Free to Explore: Museums offer CPS Students Free Admission Week of August 29

The Field Museum, one of three institutions offering free admission to CPS Students August 29th.
The Field Museum, one of three institutions offering free admission to CPS students August 29.

Summer’s winding down in Chicago, and before long, school will be starting. And while that may not thrill everyone in your household, Chicago’s Museum Campus institutions are offering a fun and educational adventure for all CPS students just before they need to get back in their classrooms.

Monday, August 29, will mark a free day for three of Chicago’s biggest museums. In each case, the student and one chaperone receive free General Admission, and each individual museum offers something a little different.

On Friday, the mayor’s office and Museums in the Parks announced a full schedule of free admission days to Chicago museums during the week of August 29. See full schedule of free admission days for CPS students and families on other days this week.

The Field Museum ticket includes access to Underground Adventure at no additional fee and will have the option to upgrade their ticket to All Access at a discounted $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors and $14 for kids.

The Shedd Aquarium offers its free admission on both the 29th and 30th, with an option to upgrade to the Total Experience Pass (which adds Stingray Touch, the Aquatic Presentation and 4-D Experience) for only $9. If you are not a CPS student or parent, you can still hit the Shedd on these days, which are part of the Illinois Resident Free Days program.

Finally, the Adler Planetarium will have its free admission on the 29th, with an option to upgrade to their all access pass starting at $17.95 for adults and $16.95 for children 3-11.

It’s a period of transition, not only for the weather but for families getting ready for a new school year. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that than by heading out for some museum adventures on our beautiful lakeshore Museum Campus.

Some museums always offer free admission. The National Museum of Mexican Art, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, and Lincoln Park Zoo are always free.


Marielle Bokor
Marielle Bokor