Free Chicago Museum Days 2015

The Mystery Shop loves museums and we are grateful for the rich cultural opportunities Chicago has to offer.

Visiting area museums make for some amazing learning opportunities and fun family adventure days, but with short attention spans and easily tired feet, it’s hard for a family to get their money’s worth on a full day admission.

Thankfully many local Chicago area museums offer free days for Illinois residents.

Free Museum Days
Free Museum Days

Here’s a list of 30 of Chicagoland’s best museums and the days they are available for FREE in 2015. Make sure to check any museum website before your visit for cancellations, to familiarize yourself with parking fees, and to make sure that you have the appropriate identification to qualify for free days.

Happy Free Chicago Museum Days 2015!

 

 

 

Most Popular & Museum Campus

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

January 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28*
*Check back at the Adler Planetarium website for additional 2015 dates as they are made available.

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

Free admission every Thursday 5PM-8PM for all visitors.
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

*2015 free days have not been made available at the time of this post, but they do publish discount days every year. Included link directs to their discount days page.

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

January 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30
March 2-6
April 22
May 21
June 1-5, 8
September 8-11, 14-18, 21-25, 28-30
October 5, 6

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

January 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
February 2, 3, 9, 10, 13, 14 , 15, 16, 17, 23, 24
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

Nature Museums, Farms & Zoos

Brookfield Zoo
8400 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513 | 708-688-8000
Zoo admission is free from January 1 – February 28, 2015, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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

Elawa Farms
1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Free daily admission, check website for programs and scheduling.

Emily Oaks Nature Center
4650 Brummel Street, Skokie, IL 60076 | 847-677-7001
Free daily admission, check website for programs and scheduling.

Gardens at Cantigny
1S151 South Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189 | 630-668-5161
Free daily admission, $5 parking.

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

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

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

The Grove
1421 Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview, IL | 847-299-6096
Free daily admission, check website for programs and scheduling.

Wagner Farm
1510 Wagner Road, Glenview, IL 60026 | 847-657-1506
Free daily admission, check website for programs and scheduling

History Museums

Cantigny Park Museums 
Robert McCormick Museum & First Division Museum
1S151 South Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189 | 630-668-5161
Free daily admission, $5 parking fee per car

Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

January 5-9, 12-15, 19-23, 26-30
February – every Monday through Friday
March 4
July 4
August 18-20, 24-27, 31
September 1-3

Clark House Museum
1827 South Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
Free on Wednesdays

Glessner House Museum
1800 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 | 312-326-1480
Free on Wednesdays

Illinois Holocaust Museum
9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077 | 847-967-4800
Free days for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or debit cardholders ONLY.

January 3-4
February 7-8
March 7-8
April 4-5
May 2-3
June 6-7
July 4-5
August 1-2
September 5-6
October 3-4
November 7-8
December 5-6

Art Museums

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 | 312-443-3600
Free admission every Thursday 5-8PM.

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

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

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

Smart Museum of Art – University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 | 773-702-0200
Free daily admission.

Ethnic Museums

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

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

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608 | 312-738-1503
Free daily admission.

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

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

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