We’ve found some incredible Link card discounts! If you have an Illinois LINK card (EBT card), you can receive discounted admission to dozens of awesome venues around the state!
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5 Things You Need to Know about Illinois LINK Card Discounts
After years of reporting on low income and food stamps topics, I’ve learned that there are several things that most people don’t know about their Illinois LINK benefits.
You need an Illinois LINK card. If you don’t have one, you can apply for food stamps online now!
You may be eligible for more benefits. In the course of our research, we discovered that up to 95% of people don’t know about this.
You can shop at some great stores! You can shop at Costco, Schwans, Papa Murphy’s, CSAs, Farmer’s Markets and more! Some farmer’s markets have double-up food programs that give you twice as much produce as you pay for! Here’s what you need to know.
You can buy gardening supplies and more. It’s true, we have a memo from the USDA right here.
You can get cash back – literally! Put cash back in your pocket when you shop. We’ll show you how.
Statewide LINK Card Discounts
No matter where you live in Illinois, you should have access to these benefits!
50% off Amazon Prime
Amazon offers discounted Amazon Prime memberships for customers who receive Illinois food stamps! In addition to free two-day shipping, Amazon Prime members get access to FREE streaming access to thousands of movies and TV shows! Get it now!
You’re probably paying too much for internet. We’ve found Internet services starting at just $5 per month from providers like Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T and more!
Free Cell Phones & Service
Cell phones and service are available FREE for individuals and families who receive Illinois food stamps benefits. Find out who offers free phones and service in your area.
We’ve found several organizations that offer free and low cost computers to low income families. Here’s how to get one.
YMCA organizations typically offer discounts for low income individuals and families. If you qualify for Illinois food stamps, you may qualify for a discounted YMCA membership! Contact your local YMCA for details.
If you’re looking for Illinois LINK card discounts, then you may also be eligible for these assistance programs:
- Homebuyer assistance programs
- Legal aid
- Property tax exemptions
- Student loan assistance
- Summer meals
- Tax filing assistance
- Utility assistance
- Pet care assistance
LINK Card Museum Discounts
The LINK card museum discounts are without a doubt the coolest benefits you can get from having an Illinois LINK card, but there are a few things you need to know before we go into the details.
You can’t pay for admission with your EBT card. Some attractions offer free admission but others just provide a discount. You will show the EBT card to receive the discount but you can’t use EBT to pay for any remaining admission cost.
This list is alphabetical for your convenience.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum – $1 per person
Over a thousand artifacts, two thousand photographs and countless volumes are available at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. However, only about a hundred of these fascinating artifacts are on display at this time.
SciTech Hands On Museum – $3 per person
Engage with more than 200 interactive STEAM exhibits at SciTech! STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Every exhibit is a mini-experiment with instructions and explanations. There’s something to learn for guests of all ages!
Divvy for Everyone – $5 per YEAR
Divvy for Everyone (D4E) provides a discounted membership to low income residents of Chicago and Evanston. For just $5, you can get access to the Divvy bikeshare system for an entire year!
Adler Planetarium – $1 per person
When you show either a LINK card or WIC ID at the Adler, you’ll receive a Basic Pass (including one show) for just $1 per guest, up to 8 guests. For an additional $5 per person, you can upgrade to an All Access Pass with unlimited shows and the historic Atwood Sphere experience!
Art Institute of Chicago – FREE
Enjoy the Art Institute of Chicago for FREE with your Illinois LINK card.
Chicago Academy of Sciences & Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – $1 per person
Enjoy exhibits and interactive classes as you learn about nature. In addition to standard exhibits, you also get access to the events and activities!
Chicago Children’s Museum – $3 per group
Illinois LINK card holders (or WIC recipients) can pay just $3 for up to 6 people. Families must include at least one adult and one child age 15 or younger.
I originally reported that they charged $3 per person. India, one of our wonderful readers, informed me that this was actually a mistake! She wrote, “Just a clarification – Chicago Children’s Museum charges $3 for up to 6 people, it isn’t $3 per person. We were pleasantly surprised by that info when we went. I was expecting to pay $15, which is still good, but we only paid $3!”
Chicago History Museum – $3 per adult
Illinois LINK cardholders can receive admission for just $3 per adult. Admission is always free for anyone age 12 and younger.
