Museum Week 2018

Alas, Museum Week 2018 is upon us. Every year, the top museums across the city come together and offer deals and discounts as well as introducing new exhibits to entice Chicagoans to expand their horizons. This is your chance to experience some of the greatest things the city has to offer while at the same time not breaking the bank. Below is a short list of a few museums worth checking out and what exactly they’re offering from Jan. 18-26.


Museum of Science and Industry

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Whether you want to run in a human-sized hamster wheel, step inside the only World War II German submarine in the U.S., or navigate your way through a mirror maze, the Museum of Science and Industry has it all. You can also interact with a collection of robots from around the world in the Robot Revolution exhibit. The Black Creativity Innovation Studio allows you to experience the process of design thinking and learn about African American contributions to the STEM industry. The museum is offering 20 percent off museum entry for adults and children Jan. 22 to 26.

Adler Planetarium

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At the Adler Planetarium, you have the chance to meet real scientists and see some of the most recent discoveries in the Space Visualization Lab. You are also able to see a sky show such as Cosmic Wonder or Skywatch Live in their newly renovated theater. The daily design challenges are the perfect way to think and act like a scientist. The Adler Planetarium is offering 25 percent off any admission package for Illinois residents with a valid ID.


Shedd Aquarium

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The Shedd Aquarium has a daily schedule of their animal experiences where you can watch feedings and learn about a number of different aquatic species. If you have money to spend, you can take part in some experiences at the Shedd including touching a penguin or feeding sharks. The Shedd Aquarium is offering free general admission for Illinois residents Jan. 22 to 26.

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

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A historic landmark located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, the museum highlights the rich history and culture of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. The Humboldt Park Stables: A Transition into the Future exhibit details the transition of the Stables into the architectural jewel that is the present day museum. A traveling art exhibit, La Diaspora, features 12 emerging and established artists who represent Puerto Rico through their art. The museum is offering free admission to everyone throughout the week.

National Museum of Mexican Art

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This underrated gem in the heart of the Pilsen neighborhood is always free and open to the public. In addition to the permanent galleries at the museum, The Placemaking & Landmarks: The Creation of Mexican Spaces in La Dieciocho (Pilsen) Gallery runs until April 29, 2018 and documents how Pilsen has secured its place as a cultural landmark in the city. As a discount as for Museum Week, the museum is offering a 15 percent discount at the museum gift shop for Illinois residents.