Chicago Museums and Zoos Where Kids and Teens Get Free – NBC Chicago

Chicago is full of world-class zoos, parks and museums – and you can take your kids to many of them for free. Here is where.

Adler Planetarium

Children under 3 enter for free. Tickets for children ages 3-11 are $24.

More information about Adler Planetarium tickets here.

Museum of American Writers

Children 12 and under are free. Tickets for ages 12+ start at $9.

More information on American Writers Museum tickets here.

Chicago Arts Club

Admission is free for all ages.

More information on visiting the Arts Club of Chicago here.

Chicago Art Institute

Admission is free for all children under 14 years old. Admission is also free for teens ages 14-17 who reside in Chicago. General admission tickets for teens ages 14-17 who don’t reside in Chicago start at $16.

More information on Art Institute tickets here.

Intuitive and raw art center

Tickets for 18 and under are free. Adult tickets start at $5.

More information on Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art tickets here.

Chicago Cultural Center

Admission is free for all ages.

More information on visiting the Chicago Cultural Center here.

Chicago History Museum

Admission is free for Illinois residents under the age of 18 and Illinois residents. Admission is also free for children under 12 who are not Illinois residents. Tickets for non-Illinois residents 13 and older start at $17.

More information on Chicago History Museum tickets here.

Chicago Maritime Museum

Children under 12 can visit for free, and student tickets start at $5.

More information on Chicago Maritime Museum tickets here.

Chicago Sports Museum

$6 for children 4 to 11 years old. Free for children under 3 years. Patrons of the adjacent restaurant Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch enjoy free admission with a minimum purchase.

More information on Chicago Sports Museum tickets here.

Chicago Design Museum

Free for all ages.

More information on visiting the Design Museum of Chicago here.

Driehaus Museum

Children 12 and under are free. Student tickets start at $10.

More information about Driehaus Museum tickets here.

DuSable Museum of African American History

Free admission for children 6 and under. Tickets for children ages 6-11 start at $4.

More information on DuSable Museum of African American History tickets here.

Field Museum

Admission is free for children under 3 years old. Admission is $11 for children ages 3-11 who reside in Chicago and $18 for residents of Illinois. Admission for out-of-state children starts at $20.

More information on Field Museum tickets here.

Garfield Park Conservatory

Admission is free for all ages, but online reservations are required.

More information on booking a time to visit Garfield Park Conservatory here.

Lincoln Zoological Park

Lincoln Park Zoo is free for all ages.

More information on getting Lincoln Park Zoo tickets here.

Mitchell Museum of American Indians

Children under are free. Tickets for children ages 3-17 are $5.

More information on the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian here.

Museum of Modern Art

Free admission for anyone 18 and under.

More information on Museum of Contemporary Art tickets here.

Museum of Science and Industry

Admission is free for children under 3 and $12.95 for children 3-11.

More information on Science Industry Museum tickets here.

National Museum of Mexican Art

Free for all ages.

More information on visiting the National Museum of Mexican Art here.

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

Admission is free for all ages.

More information on visiting the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture here.

Peggy Notebart Museum of Nature

Children under 3 enter the museum free of charge. Tickets for children over 6 start at $6.

More information on Peggy Notebart Nature Museum tickets here.

Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago

Children under 12 are free. Student admission starts at $5.

More information about the Ukrainian National Museum in Chicago here.

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