One for the Books: Naperville library offers free and discounted tickets to museums, cultural attractions – Chicago Tribune

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While library books, movies and downloads allow Napervillians to explore world-renowned museums and landmarks from the comfort of their own homes, many don’t realize the library offers customers free or discounted tickets to experience a variety of local cultural attractions in person.
Just in time for their opening night on Oct. 16, free passes to see the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra are available at the adult services desks at all three Naperville Public Library locations. From Mozart and Beethoven to Chopin and Howard Blake’s “The Snowman,” each pass is good for two free tickets to one of the Philharmonic’s performances at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights.
Library card holders can also take advantage of the library’s participation in the Museum Adventure Pass Program. This program offers customers free or reduced admission prices to a variety of exciting museums and cultural institutions throughout the Chicago area.
Passes are issued at the children’s services desk at all three locations on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a limited number of passes available for each museum, and families can choose one pass per loan period. The type of discount and date restrictions are set by each museum and are subject to change.
Check out or for the full list of participants. Here are a few popular favorites:
Aurora Regional Fire Museum
Located in Aurora’s Old Central Fire Station, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum features a variety of hands-on exhibits about the history of firefighting, a children’s discovery room and the Hayloft Theater.
Pass valid for buy one, get one free general admission.
Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society)
A world leader in animal care, conservation and education, Brookfield Zoo welcomes guests of all ages to observe more than 450 species of animals in its 216-acre park.
Pass valid for two general admission tickets.
Cantigny Park (Wheaton)
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.
Pass admits one vehicle.
Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe)
With its world-renowned plant collections and displays, the Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the country’s most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research.
Pass admits one car at 50% off.
Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn
The museum’s mission is to positively impact a child’s potential in life through play-based education. Every program and exhibit in the Children’s Museum’s 12,000-square-foot facility is built with hands-on learning in mind.
Pass valid for one free child admission with the purchase of an adult admission.
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (Skokie)
The museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference.
Pass valid for buy one, get one free general admission.
Illinois Railway Museum (Union)
America’s largest railway museum, featuring many pieces of historic railway equipment on display. Visitors can take a ride on a restored train to experience a museum in motion.
Pass valid for buy two, get two free or buy one, get one free general admission during regular season.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center (Schaumburg)
This two-story ultimate LEGO playground is your passport to a world of color, creativity and fun, with millions of LEGO bricks and over a dozen rides and attractions.
Pass valid for buy one, get one free general admission.
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (Oak Brook)
People of all ages enjoy this exceptional museum dedicated to the beauty of gemstones and promoting the study of earth science. The museum houses a large collection of Chinese jade and other hard-stone carvings.
Pass valid for half off general museum admission.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian (Evanston)
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a handful of museums across the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history and culture of Native American and First Nation peoples from throughout the United States and Canada.
Pass valid for two regular museum admission tickets.
Naper Settlement
Naper Settlement is a nationally accredited outdoor museum located in downtown Naperville. The museum maintains 30 historic buildings on a 12-acre site with 50,000 objects. Museum staff and volunteers interpret life from the 19th century to today, while wearing period-correct costumes.
Pass valid for buy one, get one free general admission.
Trente Arens is the marketing and communications manager at Naperville Public Library.
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