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Free days at Chicago museums for June 2013

Adler Planetarium overlooking Chicago skyline
Adler Planetarium overlooking Chicago skylineAdler Planetarium

The kids are out school, and Chicago’s museums offer a great chance to share some quality time with the family. Even better; most of the museums have some free days during the month of June (some for Illinois residents only, some for everyone). Parking and special exhibits are extra, and always check museums’ websites for changes in hours on and around holidays. Here are the free admission days for June.

Adler Planetarium. Free for Illinois residents Monday, June 10, Tuesdays, June 4 and 11, Wednesday, June 5 and 12, and Thursday, June 6; free for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2 (must show card and photo ID; valid for cardholder only). Open Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 1300 South Lake Shore Drive • Chicago IL 60605 • 312-922-STAR (7827).

Art Institute of Chicago. Free for Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00-8:00 p.m.; free every day for children 14 and younger; free for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2 (must show card and photo ID; valid for cardholder only). Open every day 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Thurs. until 8 p.m.). 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. 312-443-0849.

Chicago Children’s Museum. Free for everyone every Thursday (5-8 p.m. only); free for ages 15 and under Sunday, June 2. Open every day 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Thurs. until 8 p.m.). Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. 312-527-1000.

Chicago History Museum. Free for ages 12 and under; free for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2 (must show card and photo ID; valid for cardholder only). Open Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. 1601 North Clark Street (Clark & North Ave). 312-642-4600.

DuSable Museum of African American History. Free for everyone every Sunday. Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. 740 East 56th Place (corner of 57th & Cottage Grove), Chicago. 773-947-0600.

Field Museum. Free for Illinois residents Monday, June 3, Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6. Open every day 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. 312-922-9410.

International Museum of Surgical Science. Free for everyone every Tuesday. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago. 312-642-6502.

Jane Adams Hull-House Museum. Free for everyone every day ($5 suggested donation). Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m. 800 S. Halsted St. at the University of Illinois-Chicago. 312-413-5353.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Free for Illinois residents every Tuesday; free every day for active members of the military and children 12 and younger (accompanied by an adult); free for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2 (must show card and photo ID; valid for cardholder only). Open Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues. until 8 p.m.). 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago. 312-280-2660.

Museum of Contemporary Photography. Free for everyone every day. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Thurs. 8 p.m.), Sun. 12-5 p.m. (closed when Columbia College is closed). 600 S. Michigan Ave. at Columbia College, Chicago. 312-663-5554.

Museum of Science and Industry. Free for Illinois residents Monday-Friday, June 3-7 and Monday, June 10. Open Mon.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. 773-684-1414.

National Museum of Mexican Art. Free for everyone every day. Open Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago. 312-738-1503.

National Veterans Art Museum. Free admission (suggested donation $10). Open Tues-Sat 10a.m.-5p.m. 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. 312-326-0270.

The Oriental Institute. Free every day (suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 children under 12). Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed. until 8:30 p.m.), Sun. 12-6 p.m. 1155 East 58th Street at the University of Chicago. 773-702-9514.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Free (suggested donation) for Illinois residents on Thursdays. Open Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2430 N. Cannon Dr. (just north of Lincoln Park Zoo), Chicago. 773-755-5100.

Shedd Aquarium. Free for Illinois residents Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24; Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25; free for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2 (must show card and photo ID; valid for cardholder only). Open every day 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago. 312-939-2438.

Smart Museum of Art. Free for everyone every day. Open Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Thurs. until 8 p.m.). 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. at the University of Chicago. 773-702-0200.

Lincoln Park Zoo. Free for everyone every day (parking is extra; there is free parking along Stockton Dr. when available). Open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (gates open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.); Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (gates open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.). 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago. 312-742-2000.

In addition to the free days, Chicago Public Library branches have free passes to a number of Chicago’s most popular museums, good for up to four people for one week. All you need to do is show your Chicago Public Library card and choose any available pass.

You can get information about parking, driving directions, and public transportation for each museum by clicking on the museum’s name.

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