Museum adventure pass

Starting on September 1, 2009, a new program called Museum Adventure Pass starts. This program is a presented by Macys and is in conjunction with Chicago suburban libraries. This program provides free admission to 17 cultural destinations in the Chicago area for library card holders.

To participate in this the Museum Adventure go to a Naperville Public Library location to check pass availability and to check out a pass. A Naperville Public Library card is required to participate in this program. Admission offers vary per museum, and are included with each listing below. Passes are restricted to registered borrowers of each library.

Below are the steps/terms and conditions to follow to participate in this program.

  • Check out a Museum Adventure Pass using your library card at your home library. Libraries have a limited number of passes for each participating organization, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Passes cannot be reserved or checked out on-line or on the phone.
  • One Museum Adventure Pass may be checked out per person, per loan period. The loan period is SEVEN DAYS, and will expire after the date printed on the pass.
  • Admission offers vary per museum. For some, two or four people may be admitted free per pass, or by carload. If admission is free, another special discount will be offered.
  • Passes are for one-time use and are not transferable. Your name will be printed on the pass, and you may be asked to show identification at the museum. The museum will collect the pass when you visit.
  • Check the list of participating museums for details on each cultural destination. Find out what discoveries await you, get directions to the museum, and review each museum’s pass entry offer, including any restrictions that may apply.

There are 17 museums that are participating in the Museum Adventure program. Below is a complete list of the museums participating and the terms of the discount or admission for the program.

Arlington Heights Historical Museum

Celebrates the link between the past and the future.
110 W. Fremont Street Arlington Heights IL, 60004
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays at 2 & 3 pm. Groups of 6 or more by appointment.
Admits 4 (Valid for tours only. Not valid for special events such as Irish Fest, House Walk, etc.)

Bronzeville Children's Museum

First and only African American children's museum in the nation.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm (Hourly guided interactive tours for children ages 3-9. Tour hours are 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, and last tour is at 3:00 pm)
Admits 2 (Buy one, get one free. Limit is two admissions per family)

Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society)

A world leader in animal care, conservation, and education, Brookfield Zoo is celebrating 75 years of fun this year!
3300 Golf Road Brookfield IL, 60503
Hours: Jan. 1: Daily 10 to 5; April 4: Weekdays 10 to 5, Weekends 10 to 6; Memorial Day through Labor Day: Daily 9:30 to 6 (7:30 pm on Sundays); After Labor Day: Weekdays 10 to 6, Weekends 10 to 6; October 25: Daily 10 to 5.
Admits 2 (Passes are valid for Brookfield Zoo only and does not include free parking or admission to any internal exhibits or attractions, such as Dolphin Show, Butterflies Children's Zoo, Temporary exhibits, Motor Safari, etc.)

Cantigny Park

In addition to vast formal gardens and picnic and camping grounds, Cantigny offers two history-rich museums: the Robert R. McCormick Museum and the Cantigny First Division Museum, fascinating for children and researchers alike.
1S151 Winfield Road Wheaton IL, 60189
Hours: 10am - 5pm (Memorial Day - Labor Day); 10am - 4pm (Labor Day - Memorial Day)
Admits 1 vehicle - Limited to one car per use.

Chicago Botanic Garden

With its world-renowned plant collections and displays, it is one of the country's most visited public gardens and preeminent center for learning and scientific research.
1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe IL, 60022
Hours: 8 am - sunset, everyday. Extended hours early June - Labor Day 7 am to 9 pm. Christmas Eve - close at 3pm.
Admits 1 Vehicle - Limited to one car per use. No commercial vans or buses

Cuneo Museum and Gardens

Educates and enriches the visitor's experience to the legacies of the Insull and Cuneo families.
1350 N. Milwaukee Avenue Vernon Hills IL, 60061
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 9 pm
Admits 4

Elgin History Museum

Preserves, collects, interprets and exhibits Elgin history in Old Main, by an adaptive re-use of an 1856 landmark building.
360 Park Street Elgin IL, 60120
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12-4 p.m. March - December. Closed Jan. and Feb.
Admits 4

