Explore More Illinois museum discounts available

Explore More Illinois Suspended Through April 30: Explore More Illinois services are suspended through April 30 to comply with the Illinois Shelter in Place Order announced by Governor Pritzker. 

Looking forward to a Spring Break staycation? Your library card can get you free or discounted passes to some Illinois cultural attractions, like the Chicago Maritime Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Illinois Holocaust Museum, and - just added - the American Writers Museum in downtown Chicago. Explore More Illinois is a free service provided by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library that provides instant online access to special offers and discounts from museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theaters and other cultural venues.

Log in with your library card number and browse for available offers. For more information, visit the Explore More Illinois website at https://exploremore.quipugroup.net/

Who can use it?
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 do I access it?
Get started at Explore More Illinois Login.  From the drop-down menu, choose the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and enter your library card number. Browse for available offers for the upcoming three months. You can also search for offers by date, attraction, name or location. 

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 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
  • American Writers Museum, Chicago
  • 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: Participating attractions may change. Visit the Explore More Illinois Login to see current offerings.

Does Explore More Illinois include 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.

Free admission days are offered at many of these attractions. Choose Chicago and Chicago Parent have listed free admission dates on their websites.

For more information or assistance
Please call or visit the library.