Growing up my parents didn’t have a lot of money. However, every summer without fail, we’d go to the zoo, the aquarium, and the museum. My dad would take two weeks off from work and my parents would schedule our trips around the free days each location was offering.

Luckily, the free day tradition lives on so my husband and I can still take advantage of all the great things Chicago has to offer without breaking the bank.

Below is a list of the up-coming free days for our often-visited locations. Feel free to visit this site for a complete list of all museums and their corresponding free days for 2013. In addition, check out Bank of America’s Museums of Us program which offers BOA cardholders free admission to select museums on the 1st weekend of every month.

John G. Shedd Aquarium
September-December — Free on Mondays

Museum of Science and Industry
September 2013 — 9th-13th; 16th-20th; 23rd-27th, 30th
October 2013 — 1st-2nd
November 2013 — 4th
December 2013 — 9th