SOUTH LOOP — Beginning Friday, the John G. Shedd Aquarium will open its doors to the public for free — a sweet deal that lasts all the way through Valentine's Day.
From Feb. 10-14, Illinois residents can get the normal entrance fee waived, and can upgrade their experience for access to more exhibits at a discounted rate.
The museum is also offering free days later in the month, on Feb. 21, 27 and 28.
Unfortunately, first-time visitors will have just missed the chance to meet Granddad, the Shedd's oldest resident who arrived a the aquarium in 1933 and was put down on Sunday.
But aquarium-goers can catch a peek at the museum's family of playful otters.
The Shedd isn't the only Chicago museum offering discounts this month.
The Field Museum is offering free entry for Illinois residents all February.
Illinoisans with proof of residency get to take advantage of the free February, giving them a whole month to peruse the museum's exhibits during normal business hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Patrons will still need to buy tickets for some events and exhibits, like 3D films, but can get a discounted rate.
For Illinois residents who qualify for state food assistance can also visit at a reduced price any day of the year through the museum's "Museums For All" program.
See when more museums are offering free or discounted days below.
Note, this calendar is subject to change. If we missed a museum, let us know via email.