Free Admission to Chicago Museums – June, 2011

It is summertime in Chicago and there are so many  free things to do in Chicago in June 2011, including taking in one of our free museums! Are you visiting Chicago or jut a local looking for some free attractions or free museums? Why not check out one of the many free museums in Chicago in June 2011! There are a number of free admission days at the Chicago museums in June 2011 so make sure you mark your calendars for these terrific museums (click link at bottom for more info). Are there some we are missing? Leave a comment and we’ll add them!

The Adler Planetarium: – June 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

The Art Institute of Chicago NEW CHANGE! June 1 & 8, all day (FREE admission every first and second Wednesday monthly from June 1- Dec 31)

Charnley-Persky House Museum – Free noon tours on June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Chicago Children’s Museum – Every Thursday, 5 – 8 pm in June and First Sunday of each month for children 15 & under – (June 5)

Chicago History Museum – June 6, 13, 20 & 27

Clarke House Museum – CHICAGO’S OLDEST HOUSE – June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

DuSable Museum of African American Art – June 5, 12, 19 & 26

Field Museum June 6-10 (Summer Discount Days)

Glessner House Museum: – June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Loyola University Museum of Art – June 7, 14, 21, & 28

Museum of Contemporary Art – June 7, 14, 21, & 28

Museum of Science and Industry June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9

Museum of Surgical Science – Tuesdays in June

The National Museum of Mexican Art – Free Tuesdays to Sundays

Notebaert Nature Museum June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Shedd Aquarium – June 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Swedish American Museum – June 14


  1. I’m thinking you’re pretty awesome guys for compiling this info!

  2. Cassandria Carlson

    How neat this list is! It will give many people the opportunity to see the establishments! What a way to begin summer!

  3. What great info!!! Took advantage of it today!!! Thank you!!!

  4. Is it worth going on a free day or is it 10x’s busier?

  5. if you can’t afford to go when it’s not free, then it’s absolutely worth it to go on a free day!

  6. Karen, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of people there! My group consisted of 4 eight year olds and we had no problem keeping an eye on them!! (not normally an easy task!!) I will be visiting the Shedd next week for sure!

  7. It is worth it 100%. We went to the museum of science and industry yesterday and it was busy but not bad at all and did not have to stand in any long lines. Fun for the whole family!

  8. Awesome information. Thank you. My daughter and I will benefit greatly from this list.

  9. Why does the Shedd always give free days ONLY during the week?! It’s like people who still work, who aren’t teachers with the summer off don’t deserve a break on the OUTRAGEOUS admission price that makes it a non-choice. Otherwise- I love the list

  10. Thank You! Great info! Good Job Guys!

  11. for those of us who have jobs – it stays open later this week. it normally closes at 6pm.

    *Shedd will close at 8 p.m. on June 12, 13, 15, and 16.

  12. Teachers are free everyday, so I don’t believe the museums offer these free days solely for them. Instead, I think this is an offer made available to people who simply can’t afford to give their children the experience of a pricey, but worthwhile, experience of enjoying a Chicago museum. It’s really almost worth taking a day off to give your kids the experience- or send them with the sitter!

  13. What do you mean teachers are free? Any teacher? I am a teacher from Wisconsin, am I free? where am I free?

  14. I am a senior on low income, so many things to do are priced way out of my budget. But Thanks to you I can get to do some of the things around Chi town. Thanks again

  15. Arlene, if they had free admission at the Shedd on a weekend day, the place would be an absolute circus and no one could enjoy it. Think about all of the out of towners that come for a weekend trip, as well as the families that go because mom and dad work during the week. Also, you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Sorry it doesn’t fit your personal schedule, but posting on the Free things to do in Chicago isn’t going to help anything. If you want to complain, call the Shedd…

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