A handful of museums in Chicago and the suburbs will open their doors to patrons free of charge for "Museum Day" on Sept. 26.
Thousands of museums across the country will participate in the Smithsonian magazine's "Museum Day Live!" by waiving admission costs and encouraging residents to take advantage of the museums around them.
In order to get into the participating museums for free, patrons must reserve a ticket online.
Participating Museums in Chicago:
Adler Planetarium — 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture — 6500 S. Pulaski Road
Chicago History Museum — 1601 N. Clark St.
Clarke House Museum — 1827 S. Indiana Ave.
DuSable Museum of African American History — 740 E. 56th Place
Gallery 400 — 400 S. Peoria St.
Glessner House Museum — 1800 S. Prairie Ave.
Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery — 100 W. Randolph St., #2
International Museum of Surgical Science — 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art — 756 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Loyola University Museum of Art — 820 N. Michigan Ave.
Museum of Contemporary Art — 220 E. Chicago Ave.
National Hellenic Museum — 333 S. Halsted St.
Smart Museum of Art — 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Swedish American Museum — 5211 N. Clark St.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum — 2430 N. Cannon Drive
Participating Museums in the Suburbs:
Aurora Regional Fire Museum — 53 N. Broadway in Aurora
Barrington History Museum — 212 W. Main St. in Barrington
DuPage County Historical Museum — 102 E. Wesley St. in Wheaton
Geneva History Museum — 113 S. 3rd St. in Geneva
Great Lakes Naval Museum — 610Farragut Ave. in Great Lakes
Illinois Holocaust and Education Center — 9603 Woods Drive in Skokie
Lake County Discovery Museum — 27277 N. Forest Preserve Road in Wauconda
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art — 220 S. Cottage Hill Ave. in Elmhurst
Mayslake Peabody Estate — 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook
SciTech Hands On Museum — 18 W. Benton St. in Aurora
Willowbrook Wildlife Center — 525 S. Park Blvd. in Glen Ellyn