Written By: Jessie White
With Autumn winds quickly approaching Chicago’s skies, locals and travelers alike begin to have an enhanced appreciation for the city’s awesome museum scene. Chicago is home to some of the most interactive and informative museums in the country and on select dates, Chicago residents can actually get into the museums by paying absolutely nada!
We’ve compiled a list of the best museums in Chicago and their free museum dates from September through the end of 2019. All you need is proof of residency and a healthy dose of curiosity to see some of the best exhibits of your life. So avoid the cold this fall and winter by checking out these amazing museums for absolutely free.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Year-round, Chicago residents can enjoy free admission to the Art Institute every Thursday evening from 5pm to 8 pm.
Hot tip: The Art Institute is always free for children and teens under 18 years old. The Art Institute is a great place to take the family because there’s something cool for everyone to see!
Every Wednesday until November 13th Chicago residents can enjoy this must-see attraction for no price at all.
The Adler Planetarium will have free admission for Chicago residents on these select dates through the end of 2019:
September: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th
October: 7th-9th and 14th-16th
November: 8th and 11th
December: 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 12th, and 13th
The Shedd Aquarium will have free admission for Chicago residents on these select dates through the end of 2019:
September: 3rd, 4th, 9th-11th, 16th-18th, 23rd-25th, and 30th
October: 1st and 2nd
Where to Stay?
The Willows Hotel
Located at the edge of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, accessible via Brown Line train
The City Suites Hotel
In the heart of Boystown, accessible by the Red Line.
The Majestic Hotel
Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, accessible via Red Line train
The Ivy Hotel
Located near the Magnificent Mile in Chicago’s Loop