A woman and a young girl interact with museum staff, one who is holding an animal skull for them to see and touch
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    Illinois Free Wednesday

    Event summary



    Free Basic Admission


    About this event

    Beat the mid-week blues and come visit SUE— the Field is free on Wednesdays for Illinois Residents!

    Pre-Registered Illinois field trips are FREE everyday of the week!

    Free Wednesdays are the perfect opportunity for you to explore our basic admission exhibitions with your family or a group of science-loving friends. Adventure through the wilderness on a desert safari, explore ancient civilizations, and come face-to-face with prehistoric creatures— all in one place. The Field Museum has so much to explore, you’ll need more than just a day to see it all. But don’t worry— for Illinois Residents, every Wednesday in 2024 is free. 

    Please note: For the month of June, tickets for Free Wednesdays are only available to Illinois residents on-site and cannot be reserved in advance. Please ask a Visitor Services staff member for the special offer and show your Illinois proof of residency.

    For your convenience during the busy summer season, Free Day tickets are available for advanced reservation online for the month of July only. Please present your proof of Illinois residency alongside your mobile tickets for express admission into the Museum. Tickets will also be available onsite subject to availability. Reservations are strongly recommended.

    Free Day Admission Options

    Ticket TypeAdultChild

    Discounted All-Access Pass

    Includes all general admission exhibitions, all ticketed exhibitions.


    Reserve All-Access Pass

    Discounted Discovery Pass

    Includes admission to all general admission exhibitions, and one ticketed exhibition.


    Reserve Discovery Pass

    Basic Admission

    Includes all general admission exhibitions, such as Evolving PlanetThe Ancient Americas, and Inside Ancient Egypt


    Reserve Basic Admission

    Proof of Residency

    Tickets for Free Wednesdays are only available to Illinois residents. No special coupon, ticket, or pass is required to enter the Museum during Free Admission Days. Just present a current Illinois driver's license, state ID, or Chicago CityKey card at the ticket desk to establish proof of residency. If you do not have an Illinois identification card, you may establish residency by showing a valid photo ID along with one of the following:

    • Illinois lease
    • Illinois library card
    • Illinois student ID with photo
    • Illinois utility bill
    • Illinois work ID and check stub

    Museums for All

    Can't make it on a free day? We offer Museums for All and other discounts all year long.

    Families who qualify for state food assistance can receive $3-per-person Basic admission for up to six people. Just show an EBT (Link) or WIC card when you purchase tickets at the museum. You cannot take advantage of this special offer when buying tickets online.

    Museums for All is made possible by Ford Motor Company.