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What is Explore More Illinois?

Explore More Illinois is a free service that provides instant online access (with your library card) to free and discounted tickets to museums and other fun cultural attractions. Explore More Illinois can be accessed 24/7 from any computer, tablet or smartphone.

How do I get a Pass?

Get started at Explore More Illinois Login. From the drop-down menu, choose the Town & Country Library and enter your library card number and PIN. Browse for passes and available offers for the upcoming three months. You can also search for offers by date, attraction name or location.

May I use a Pass?

Access is limited to card holders ages 18 and older. Users may choose from passes based on venue and date. A limit of two active reservations are allowed at one time. A photo ID matching the name on the reservation must be shown at the attraction on the day of the reservation.

How can I make a Reservation?

Reservations must be made for a specific date. Using the calendar, select the date then choose the Reserve option under the attraction. A confirmation box will appear and a confirmation email will be sent. It is recommended to print your pass shortly before your visit. Once you print or download your pass, you cannot cancel your reservation. Two active reservations are allowed per library card. Reservations may be cancelled before they are printed or downloaded. Once you print or download your pass, you can not cancel your reservation, and it remains in active status until after the date on the pass.

What do I need to bring to the attraction on the day of the reservation?

You will need to bring a photo ID and either a smartphone with the pass available on the phone or a printed copy of the pass. Some attractions require a printed copy; this is indicated when you make the reservation.

What attractions are included?
  • 1950s Park Forest House Museum, Park Forest
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield
  • American Toby Jug Museum, Evanston
  • Central Illinois Connection Center, Chatsworth
  • Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago
  • Chicago Maritime Museum, Chicago
  • Discovery Center Museum, Rockford
  • DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago
  • Edwards Place, Springfield
  • Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum, Oak Park
  • Homewood Science Center, Homewood
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie
  • Kankakee County Museum, Kankakee
  • Kidzeum of Health and Science, Springfield
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
  • Springfield Art Association, Springfield
  • The Viking Ship, Geneva
  • Vermilion County Museum, Danville

Note: This list was last updated on August 8, 2019. The list of participating and attractions and their offers are subject to change. Not all attractions will be available to all libraries. Please log into Explore More Illinois to see the most current offerings.

Does Explore More Illinois include free or discounted admission to major Chicago attractions?

Popular Chicago museums including Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium and the Peggy Notebaert Museum are NOT included in the Explore More Illinois program.