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for compiling this list for us suburbanites! 

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ADler Planetarium

Throughout the year, Alder Planetarium host plenty of free days for America’s first planetarium. Take note that this is only free for Illinois residents.

June: 3-5, 10-13
September: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
October: 7-9, 14-16
November: 8, 11

December: 2-3, 7, 12-13


Art institute of chicago

Illinois residents can enjoy free admissions every Thursday from 5 – 8 pm.


Overall, children under 14, Chicago teens under 18, and active duty military along with their family are given free access any day!


brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo is free to all every Tuesday and Thursday in October, November and December!

KIDS FREE DAYS are August 5, 6, 7, 2019!  This means children 11 and under get in free!


Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is always free.  Parking, though, costs $25.


Chicago Children's Museum

Similarly to the Art Institute, Chicago Children’s Museum is free on the first Sunday of every month, from 10 am – 5 pm.


Free admission all day for children under 15 and for Veterans and Active Duty Military. 


the field museum

Here are all the free days for The Field Museum (must present Illinois ID or license)

EVERY Wednesday from August 14 through November 13, 2019


Lincoln Park Zoo



Museum of COntemporary Art

MCA is free to Illinois residents EVERY TUESDAY year-round. Free for those under 18, or who are members of the military, police, or fire department. 


Museum of Science and Industry

Illinois residents can enjoy free admission on the following days:

June 3 - 5


The Shedd Aquarium

Guests who present a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit, or debit card, along with photo identification, will receive one free admission on site on the Sunday of the first full weekend of each month (excludes summer months).

September 8
October 6
November 3
December 8


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