FREE! Chicago: Museum Free Days 2011

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Thrifty Chicagoans know that we don’t have to pay top dollar to enjoy the city’s world-class museums. Check out these free entry days to take advantage of all Chicago has to offer!

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

January: 4, 5, 10-14, 18, 19, 24-27
February: 1, 2, 7-10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 28
March: 1-3, 8, 9, 15, 16

The Art Institute of Chicago

January: Weekdays (Mon-Fri), all day
February: 1–4, all day
Feb 10–May 26: Thursdays, 5-8 pm
June: 1 & 8, all day
July: 6 & 13, all day
August: 3 & 10, all day
September: 7 & 14, all day
October: 5 & 12, all day
November: 2 & 9, all day
December: 7 & 14, all day

Museum of Science & Industry

January: 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28, 31
February: 1, 8, 14, 15, 22
June: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9
September: 6–9, 12 –16, 19–23, 26–30
October: 31

Field Museum of Natural History

January: 3, 10, 11, 13, 18, 19, 24, 26, 31
February: 2, 3, 8, 9, 14, 15, 17
March: 14



Shedd Aquarium

January: 10, 11, 16-24, 25
Feb. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20-24, 28



Chicago Children’s Museum on Navy Pier

First Sunday of each month (children 15 & under)
Every Thursday, 5-8 pm



Museum of Contemporary Art

January: 4, 11, 18 & 25
February: 1, 8, 15 & 22
March: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
April: 5, 12, 19 & 26
May: 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
June: 7, 14, 21, & 28
July: 5, 12, 19 & 26
August: 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
September: 6, 13, 20 & 27



Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

January: 6, 13, 20 & 27
February: 3, 10, 17 & 24
March: 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
April: 7, 14, 21 & 28
May: 5, 12, 19 & 26
June: 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
July: 7, 14, 21 & 28
August: 4, 11, 18 & 25
September: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29



Chicago History Museum

June: 6, 13, 20 & 27
July: 11, 18 & 25
August: 23&24
September: 12-16, 19-23,26-30
October: 3-7,10-13



Clarke House Museum

January: 5, 12, 19 & 26
February: 2, 9, 16 & 23
March: 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
April: 6, 13, 20 & 27
May: 4, 11, 18 & 25
June: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
July: 6, 13, 20 & 27
August: 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
September: 7, 14, 21 & 28



Glessner House Museum

January: 5, 12, 19 & 26
February: 2, 9, 16 & 23
March: 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
April: 6, 13, 20 & 27
May: 4, 11, 18 & 25
June: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
July: 6, 13, 20 & 27
August: 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
September: 7, 14, 21 & 28



Hull House Museum
Free every day



National Museum of Mexican Art
Free every day


*Museum Free Days waive general admission fees. Some fees may still apply for specific exhibitions. Museum Free Day dates are subject to change without notice, based upon individual museums’ schedules. More dates later in the year will be posted as they become available.

Jackie Berkery

About Jackie Berkery

With a strong phobia of cubicles and those three little words (“nine to five”), I am thrilled to be working on UPchicago from the comforts of my own couch at three o’clock in the morning. I love to write. I love Chicago. Hello, dream job!

One Comment

  • Jan
    August 17, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks, Jackie! Useful & efficient.

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