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15+ Free Things to Do in Chicago

By February 18, 2015 July 21st, 2015 No Comments

Free Things to Do in Chicago

Planning a school trip to Chicago?

Your field trip doesn’t need to break the bank. Culture, nature, art, sculpture, architecture and more are all accessible for free in Chicago.  Here is a sampling of free things to do in Chicago:

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Get  Up   Close   to   Sculpture
  • Stroll through 24.5-acre Millennium Park  and see the reflected and distorted skyline in the Cloud Gate, also called the Bean. This park is also home to the Crown Fountain, an interactive video sculpture made up of 50-foot glass-block towers bookending a shallow reflecting pool. You can also see the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the
  • The Buckingham Fountain at Grant Park presents a free water display every hour from mid-April to mid-October. Between dusk and 10 p.m., music and a light display accompany the fountain’s 133 spouting jets.
  • Take the 2-mile walkway at the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park to consider contemporary sculpture up close. Located 40 minutes north of downtown, this sculpture park houses an apple rocket, huge painted horses, a night butterfly, and more.
Experience   Nature
  • The urban Lincoln Park Zoo is a nature oasis in a sea of skyscrapers. See snow leopards, zebra, monkeys, and more.
  • Escape the urban landscape at the Chicago Botanic Gardens  (Admission free, paid parking). Stroll through gardens, view over 200 birds, and check out the sculpture collection.
  • There are more than 26 miles of lakefront Chicago Beaches to enjoy and explore!
  • Garfield Park Conservatory boasts 8 multifaceted greenhouses, stunning outdoor gardens, and huge sculptures.
Explore   Art   and   Culture
Have   Fun
  • Stroll the historic Navy Pier for 50 acres of fun! Several attractions, such as the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, offer free admission.


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