Hours, Tickets, and FAQ

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

Closed for maintenance September 3-6
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

Tickets

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

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, each 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.

FAQ

What does the cost of admission include? 

Chicago Children’s Museum is 3 floors of play—all included in the cost of admission—including temporary exhibits and permanent favorites. Visit our Exhibits page for more information on what to do while you’re here, or explore by your little one’s age: 

Babies and Toddlers 

Ages 4-8

Ages 9+ 

Are strollers allowed in the museum? 

Strollers are allowed at Chicago Children’s Museum. They may be left in our unattended coat room or remain with you during your visit. Many exhibits include adjacent stroller parking areas, but for those that don’t, we ask that you please refrain from leaving your stroller in high traffic areas such as exhibit entrances and exits.  

What types of accommodations do you provide for people with disabilities? 

Chicago Children’s Museum believes an accessible and inclusive museum must address each visitor’s experience—making the entire museum space welcoming to all. See our Accessibility and Inclusion page for more information on: 

  • Wheelchair accessibility (our entire museum is wheelchair accessible) 

  • Therapeutic play guides 

  • Assistive devices 

  • Play For All events 

Can I bring food and beverages into the museum? 

Bottled water and coffee contained in thermal, lidded mugs are permitted. Beverages in fast-food containers and outside food are not allowed inside the museum. Small snack items (such as crackers, string cheese, or pouches) can be consumed in one of our Snack Spots located on Main Level 3. Guests are welcome to enjoy their lunches at public spaces throughout Navy Pier. 

What do I do if I lost something at the museum? 

Please contact our lost and found at (312) 464-7653 for lost item inquiries.   

I’m visiting from out of town. Where should I stay? 

Chicago Children’s Museum is proud to offer a special partnership with the Hyatt Regency Chicago. As a Chicago Children’s Museum sponsor, the Hyatt Regency Chicago offers a special CCM Package for its guests. Visit Hyatt Regency Chicago for more information. 

Hyatt Regency Chicago
 

Where should I park? 

There are 1,500 indoor parking spaces available in Navy Pier parking garages.  

When Navy Pier garages are full (indicated by electronic signage and traffic aides), there are alternate lots nearby offering $15 discounted parking, with validation

Chicago Children’s Museum members receive a parking discount or free parking on every visit based on their membership level. Learn more on our Membership page.  

Can I host a birthday party or other event at Chicago Children’s Museum? 

We are happy to host your celebration! Visit our Events and Parties page for more information on how to plan your event at Chicago Children’s Museum.  

I’m with a nonprofit and/or public educational institution, and I would like to request a ticket donation from CCM for an upcoming fundraiser. How do I do this?

Please visit our Request a Donation page for more information.