Several Chicago Museums Offer Free Admission Days for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend

Rep. Amy Grant is circulating information regarding free admission offerings at multiple museums in Chicago.


Illinois Residents Can Visit All Three Institutions for Free Over the Next Few Days

WHAT: Shedd AquariumAdler Planetarium and the Field Museum are all offering various free days for Illinois residents on and around the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. With a valid ID or proof of residence, guests can journey and explore across time, explore the solar system and beyond and come eye-to-eye with unbelievable aquatic life – all free of charge.

All three institutions offer free days throughout the year. Anyone who cannot take advantage of these early offerings are encouraged to check out each organization’s website for additional free day listings.


Shedd Aquarium:

Thursday, Jan. 16 – Monday, Jan. 20

·         On Monday, Jan. 20 (MLK Day), the aquarium will stay open until 9 p.m.

Adler Planetarium:

Monday, Jan. 20 – Wednesday, Jan. 22

·         On Monday, Jan. 20, the Adler will unveil a new logo and look throughout the museum to coincide with its 90th anniversary.

Field Museum:

Monday, Jan. 20, Wednesday, Jan. 22 and Wednesday, Jan. 29

·         The Field will offer free admission on MLK Day and the remaining Wednesdays in January.

WHERE:            Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum

TICKETS:           Please visit each institution’s website to get instructions on the best way to secure your free admission and what documentation you must bring with you to receive it.

About Shedd Aquarium

The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago sparks compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Home to 32,000 aquatic animals representing 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the globe, Shedd is a recognized leader in animal care, conservation education and research. An accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the organization is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and supported by the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Chicago Park District.

About Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium connects people to the Universe and each other. Whether it is introducing a guest to the Ring Nebula, a neighborhood school to a community partner, a research team to an army of citizen scientists, or one staff member to another, the Adler’s focus on meaningful connections dates back nearly a century.  

Today, the museum hosts more than half a million visitors each year and reaches millions more through youth STEM programs, neighborhood skywatching events, online citizen science, and other outreach projects. With the Adler’s support, people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities gain the confidence to explore their Universe together and return to their communities ready to think critically and creatively about any challenge that comes their way.

About Field Museum

Having just celebrated 125 years of discovery, the Field Museum is a forward-thinking scientific leader on a mission to explore, protect, and celebrate nature and culture. The Field takes part in groundbreaking research all over the world while maintaining one of the world’s largest collections of artifacts and specimens, used to inspire discovery, spark public engagement with science, and uncover solutions for a better world. To share its scientific and educational mission, the Field welcomes 1.3 million visitors every year. For more information, visit us at, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.