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While Chicago is springing forward with warmer days, museums everywhere are giving us reason to get out of the house. Big names and lesser-known galleries alike are opening their doors to the public for a much-needed change of pace. Here’s the complete list of 2020 free museum days in Chicago this spring.
Throughout the year, Alder Planetarium host plenty of free museum days in Chicago for America’s first planetarium. Take note that this is only free for Illinois residents.
January 7-9, 20-22
February 4-6, 11-13, 17-20
June 2, 9, 16
August 22-23, 31
November 11, 17-19
Illinois residents can enjoy free admissions to this Chicago museum every Wednesday from 5 – 8 pm. Overall, children under 14, Chicago teens under 18, and Active duty military along with their family are given free access any day! Throw in cheap parking and you’ve got yourself a day to remember.
Brookfield Zoo is free to all every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout January and February.
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The Chicago Botanic Garden is always free.
This is a free museum in Chicago that does not charge admission fees for children under 15 on the first Sunday of every month, from 10 am – 5 pm. This museum is free every single day for Veterans and Active Duty Military Members.
Almost everything at the Chicago Cultural Center is free year-round, with the exception of few events.
Free admission all year-round.
The Chicago History Museum is free to Illinois residents every Tuesday, from 2 – 9 pm. They also host free museum days in Chicago on the following Commemorative Days: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, March 4, and July 4.
Free admission always for children under 18, members of the Chicago History Museum, all active-duty military and veterans, members of the Chicago Police Department, members of the Chicago Fire Department, Illinois teachers, Pre-Registered School Field Trips, Park Voyagers, and Kids Museum Passport Holders.
Clarke House Museum is free every day.
You can walk through this unique museum for free any day of the year, or give their suggested donation of $5.
The DePaul Art Museum is free every day.
Every Tuesday throughout the year, The DuSable Museum of African American History offers free admission to its Chicago museum. Children under 5 and DuSable members are also free.
Here are the current free days for Illinois residents at The Field Museum:
January 8, 15, 20, 22, 29
February: Free every day
Stay tuned for more free days this year!
Open every day of the week. Free every day of the week.
This hauntingly beautiful institution has full WEEKS of free admission. Don’t miss out:
Monday, January 13, 2020 – Friday, January 17, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020 – Friday, January 24, 2020
Monday, February 3, 2020 – Friday, February 7, 2020
Monday, February 10, 2020 – Thursday, February 13, 2020
Monday, February 17, 2020 – Friday, February 21, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020 – Friday, December 4, 2020
Monday, December 7, 2020 – Friday, December 11, 2020
Monday, December 14, 2020 – Friday, December 18, 2020
Free to everyone every day.
This museum is free every day, open Wednesday – Sunday.
Open seasonally from May through November, with free admission every Sunday.
The Museum of Contemporary Art provides free museum days in Chicago every single Tuesday for Illinois residents. Always free for those under 18, MCA members, or who are members of the military, police, or fire department. And here’s a secret: year-round general admission is suggested.
A well-hidden gem, well worth a visit, this Columbia College art museum is free year-round.
Illinois residents can enjoy free admission on the following days:
January: 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
February: 3-6, 10-13, 18-20, 24-27
Stay tuned for more free days this year!
The National Museum of Mexican Art is always free.
This museum is always free, open Tuesday – Friday from 10 am – 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm.
Free 365 days of the year, but a donation is suggested.
While Thursdays are technically free to Illinois residents, a suggested donation helps keep things running smoothly during 2020 museum free days.
The Shedd offers plenty of free days throughout the remainder of the year.
February 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28
June 15, 16, 22, 23
The Smart Museum of Art is always free. Currently closed for renovations until February 7, 2020.
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