• Abigail Blome

February free days in Chicago

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.

Adler Planetarium

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Free February 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29.

Art Institute of Chicago

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Free for Illinois residents from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Children under 13 are always free.

Chicago Children’s Museum

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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

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Free Monday through Friday during the month of February.

The Field Museum

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Free every day during the month of February.

Museum of Science and Industry

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Free February 29.

John G. Shedd Aquarium

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Free February 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Free on Thursdays for Illinois residents. Admission for children under the age of 3 is always free.

DuSable Museum of African American History

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Free on Sundays with discounts always available to Chicago residents.

Loyola University Museum of Art

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Admission free on Tuesdays.

Elmhurst Historical Museum

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Admission always free.

Brookfield Zoo

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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!

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