Museum Free Days | Some Chicago museusms offer free days

June 19, 2012 8:10:55 AM PDT
Some of Chicago's most popular museums offer free admission on designated days during a certain part of the year. Free admission does not necessarily include entrance into the special exhibits.

Here's a list of those free days, but they can change, so make sure to check it out before heading to the museum.

Always Free:

CenterSpace Gallery at Gallery 37
66 E. Randolph Street

Gallery visits available by appointment

Gallery 37
(312) 744-8925

Chicago Architecture Center
224 S. Michigan Avenue

Hours vary depending on tour.

Chicago Architecture Center

(312) 922-3432

Chicago Beaches and Parks
Various locations

chicagoparkdistrict.com

(312) 742-PLAY (7529)

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street

Hours: Monday - Thursday 8am - 7pm

Friday 8am - 6pm

Saturday 9am - 6pm

Sunday 10am- 6pm

Chicago Cultural Center

(312) 744-6630

Chicago Tourism Center
72 E. Randolph Street

Chicago Office of Tourism

(312) 744-6630

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower
806 N. Michigan Avenue

City Gallery At The Water Tower

(312) 742-0808

Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street

Various hours for vavrious locations

Chicago Public Library

(312) 747-4300

DePaul University Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton

Hours:Monday - Thursday 11am - 5pm

Friday 11am - 7pm

Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 5pm

DePaul University Art Museum

(773) 325-7506

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Avenue

Daily Hours: 9am - 5pm

Wednesday 9am - 8pm

Garfield Park Conservatory

(312) 746-5100

Jane Addams Hull House
800 S. Halsted Street

Hours:Closed Monday

Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Closed Saturday

Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Jane Addams Hull House

(312)413-5353

Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N. Stockton Drive

Hours:Daily 9am - 5pm

Lincoln Park Conservatory

(312)742-7736

Lincoln Park Zoo
2200 N. Cannon Drive

Open 365 days a year and is free every day

Hours:Memorial Day - Labor Day

Weekdays 10am - 5pm

Weekends 10am - 6:30pm

Lincoln Park Zoo

(312) 742-2000

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th Street

Hours:Closed Mondays

Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

National Museum of Mexican Art

(312) 738-1503

Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Avenue

Hours:Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Thursday 10am - 8pm

Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Closed: When Colombia College Chicago is closed, including all major holidays.

Museum of Contemporary Photography

(312)663-5554

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Avenue

Current Summer Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10am - 10pm

Friday & Saturday 10am - Midnight

Open year-around (hours vary depending on the season)

Navy Pier

(312) 595-PIER (7437)

Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street

Exhibition Gallery Hours:Monday 8:15am - 5pm

Tuesday- Thursday 8:15am - 7:30pm

Friday & Saturday 8:15am - 5pm

Sunday Closed

newberry.org

(312) 943-9090

The Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago
1155 E. 58th Street

Hours:Closed Monday

Tuesday 10am - 6pm

Wednesday 10am - 8:30pm

Thursday - Saturday10am - 6pm

Sunday 12pm - 6pm

The Oriental Institute Museum

(773) 702.9514

The Renaissance Society of University of Chicago
5811 S. Ellis Avenue

Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418

Hours:Closed Monday

Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 5pm

The Renaissance Society of University of Chicago (773) 702-8670

The Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue

Summer Hours:Monday Closed

Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

smartmuseum.uchicago.edu

(773) 702-0200

The Smith Museum of Stained Glass
Navy Pier

700 E. Grand Avenue

Hours:Sunday - Thursday 10am - 8pm

Friday and Saturday 10am - 10pm

The Smith Museum of Stained Glass

(312) 791-6049

Occasional Free Days Offered:

The Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Drive

Summer Hours:Everyday 9:30am - 6:00pm

Third Thursdays (21+ Adler After Dark)

Adler Planetarium

Complimentary General Admission days

(312) 922-STAR (7827)

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Avenue

Hours:Monday - Wednesday 10:30am - 5:00pm

Thursday 10:30am - 8:00pm

Friday - Sunday 10:30am - 5:00pm

The Art Institute of Chicago

Free Family Wednesdays

Free to Illinois residents the first and second Wednesday of every month.

Chicago Children's Museum
700 E. Grand Avenue

Hours:Open daily 10am - 5pm

Summer Hours: Sunday - Wednesday 10am - 6pm (Sunday open at 9am for Members)

Thursday - Saturday 10am - 8pm (Friday opens at 9am for Members)

Target Free First Sunday (First Sunday of every month free admission all day for ages 15 and under)

Kraft Free Family Night (Thursday evenings 5pm-8pm free admission for everyone)

Chicago Children's Museum

(312)527-1000

Chicago Historical Society
1601 N. Clark Street

Hours:Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm

Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Illinois residents can enjoy free admission to the museum during Illinois Resident Discount Days. Discount Days at the Museum from July 2012 to June 2013.

(312) 642-4600

Clark House Museum
1827 S. Indiana Avenue

Hours:Wednesday - Sunday 12pm - 2pm

Free tours on Wednesdays(not applicable to groups of ten or more).

(312) 326-1480

DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Place

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Sunday 12pm - 5pm

DuSable Museum of African American History

Free on Sundays

(773) 947-0600

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive

Hours: 9am - 5pm (everyday except Christmas)

The Field Museum

Illinois residents can enjoy complimentary basic admission duringThe Field Museum Discount Days

(312) 922-9410

Glessner House Museum
1800 S. Prairie Avenue

Tour Hours: Wednesday - Sunday1pm and 3pm

Glessner House Museum

Free on Wednesdays

(312) 326-1480

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N. Lakeshore Drive

Hours:Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10 am to 4 pm

Wednesday: 10 am to 4 pm

Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm

Friday: 10 am to 4 pm

Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

International Museum of Surgical Science

Tuesdays are free.

(312) 642-6502

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Avenue

Hours: Closed Mondays

Tuesday 10am - 8pm

Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

mcachicago.org

Admission is free for IL residents on Tuesdays, year round.

(312) 280-2660

Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive

Open Daily: 9:30am - 5:30pm (extended hours through September 3)

Museum of Science and Industry

List of Free Days

(773) 684-1414

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive

Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Saturday and Sunday10am - 5 pm

Nature Museum

Thursday Illinois residents can enjoy free admission

(773)755-5100

The Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lakeshore Drive

312.939.2438

www.sheddaquarium.org/

Shedd Discount days
2012 Illinois Resident Discount Days
January: 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
February: 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28
June: 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
September: 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
October: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
November: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
610 S. Michigan Avenue

312-322-1700

spertus.edu

Sunday-Thursday 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Fridays and Saturdays.
Exhibits are free. Program and performance prices vary. Check website for schedule.

Swedish American Museum
and Children's Museum of Immigration

5211 N. Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60640

773.728.8111

samac.org

Second Tuesday of every month

No Free Days:

Museum of Broadcast Communications
78 E. Washington Street

312.629.6000

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