In Chicago, blizzards and museums go hand in hand. As the temperature drops outside, locals seek shelter among the dinosaurs at The Field Museum or beneath the stars at The Adler Planetarium.
With that in mind, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of the following free days (for Illinois residents only):
Before venturing out in the cold, visitors should ask if the museum’s “free day” covers admission to all exhibits. For instance, the Shedd Aquarium’s free day does not include admission to the Oceanarium, Wild Reef or Polar Play Zone.
Museums on free days can get pretty packed with field trips, tourists and locals. Try visiting toward the end of the day when most of the crowd has gone home. Instead of waiting in long lines, you can breeze through the museum in two hours or less.