Free Museum Days – Chicago Residents
Looking for more exploration and adventure? Luckily for us, the Chicagoland area has plenty of places to see. Museums, parks and buildings all around us showcase the majestic architectural beauty this city truly has. If you want to see more beauty and learn more about this diverse city you can visit the following museums for their free-day specials. That’s right FREE!
1300 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
A place to really explore the stars in this unique dome-shaped museum has the following free days for Illinois residents in October. October 9, 25 – 27.
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
This is one of the country’s top art museums and must-see attractions in Chicago – the building itself is stunning, but the artwork is breathtaking. The Art Institute gives Illinois residents free admission 5 – 8 p.m. every Thursday and Chicago residents’ ages 14 – 17 at all times.
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022
Take a step outside the city and explore the beautiful nature walks at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Admission is free, but parking is a bit pricey at $25 a car. Visiting the gardens is definitely worth the trip, but take the Metra if you can and save a few more dollars.
Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Visit the vibrant museum of Chicago through photos, exhibits and the massive “Chicago: Crossroads of America” exhibit. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities and exhibits to explore here as well. Free every Tuesday to Illinois residents between 12:30 – 7:30 p.m. and free for children 12 and younger daily.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
Come to view a butterfly release at the beautiful Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This museum is a great kid-friendly place to teach the young ones about nature. Free admission for Illinois residents is every Thursday, kids under three are always free.