Hours and Tickets

Summer Hours

Monday-Wednesday: 10 am-5 pm
Thursday: 10 am-8 pm (Play Late Thursdays: 4-8 pm)
Friday-Sunday: 10 am-7 pm

Member Mornings (for Chicago Children’s Museum members only): Friday-Sunday 9-10 am

Closing early on Friday, July 12 at 5 pm and Monday, August 12 at 2 pm
Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Gift Shop

Our gift shop is located on the 1st floor next to admissions. Browse a selection of toys, books, gifts, and more! Tickets are not required to visit the shop, and members always receive a 10% discount.

Gift shop hours:
Sunday: 10 am-7 pm
Monday-Thursday: 10 am-8 pm
Friday-Saturday: 10 am-10 pm


Members: FREE
Children Under 1 Year: FREE
Children and Adults: $14.95
Seniors: $13.95

Play for Less

Piertastic Tuesdays
Every Tuesday this summer, from June 11th to September 3rd, we are offering 2-for-1 general admissions. Learn more on the Navy Pier website.

Go Chicago
Traveling to Chicago? Visit multiple attractions for one low price with Go Chicago!

Play Late Thursdays
Every Thursday at 4-8 pm, groups of up to 4 people pay just $14.95. If your group is more than 4, each extra person pays $5 each. Learn more about Play Late Thursdays.

First Free Sundays
The first Sunday of every month, visitors 15 and under receive free admission. Groups of 18 or more must register for First Free Sundays by calling (312) 464-8249.

Veterans and Active Military
Veterans and active military receive free admission every day with presentation of valid military status identification.

Teachers, Firefighters, Police Officers, and Paramedics
First responders and teachers pay a discounted price of $12.95 per ticket by presenting a valid form of employment identification.

Museums for All Discounted Admission
Chicago Children’s Museum is a proud Museums for All partner. We offer Illinois families that qualify for state food assistance and are in possession of an EBT or WIC card a discounted admission of $3 for up to 6 people. To qualify for the Museums for All rate, the group must include at least 1 adult and 1 child age 15 or under. Learn more about Museums for All.

Field Trip Scholarships
The Chicago Children’s Museum Field Trip Scholarship Program is a need-based program designed to reduce financial barriers to CCM field trips and group visits. Learn more and apply on our Field Trip Scholarships page.

Play For All Events
The second Saturday of every month, Chicago Children’s Museum invites children and families with disabilities for inclusive, multisensory exhibits, and programs. The museum opens an hour early for these events, at 9 am, for pre-registered guests. The first 250 pre-registered guests receive free admission. Group opportunities are available. Call (312) 321-6551 or visit our Play For All page for more information.

Educator and Student Researcher Tours
Teachers planning a CCM field trip, museum professionals interested in our space, or students looking to understand alternative learning spaces are welcome to visit the museum for free after 1 pm daily, when not accompanied by a child. Present an educator or student ID at our admissions area after 1 pm. Educators with specific observation needs or high school/university student groups of more than 10 people must pre-register by calling (312) 464-8249 or filling out our contact form.

Parker Program
Throughout the school year, Chicago Children’s Museum welcomes students with disabilities to explore the museum with specially trained students from Francis W. Parker School as their guides. The program provides free transportation and museum admission to participating classrooms. For more information, please contact us.