In September we brought you an updated "Visiting a Chicago Museum for Free” post. But we can't forget the 'burbs! While nearly every major Chicago museum offers “community free days,” that is more rare among suburban institutions, so the list below is a bit less definitive than the Chicago one.
Please make sure to check the museum’s website, or give the museum a call, before your visit to make sure nothing has changed since this list was compiled. And if you know of a spot that should be on here, please let us know!
* Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st Street, Brookfield. 708-688-8000. Admission to the Hamill Family Play Zoo is free from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013. but you still must pay general admission and a $10 parking fee at the zoo. Currently for 2013, the Brookfield Zoo had free admission on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Dec. 31, 2013, only during regular zoo hours. Zoo admission fees apply to Holiday Magic. (I'm expecting Brookfield to post its free days for early 2014 soon.)
* Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue, Wheaton. 630-665-5534. It caused a bit of a stir in 2010 when this formerly free zoo (part of the Wheaton Park District) started charging admission. Residents of the Wheaton Park District are still free. Otherwise, adults pay $3, but children up to age 17 are free. During its "Festival of Lights and Tree Sales" from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24, 2013, admission is free.