Elgin Public Museum

Offers exhibits and educational programs with natural history and cultural themes for families, school groups, scouts, clubs, organizations, home schoolers, and anyone who wants to have fun while learning!
225 Grand Boulevard Elgin IL, 60120
Hours: Noon to 4 pm Tuesday through Sunday.
10% Discount on all museum store purchases

Graue Mill and Museum

An operating water wheel gristmill and homestead dedicated to maintaining a bridge between past and present.
3800 York Road Oak Brook IL, 60523
Hours: Open in 2009 through November 15. Tuesday though Sunday 10am to 4:30pm. Mill closed for the winter season. Reopening on April 6, 2010 through end of program.
Admits 4 (2 adults and 2 children)

National Hellenic Museum

Connecting generations through Greek history, culture, and art.
801 W. Adams Street (4th floor) Chicago IL, 60607
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am-4pm; Sat. 11am-4pm
Admits 4

KidsWork Children's Museum

A regional, cultural institution that provides fun, hands-on interactive play which nurtures life-long learning and discovery.
11 S. White Street Frankfort IL, 60423
Hours: Summer Hours: Tues - Sat 9am - 3pm; Sunday 11am - 4pm; 2nd and 4th Thursdays 6pm - 8pm. Fall Hours (starting September 8, 2009): Tues - Sat 9am - 4pm; Sunday 11am - 4pm; 2nd and 4th Thursdays 6pm - 8pm, free admission and free programming.
Admits 2 (Buy one, get one free. Limit is 2 admissions per family)

Kohl Children's Museum

Provides 17 hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for young children in a fun, intimate environment.
2100 Patriot Boulevard Glenview IL, 60026
Hours: Monday 9:30am-12pm (School Year) 9:30am-5pm (June-Sept); Tuesday - Saturday 9:30am -5pm; Sunday 12pm -5pm
Admits 2

Lake County Discovery Museum

Offers the fun of a big city museum, close to home with its permanent and temporary exhibits including an 11-foot Mastodon and the world's largest collection of picture postcards.
27277 N. Forest Preserve Road Wauconda IL, 60084
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admits 2 (passes are valid for general admission only. Not valid for use during public programs and special events where special admission rates apply)

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

The only museum in the Chicago-land area that focuses exclusively on the history, culture and arts of the North American native people.
3001 Central Street Evanston IL, 60201
Hours: T, W, F, Sat. 10 AM to 5 PM; Th. 10 AM to 8 PM; Sun. Noon to 4 PM; Closed Mondays
Admits 4

Morton Arboretum

A 1,700 acre outdoor museum of magnificent trees and beautiful landscapes with a four-acre Children's Garden and one-acre Maze Garden.
4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle IL, 60532
Hours: The Arboretum is open 365 days a year! The grounds open at 7 a.m. year-round and close at 7 p.m. or sunset, whichever is earlier. Hours for Children's garden varies.
Admits 4

Oriental Institute Museum

Presents informative and engaging exhibits and programs on ancient Egypt, Nubia, Israel, Iraq, Iran and Turkey.
1155 E. 58th Street Chicago IL, 60637
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM; Wednesday: 10 AM - 8:30 PM; Sunday: Noon - 6:00 PM; Closed Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Free Kid's i-Pod tour of their Egyptian Gallery

St. Charles Heritage Museum

Exhibits highlight early settlers, agriculture, industry, education, the Richard's Riot, millionaires and tourism in the Roaring Twenties.
215 E. Main Street St. Charles IL, 60174
Hours: Closed on Mondays; Tuesdays - Saturdays 10am - 4pm; Sundays 12 - 4pm.
15% discount on visitors entire gift shop purchase with some exclusions.

This program is a great way to expose your family to all the cultural opportunities Chicago-land has to offer. Thank you Macys and the public library systems for creating this program.

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