If you are traveling on a budget or just looking for new things to do, you will definitely be entertained by plenty of free activities in Chicago for travelers all ages. Take advantage of cultural activities, movies, concerts, and days at the beach without spending a penny! This list of activities will take you to Chicago’s most popular and best destinations around the city, are easy to get to from every neighborhood, and will help you take advantage of the remaining summer days.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Pack a picnic and head to the Lincoln Park Zoo, just steps from Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. Animal lovers of all ages enter free every day of the year to marvel at penguins, gorillas, lions and more! Plus, don’t miss the grassy open spaces to relax.
Concerts in the Park
Catch concerts in Chicago’s famous Millennium Park through the middle of September almost every day of the week, as well as during the lunch time hour. Bring a bottle of wine, friends and family to experience the best of Chicago, national, and international musicians of ranging genres.
Movies in the Park
During the summer months the Chicago Park District presents over 175 outdoor movies in the park throughout the summer. Bring snacks, wine, and the whole family. Movies begin at dusk.
Enjoy a free night of laughs every Wednesday at one of the best improv theaters in Chicago! Wednesday’s feature fresh talent, an improv battle, and improv open mike!
Experience Chicago’s most well-known museums, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum for free! Every first and second Wednesday of the month admission is free to all exhibits at the Art Institute and the Field Museum will open its’ doors to the public for free August 29-31. Mark your calenders!