Chicago Travel Guide

Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

Neighborhood business hours are generally 9 to 6 Sunday through Wednesday, with later hours Thursday through Saturday. When holidays fall on a weekend, businesses usually close around 4 on the preceding Friday. On a Monday after a weekend holiday, retail businesses are rarely closed but regular businesses often are. Most stores close for Christmas, New Year's, and Easter Sunday.

Chicago museums are generally open daily 9–5, closing only on major holidays; some larger attractions keep later hours (until about 8 pm) one weeknight per week. A number of smaller museums keep limited hours; it's always advisable to phone ahead for details.

Most pharmacies are open regular business hours, starting as early as 8 am. Some close as early as 5 pm, but many stay open later, anywhere from 6 to 10 pm. Major chains have outposts that are open 24 hours.

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