DuSable Museum of African American History – $3 per adult
The DuSable promotes the understanding and appreciation of the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans. Located in historic Hyde Park, the museum was founded in 1961 and features more than 15,000 pieces in its collections. Admission is $3 per adult (18+). Children age 17 and under are FREE!
The Field Museum – $3 per person
The Field Museum tells the story of life on Earth through historical and scientific collections. Solve mysteries, explore new subjects and enjoy the exhibits for just $3 per person (up to 6 people) when you show your Illinois LINK.
International Museum of Surgical Science – $3 or less per person
This 10,000 square foot museum is the only museum in North America that is exclusively devoted to surgery. The exhibits and rotating programs all showcase the surgical history and development.
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art – $3 per person
What is intuitive and outsider art? Their website states that it’s “the work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who instead are motivated by their unique personal visions.” The Intuit spans 12,000 square feet with two galleries, a Study Center, the Henry Darger Rooom Collection and a gift shop.
Lincoln Park Zoo – FREE
Lincoln Park Zoo offers a free, family-oriented wildlife experience! The zoo is always free but is also a Museums for All member, so it is included on this list.
Pick up a pass from CPL and you can also save 10% on food and retail purchases throughout the park!
Museum of Contemporary Art – $3 or less per person
Art is for everyone, says the Museums of Contemporary Art in Chicago. A generous pay-as-you-will admission policy ensures that nobody will be turned away due to inability to pay. Admission is always free for all Illinois residents on Tuesdays!
Museum of Science and Industry – FREE
Visit one of the largest science museums in the world for just FREE! You’ll enjoy more than 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits. If you have an Illinois LINK card or a WIC card, then you can get up to two adult Museum Entry tickets and up to six children (under 18) Museum Entry tickets.
National Museum of Mexican Art – FREE
The National Museum of Mexican Art brings the richness of Mexican culture to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. With over 3,000 years of creativity on display, the museum features over 10,000 pieces in a 48,000 square foot space. Visit for free!
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture – FREE
Located in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, the NMPRAC is the only self-standing museum in the world that is solely dedicated to Puerto Rican arts and culture. Browse three galleries, multiple performance spaces, arts classrooms and more as you learn about the rich cultural heritage of Puerto Rico.
National Veterans Art Museum – FREE
The National Veterans Art Museum promotes a greater understanding of the impact of war through exhibit and collections. All the artwork is created by veterans. Although there is art from veterans of all conflicts, there is a special focus on Vietnam.
Shedd Aquarium – FREE
Low income families with either an EBT card OR WIC benefits can get FREE admission to Shedd Aquarium! Your free admission includes access to all permanent exhibits, the Underwater Beauty special exhibit, and the seasonal Stingray Touch experience. For $4.95 per person, you can upgrade to a 4D experience as well.
Chicago Botanic Garden – FREE + Discounted Parking
Although the Chicago Botanic Garden is always free, Illinois LINK cardholders can receive a reduced parking rate of $10 per vehicle (parking is usually $25-$30). Active duty military, reservists, former POWs and their families can receive free parking with ID.
Kohl Children’s Museum – $3 per person
Bring your Illinois LINK card and photo ID to receive $3 admission per person for up to 4 people.
Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn – $3 or less per person
Oak Lawn’s favorite place for both learning and fun is now accepting EBT cardholders for a discounted admission rate!
Wonder Works Children’s Museum – $3 per person
If you receive either food stamps or WIC, then you can visit Wonder Works Children’s Museum for just $3 per person! There are six permanent experience zones, including a farm to market zone, building zone, gardening zone, outdoor zone and more.
Blocks to Bricks – $3 per person
This 12,000 square foot space is a celebration of construction toys, including LEGO®, Erector Sets®, Lincoln Logs® and more. With an EBT card, four people can receive admission for just $3 each!
Downers Grove Museum – FREE
The history of Downers Grove is showcased through textiles, photographs and other collections. This museum also hosts a public research library with searchable census records, cemetery surveys, telephone directories, school yearbooks, genealogies, newspaper articles, birth and death certificates. Photographs are also viewable upon request.
