Chicago Museum Week

Chicago History Museum

When the temperature drops the deals get better, and there’s no better deal at the moment than Chicago Museum Week.

Chicago is the best city in the country for museums for two simple reasons: We have the best and most creative curators, and we need something to do when it’s cold outside. With the temperature starting to drop, Chicago Museum Week is the perfect time to take advantage and see the number one museum in the world, the first museum with two full-size planetarium dome theaters, a museum housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, and much more.

Below you’ll find a list of the 12 participating museums with highlights of must-see exhibits, special presentations, and discounts.

Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
25% off any admission package for Illinois residents until Oct. 23
Search for the new planet at Adler Planetarium’s “Planet Nine” exhibit. In addition, enjoy museum-wide scavenger hunt on Oct. 17.

Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Ave.
Free admission for Illinois residents Oct. 20 from 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Chicago and Illinois resident will receive $2 off admission during Museum Week
Every day from 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. families can drop in on the Ryan Learning Center for free art-making activities.

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St.
25% off admission Monday–Friday and 10% off admission Saturday–Sunday
20% off membership
Don’t miss the opening of the Chicago History Museum’s newest exhibit “Making Mainbocher: America’s First Couturier” on Oct. 22.

Dusable Museum of African American History

740 E. 56th Pl.
Up to 50% off admission
Enjoy half-price family membership
Enjoy special guided tours of the museum.

The Field Museum

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
$2 off admission for Illinois residents
Join The Field Museum on Oct. 20–23 for the WeDigBio event to help digitize the natural history collection and take part in a behind-the-scenes collections tour.

Lincoln Park Zoo

2400 N. Cannon Dr.
Free admission all year
20% off Fall Fest package
Fall Fest is a great way to welcome the season with a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay ride, and more seasonal fun.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

220 E. Chicago Ave.
Free admission for Illinois Residents Oct. 18
Save 10% on exlculsive MCA-branded merchandise
While exploring the museum don’t miss out on the Farmer’s Market on Oct. 18.

Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.
20% off admission for adults and children Monday–Friday
10% off admission for adults and children Saturday–Sunday
Don’t miss out on the Science Works Career Fair Oct. 15 and “MSI After Hours: Oddities and Curiosities” on Oct. 21.

National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W. 19th St.
Free admission all year
15% discount at the museum gift shop
The most anticipated exhibit every year from this museum is the one dedicated to the Day of the Dead. Celebrating it’s 30th year at the National Museum of Mexican Art, “#30 Día de los Muertos: Journey of the Soul” brings art from over 50 Mexican artists from both sides of the border.

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

3015 W. Division St.
Free admission all year
See the fusion of art and science relating to El Yunque at the “Poetic Science” exhibit.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 N. Cannon Dr.
20% off adult admission for Illinois residents
10% off at the gift shop
$15 off a 1-year family membership
$25 off a 2-year family membership
Suggested donation days for Illinois residents on Oct. 20
Don’t miss the Citizen Science Fair Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Shedd Aquarium

1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
25% off Shedd Pass admission for Illinois residents
Don’t miss the daily animal chats with sharks, belugas, sea lions, and penguins.

Chicago Museum Week runs Oct.23. For more information on the special deals and attractions the museums are offering visit

Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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