Free and cheap things to do around Chicago Spring Break 2019. Chicago Public Schools are on Spring Break from Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, April 21, 2019.
Free Museum Days
Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600. Adult admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday evening from 5-8pm. Children ages 14-17, who are residents of the City of Chicago, are free on all days with a school ID, drivers license, report card or other document indicating that they are a resident of the City of Chicago. All children under age 14 are always free.
DePaul University Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-325-7506. Admission is free for all visitors year round.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Money Museum, 230 S. LaSalle Street, 312-322-2400. Free certified guide tour Monday-Friday 1PM.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St, (312) 742-2000. Always free. Open year round.
National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th St, 312-738-1503. Free admission daily.
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, 3015 West Division St., 773-486-8345. Free admission daily.
National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd floor, 312-326-0270. Free admission daily.
The Oriental Institute, 1155 E 58th St, 773-702-9520. Free admission daily with a suggested donation of $10 adult and $5 child.
Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200. Free admission daily.
Unfortunately there are no free museum days at the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Museum of Science and Industry. No free days at Brookfield Zoo either.
Monday, Friday and Saturday No free museums
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St., 312-642-4600. The Museum is free to Illinois residents every Tuesday from 12:30 to 9:00 p.m.
DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E 56th Pl., 773-947-0600. Admission is free to all on each Tuesday of the year.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312.642.6502. Admission is free for all visitors every Tuesday, year round.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660. Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round.
Charnley-Persky House Museum, 1365 N. Astor Street, 312-573-1365. Free tour on Wednesdays 12PM.
Clarke House Museum, 1827 S Indiana Ave., 312-326-1480. Free Public One-hour guided tours Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1pm and 2:30pm. Admission is free.
Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., (312) 326-1480. Tours are free on Wednesdays, year round (not applicable to groups of ten or more).
Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600. Adult admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday evening from 5-8pm.
Children ages 14-17, who are residents of the City of Chicago, are free on all days with a school ID, drivers license, report card or other document indicating that they are a resident of the City of Chicago. All children under age 14 are always free.
Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E Grand Ave, 312-527-1000. Thursday at 4-8 pm, families and groups of up to four people can access all CCM has to offer for $14.95. And if your crew is more than four, each extra person only pays $5.00 each.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, 773-755-5100. Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents year round.
Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E Grand Ave, 312-527-1000. First Sunday of each month free admission for visitors 15 and under.
McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum, 376 N Michigan Ave., 312-977-0227. Free on Sundays.
Other free and cheap things to do
- Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon If the ice melts on the skating ribbon – beginning March 28 the ribbon becomes a roller blade and scooter course.