Visiting Chicago can be expensive, especially when you come with the entire family. The expenses can really add up fast between luxe hotels and posh eateries. Even though Chicago has a great City Pass that helps you save up to 50% off the top five attractions, you can’t beat free. These no-pay-days usually run more often in the winter months and on special days in the summer.  Also, Illinois residents have special discounts during the year, so if you live in Chicago, be sure to flash your state ID.

Here is the list of the 2013 free entrance days (Discount Days) to museums in Chicago.

Field Museum
fieldmuseum.org
January 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 28, 30
February 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28

Museum of Science and Industry
msichicago.org
Illinois residents receive free general admission on the following dates:

January 7–11, 14–18, 21–25, 28–31
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 4
April 22
May 6
June 3–7, 10
September 9–13, 16–20, 23–27, 30
October 1, 2
November 4
December 9

Alder Planetarium
adlerplanetarium.org
January 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 28, 29, 30 and 31
February 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and 28
March 5 and 6
June 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 and 12
September 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25
October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30
November 5, 6, 12 and 13

The Art Institute Of Chicago
artic.edu/aic
Weekdays are free from January 7 through February 13, 2013.
Beginning February 14, admission is free for Illinois residents from 5–8pm.

Chicago Children’s Museum
smuseum.org
First Sunday of each month free admission for visitors 15 and under

About The Author

Henrique Kerch

I'm a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light. Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.

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