Experience the Best of Chicago for Free

January 09, 2011

As a Chicago resident, how many of the city’s attractions do you frequent?

Well, lions and tigers and bears, oh my: Many of Chicago’s zoos and museums have set up free admission days so that you can experience a lot of what our fabulous city has to offer.

Check it out:

A bear playing with her cubBrookfield Zoo

Offering free general admission throughout January and February on:





Museum of Science and Industry

*January general admission is free on all weekdays

*General admission is also free on February 1, 8, 14, 15, 22

Shedd Aquarium

*General admission is free every day from January 16 through January 21

*General admission is also free every Monday and Tuesday in January

*Shedd members can bring extra guests for $5 through January and February

Sue at the Field Museum.

Sue at the Field Museum.

The Field Museum

Offering free basic admission days:

*January 10, 11, 13, 18, 19, 24, 26, 31

*February 2, 3, 8, 9, 14, 15, 17

Adler Planetarium

General admission is free:

*January 10-14, 18-19, 24-27

Art Institute of Chicago

*Free admission every weekday now through February 4, including until 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday

Chicago History Museum

*The museum is free on Mondays, including January 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Museum of Contemporary Art

The DuSable Museum of African American History.

The DuSable Museum.

*This museum is closed on Mondays, but offers free Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

DuSable Museum of African American History

*The museum offers free admission every Sunday of the year

Chicago’s Children’s Museum

*Located at Navy Pier, this children’s museum offers free admission on the first Sunday of every month for kids ages 15 and under, as well as free admission for everyone on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m.

Some top Chicago attractions that are free every day of the year:

*Chicago Architecture Foundation

*Chicago Cultural Center

*Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

*Lincoln Park Conservatory

*Lincoln Park Zoo

*Navy Pier

*Oriental Institute Museum

*Smart Museum of Art

So many options, one less excuse: Now you can experience all these attractions for free, so get out there and start enjoying Chicago!

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Katelynn Riordon
June 9th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Hi, this is Katelynn Riordon at the Chicago History Museum and I was looking at your website and it states that we have free Mondays. As of July 1, 2011 we will no longer have free Mondays. Here is a list of days that will be free through the end of the year.
List of free days after July 1st.
If you could change the listings on your website that would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Katelynn Riordon

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