Let's face it, life is better when some things are free. Trips to Chicago to check out museums? Always better when they're free.

The coolest part is, there are so many different museums that participate in free admission days!

The catch is, you must be an Illinois resident to get in for free. Not too hard to achieve... if you live here.

The entire list is here, but these are the dates I think are the most important.

Adler Planetarium

  • January 7-9, 20-22
    February 4-6, 11-13, 17-20
    March 9-12
    April 20-23
    May 10-16
    June 2, 9, 16
    August 22-23, 31
    September 1-4
    October 12-15
    November 11, 17-19
    December 4-6

The Field Museum

  • January 8, 15, 20, 22, 29
    February: Free every day

Museum of Science and Industry

  • January: 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
    February: 3-6, 10-13, 18-20, 24-27

Shedd Aquarium

  • January 16-20
    February 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28
    June 15, 16, 22, 23
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