Chicago is just a short train ride away from Joliet, Illinois, where the Encounter is based. While many Illinois residents make Chicago visits during the warmer months or for special holidays, it’s possible to save money and beat the crowds by visiting the city during the off-season. It’s time to kick cabin fever and get out into the city! Read on for free and discounted opportunities in the Chicago area during February.
Free February 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29.
Art Institute of Chicago
Free for Illinois residents from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Children under 13 are always free.
Chicago Children’s Museum
Free 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays and the first Sunday of every month for children 15 and under. Free admission to children under 1 every day.
Chicago History Museum
Free Monday through Friday during the month of February.
The Field Museum
Free every day during the month of February.
Museum of Science and Industry
Free February 29.
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Free February 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Free on Thursdays for Illinois residents. Admission for children under the age of 3 is always free.
DuSable Museum of African American History
Free on Sundays with discounts always available to Chicago residents.
Loyola University Museum of Art
Admission free on Tuesdays.
Elmhurst Historical Museum
Admission always free.
Free admission through February on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
If all else fails, a trip to Millennium Park is always free, and so are souvenir selfies in front of The Bean! Take advantage of the lack of crowds and go adventuring for cheap!