month: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or debit card holders
Eligible for ONE free general admission*

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
The University of Illinois at Chicago
800 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607
Free admission for ALL (suggested donation).

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
376 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 | 312-977-0227
Free admission on Sundays May through October.


Art Museums

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
Free admission all days for all people: No entry fees.

City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower
806 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Free admission all days for all people: No entry fees.

Ed Paschke Art Center
5415 W. Higgins Ave, Chicago, IL 60630 | 312-533-4911
Free admission all days for all people: No entry fees.

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
220 South Cottage Hill Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126 | 630-833-1616
Free admission for ALL every Friday.

Loyola University Museum of Art
820 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 | 312-915-7600
Free admission for ALL every Tuesday.

Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art
Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 | 847-491-4000
Free program admission for ALL.

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 | 312-280-2660
Free admission for ILLINOIS residents every Tuesday.

National Veterans Art Museum
4041 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641 | 312-326-0270
Free admission all days for all people: No entry fees.

The Renaissance Society – University of Chicago
5811 S. Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Free admission all days for all people: No entry fees.

Smart Museum of Art – University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60637 | 773-702-0200
Free admission all days for all people: No entry fees.


Cultural Museums

DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637 | 773-947-0600
Free admission for ALL every Sunday.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201 | 847-475-1030
Free admission for ALL every first Friday.

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608 | 312-738-1503
Free admission all days for all people: No entry fees.

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
3015 West Division St., Chicago IL 60622 | 773-486-8345
Free admission Tuesday-Saturday for ALL.

Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
1155 East 58th St., Chicago, IL 60637 | 773-702-9514
Free daily admission for ALL (suggested donation).

Swedish American Museum
5211 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60601 | 773-728-8111
Free admission for ALL every second Tuesday of the month.