Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library

Here in Chicagoland, we’re pretty lucky. (Yes, I’ve been outside… but hear me out!) We’ve got an abundance of awesome museums and educational attractions just minutes away. But these visits can also be pretty expensive. Did you know that you can get free admission and discounts from your library when you check out the Museum Adventure Pass?

Libraries have individual passes for each of the attractions listed below. Bring your library card and check out a pass for the location you’d like to visit. You can keep the pass for seven days, but it can only be used once within that time period. Then, bring it back and check out a different Museum Adventure Pass!

Museum Adventure Pass

Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They cannot be placed on hold or checked out online or on the phone. If the pass you are interested in is not available, the librarian will be able to tell you when it is due back.

Brookfield Zoo
8400 W 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 688-8000

  • Pass Benefit: Admits 2. (Passes are valid for Brookfield Zoo only and does not include parking or admission to any internal exhibits or attractions, such as Dolphin Show, Butterflies!, Children’s Zoo, Temporary exhibits, Motor Safari, etc.)
  • Regular Prices: General Zoo Admission is $21.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors 65+, and $15.95 for children 3–11 (save $1 per ticket by buying online). Admission is free for all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Parking is $14 per car. Some attractions priced separately; see the Hours and Prices page.

Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-5161

  • Pass Benefit: Admits 1 vehicle. Limited to one car per use.
  • Regular Price: Admission is free; parking is $5 per vehicle.

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL, 60022
(847) 835-5440

  • Pass Benefit: Half off parking for one car.
  • Regular Price: Admission is free, but there are parking fees as follows. $25 per car, $10 for senior citizens on Tuesdays, $30 per van, $65 per limousine, minibus, bus & RV. Discounts apply for Cook County residents. Active duty U.S. military personnel and/or their families, reservists, and former POWs receive free parking.

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn
5100 Museum Drive
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 423-6709

  • Pass Benefit: Pay for one adult, and one child gets in free. If additional people are with you, each of them pay the regular admission price. Limit 1.
  • Regular Price: Admission is $9 for adults and children (1+), $7 for seniors (55+), $5 for teachers, and $5 military discount (good for up to six family members).
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KidsWork Children’s Museum
11 South White Street
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-1199

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one admission, get one free.
  • Regular Price: Admission is free for infants under one; $7 for kids and adults; $6 for seniors. Family memberships are available for $100 per year.

Legoland Discovery Center
601 N Martingale Road #130
Schaumburg, IL
(847) 592-9700

  • Pass Benefit: Admits one person free with one paid admission at the door. Adults MUST be accompanied by a child of suitable age. The Center is geared toward families with children 3–10 years old.
  • Regular Price: Walk-up price is $19.95 (online discounts available). Children 2 and under are free.

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
220 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 833-1616

  • Pass Benefit: Half off admission passes for general museum admission only. Discount not available on Fridays.
  • Regular Price: Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (60+), $3 for students and teens, $2 for children (7-12), free for children under 7. Active members of the Armed Forces are admitted free.

Naper Settlement
523 South Webster Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 420-6010

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one ticket, get one free; maximum of two free tickets per pass. Valid for General Admission only from April 1 – October 31. Not valid for special events, or events sponsored on the museum grounds by others with an entry fee.
  • Regular Price: Summer rates (April-October) are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $8 for children (4-12). Winter rates (November – March, when buildings are closed) are $5.25 for adults, $4.75 for seniors (62+), and $4 for children (4-12). Children under 4 and Naperville residents are always free.

Pleasant Home Foundation
217 Home Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 383-2654

  • Pass Benefit: Buy 1, get 1 free tour admission.
  • Regular Price: Docent-guided tours are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+ or students 18+ with I.D., $5 for kids under 18, and free for kids under 5. Illinois teachers receive free admission. Self-guided tours are $5 per person Friday through Sunday and free on Thursdays.

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Participating Libraries

Participating Libraries in the Western Suburbs

Bensenville Community Public Library District
200 South Church Road
Bensenville, IL 60106
(630) 766-4642

Berwyn Public Library
2701 South Harlem
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 795-8000

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Brookfield Public Library
3609 Grand Boulevard
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 485-6917

Carol Stream Public Library
616 Hiawatha Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 653-0755

Clarendon Hills Public Library
7 North Prospect Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 323-8188

Downers Grove Public Library
1050 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 960-1200

Elmhurst Public Library
125 S Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 279-8696

Forest Park Public Library
7555 Jackson Boulevard
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 366-7171

Franklin Park Public Library District
10311 Grand Avenue
Franklin Park, IL 60131-2225
(847) 455-6016

Glen Ellyn Public Library
400 Duane Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 469-0879

Helen M Plum Memorial Library
110 West Maple Street
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 627-0316

Hillside Public Library
405 N. Hillside Avenue
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 449-7510

Hinsdale Public Library
20 E. Maple Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 986-1976

