Men, probably commuters, walking along a platform next to a train, 1949

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We have listings for Chicago places that are always free or have at least one special free day monthly. View our list and map.

Thursday 9 AM–5 PM Suggested Fee
The opening of the new 6.35 acre Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Cannon Drive in 1999 heralded new opportunities to build on the Academy’s legacy of scientific inquiry, offering the public much more than dioramas and...
Sunday 12 PM–6 PM Suggested Fee
The Oriental Institute Museum is a world-renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The museum displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia,...
Sunday 10 AM–5 PM Suggested Fee
One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through...
Sunday 10 AM–6 PM Free
The Chicago Cultural Center is a landmark venue where the visual and performing arts are celebrated in more than 750 free concerts, exhibitions and programs each year. The Chicago Cultural Center, opened in 1893, is a...
2nd Mondays 9 AM–5 PM Suggested Fee
The Field Museum was incorporated in the State of Illinois on September 16, 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with its purpose the "accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects...
Sunday 12 PM–4 PM Suggested Fee
The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum serves as a dynamic memorial to social reformer Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and her colleagues whose work changed the lives of their...

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