Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Local Library to Save on Local Attractions

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Did you know that your local library offers a museum adventure that might score you a free or discounted pass to dozens of Chicagoland museums, zoos, and other places of interest.

So, how do you get the Museum Adventure Pass? Head to your local participating library, listed below, and bring your library card. Check out your family’s pass for the location you would like to visit. You have one week to use the pass and return it for another family. Only one use per check-out period. Enjoy your travels and be sure to tag us @kidlist in your pics!

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. Availability varies in each library.

Air Classic Inc Museum of Aviation
44W546 US Route 30
Sugar Grove, IL 60554-9886

  • Pass Benefit: Admits one person free with one paid adult admission ($10). Saturdays and Sundays only. One pass per family/group.
  • Regular Prices: General admission is $10/adults (16–65) $7/seniors (62+), and $5/children (5–15).

American Writers Museum
180 N Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601

  • Pass Benefit: Half off adult museum admission. Special exhibits are free with museum admission. Children 12 and under are always free.
  • Regular Prices: General admission is $14/adults and $9/seniors, teachers, and students.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum
53 N. Broadway,
Aurora, Illinois 60505

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one, get one free (of equal or lesser value). General admission only.
  • Regular Prices:  $5 general admission for ages 3 and up. Children ages 2 and younger are free.

Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 West Winchester Road,
Libertyville, Illinois 60048

  • Pass Benefit: Good for two general admission tickets.
  • Regular Prices: Resident rates: $6/adults; $3/seniors ages 62, youth ages 4–17, and students ages 18–25. Children under 3 are free.
    Non resident rates: $10/adults; $6/seniors ages 62 and up, youth ages 4–17, and students ages 18–25. Children under 3 are free.
  • Check out their website for Tuesday discounts.

Bronzeville Children’s Museum
9301 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one, get one free. Limit is two free admissions per family.
  • Regular Prices: $5/person. Memberships available.
  • The Bronzeville Children’s Museum is the first and only African American children’s museum in the country.

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

  • Pass Benefit: Admits two. (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 $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors 65+, and $17.95 for children 3–11. Admission is free for all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Parking is $15 per car. Some attractions priced separately; see the Hours and Prices page.
  • Check out our insider tips for the Brookfield Zoo!

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

  • Pass Benefit: Admits one vehicle. Limited to one car per use.
  • Regular Price: Admission is free; parking is $5 per vehicle except on Saturdays and Sundays from June through September, as well as Labor Day Monday and the Fourth of July, when it is $10.

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

  • Pass Benefit: General admission for a family of four (up to two adults) during public hours. Includes parking for one vehicle.
  • Regular Price: Admission is no longer free. Plan-ahead pricing began February 2022; prices vary, but for Cook County residents, admission starts from $9.95 for adults and $7.95 for children. For non Cook Country residents, prices are $2 more for each age group. Children under 3 are free for both residents and non-residents.

Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn
5100 Museum Drive Oak Lawn
Illinois 60453

  • Pass Benefit: This pass is good for one free child admission with the purchase of an adult admission. Limit one.
  • Regular Price: $11/adults and children 1+. $8/seniors, as well as military and veterans with ID. Children under 12 months are free.

Elgin Public Museum
225 Grand Boulevard,
Elgin, IL 60120

  • Pass Benefit: 10% discount on all museum store purchases
  • Regular Price: $2/adults, $1/children 3 to 12, and free for children under 3.

Elgin History Museum
225 Grand Boulevard,
Elgin, IL 60120

  • Pass Benefit: Admits four.
  • Regular Price: $3/adults, $1/students. Free for Elgin History Museum members and kids 5 and under.

Ellwood House Museum
5009 N First St
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

  • Pass Benefit: Pass valid for up to five youth ages 6-17, plus two adults. Not valid for holiday tours or holiday event weekends.
  • Regular Price: Mansion tours are $10/adults; $8/students, seniors, AAA members, and military; and $5/youth. Children under 6 are free.

Geneva Lake Museum
255 Mill St, Lake Geneva,
Wisconsin 53147

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one, get one free adult admission. Kids under 18 free admission.
  • Regular Price: $9/adults; $8/seniors and college students with ID. Children under high school age are free.

Geneva Lake Museum
255 Mill St, Lake Geneva,
Wisconsin 53147

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one, get one free adult entry.
  • Regular Price: $9/adults and $8/seniors and college students with ID. Free admission for kids under 18.

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, Illinois 60076
(847) 967-4800

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one, get one free entry, from 10:00 am until one hour before the museum closes. Advance reservations required.
  • Regular Price: $18/adult admission, $12/senior admission, $8/student admission, $6/children ages 5-11. Children under 5 are free.

Illinois Railway Museum
7000 Olson Rd (Mailing: PO Box 427)
Union, IL 60180
(815) 923-4391

  • Pass Benefit: Two free passes with the purchase of two, or one free pass with the purchase of one. Available April 18, 2022 through October 25, 2022, excluding July 11, 12, 18, 19. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • Regular Price: Adult admission is between $12-$16 . Seniors 62+ and youths are between $10-$14. Children ages 2-11 are between $9-$12. Prices depend on date/time.

KidsWork Children’s Museum
11 South White Street
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-1199

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one admission, get one free. Preregister for your time slot.
  • Regular Price: $8/kids and adults; $7/seniors. Infants under 1 are free.

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

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one, get one free 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. Reservations required. Use code: MAPASS
  • Regular Price: Online price is $24.99. Children 2 and under are free.
  • Check out our Review of Legoland Discovery Center.

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; maximum of five admissions per pass. Discount not available on Wednesdays. Reservations encouraged, as capacity is limited. Use code: MAP at checkout online.
  • Regular Price: Admission is $10/adults, $8/seniors (60+); $5/students, and teens, and children (7-12). Free for children under 7 and active members of the Armed Forces. Wednesdays are free days.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

  • Pass Benefit: Admits two free for regular museum admission
  • Regular Price: Admission is $7/adults, $5/seniors (60+), and $5/youths and teens. Children under 3 are 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. Advanced registration is required.
  • Regular Price: Summer rates (April-October) are $12/adults, $10/seniors (62+), and $8/children (4-12). Winter rates (November – March, when buildings are closed) are $6/adults, $5/seniors (62+), and $4/children (4-12). Children under 4 and all Naperville residents are always free. See website for proof of residency requirements.

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

  • Pass Benefit: Buy one, get one free tour admission.
  • Regular Price: Docent-guided tours are $10/adults, $8/seniors 65+ or students 18+ with I.D., and $7/kids 6-18. Kids 5 and under are free. Illinois teachers also receive free admission. Self-guided tours are $5 per person Friday through Sunday and free on Thursdays.

St. Charles Heritage Museum
215 East Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-6967

  • Pass Benefit: 15% discount on entire gift shop purchase (some exclusions apply).
  • Regular Price: Suggested donation of $5/person.

Click here to search for more participating attractions near you.

You can also check out the Explore More Illinois Program.

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

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

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.

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  • 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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  • This is good info. How do you use it for Illinois Railway Museum? There is a remark saying “Tickets must be purchased in advance”. Do we have to go there a few days in advance to buy the ticket or is there some code we can enter while doing online ticket purchase?

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    • Nicole Majewski
      April 22, 2021 1:33 pm

      Hi Susan! Great question. You have to call the membership office to have them reserve you tickets with your museum adventure pass. (815) 923-4391

      Enjoy your trip!

      Reply

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