Chicago Museums, Theaters Offer Freebies To Federal Workers During Shutdown

January 17, 2019 - 10:35 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With no end in sight to the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history, Chicago museums and theaters are offering some relief to federal workers. 

The Museum of Broadcast Communications is offering federal workers free admission to Saturday Night Live: The Experience. Furloughed workers just need to show their government ID. This offer will last as long as the shutdown does.

The Adler Planetarium is also offering free admission for employees of the federal government. Furloughed workers who wish to visit the planetarium must show a government ID, and will receive two (2) free general admission tickets. This offer will last as long as the shutdown does.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Another entertainment option is the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, which is offering furloughed federal workers four (4) tickets to “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah” on Jan. 19 and 20, and “National Geographic Live — Pink Boots and a Machete” on Jan. 24.

According to their Facebook post, workers can redeem their free tickets by going to the theater's box office, located at 50 E Ida B Wells Dr in Chicago’s Loop, with a federal ID anytime between now and one hour before the show.

The free tickets are made possible through the Auditorium Theatre’s ADMIT ONE program.

And while it is not exclusive to federal employees, a few other Chicago museums are offering free admission this month. The Shedd Aquarium is offering free admission for Illinois residents from Jan. 17-21; The Museum of Science and Industry is offering free admission on Jan. 14-17, 21-24, and 28-31.

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