Did you resolve to visit more museums this year? Any resolutions about staying on a budget? Good news: You can tackle both at once. We have the skinny on upcoming free or discount museum (and zoo and garden) days right here. (Psst … you can also stop at a Chicago Public Library to check out a free admission pass to select Chicago museums!) Click through for the scoop on where and when to get your free culture fix.

The Field Museum

Free & Discount Days: Hurray for free basic admission for Illinois residents throughout the month of February, and a few in January, too! (You can upgrade to see a special exhibition.) Throughout the year, the museum adds discount days for basic museum admission. When you have a day you're itching to get out of the house, check their calendar to see if exploring the Field for free is an optional boredom buster.

What Kids Love: One word: dinosaurs. From Sue the T.rex and mummies to special exhibits, kids get their curiosity fix at this Chicago classic. Children ages 6 to 12 can also pack their sleeping bags and go doze with the dinos, when you get to explore the rituals of ancient Egyptian culture after the lights dim.

Located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. (312-922-9410 or fieldmuseum.org).

Photo: Walter P. on Yelp

  • The Field Museum
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Chicago Children's Museum
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Morton Arboretum
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Ed Paschke Art Center
  • International Museum of Surgical Science

What is your favorite museum or cultural attraction in Chicago? Let us know in the Comments!

— Maria Chambers and Anli Chen