The best free finds in Chicago



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Who doesn't love free stuff? Especially when traveling, freebies can make an experience so much sweeter. These 10 free activities will show you some of Chicago's best features without feeling like cheap hand-outs. Chi-town's museums all have a free day (or at least a range of free hours), and the zoo animals, plant life, and gorgeous grassy areas of the city can all be experienced without opening a wallet. Who says music and culture have to be expensive? Photo: Lisa Wallis

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Day 1 - Chicago, Glencoe


1

Lincoln Park Zoo

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Location:

2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Contact:

tel: +1 312 742 2000
fax: +1 312 742 7666


2

Grant Park Music Festival

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Location:

500 South Columbus Drive
(Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park)
60616 Chicago,

Contact:

tel: +1 312 742 7638


3

Chicago Botanic Garden

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Location:

1000 Lake-Cook Rd
Just east of Edens Expwy./I-94
Glencoe, IL 60022

Contact:

tel: 847/835-5440
fax: +1 847 835 4484


4

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)

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Location:

220 E. Chicago Ave
1 block east of Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Contact:

tel: 312/280-2660
fax: +1 312 397 4095


5

Lincoln Park Conservatory

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Location:

2391 N Stockton Dr
Fullerton Ave. (at Stockton Dr.)
Chicago, IL 60614

Contact:

tel: 312/742-7736


6

Millennium Park

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Location:

222 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Contact:

tel: +1 312 742 1168 / +1 312 744 3370 (Event Hotline)


7

Garfield Park Conservatory

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Location:

300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624

Contact:

tel: +1 312 746 5100
fax: +1 773 638 1777


8

Art Institute of Chicago

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Location:

111 S. Michigan Ave
At Adams St
Chicago, IL 60602

Contact:

tel: 312/443-3600
fax: +1 312 443 0849


9

John G. Shedd Aquarium

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Location:

1200 S. Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

Contact:

tel: 312/939-2438
fax: +1 312 939 8069


10

Chicago Cultural Center

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Location:

78 E. Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

Contact:

tel: 312/744-6630
fax: +1 312 744 2089


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