Receiving food stamps in Illinois? If you have an Illinois LINK card (EBT card), you can receive discounted admission to dozens of awesome venues around the state! I know this is a long article but don’t leave too quickly! After the museums list, I’ll show you more exciting perks like how to get Internet for less than $1! =D
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Got an Illinois LINK card? Get discounts!
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! You’ll need to verify that you receive food stamps or Medicaid to get this incredible price.
Internet for just $5 per month?! It’s true! We’ve found a series of low income Internet discounts from providers like Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T and more! Click here to learn how to get discounted Internet services!
Power companies often offer special programs for low income customers. If you’ve got Illinois food stamps benefits, you may also qualify for special benefits from your power company!
Property tax exemptions may be available for both low income seniors and disabled veterans! If you own your own home, please check with your county for more information about these exemptions and how to apply.
Student loans feature special repayment programs for low income borrowers. Get the details on these low income student loan repayment plans here!
Veterinary care can be so expensive! Spay Illinois offers low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for pets that belong to low income households. These programs provide both grants and low-cost loans to low income pet owners. Get the details here!
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.
Did you know you could buy this with your Illinois food stamps card?
Did you know you can buy this?! You can buy seeds and produce-bearing plants with your Illinois food stamps card! You can also buy certain gift baskets and birthday cakes.
Did you know you can shop here?! Did you know that Costco, farmer’s markets and even you-pick strawberry fields can accept EBT benefits? Some retailers even give you discounts or free stuff if you shop there with your food stamps card!
Double your money at certain Farmer’s Markets! Certain Illinois Farmer’s Markets offer a “double up food bucks” program that lets you get twice as much produce for your money when you shop with an Illinois LINK card!
Wait — you can’t afford to miss this!!!
You could qualify for more food stamps funds! Let’s be honest: the amount you’re awarded in food stamps is never enough to actually buy the food you need for any given month. Fortunately, we can help! We’ve figured out how food stamps awards are calculated and what you can do to increase the amount you receive each month. If you would like more food stamps money each month, then you need to read this!
You can even get cash back from your food stamps card! It’s true and it’s legal – no cash benefits required. One of our readers earned an additional $437.84 just by shopping with her food stamps card. She uses that extra money to buy diapers, wipes and other essentials. Here’s how.
Get in FREE or cheap with an Illinois LINK card!
Illinois is indeed a great place for families and individuals who have an Illinois LINK card. For your convenience, we’ve decided to list the free and discounted museums alphabetically by city. The museums with green titles are Museums for All participants. At this time, these venues accept EBT cards from all 50 states. Thus, you don’t have to be a Illinois resident to get these great deals!
It is important to realize that you cannot pay for admission with your EBT card. Firstly, you will show the EBT card to receive the discount. Afterward, you will need to pay the remaining admission price, if any, in cash or with a credit/debit card.
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. Current exhibits focus on the brotherhood and the tools associated with firefighting. They’ve also opened a Children’s Discovery Room!
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!
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum – $1 per person (up to 4)
For just $1 per person (limit of 4 people), families can explore the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. Parking is metered during the week but free on the weekends.
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! Check out the calendar of events to find out what is happening today!
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.
Divvy for Everyone – $5 per year
For just $5 per year, low income Chicago residents can sign up for a Divvy for Everyone membership. Get the details on this discount here.
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.
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! Browse their animal collection, from aardvarks to yellow-spotted Amazon River turtles, by clicking here!
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.
Your free admission includes the permanent exhibits, including Science Storms and Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze, as well as Extreme Ice. It does not include the special exhibits that require an additional admission charge, such as the U-505 Submarine On-board Tour, WOW! Tour, Coal Mine, Giant Dome Theater films, Fab Lab or Future Energy Chicago.
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! For $4.95 per person, you can upgrade to a 4D experience.
Although there is a limit of 4 discounts per EBT card, you may be able to pick up a pass from CPL that allows four more people to get FREE admission! Check out the freebies you can get from CPL by clicking here!
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.
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.
Edwardsville Children’s Museum – FREE
The Edwardsville Children’s Museum includes a Makerspace, animal hospital, credit union, market, cafe 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).
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. At this time, guests under 12 months of age are always free.
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 ALL Kids, you can get an even better deal! You can score a $20 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!
Just bring your qualifying documentation and photo ID to the children’s museum to apply for this program.
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. To learn more about Naper Settlement and the Naperville Heritage Society, click here.
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.
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! Current exhibits (as of Jan 2017) include a nanoscale exhibit, cafe, theater, imagination station, tree house, building station, air maze, and many play structures.
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.
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.
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!
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 remRemember, 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.