Donor Benefits and Levels | Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier

Donor Benefits and Levels

Gifts made annually support Chicago Children’s Museum’s general operations, which include educationally charged programs and exhibits, and our community access and inclusion initiatives, which serve almost 140,000 children and families annually.


Builder’s Society ($1 - $1,4099)
Leadership Circle ($1,500+)
Ways to Give

Friend $100 – $249
  • Family guest pass for free admission for four people (1)

Contributor $250 – $499
  • One-year Family Membership (unlimited admission for up to 4 people)
  • $3 discount on Navy Pier parking
  • 10% discount at the museum Gift Shop
  • 50% off general admission for 6 people at almost 200 participating children’s museums nationwide
  • Invitation to an exhibit preview or special event
  • Recognition of support listed on the museum’s website
  • Plus the benefits listed above

Inventor $500 – $999
  • Invitation to an additional exhibit preview or special event
  • Additional family guest pass (two total)
  • One free Navy Pier parking voucher for a museum visit
  • Plus the benefits listed above

Discoverer $1,000 – $1,499
  • Recognition on the museum’s donor wall
  • Invitation to an additional exhibit preview or special event
  • An additional Navy Pier parking voucher for another museum visit
  • Plus the benefits listed above

Advocate $1,500 – $2,499
  • Free parking in the Navy Pier Garage any time you visit the museum
  • Invitations to all exhibit previews and events
  • Special behind-the-scenes event with museum’s CEO and museum team
  • Plus the benefits listed above

Fellow $2,500 – $4,999
  • Tickets to Family Snow Ball for a family of four
  • Opportunity for a private museum visit outside of regular hours
  • Plus all the benefits listed above

Patron $5,000 – $9,999
  • Opportunity for a private Art Studio or Tinkering Lab experience
  • 15% discount on facility rentals
  • Plus all the benefits listed above
  • Benefactor $10,000 and above
  • Special recognition and customized benefits
  • Plus all the benefits listed above

Tribute Gifts

Honor someone you care about and celebrate a birth, birthday, anniversary, or other important occasion by making a gift to Chicago Children’s Museum. Express your sympathy or honor the memory of a loved one. When you make a Tribute Gift, a personalized letter is sent to the honoree recognizing your gift.

Directed Support: Programs and Exhibits

From sensory explorations for infants and toddlers in Pritzker Playspace to engineering feats in Skyline to the full realm of expression in the Art Studio, Chicago Children’s Museum translates the science of early learning into groundbreaking and transformative educational exhibits and interactive programs.

In addition, we believe that all children deserve and need access to learning opportunities. This is why Chicago Children’s Museum welcomes almost 140,000 children and families each year through free and reduced admission programs such as the Field Trip Scholarship Program and Free First Sundays.

We are committed to reaching all children with a particular focus on children:

  • With teen parents
  • In foster care
  • Who have a disability
  • Living in deep poverty
  • With an incarcerated parent

To learn more, click here.

Stock Gifts

Gifts of stocks and securities may be made to Chicago Children’s Museum. Your broker needs authorization to transfer to our broker, Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC, on your behalf as follows:

via DTC #0226
Chicago Children’s Museum, account # Z70-734659
Fidelity Brokerage Services
401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60611

Please notify Amber Bel’cher, Director of Individual Giving, at Chicago Children’s Museum at 312.464.7728 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). She will follow up with the bank and will ensure that your stock gift is properly credited.

Legacy Gifts

The decision to designate a planned gift is one of the most personal commitments our supporters can make, and we appreciate your consideration.

Whether it’s a straightforward bequest, trust, annuity, or an arrangement made through your IRA, planned gifts of all sizes support Chicago Children’s Museum’s long-term fiscal stability and often provide financial benefits to you as well. Plus, you can directly support programming that is most important to you, such as early childhood education, a specific access program, or arts and culture. For more information, please contact Amber Bel’cher at 312-464-7728 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).