Making the Most of Chicago’s Free Museum Days 2018

Making the Most of Chicago’s Free Museum Days 2018


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Chicago recently released their Free Museum Days schedule for 2018 – you might have seen our infographic posted on social media in early January. Not only does this give you and your family the chance to take advantage of some of the area’s most prominent attractions, but you can take advantage of some other discounts – and a few insider tips – to save even more.

The Free Museum Days 2018 Schedule

Locals and visitors alike can all use public transportation to reach any of the locations featured in Chicago’s Free Museum Days lineup, including:

  • Adler Planetarium: Adler Planetarium offers free admission during different periods throughout the year. While their dates in January have already passed, you can still take advantage of free admission on February 2 as well as February 5- 9 and 19 – 22. Additional dates include June 21, August 27 – 31, September 9 – 16, October 8, October 21, October 24 and 25, November 11-12 and 14-15 and December 1, 3-7 and 10.
  • The Art Institute: Although their Free Museum Days are limited to residents of the state of Illinois, The Art Institute maintains a regularly schedule that offers free admission every Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM.
  • Field Museum: The Field Museum offers free admission to locals and visitors alike on January 27-28, February 1-28 (all month long!) and June 20-22.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: Like The Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art‘s free admission is limited to Illinois residents. They offer free admission every Tuesday, so locals can coordinate their trips with The Art Institute.
  • Museum of Science and Industry: The Museum of Science and Industry offers free admission from January 22-25 and 29-31, February 1 as well as 5-8, 12-15, 20-22 and 26-27. Moving into spring, these dates include, March 14, June 4-7 and 11-12. In the latter months of 2018, the featured dates are September 4-6 as well as 10-13, 17-20 and 24-27 and November 12.

Now for the best part: most of the hottest attractions are easily accessible from the same neighborhoods we serve. This makes it easy to attend one of our open houses or take a tour of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Taking Advantage of Public Transportation

Depending on where you’re located in or around Chicago, there are several options for taking public transportation. Many of these utilize a combination of the CTA train and CTA bus lines. Not only does it get rid of any parking fees (lowering your costs even further), but these options have stops that are within walking distance to the same neighborhoods where you’ll find some of our latest projects.

  • Adler Planetarium: To access Adler Planetarium, take the Blue Line to Green. Take the 55th Street bus from there.
  • The Art Institute: The Art Institute is simple to access through the CTA. Simply take the Blue Line to the Monroe station. The Art Institute is within walking distance.
  • Field Museum / Museum of Science and Industry: Visitors to Field Museum will take the Red Line to Orange, Blue and Green. From there, catch the Museum Campus bus, #130, to the museum. Although this bus serves the Museum of Science and Industry, too, it’s only valid from mid-May through Labor Day. After that, take the #146 bus.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: The Museum of Contemporary Art is also easy to find. Take the Blue Line and look for the Chicago bus, #146, from there.

That’s all you need to know! Between free admission and no parking costs, you’re set to save a ton on your next outing into the city!

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