Free Museums

Free Admission on Thursdays at Notebaert Nature Museum

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, offers free admission every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.! One thousand butterflies of every color are there to greet you, as are informative exhibits, programs, discussions, and field trips that let you experience (rather than just read about) man’s connections to nature.

Free Blacksmithing Demonstration

Bring your family to the Kline Creek Farm and see a blacksmith show how people used to use a hammer and anvil to repair metal tools. Kline Creek klinecreekfarm1Farm is a drop-in time machine, a restored farmstead where demonstrators in period costumes show how a DuPage County farm worked in the 1890s.

Free Tours Each Weds at Glessner House

The Glessner House Museum, voted one of the top ten historical houses in America by CNNMoney, is now offering free tours each Wednesday. Allow yourself to travel back into a historically rich period of Chicago history by visiting the beautiful museum built in 1887 by the famous architect, Henry Hobson Richardson.

Art Institute: Thank God for Free Days

The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners approved a monster hike in admission fees to the Art Institute of Chicago yesterday, resulting in a 50 percent increase in adult admission fees and a 70 percent increase in student and senior citizen fees. Visitors can also enjoy free admission from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. every Thursday during Target Free Thursday Evenings. There are many such free visiting opportunities:

* One late evening per week (Thursdays after 5:00 p.m.) throughout the year
* Two late evenings per week (Thursdays and Fridays after 5:00 p.m.) during the summer (May 31 to August 31)
* The entire month of February
* The week of the opening of the Modern Wing, from May 16 to May 22, 2009