Free Things To Do in Chicago

Free Things To Do

Here's your source for free . Even though Chicago can be an expensive city, there are still several free things to do. Some of the lesser known museums are free year-round, and the biggies - Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum, the Art Institute, etc. - offer . If you've got a Chicago Public Library Card, you can check out the Kraft Kid's Museum Passport, which gets you into several attractions.

You can find free events and search by date by selecting "Free Events" below. The events calendar of free things to do in Chicago is updated daily. We've also highlighted some of our favorite free attractions, and you can check out !

Browse our categories below to find free events and attractions in Chicago and have fun without spending a dime!

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the United States, and one of the last remaining free zoos. It's open to all 365 days a year and features animals from every climate. It's also dedicated to conservation and science, with one of the largest programs in the country.


The Local Tourist's Guide to the Chicago Air & Water Show

The Chicago Air & Water Show is over for 2016, but we'll be updating for next year. Register and you'll receive your FREE copy when it's updated for 2017!


Chicago Air & Water Show

Once we hit August it may feel like summer's almost over, but there's still a full month to enjoy. And what a month it is!


The Local Tourist's Guide to Navy Pier
The Local Tourist's Guide to Navy Pier is the ultimate resource for Chicago's #1 attraction.

The Local Tourist's Guide to Millennium Park

Millennium Park is an impressive and varied public space that is a destination for both locals and tourists.


Free Events

Check out all of the upcoming free Chicago events and search our interactive calendar by date and location.


Free Outdoor Concerts

Check out all of the upcoming Free Outdoor Concerts in Chicago.


Free Days at Chicago Museums

Find free days at Chicago museums