Free Museum Days in Chicago This Fall

As outside temperatures continue to drop and visitors start swinging by for the holidays, you might be looking for some new indoor activities. Luckily, Chicago has you covered! We’ve rounded up some of the best museums and things to do around the city this fall for free. That’s right, get inspired without breaking the bank. Let’s get started!

Visit the Adler Planetarium

If you’ve got extra space in your schedule on Wednesdays, swing by the Adler Planetarium. Every Wednesday between the hours of 4-10 pm, Adler is inviting Illinois Residents in for free. Check out the Adler Skywatch, walk through space and time, and watch real lab scientists at work. Plan your visit today by clicking here!

Field Museum

Have a dino-mite experience with SUE the t-rex and everything else under the sun at the Field Museum. This interactive museum is offering several free admission dates to Illinois residents throughout the next couple of weeks. Tickets are only available onsite and can’t be reserved in advance, so be sure to get there early. Visit the Field Museum November 8-9. 

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Educational Center

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Educational Center is home to a myriad of exhibitions meant to educate and inform visitors. Currently, on exhibition, you can see Zev & Shifra Karkomi exhibition, hear survivor stories from interactive holograms and learn about the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. Admission is free to everyone on the last Friday of every month.

Museum of Contemporary Art

If you’re feeling like a contemporary, this museum is for you! Walk through three floors of art exhibitions, grab a bite and check out the gift shop for some potentially very cool gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season. The museum is always free on Tuesdays, but also offers “pay-what-you-can” tickets if you choose walk-up admission. Learn more by clicking here

Design Museum of Chicago

Planning a perfect Chicago outing happens by design. That’s probably something you’ll learn at your free visit to the Design Museum of Chicago, anyway. Swing by the first-floor gallery space of Chicago’s Expo 72 Building to see at least their latest exhibition Free & Open Chicagostarting this November! 

Chicago Botanic Garden

Okay, this one isn’t totally indoors, so you might want to bring your jacket. But the Chicago Botanic Garden offers free admission dates to Illinois residents for a week both in November and December. Take some time to smell the roses Between November 7-13 or December 12-18 before it’s too late! Preregister today to grab your free tickets. 

Museum of Science and Industry

Quit feeling caught up in the metaphorical whirlwind and go experience the science behind a real one at the Museum of Science and Industry. From submarines to tornadoes and everything in between, this museum is sure to entertain all ages. Check out their latest exhibit, the world’s largest display of lego art, while it’s there. The Museum of Science and Industry is offering free admission on November 1 and 8 (and is always free to active military personnel and veterans, Chicago firefighters and police, and Illinois teachers). 

Go explore Chicago!

There are dozens of deals happening all around Chicagoland, this is only the start! If you’re looking for something to do this fall, be sure to check out all the great experiences the Second City has to offer. 

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