Chicago has one of the best collections of museums and attractions on the planet. Visiting all of them can get a little costly, especially if you’re taking the family. So it’s understandable why free admission days generate quite a lot of hype!
Luckily for us, the wonderful variety of museums and attractions in the Windy City love to announce random free days throughout the year offering locals the chance to see some of the world’s most awe-inspiring wonders regularly, for absolutely zero cost.
Free admission days are somewhat of a rarity during the summer and fall months, however, when Chicago’s tourism industry is thriving but luckily for fans of Field Museum, the iconic museum is bringing back its frequent free midweek days this winter.
Starting Tuesday, January 10th, Illinois residents will be able to enter Chicago’s popular natural history museum completely free of charge on 16 Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays through to Tuesday, March 14th.
Predominantly landing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the museum will be free for Illinois Residents on both Monday, January 16th, and Monday, February 20th.
According to the Field Museum website, “tickets for Free Days are only available to Illinois residents onsite and cannot be reserved in advance. Please ask a Guest Relations staff member when you arrive at the museum and be ready to show your Illinois proof of residency.”
In addition to an Illinois identification card, the Field Museum has stated that the following are also accepted as valid ID:
- Illinois lease
- Illinois library card
- Illinois student ID with photo
- Illinois utility bill
- Illinois work ID or check stub
- Illinois driver’s license
Free admission includes all general admission exhibitions, such as Evolving Planet, The Ancient Americas, and Inside Ancient Egypt whilst All-Access passes and Discovery passes can be purchased for discounted prices for both adults and children.
Free days are on the following dates:
- January 10 (Tuesday)
- January 11 (Wednesday)
- January 16 (Monday)
- January 17 (Tuesday)
- January 18 (Wednesday)
- January 24 (Tuesday)
- January 25 (Wednesday)
- January 31 (Tuesday)
- February 1 (Wednesday)
- February 7 (Tuesday)
- February 8 (Wednesday)
- February 14 (Tuesday)
- February 15 (Wednesday)
- February 20 (Monday)
- March 7 (Tuesday)
- March 14 (Tuesday)
More information can be found on the Field Museum website.
[Featured Image courtesy of fieldmuseum.org]