Free in Chicago

Text-version list of non-mandatory fee hours in Chicago. See this list with a map.

If there is a fee listed in the Fee column, it means that the establishment has a suggested donation, with varying degrees of making you feel sheepish for not giving at least something.

Special Free Days (Monthly)

Name Category Address Fee Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
Chicago Children's Museum Children 700 E Grand Avenue
Chicago, 60611
(312) 527-1000
$12.00 1st
10–5
Field Museum of Natural History Museum 1400 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, 60605
(312) 922-9410
$15.00 2nd
9–5

Special Free Days (Weekly)

Name Category Address Fee Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
Art Institute of Chicago Museum 111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, 60603
(312) 443-3600
$18.00 5–8
Chicago Children's Museum Children 700 E Grand Avenue
Chicago, 60611
(312) 527-1000
$12.00 10A–8P
Chicago History Museum Museum 1601 N Clark Street
Chicago, 60614
(312) 642-4600
$14.00 9:30–4:30
DuSable Museum of African American History Museum 740 E 56th Pl
Chicago, 60637
(773) 947-0600
$10.00 12–5
Glessner House Museum Museum 1800 S. Prairie Avenue
Chicago, 60616
(312) 326-1480
$10.00 1–3
Loyola University Museum of Art Museum 820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, 60611
(312) 915-7600
$6.00 11A–8P
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr
Chicago, 60614
(773) 755-5100
$9.00 9–5

Always Free or Suggested Fee

Name Category Address Fee Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
ArchiCenter Museum 224 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, 60604
(312) 922-3432
9A–6:30P 9:30A–6:30P 9:30A–6:30P 9:30A–6:30P 9:30A–6:30P 9A–6:30P 9A–6:30P
Chicago Cultural Center Expo 78 E Washington Street
Chicago, 60602
(312) 744-6630
10–6 8A–7P 8A–7P 8A–7P 8A–7P 8A–6P 9A–6P
Jane Addams Hull House Museum Museum 800 S Halsted Street
Chicago, 60607
(312) 413-5353
$5.00 12–4 10–4 10–4 10–4 10–4
Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago Museum 220 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, 60611
(312) 280-2660
$12.00 10–5 10A–8P 10–5 10–5 10–5 10–5
Museum Of Contemporary Photography Museum 600 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, 60605
(312) 663-5554
12–5 10–5 10–5 10–5 10A–8P 10–5 10–5
National Museum of Mexican Art Museum 1852 W 19th Street
Chicago, 60608
(312) 738-1503
10–5 10–5 10–5 10–5 10–5 10–5
Oriental Institute Museum Museum 1155 E 58th Street
Chicago, 60607
(773) 702-9514
$7.00 12–6 10–6 10A–8:30P 10–6 10–6 10–6
Smart Museum of Art Museum 5550 S Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, 60637
(773) 702-0200
11–5 10–4 10–4 10A–8P 10–4 11–5
Smith Museum of Stained Glass Museum 800 E Grand Avenue
Chicago, 60610
(312) 595-7437
10A–8P 10A–8P 10A–8P 10A–8P 10A–8P 10A–10P 10A–10P
Spertus Institute Museum 610 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, 60605
(312) 322-1700
10–5 10–5 10–5 10–5 10–5