Musings of a Museum Fanatic: Chicago Museum Free Days 2020

1.13.2020

Chicago Museum Free Days 2020

2019 brings with it a whole new batch of museum free days!  Be sure to check out these two amazing programs for other ways to save and enjoy your favorite Museums for much less, Museums for All and Blue Star Museums. What new museum will you check out this year?




The Big 6 Chicago Museums


1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60605
312-922-7827
These are Illinois resident discount days


  • January 7-9, 20-22
  • February 4-6, 11-13, 17-20
  • March 9-12
  • April 20-23
  • May 10-16
  • June 2, 9, 16
  • August 22-23, 31
  • September 1-4
  • October 12-15
  • November 11, 17-19
  • December 4-6



111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603

312-443-3600
  • Chicago residents under the age of 18 can get into this museum for free any time. Children age 14 years and younger are always free.
  • Free admission every Thursday 5-8PM to Illinois residents


700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
312-527-1000
  • First Free Sunday - Free admission for visitors 15 and under on the first Sunday of each month




1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
312-922-9410

Illinois residents can enjoy free Basic admission on Field Museum Discount Days. On these Discount Days, Illinois residents may upgrade to a Discovery Pass for $16 or upgrade to an All-Access Pass for $23.
  • January 8,15,20,22,29
  • February 1-29



Museum of Science and Industry 
5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60637
773-684-1414

These are Illinois resident discount days
  • January 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
  • February 3-6, 10-13, 18-20, 24-27



Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60605
312-939-2438
  • January 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
  • February 3-6, 10-13, 18-20, 24-27


Art Museums

150 Cottage Hill Ave. Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

630-834-0202
  • Free admission the first Friday of the month


40 Arts Cir Dr, Evanston, IL 60208

847-491-4000

  • Free daily admission


DePaul Art Museum

935 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL 
  • Free daily admission


Design Museum Of Chicago

Expo 72, 72 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Free daily admission



1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

630-833-1616
  • Free admission every Wednesday



820 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
312-915-7600
  • Free admission every Tuesday




220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

312-280-2660
  • Free admission every Tuesday for Illinois residents


600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

  • Free daily, but is closed when Columbia College is closed. 



4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60641

312-326-0270
  • Free daily admission




5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

773-702-0200
  • Free daily admission


Ethnic Museums



740 East 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637
773-947-0600
  • Free admission every Tuesday



218 W. 26th St. Chicago, IL Chicago, IL 60616
  • Free daily admission



1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
312-738-1503
  • Free daily admission



3015 W. Division St. Chicago, IL 60622
  • Free daily admission



1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

773-702-9514
  • Free daily admission 


Schingoethe Center of Aurora University
1315 Prairie Street, Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-7843
  • Free daily admission 




5211 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60601

773-728-8111
  • Free admission every second Tuesday of the month



History Museums 


First Division Museum (at Cantigny)
1S151 South Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189
630-668-5161

  • Free daily admission to museums, $5 parking fee per car




1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

312-642-4600
Illinois resident discount days


  • The Museum is free to Illinois residents every Tuesday* from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Commemorative Days: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, March 4, and July 4. *Excludes December 17, December 24 and December 31.



3407 W. Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
  • Free daily admission



1827 South Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616

312-326-1480
  • Free daily admission


102 E. Wesley Street Wheaton, Illinois 60187
630-510-4941

  • Free daily admission


120 E. Park Ave.  Elmhurst, IL 60126
630-833-1457
  • Free daily admission




1800 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616

312-326-1480
  • Free to Illinois residents on Wednesdays



Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall
23 E Downer Place AuroraIL 60507
630-256-3400
  • Free admission when open



800 S. Halsted Chicago, IL 60607-7017
312-413-5353
  • Suggested donation of $5




1524 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60610

312-642-6502
  • January 13-17, 20-24 
  • February 3-7, 10-13, 17-21
  • November 30-4
  • December 7-11, 14-18



6418 N. Greenview Ave. Chicago, IL 60626

  • Admission is free every Thursday for those who are 18+. 


230 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60604

312-322-2400

    • Free daily admission 



    523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540

    630-420-6010
    • Free general admission for Naperville residents. Discounted rate during the winter season (November-March)


    2531 Sheridan Road Great Lakes, IL 60088 
    847-688-3154
    • Free daily admission 


    Pritzker Military Museum and Library
    104 S. Michigan Ave,Chicago, IL 60603
    312-374-9333

    • Days not announced yet. This will be updated as soon as they are shared. 



    American Toby Jug Museum


    910 Chicago Ave. Evanston, IL 60202
    • Free daily admission 



    Local Historical Societies & Museums

    These local historical institutions usually have free admission, suggested donation or an extremely low fee which will usually include a tour. Since a majority these institutions are run by volunteers be sure to check what their hours are since sometimes they will only be open certain days of the week to the public.




    Nature Museums, Farms & Zoos


    8400 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513
    708-688-8000

    • Every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday between January 1 and February 29, 2020, free admission for all guests




    1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022

    847-835-5440
    • Free daily admission, parking fees apply




    1S151 South Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189

    630-668-5161
    • Free daily admission, $5 parking




    300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60624

    312-746-5100
    • Free daily admission




    5700 College Road Lisle, IL 60532 

    630-829-6569
    • Free daily admission




    2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

    312-742-2000
    • Free daily admission





    2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

    773-755-5100
    • Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents




    1421 Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview, IL

    847-299-6096
    • Free daily admission




    1510 Wagner Road, Glenview, IL 60026

    847-657-1506
    • Free daily admission

    ***While this list is pretty comprehensive there are a number of museum's that don't advertise free/discounted days but you should definitely be sure to check them out as well because there are some amazing museums in the Chicago area***



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