Free Museums in Chicago in October 2016

Check out all the FREE MUSEUMS this month in October 2016 in Chicago, including  the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the MCA – Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and the Notebaert Nature Museum!.   This is your #1 resource for Free Museum Days in Chicago so here is the complete October 2016 schedule of free museums, with free days and free admissions!

Make sure to check out a number of FREE DAYS and FREE ADMISSION in October 2016 at Chicago area museums. Also, check out the freebies at Millennium Park, an extraordinary testament and home to world-class art, music, architecture and landscape design.  Take your kids to the Chicago Children’s Museum, with three floors of engaging and educational exhibits.   Enjoy one of the world’s greatest art collections at the Art Institute of Chicago, especially when free on Thursday evenings.




We love Chicago’s FREE museums, many of which host free days in October 2016!  There are free admission days in October 2016 at the Art Institute of Chicago,  the The National Museum of Mexican Art, Notebaert Nature Museum, the Adler Planetarium, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Children’s Museum!


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Out-of-state visitors may love visiting Chicago and continue to take advantage of great discounted admission offers in March 2016 that include special prices for seniors, children, educators, active-duty military personnel, museum members and others. Check individual museums’ websites for details. We also know that Chicago is home to a vital, vast and varied Theatre District where you can enjoy everything from traveling Broadway hits to outstanding spring plays from up and coming Chicago theater companies.


The Adler Planetarium: – October 10th  – – CLICK for more info

The Art Institute of Chicago EVERY Thursday Evening – October 6, 13, 20, 27 — Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5-8 2016

The Block Museum of Art in Evanston – Free Tuesdays to Sundays

Charnley-Persky House Museum – Free on October 5, 12, 19, 26 —  FREE guided tours are offered every Wednesday at 12 Noon. Tours are limited to 15 guests, first-come, first-served.

Chicago Children’s Museum – FREE for all visitors every Thursday, 5-8 pm. —October 6, 13, 20, 27 —  FREE on the first Sunday of each month (Oct 2) for children 15 and under.

Chicago History Museum – October 10-12  —  CLICK LINK for more info

Clarke House Museum – CHICAGO’S OLDEST HOUSE – October 5, 12, 19, 26

DuSable Museum of African American History – October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Field Museum – October: 2, 16, 30, 31- CLICK LINK for more info

Glessner House Museum: – October 5, 12, 19, 26




Jane Addams Hull House Museum – Free every day

Loyola University Museum of Art – October 4, 11, 18, 25

NEW — McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum – Sundays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Museum of Contemporary Art – October 4, 11, 18, 25

Museum of Science and Industry –   October 4-6 – CLICK for more info

Museum of Surgical ScienceOctober 4, 11, 18, 25

The National Museum of Mexican Art – Free Tuesdays to Sundays

The National Veterans Art Museum – Free Tuesdays to Saturdays

Notebaert Nature Museum -October 6, 13, 20, 27

Shedd Aquarium — October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 – CLICK for more info

Smart Museum of Art at University of Chicago – Free every day

Swedish American Museum – Second Tuesday is Free – October 11




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