The Field Museum at Museum Campus on Nov. 19, 2021.

CHICAGO — The city’s renowned museums just got even better with free admission for Illinois residents.

With proof of residency, Illinoisians can visit some of the city’s most famous museums for free this fall. 

Chicago’s museums invite patrons to explore the city’s night sky at the Adler Planetarium, meet the new Spinosaurus at the Field Museum or take a walk in the ancient city of Pompeii at the Museum of Science and Industry. 

Tickets and booking are accessible through select museums’ websites. 

Here’s when to visit for free admission for Illinois residents:

Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

5-8 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 31.

Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr.

Every Wednesday after 4 p.m.

DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, 740 E. 56th Pl.


Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.

  • Sept. 5, 9, 12, 19, 26 
  • Oct.: 3, 9, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Nov.: 7, 10, 14, 28
  • Dec.: 5, 12

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.


Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive

  • Sept. 5, 6, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 20, 26 
  • Oct. 4, 5, 9
  • Nov. 1, 8

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in September and October. 

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