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Free Admission Opportunities

Evening Island

The Chicago Botanic Garden extends free admission through several avenues. 

Please note: Free admissions are not applicable during ticketed events (e.g., Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, Lightscape, the Orchid Show, Orchids After Hours).

Reserve online in advance

Illinois Residents
The Chicago Botanic Garden will offer a number of Free Admission Days for Illinois residents each year. Preregistration for nonmembers is required; parking fees apply. Visitors can preregister up to two months in advance for free admission days.  See chart below for the 2022 Free Admission Days. 

Month

Dates

February 2022

7 – 13, 21

March 2022

7 – 13

April 2022

12, 14

May 2022

10, 12

June 2022

14, 16

July 2022

12, 14

August 2022

9, 11

September 2022

13, 15

October 2022

10, 11, 13

November 2022

7 – 13

December 2022

12 – 18

Preregister for free days

 

Free Admission – No Advance Ticket Required

The following do not need to preregister in advance, including on Free Admission Days.  

Active-Duty Military
The Garden would like to thank our active duty U.S. military personnel and/or their families for their service with free admission for their family and free parking. Please present an ID at the entry gatehouse (one car/van vehicle per entry) and at the entrance to the Visitor Center. 

U.S. Military Reservists and Former POWs 
The Garden would like to thank U.S. military reservists and former POWs for their years of service with free parking and free admission for one person. Please present your ID at the entry gatehouse (one car/van vehicle per entry) and at the entrance to the Visitor Center. 

LINK and WIC Cardholders
As part of the Museums for All program, any visitor with a state-issued EBT card (known as a LINK card) or WIC card and anyone in their households receive free admission and free parking. Please present your card at the entry gatehouse (one car/van vehicle per entry) and at the entrance to the Visitor Center. 

Illinois Educators
Illinois primary and secondary educators receive free parking and admission for one educator per visit. Please present your valid educator ID at the entry gatehouse (one car/van vehicle per entry) and at the entrance to the Visitor Center.

Kids’ Museum Passport
The Chicago Public Library offers Kids' Museum Passports to a number of public institutions, including the Chicago Botanic Garden. The passport allows a family of four general admission during regular public hours. Group must include at least one child under 18; maximum of two adults admitted with this pass.  Parking for one vehicle per pass is included. Please present your Chicago Public Library Passport at the entry gatehouse (one car/van vehicle per entry) and at the entrance to the Visitor Center.