DOWNTOWN — Chicago Public Schools students will be able to head to a dozen museums during their last week of summer vacation — free of charge.
The mayor's office announced Saturday that 12 museums will give free general admission to the students. A parent or caregiver can get free admission, too.
The savings amounts to $20 or more per person for some of the museums, although some of the museums participating are already free.
The program runs from Sunday to Saturday.
“I want to thank Chicago’s museums and cultural institutions for their support and open arms in welcoming Chicago Public Schools students before the school year begins,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This is a unique opportunity for students and their families to learn and explore by visiting our city’s world class museums before school starts on September 5.”
Some 3,500 people took advantage of the promotion last year, the first time the free admission was offered. To get in, students need to present a school ID or spring 2017 report card.
“Museums In the Park is pleased to once again offer CPS Museum Days as a sign of our commitment to learning and our support of our city’s children and their families,” said Gary Johnson, president of the Chicago History Museum and president of Museums In the Park.
Participating museums include:
• The Adler Planetarium
• The Field Museum
• The Art Institute of Chicago
• The Shedd Aquarium
• The Museum of Science and Industry
• The Chicago History Museum
• The Museum of Contemporary Art
• The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
• National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
• Lincoln Park Zoo
• The DuSable Museum of African American History
• The National Museum of Mexican Art