Five Free Things to Visit In Chicago

While Chicago is a beautiful city, it can also be an expensive one. I often decline invitations simply because a night out can cost a fortune. However, $15 movie tickets and $40 per person dinners are not the only options. I began researching fun, free things to do with friends this summer, and was surprised by the long lists I found. Here are some of my favorites: Art Institute of Chicago is free to all on the first and second Wednesdays of every month and is located in the heart of downtown at 111 South Michigan Avenue. Farmer’s Markets are a fun way to enjoy the summer weather, support local farmers and explore the city. Lincoln Park Zoo is open and free to the public 7 days a week. Open weekdays 10 a.m.—5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.—6:30 p.m., May 29—September 6. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 17,000 square feet of rooftop gardens, large greenhouses, walks among colorful butterflies and more. Visitors can enter for free on Thursdays, but a donation is appreciated. Grant Park Music Festival located at Millennium Park, all are welcome to bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy on Pritzker Pavilion’s lawn while listening to the various musical guests.

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