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Free days at museums and attractions in Chicago? Yes please.

Several museums and attractions in the Chicago area, including the Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum, have announced dozens of free admission days through summer 2024, and more to come.

Please note that Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is always free.

Here’s a complete list of free summer days at museums and attractions in and around Chicago.

Days off from the Art Institute

Illinois residents can visit the Art Institute Chicago for free on Thursday evenings from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, June 6 through September 26.

Free tickets can be reserved in advance, according to the Art Institute’s website. Parking fees may apply.

Admission is always free for Illinois preschool and secondary school teachers, artist educators who work in schools and homeschooling parents, the museum said. Admission is also free for active members, children under 14 and Chicago teens.

Adler Planetarium days off

The Adler Planetarium is free to Illinois residents every Wednesday evening from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

According to the museum, the Planetarium is always free for Illinois teachers.

Days off Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Gardens, located in the suburb of Glencoe, is offering the following days off through the end of 2024:

June: 11, 13, 19

July: 9, 11

August: 6, 8

September: 10, 12

October: 1, 2, 14

November: 4-8, 11, 12

December: 9-15

More information can be found here.

Days off Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum has announced the following days off for summer 2024:

June: 19, 23, 26, 29

July: 4, 17

August: 28

According to officials, the museum is always free to active Chicago police and firefighters, Illinois teachers, residents under 18 and all children under 12.

DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center free days

The museum offers free admission every Wednesday, but online reservations are required.

Free days in the Field Museum

Admission to the Field Museum on Wednesdays in 2024 will be free for Illinois residents, according to a news release.

These residents must provide proof of residency to receive free admission. These tickets are only available on site and cannot be reserved online, Field Museum officials said.

According to officials, other offers for children will also be available on the free admission days. Children between the ages of 2 and 6 can participate in PlayLab PlayDates every week. These activities are free and do not require prior registration.

The events include storytime sessions, science experiments and more.

More information can be found on the museum’s website.

Griffin Museum of Science and Industry

Illinois residents can get free admission to the museum, formerly known as the Museum of Science and Industry, on June 6 and 19.

More information about booking a ticket in advance can be found here.

Free days Museum of Contemporary Art

Illinois residents can visit the MCA every Tuesday for free. Additionally, the MCA is always free for visitors under the age of 18 and has a pay-what-you-can policy.

Shedd Aquarium days off

The Shedd Aquarium has the following days off for Illinois residents:

Tuesday evenings from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on June 4, 11, 18 and 25.

According to the museum, there is a $5 convenience fee per order for free day reservations made online. Tickets can be reserved by telephone at no extra cost.

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