Spring has arrived! (Someone please tell Mother Nature.)
Spring is about rebirth and renewal, so what better time to renew your love for Chicago and all the amazing things it has to offer? Visit an old favorite museum, or check out someplace brand new, and do it for less by visiting on a free day.
Most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply to general admission, not special exhibits or events.
Adler Planetarium – June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool – Free daily
Art Institute of Chicago – Every Thursday evening from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Brookfield Zoo – No free days in Spring 2016
Cantigny Park – Free admission daily; $5 parking on weekdays, $10 parking on weekends. Free parking on the first Wednesday of each month.
Chicago Botanic Garden – Free admission daily; $25 parking for cars on weekdays, $30 for cars on weekends and for vans any day
Chicago Children’s Museum – Every Thursday evening from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Chicago History Museum – July 4
Cosley Zoo – Free daily for all Wheaton Park District residents and for children 17 and under
DuSable Museum of African American History – Every Sunday
Field Museum – June 21, 22, 23
Garfield Park Conservatory – Free daily
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden (Rockford) – First Tuesday of each month (although donations are appreciated)
Lincoln Park Conservatory – Free daily
Lincoln Park Zoo – Free daily
Morton Arboretum – Discounted admission every Wednesday
Museum of Contemporary Art – Tuesdays
Museum of Science & Industry – June 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8
National Museum of Mexican Art – Free admission daily
Oak Park Conservatory – Free admission daily; donations are accepted ($2 per person is recommended)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Thursdays are free, but donations are suggested
Shedd Aquarium – June 6, 7, 13, 14
Swedish American Museum – Second Tuesday of every month
Chicago Public Library branches have passes to several different museums through the Kids Museum Passports that Chicago residents can check out for free. Residents of many suburbs can get free admission with the Museum Adventure Pass at their local library.