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Chicago Attractions and Museum Guide

Chicago has amazing museums with unbelievable artifacts including a 67 million year old T. rex, moon rocks, dolphins and one of the most extensive displays of rare art this side of the Louvre. Chicago's museums offer an unforgettable experience for visitors and are a proud symbol of cultural pride for locals. As an added bonus, many of these institutions offer free or discounted admission days.

The list below provides more specific information about special museum offers. Check back often for updated dates.

Please note: For many of the museums, you must be an Illinois resident and show proof of residency to take advantage of the free admission days. Dates are subject to change and may not include fees to view special exhibits. Visit individual museum websites for admission details, as well as policies for specific community members such as military personnel and local school groups.


Free general admission for Illinois residents on these upcoming 2013 dates:
June 4–6, 10–12


Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday evening from 5-8pm.

Additionally children under age 14 are always free and the public can enjoy the following museum areas free of charge:

  • The Ryan Education Center in the Modern Wing, as well as all programs for families and children within the center
  • The North and South Gardens (accessible from Michigan Avenue)
  • The Nichols Bridgeway connecting the museum to Millennium Park
  • The Bluhm Family Terrace on the 3rd floor of the west pavilion of the Modern Wing


Free general admission for Illinois residents on the following 2013 dates:
January 7–11, 14–18, 21–25, 28–31
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 4
April 22
May 6
June 3–7, 10
September 9–13, 16–20, 23–27, 30
October 1–2
November 4
December 9


Free general admission for Illinois residents on these upcoming 2013 dates:
January 7–8, 15–18, 22, 28, 30
February 4–8, 11–15, 19–22, 25–28
March 6–7


Free general admission for Illinois residents only on the following 2013 dates:
June: 3–4, 10–11, 17–18, 24–25

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