Hodgkins Public Library District
6500 Wenz Avenue
Hodgkins, IL 60525
(708) 579-1844

Indian Prairie Public Library District
401 Plainfield Road
Darien, IL 60561
(630) 887-8760

La Grange Park Public Library District
555 N La Grange Road
La Grange Park, IL 60526
(708) 352-0100

La Grange Public Library
10 West Cossitt Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-0576

Lisle Library District
777 Front Street
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 971-1675

Lyons Public Library
4209 Joliet Avenue
Lyons, IL 60534
(708) 447-3577

McCook Library
8419 W 50th Street
McCook, IL 60525
(708) 442-1242

Naperville Public Library
200 West Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 961-4100

North Riverside Public Library
2400 Des Plaines Avenue
North Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 447-0869

Oak Brook Public Library
600 Oak Brook Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 368-7700

Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 383-8200

River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 366-5205

Riverside Public Library
1 Burling Road
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 442-6366

Thomas Ford Memorial Library
800 Chestnut Street
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-0520

Villa Park Public Library
305 South Ardmore Avenue
Villa Park IL, 60181
(630) 834-1164

Westchester Public Library
10700 Canterbury Street
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 562-3573

Westmont Public Library
428 N Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 969-5625

Wheaton Public Library
225 North Cross Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 668-1374

Woodridge Public Library
3 Plaza Drive
Woodridge, IL 60517
(630) 964-7899

Participating Libraries in the Southwest Suburbs

Alsip-Merrionette Park Library District
11960 S. Pulaski Ave.
Alsip, IL 60803
(708) 371-5666

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Bridgeview Public Library
7840 West 79th Street
Bridgeview, IL 60455
(708) 458-2880

Evergreen Park Public Library
9400 Troy Avenue
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
(708) 422-8522

Chicago Heights Public Library
25 West 15th Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 754-0323

Crestwood Public Library District
4955 W. 135th Street
Crestwood, IL 60418
(708) 371-4090

Flossmoor Public Library
1000 Sterling Avenue
Flossmoor, IL 60422
(708) 798-3600

Frankfort Public Library District
21119 South Pfeiffer Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469.2423

Fountaindale Public Library District
300 West Briarcliff Rd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 759-2102

Harvey Public Library District
15441 Turlington Avenue
Harvey, IL 60426
(708) 331-0757

Homewood Public Library
17917 Dixie Highway
Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 798-0121

Joliet Public Library
150 North Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 740-2660

Lansing Public Library
2750 Indiana Avenue
Lansing, IL 60438
(708) 474-2447

Lemont Public Library District
50 East Wend St.
Lemont, IL 60439
(630) 257-6541

Markham Public Library
16640 S. Kedzie Avenue
Markham, IL 60428
(708) 331-0130

Matteson Public Library
801 South School Avenue
Matteson, IL 60443
(708) 748-4431

Midlothian Public Library
14701 S Kenton Avenue
Midlothian, IL 60445
(708) 535-2027

Mokena Community Public Library District
11327 W. 195th St.
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 479-9663

New Lenox Public Library District
120 Veterans Parkway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 485-2605

Oak Lawn Public Library
9427 S. Raymond Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 422-4990

Orland Hills Public Library
c/o Tinley Park Public Library
7851 Timber Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 532-0160

Orland Park Public Library
14921 S. Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 428-5100

Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Avenue
Palos Heights, IL 60463
(708) 448-1473

Plainfield Public Library District
15025 South Illinois St.
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 436-6639

South Holland Public Library
16250 Wausau Avenue
South Holland, IL 60473
(708) 331-5262

Tinley Park Public Library
7851 Timber Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 532-0160

White Oak Library Crest Hill Branch
20670 Len Kubinski Drive
Crest Hill, IL 60403
(815) 552-4270

White Oak Library Lockport Branch
121 E. 8th Street
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 552-4250

White Oak Library Romeoville Branch
201 W. Normantown Road
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 552-4200

If you are outside the core area for Kidlist, click here to see the full list of participating Museum Adventure Pass libraries.

For more ways to explore Chicagoland’s great museums for less, check out our article on Museum Free Days and Discounts on Local Fun.

About the Author

Sara Heiserman
Sara is a small town girl who spent several years as a writer in the big city before heading out to the ‘burbs with her hubby to raise their growing family. Charmed by Lemont’s picturesque landscape and genuine hometown pride, Sara loves that there’s always something fun to do or see nearby with her 5- and 3-year old sons and 1-year old daughter. In warmer months, Sara and her crew enjoy playing on the family farm, splash pad hopping and catching Movies in the Park. In cooler months, she plans lots of play dates to keep everybody sane and indulges her creative spirit, crafting, baking and home decorating.

1 Comment on "Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library"

  1. Mil gracias por la axecibilidad a todos e estos eventos gratuitos y culturales de gran enriquecimiento para pe qwueños y grandes..

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