Chicagoans are a lucky bunch. We've got some of the best museums in the world right at our doorstep. Unfortunately, they can be pretty pricey. Fortunately, they also offer lots of free days. The Museum of Science & Industry frequently makes the must-see lists of things to do in Chicago, and from now until the end of the month you can see why -- for free!
The Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium are free next week and a few other days during the month, and the Field Museum has a variety of gratis days. Go on January 14 or 15 and you can visit the entire Museum Campus without paying a dime.
Some of our niche museums are always free. The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, a monument to the 1st Amendment, provides free admittance and promotes free speech. The Museum of Contemporary Photography and Jane Addams Hull House are also open to the public at no charge. Others, like the International Museum of Surgical Science, the Spertus Museum, and the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) are free on specific days and times every week.
See? Told you we were lucky.
For a complete listing of these free days, visit the 2009 Free Days at Chicago Museums guide.