Free Museum Days in Chicago

The museums of Chicago have plenty to offer but a trip to the museum can get pricey with admission tickets, parking, and gift shops. Luckily many of Chicago's best museums offer free admission days! With proof of Illinois residency, on certain dates and times you can enjoy Chicago museums for free!

Find out all the details on the Chicago museums offering free admission this summer below to plan a fun (and free!) trip to the museum!

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum will be offering free admission on July 4th, August 18th-21st, 24th-27th, and 31st this summer.

Chicago History Museum is located on the corner of Clark Street and North Avenue at 1601 North Clark Street. Museum hours are 9:30 AM-4:30 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM-5 PM on Sundays. Chicago History Museum offers exhibitions and collections on Chicago and American history. 

Chicago Children's Museum

Every Thursday Chicago Children's Museum is free from 5 PM to 8 PM for everyone. The first Sunday in every month is also free admission at the Chicago Children's Museum for children ages 15 and under. 

Chicago Children's Museum is located at Navy Pier at 700 East Grand Avenue. There are three levels of interactive learning at the Chicago Children's Museum for the whole family to enjoy. Reserve your Chicago Children's Museum parking for your upcoming trip now.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian has free admission the first Friday of every month.

The museum is open from 10 AM-5 PM on Fridays, find out full schedule and hours here. The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is located in Evanston, a few miles outside of Chicago. This museum is one of the small handful of museums in the U.S. dedicated solely to the history and culture of the American Indian. 

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Every Tuesday is free admission for Illinois residents at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Museum of Contemporary Art also offers the longest hours on Tuesdays!

MCA Chicago is closed on Mondays then open 10 AM-8 PM on Tuesdays and 10 AM-5 PM Wednesday-Sunday.The Museum of Contemporary Art features exhibitions and collections of modern art in the heart of downtown Chicago. Reserve your Museum of Contemporary Art parking now to a guarantee yourself parking spot in downtown Chicago.

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago offers free admission to Illinois residents Thursdays from 5 PM-8 PM. 

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the most visited art museums in the world, featuring many notable works in its permanent collection. Located in Grant Park, parking near Art Institute of Chicago can be a challenge. Avoid the hassle by reserving a guaranteed parking spot before your visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. 

The Field Museum of Natural History

Free admission days this summer at The Field Museum of Natural History are August 11th, 12th, and 13th. 

The Field Museum is open 364 days a year from 9 AM-5 PM with the last daily admission at 4 PM. Check out the largest, most complete T Rex at The Field Museum along with many other natural history exhibitions. Reserve your Field Museum parking today for your trip!

The DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum of African American History has free admission every Sunday. The museum is open Sundays 12 PM to 5 PM, see full schedule and hours here.

DuSable Museum, located in Grant Park, is dedicated to the African American history, culture, and art. Find out more about their current exhibits here.

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

Free admission to the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is available every Sunday this summer. The bridgehouse is open Sunday 10 AM-5 PM, see full schedule and hours here.

Explore this historical Chicago landmark while getting a 360 degree view of the beautiful city and its river. McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum parking is available to guarantee a parking spot for your trip to the museum.

Finding parking anywhere in Chicago can be a hassle. Reserve your Chicago parking now for your next trip to the museum!


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