Free City Goodies
Option 1: Go to your local Chicago Public Library to pick up various brochures about free programs offered by the city. For example, the Chicago Park District’s annual program “Movies in the Parks” offers free screenings of family films in parks in all city neighborhoods. Also be sure to visit the City of Chicago’s website to explore “Things to Do,” which includes links to free city attractions, dance events, festivals, nature activities, music events and much more.
Option 2: While you’re at the library, use your library card to check out a Kids Museum Passport! The museum passport program allows City of Chicago residents who are 14 and up to check out a free pass to museums like the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Chicago History Museum.
Option 3: Visit a museum on one of its free days! Many of Chicago’s wonderful museums offer free admission throughout the year. Check the museums’ websites to find out when the next free day occurs. Also, remember that some of Chicago’s attractions are free every day. The Lincoln Park Zoo and the Chicago Botanic Garden have no admission charge; however, there is a fee for parking.
Option 4: Scan the Weekend and Entertainment sections of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times or the Chicago Reader to find free upcoming events. You can also search online for free events on Metromix, the Sun-Times Entertainment section, or the Chicago Reader’s Events Listings.
Option 5: Head outside! Enjoy one of Chicago’s beautiful lakefront beaches or city parks! They are always free and offer scenic recreation the whole year ‘round! Don’t forget to bring along your library book for good reading!
Check out these books for more great ideas!
Phillips, Susan I. Museums of Chicago: A Guide for Residents and Visitors. Yardley, PA: Westholme Museum Guides, 2005. AM13.C5P45 2005
NFT: Not for Tourists Guide to Chicago. Happy Mazza Media
205 Second Through Sixth Grade Students. A Sunday Afternoon Hotdog Meal. 826CHI, June 2007