Museums with free admission days
Free admission for children ages 3–9 on the first and third Saturday of each month. Free admission is always offered to members, as well as active and retired military personnel.
Free admission is always available for active, reserve and retired military personnel with proper ID.
Chicago Botanic Garden has free admission daily, though keep parking fees in mind ($25 per car, $10 senior citizens on Tuesdays, $30 per van, $65 per limousine, minibus, bus and RV). The Metra Union Pacific North line stops just outside the gates, which means you can avoid parking fees if you're up for a train ride.
Free Thursday evenings from 5–8pm.
The first Sunday of every month is free for children 15 and younger. Active and retired military personnel receive free admission every day.
Teachers, firefighters and police officers receive $5 admission every day.
EBT cardholders receive admission for up to six people for $3. Groups must have at least one child 15 years old or younger.
Free every Tuesday to Illinois residents between 12:30–7:30pm. Also free on holidays: January 16, February 20, March 4 and July 4.
Free for children 12 and younger daily, and Illinois residents enjoy free admission during Illinois Resident Discount Days.
Free to members of DuSable Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art and Institute for Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.
Admission is always free. Groups for guided tours must consist of five or more people.
Free admission every Wednesday and for children 5 years old and younger year-round. Tours are always free to members of the museum and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Free admission every Friday, year round. Active military personnel and children under 7 receive free admission daily. Parking is also free.
Free admission every Tuesday. Also 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).
Free admission daily. Free parking on weekends and after 4pm on weekdays.
Free on Sundays, free admission daily for Friends of the Chicago River members.
Free admission first Friday of each month, free for tribal members, free for military members from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Free every Tuesday for Illinois residents with ID year-round. Free for military personnel and veterans, members of police and fire departments and children 12 and under.
Free admission daily with a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children.