Word on the street is these are the 10 best Chicago museums both residents and tourists flock to:
· Art Institute of Chicago
· Museum of Science and Industry
· The Field Museum
· Museum of Contemporary Art
· The Adler Planetarium
· The National Museum of Mexican Art
· DeSable Museum of African American History
· Chicago History Museum
· Smart Museum of Art
· The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Chicago Museums Open Late
Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean Chicago’s most fascinating cultural and scientific institutions hit the night light. We’ve compiled Chicago museums open late – some of which are suitable for the youngsters angling to deviate from the bedtime routine.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts “Tuesday on the Terrace” for visitors to saunter through their lovely sculpture garden or simply sit in the grass and listen to the musical offerings. Open until 8PM.
The Chicago’s Children’s Museum offers thrilling, hands-on exhibits for kids to enjoy throughout the day, however on Thursdays the museum is not only open until 8PM, it’s free after 5PM. Perhaps it’s time to encourage the littles to stay up late?
The Adler Planetarium sponsors a slumber party for kids ages 6-10 (PJ-clad parents are invited as well) for an evening of sky shows and telescope viewings.
Chicago Museums free dates
With a bit of planning, both tourists and residents can take advantage of the many Chicago museums’ free dates. Illinois residents have even more opportunities to enjoy free dates during the Illinois Resident Discount Days held throughout the year.
Here’s a list of which Chicago museums allow you to save some bucks. Some of these spectacular institutions are free daily to tourists and residents alike. Chicago museums free summer are also on offer, be sure to check each museum’s schedule for specific dates:
The Adler Planetarium honors Illinois Resident Discount Days throughout the year. Check it out.
The Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents on Thursdays from 5–8pm. For children under 14 and Chicago residents ages 14–17, the museum is free all day.
The Bronzeville Children's Museum offers free admission for children ages 3–9 on the first and third Saturday of each month.
The Chicago Botanic Garden offers free admission daily, however parking can get pricey at $25 bucks per car. However, the Metra Union Pacific North line stops just outside the gates.
The Chicago History Museum is free every Tuesday for Illinois residents between the hours of 12:30–7:30pm. The museum is also free on certain holidays. Check the website for specifics on which holidays. Children 12 and under are always admitted for free.
The DePaul Art Museum is free everyday.
The DuSable Museum of African American History is free on Tuesdays. Kids under the age of 5 also get in free daily.
The Field Museum honors Illinois Resident Days.
The Glessner House Museum offers free admission every Wednesday and free admission daily for children 5 years old and younger.
The Lincoln Park Zoo is free daily.
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is free the first Friday of each month.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is free every Tuesday for Illinois residents and free for children 12 and under daily.
The Museum of Science and Industry honors free Illinois resident days.
The National Museum of Mexican Art is free daily!
Did you notice Illinois residents get free access to Chicago museums on the regular?
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