The Morton Arboretum – $1 per person
This internationally recognized nonprofit organization provides an engaging, educational experience across 1,700 acres of woodlands, prairie, meadows, lakes and streams. In addition, there are 16 miles of hiking trails and a number of tree and plant collections. Of course, their award-winning children’s garden is a great place to take the kids! With an Illinois LINK card, you will pay just $1 per person for up to 8 guests (as long as you’re all in one vehicle).
At this time, active duty servicemembers can always receive free admission.
DuPage Children’s Museum – $3 per person
With your LINK Card, you can visit for just $3 per person!
If you’ve got WIC, IHFS Medical or afree/reduced school lunch award letter, you can get an even better deal! You can score a $25 per year membership to DuPage Children’s Museum! The membership covers up to two adults and six children. You’ll get unlimited admission for an entire year, a 10% discount at the café and Explorer Store, and discounts on special camps. You’ll also get exclusive invitations to members-only special events!
Naper Settlement – $1 per person
Explore 12 acres of learning at Naper Settlement‘s family-friendly outdoor history museum. Learn about the past through exciting interactive exhibits, galleries and so much more.
Cantigny Park – $1 per vehicle with up to 8 passengers
Cantigny Park features 500 acres of gardens, with miles of stunning trails and multiple museums. Alicia Anderson, the membership and retail operations manager, has confirmed via email that families with either a Link Card (EBT) or a WIC card can receive full access to the gardens, museums and special events for just $1 per vehicle (up to 8 passengers). However, ticketed events, fee-based programs, paid tours and other discounts are not included.
It is important to remember that everyone gets free admission on the first Wednesday of each month! Veterans and active-duty military can always get free admission (and other perks) when they join the free Cantigny Honor Club. Free admission is also available on Armed Forces Day, McCormick Day, Constitution Day and Veterans Day.
Children’s Museum of Illinois – $4 per person
Both LINK cardholders and military/veteran families can pay just $4 per person for admission. Up to four people can be covered by this discount. It is important to realize that children under 2 are always free and senior citizens (65+) are also admitted for $3 each.
Edwardsville Children’s Museum – FREE
The Edwardsville Children’s Museum includes a Makerspace, animal hospital, credit union, market, café and many other play spaces for children. It is ideal for children ages 12 and under. Each EBT card includes free admission for everyone in the immediate household (parents and children).
Children’s Discovery Museum – $3 per person
If you have an Illinois Link card or WIC, then you can visit Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal for just $3 per person! There is a limit of six reduced admissions per EBT card.
Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum – FREE
This hands-on children’s museum is nestled in the historic Glen Oak Park Pavilion building, adjacent to the Peoria Zoo. Designed to bring families together in exploration and play, the Playhouse offers special programming for toddlers, families and more. There’s even an adult maker space!
Families who receive WIC or LINK card benefits can apply to participate in the PlayHouse Explorer Program. You’ll also need to bring either a driver’s license or state ID with you and apply at the admissions desk.
Peoria Riverfront Museum – $3 per person
From your backyard to a distance galaxy, the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s exhibits feature a wide range of art, history, science and more. At this time, LINK cardholders can receive admission for $3 per person, up to four people. This rate includes access to the planetarium. It is important to realize that special exhibits and giant screen movies are not included.
Quad City Botanical Center – $2 per person
LINK cardholders can visit the Quad City Botanical Center for just $2 per person! You can even bring a picnic to the park as long as you do not bring breakable bottles, dishes, drinking cups or alcohol. You will be responsible to dispose of all wrappers and remaining food.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum – $3 or less per person
As a Museums for All partner, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum charges $3 or less per person, for up to four people per EBT card.
Illinois State Museum – FREE
The Illinois State Museum is always free but they have recently joined Museums for All, a program that pledges to make museums more accessible to households with food stamps.
Kidzeum of Health and Science – $3 per person
Tickle a giant nose and make it sneeze! Climb through a brain and gooey intestines of a three-story human body! Kidzeum is the ultimate kid-friendly learning experience for health and science topics. Visit for just $3 per person, as of July 2018!
Children’s Hands-On Museum of NW Illinois – $3 per person
Explore over 3,000 square feet of interactive exhibits for just $3 per person! Their subjects include agricultural science, STEM, social sciences, art, drama, music and sensory rooms.