Free Things to do in Chicago

Traveling to big cities tends to get expensive, but it doesn't have to. Chicago is a wonderful city to explore without breaking the wallet. Enjoy a weekend with family or friends embracing all the free things to do in Chicago. Filled with activities for all ages as well as things to do with kids during your stay, the Windy City provides to be the perfect entertainment city.

 

Free Walking Tours in Downtown Chicago: These 2.5 hour easy walking tours are the perfect introduction to Chicago and a great way to learn about the history, culture, and lifestyle.  Even locals will learn something new!  No reservations required.  Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30am  in front of the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 E. Washington.   Look for your guide in a bright orange t-shirt.

 

Millennium Park: Celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary in 2014, Millennium Park is Chicago showplace for cutting edge art, landscape design, music and more.  See “the bean” also known as Cloud Gate and Millennium Fountain.  Enjoy free concerts on the lawn at the Pritzker Pavilion.  Attend free events and festivals.  View the full Millennium Park schedule here.  Open daily 6am-11pm.

 

Grant Park: Walk a couple blocks south of Millennium Park to view Chicago’s world-famous Buckingham Fountain.  The fountain runs from 8am-11pm from April to mid-October, depending on weather.  Every hour, on the hour the foundation produces a major water display shooting jets 150 feet into the air. 

 

Art Institute of Chicago:  Enjoy one of the world’ greatest art collections for free every first and second Wednesday of the month.

 

Lincoln Park Zoo: Take your kids to the wild side at this world-class zoo that is free all day, every day.

 

Chicago Beaches: Soak up the sun, inline skate, or play sand volleyball at Oak Street Beach or North Avenue Beach, popular spots to see and be seen during summer in Chicago.

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