Have the travel bug, but are on a budget? No problem!

Let's be frank, traveling on a budget isn't easy, but it's certainly not impossible! Luckily, we live near a bustling city filled with things to do. Plus, we're surrounded by neighborhoods with diverse offerings to entertain and inspire the mind. That's why your library has partnered with Explore More Illinois.

Explore More Illinois is a cultural pass program that provides discounts and other offerings from museums, historical societies, performing and visual arts centers, and other attractions across Illinois. The program is FREE for adults 18 years and older who have a library card from a participating library. Offerings differ by attraction and include free or reduced admission, free parking, discounts at attraction shops, and more.

Explore is constantly adding new offerings so it's important you check back every once in a while. Below are some new attractions that we recommend :

  • Elgin Symphony Orchestra--Elgin, IL
  • Museum of Science and Industry--Chicago, IL
  • American Writers Museum--Chicago, IL
  • Rockford Art Museum--Rockford, IL
  • Kidzeum of Health and Science--Springfield, IL

Explore More Illinois is available 24/7 from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Log in using a valid library card number and password to review and reserve offerings by attraction and specific dates. See a full list of attractions here.