Illinois residents (even those of us five hours away) can get into several of Chicago’s amazing museums for FREE on select dates throughout the rest of the year according to an article on nbcchicago.com. All you need is your state ID or drivers licence!

Below are a list of the no-charge dates:


Adler Planetarium

September: 12 – 16
October: 10 (Columbus Day)
November: 11 (Veterans Day)
December: 3 – 9


Museum of Science + Industry

September: 12-16, 19-23, 26-30
October: 4-6
November: 3, 10
December: 1


Field Museum

September: 10, 17, 18, 19
October: 2, 16, 30, 31
November: 27
December: 3, 4, 18


Shedd Aquarium

September: 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
November:1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29


Art Institute of Chicago

Every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. throughout the year