The museums in Chicago cover an endless variety of fascinating exhibits—obscure histories, landmark homes, and Impressionist painting collections. There’s nothing like stepping into the cavernous Field Museum entrance hall, wandering through the Modern Wing at the Art Institute, or admiring the Tiffany dome at the Cultural Center.
If you’re an Illinois resident there are a handful of days throughout the year when admission is free at a handful of the city’s museums. But even out-of-towners have options too, there are a number of institutions that are free all day, everyday such as the National Museum of Mexican Art or the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Take a look at the list of scheduled Illinois Resident Discount Days below and we’ll continually add dates as they are announced throughout 2019.
September 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
October 7-9, 14-16
November 8, 11
December 2-3, 7, 12-13
June 17, 18, 24, 25
September 3, 4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30
October 1, 2
Not all museums have Illinois Resident Discount Days, but the ones listed below have free admission regularly:
Every Thursday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. general admission is free for Illinois residents. Anyone under the age of 18 gets in for free too.
Free 45-minute tours at noon on Wednesdays year round.
Free all year round and guided tours Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. are free as well as the first Sunday of every month. Kids under the age of 15 are free.
Free entrance always and free on-the-spot tours too.
Every Tuesday from 12:30 to 9 p.m. admission is free except on January 2, January 9, December 18 and December 25. Other free days include Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, March 4 and July 4.
If you’re a member of the museum, or a member at DuSable Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art or the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture you can get in for free. As a member of the US Armed Services, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department or Illinois teachers, free admission is given too.
Free for anyone.
Every Tuesday admission is free for everyone. Military personnel also receive free admission.
Admission is free on Wednesdays.
Admission is waived for Illinois Residents on Tuesdays.
Admission is free for UIC faculty, students, and staff.
Free entrance all year long.
Free all the time.
Every Sunday is free while the museum is open from May to October. Children under 5 get in for free.
On Tuesdays admission is free for Illinois residents.
Free admission for all.
Bank of America cardholders receive one free admission on the first full weekend of every month.
Free admission everyday for anyone.
Free admission and parking.
Free admission year round for everyone.
Every second Tuesday of the month is free all year. Members and kids under 1 get in for free.