Free Days at Chicago Museums in February

If you're on a budget but want to explore Chicago's museums you're in luck. February is chock-full of free days at Chicago's top museums. There's no charge for general admission so you only have to pay for any special exhibits.

If you’re on a budget but want to explore Chicago’s museums you’re in luck. February is chock-full of free days at Chicago’s top museums. There’s no charge for general admission so you only have to pay for any special exhibits.

Most of the museums are free for Illinois residents only, so be sure to bring your license or state ID!

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Free Chicago Museum Days in February

Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • Free weekdays through February 10
  • Thurday nights from 5pm to 8pm
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

The Arts Club of Chicago201 E Ontario St

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Always free

Brookfield Zoo8400 31st St, Brookfield

  • Neighborhood: West Suburbs
  • Free Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Always free for Military Personnel

Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E Grand Ave

  • Neighborhood: Streeterville
  • 1st Sunday of every month free admission for children 15 and under
  • Free Thursdays 5pm to 8pm for everyone

Chicago History Museum1601 N Clark St

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • February Every weekday
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

City Gallery806 N Michigan Ave

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile/Streeterville
  • Always free

DuSable Museum of African American History740 E 56th Pl

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Free on Sundays

Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • Every Day!
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

International Museum of Surgical Science1524 N Lake Shore Dr

  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Free on Tuesdays

Jane Addams Hull House Museum800 S Halsted St

  • Neighborhood: University Village
  • Always Free

Lincoln Park Zoo2200 N Cannon Dr

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Always Free

Loyola University Museum of Art820 N Michigan Ave

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays

Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston

  • Neighborhood: Evanston
  • Always Free

Museum of Contemporary Art220 E Chicago Ave

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays for Illinois residents

Museum of Contemporary Photography600 S Michigan Ave

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Always Free

Museum of Science & Industry5700 S Lake Shore Dr

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • February 29

National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th St

  • Neighborhood: Pilsen
  • Always free (donations accepted)

The Oriental Institute1155 E 58th St

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always free (donations accepted)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum2430 N Cannon Dr

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Free on Thursdays (donations suggested)

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago5811 S Ellis Ave

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always free

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29

Smart Museum Of Art5550 S Greenwood Ave

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always Free

Swedish American Museum, 5211 N Clark St

  • Neighborhood: Andersonville
  • Free on second Tuesday of every month

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Photo credit: Nick Ulivieri

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