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Free Chicago Museum Days • Fall 2018

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Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive,
Chicago IL 60605
312-922-7827
Free Admission:

  • September 9-16
  • October 8, 21, 24, 25
  • November 11, 12, 14, 15
  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or debit card holders: September 1-2, October 6-7, November 3-4

Regular Prices:

  • General Admission: $12 for adults and $8 for children
  • Basic Pass: $24.95 for adult and $19.95 for children
  • All Access Pass: $34.95 for adults ans $29.95 for children
  • Any family that qualifies for state food assistance and is in possession of an EBT card (known in Illinois as a Link card) or a WIC ID, is eligible to participate. Eligible participants may receive a Basic Pass (which includes one show) for up to eight people at $1 per guest. Any guest who wishes to upgrade to an All Access Pass (unlimited shows) may do so for $5 per guest.
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
Lincoln Park Conservancy
2000 N Racine, Suite 4800
Chicago, IL 60614
Free daily
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600
Free Admission

  • Every Thursday evening from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm for Illinois residents
  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or debit card holders: September 1-2, October 6-7, November 3-4
  • LINK and WIC card holders receive free general admission
  • Children under 14 years old and Chicago teens under 18 are free

Regular Prices:

  • General Admission for Illinois residents is $22 for adults and $16 for seniors 65+
Brookfield Zoo
8400 West 31st Street,
Brookfield, IL 60513,
708-688-8000
Free Admission:

Regular Prices:

  • General admission is 21.95 for adults (save $1 per ticket by buying online), $15.95 for seniors 65+, $15.95 for kids 3-11
  • Parking is $14 per car
Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630)668-5161
Free daily

  • $5 parking ($2 parking after 4:00 pm)
  • Museums for All allows any visitor with a state-issued Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Link card or WIC card to enter the park for $1
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road,
Glencoe, IL 60022
847-835-5440
Free daily
$25 parking for cars, $30 for vans
Chicago Children’s Museum
Navy Pier
700 East Grand Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611
312-527-1000
Free Admission:

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

Regular Prices:

  • $14 for adults and kids 1+, $13 for seniors 65+, kids under 1 are free
  • EBT (LINK) or WIC card holders receive admission to the museum for up to 6 people for $3
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60614
(312)642-4600
Free Admission:

  • Every Tuesday beginning January 3, 2017, the Museum is free to Illinois residents 12:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Free admission for children 12 and under.
  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or debit card holders: September 1-2, October 6-7, November 3-4

Regular Prices:

  • $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65+ and students 13-22 years old
Cosley Zoo
1356 North Gary Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 630-665-5534
Free Admission:

  • Free daily for all Wheaton Park District residents and for children 17 and under
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place,
Chicago, IL 60637
773-947-0600
Free Admission:

  • Free admission every Tuesday
  • Free for kids under 5

Regular Prices:

  • $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $3 for kids 3-11.
Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive,
Chicago, IL 60605
312-922-9410
Free Admission:

  • September 15-17, 30
  • October 8, 21, 28, 31
  • November 11, 18

Regular Prices:

  • Basic Admission: $22 for adults, $19 for seniors, $15 fro kids 3-11
  • Discovery Pass: $29 for adults, $25 for seniors, $20 fro kids 3-11
  • All-Access Pass: $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, $24 fro kids 3-11
  • Illinois families with EBT (Link) or WIC cards receive $3 Basic admission per person for up to six people.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60624
312-746-5100
Free daily
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
2715 S. Main St.
Rockford, IL
(815) 965-8146
Free Admission:

  • First Tuesday of each month (although donations are appreciated)
Lincoln Park Conservatory
Lincoln Park Conservancy
2000 N Racine, Suite 4800
Chicago, IL 60614
Free daily
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60614
312-742-2000
Free daily
Lurie Garden at Millennium Park
201 East Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60602
Southeastern end of Millennium Park
Free daily
Morton Arboretum
4100 IL-53,
Lisle, IL 60532
630-968-0074
Free Admission:

  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or debit card holders: September 1-2, October 6-7, November 3-4
  • Any visitor with a state-issued EBT card (also known as a LINK card) or a valid WIC card is eligible for a special admission rate of $1. This rate can be extended to up to 8 individuals in the same vehicle
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-2660
Free Admission:

  • Free admission for Illinois residents every Tuesday.
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 South Lake Shore Drive,
Chicago, IL 60637
773-684-1414
Free Admission:

  • September 4–5, 9–12, 16–19, 23–26, 30
  • November 12
  • MSI offers free Museum Entry to individuals and families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card or a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) card, along with a photo ID. Each cardholder is entitled to free Museum Entry tickets for up to two adults and up to six children (under 18).

Regular Prices:

  • Basic Admission: $31.95 for adults,  $21.95 for kids 3-11
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art
Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive,
Evanston, IL 60208
847-491-4000
Free daily
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central Street,
Evanston, IL 60201
847-475-1030
Free daily
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street,
Chicago, IL 60608
312-738-1503
Free daily
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
3015 West Division Street,
Chicago IL 60622
773-486-8345
Free daily
National Veterans Art Museum
4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60641
312-326-0270
Free daily
Oak Park Conservatory
415 Lake St,
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 725-2300
Free daily
Donations are accepted ($2 per person is recommended)
Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
1155 East 58th Street,
Chicago, IL 60637
773-702-9514
Free daily
Donations are accepted
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive,
Chicago, IL 60614
773-755-5100
Free Admission:

  • Thursdays are free but donations are suggested

Regular Prices:

  • $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for kids 3-12, free for kids under 3
Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Drive,
Chicago, IL 60605
Free Admission:

  • September 4-30
  • October 3, 10
  • Shedd offers daily free admission to eligible low-income families (up to four passes per family). Participants can present their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card to redeem this special offer.
  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or debit card holders: September 2, October 7, November 4

Regular Prices:

  • General admission: Adult $39.95*, child (3-11) $29.95*
  • Chicago residents: Adult $19.95*, child (3-11) $14.95* A 50% discount!
Smart Museum of Art – University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60637
773-702-0200
Free daily
Swedish American Museum
5211 North Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60601
773-728-8111
Free Admission:

  • Second Tuesday of every month
The Grove
1421 Milwaukee Avenue,
Glenview, IL 60026
847-299-6096
Free daily
Wagner Farm
1510 Wagner Road,
Glenview, IL 60026
847-657-1506
Free daily



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