Chicago’s largest museums are offering many free days to Illinois residents this month, with most of them following up with more free days in February.
The free days are the result of a revision of a state law regarding the Chicago Park District passed in 2011 that changed a requirement for 52 days of free admission a year to make admission free only to Illinois residents.
The Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry and Adler Planetarium all have numerous free days this month and in February. For example, the Art Institute is free to Illinois residents every weekday through Feb. 10, and the Shedd Aquarium has 10 free days in January and also in February. The Field Museum has eight free days this month.
The museums vary on how much visitors on free days must pay for special exhibits
The City of Chicago lists free days for most city museums on its Web site.
For years, the free admission law required a weekly free admission, but it was changed several years ago to 52 days a year. Several Chicago museums, including the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Chicago Children’s Museum, the DuSable Museum of African-American History and the Museum of Contemporary Art, still have weekly free days.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times