Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to spend a fortune in order to visit some of Chicago's best museums and cultural institutions. If you're willing to plan ahead, you can take in masterpieces at the Art Institute or gaze at tropical fish while strolling through Shedd Aquarium without spending a dime. You'll need to be an Illinois resident to take advantage of many of these offers, but that's one of the perks of living in Chicago.
Museums with free admission days
Illinois residents with ID receive discounted general admission each day, in recognition of the tax money used to support the Art Institute.
Admission is free for Ilinois residents on weekdays from January 5 to February 10.
Admission is free for Illinois residents every Thursday from 5–8pm.
Free admission every Tuesday.
Free everyday for active military personnel and their families, children 17 and under, Loyola University Chicago faculty and staff, Loyola students, members of the clergy and employees from other museums (all with valid ID).
Illinois Resident Discount Days offer free general admission for Illinois residents with ID.
January 5, 6, 12, 13, 18–20, 23–27.
February 2, 3, 9, 10, 13–17, 23, 24.
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16.
September 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29.
October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27.
November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24.