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No Free Museum Days for Out-of-Staters in Chicago

Posted By Administration, Sunday, May 8, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Illinois legislature voted unanimously to approve proposal by Chicago museum giants to eliminate free days for tourists.

Museums in the Parks, the group that proposed charging out-of-staters, is comprised of the big names in Chicago museums. The Chicago History Museum, Alder Planetarium, Art Institute, Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science and Industry, John G. Shedd Aquarium and others are among Museums in the Parks members. The general Assembly had mandated 52 free admission days a year but the state had also provided operating money to the museums which helped to offset the loss of admission revenue. Now looking to recapture lost operations cost the Museums in the Park's request is expected to go through.

Based on zipcode collection on free days somewhere between 25 and 50 percent of guests are from outside Illinois. Better or worse aside, the change to the free days seems to be necessary.

For more on this story, visit the New York Times.

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