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February 15, 2023

Top-Rated Free Things to do in Chicago

There is no doubt about it, Chicago is a great city to explore. There are so many different things to do and experience, no matter your budget. A trip to the city doesn’t have to be expensive, with a wide range of free activities available year round. From luxury Broadway shows to walks around Millennium Park, there are a wide range of ways to spend your day in the city. We’ve collected a list of free things you can enjoy in Chicago, either by yourself or with your loved ones.

Visit Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory features stunning flowers and greenery that you’ve probably never seen before. Eight separate indoor gardens feature exotic and tropical plants, and a water lily pond provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. To attend, you simply make a reservation, and enjoy a great day of admiring the natural beauty for free.

Walk on the 606

If you’ve ever been to New York City, you might’ve walked the High Line. Chicago has its own version, the 606 trail. Spanning over two and a half miles through the city, this trail sits on an old elevated rail line. This favorite spot for runners, walkers, and bikers features art exhibits and landscape designs. Also called the Bloomingdale Trail, this path is open from 6 am to 11 pm every day. Make sure to stop at the Exelon Observatory during your visit and see spectacular views of the city and enjoy astronomy nights.

Explore Lincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the last free zoos in the country. It is also one of the most established zoos in the U.S. The zoo includes 35 acres filled with exotic animals and beautifully landscaped gardens. The Zoo is open year-round and often hosts seasonal events for the public. While the zoo is free, donations are encouraged in order to support their efforts and keep the experience free.

Visit a museum on a free day

Chicago is home to many different types of museums. Some are free and others offer free days for Illinois residents or selected groups. A few local favorite free museums include the Smart Museum of Art, the Clark House Museum, and the Design Museum of Chicago. Other popular museums that are free on certain days for residents are the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, and Chicago History Museum. Even Shedd Aquarium offers free and discounted rates depending on the day. Take the weekend and learn something new in some of these museums’ dazzling exhibits, free of charge.

Experience the best of Chicago for free

You don’t need to spend money to have a great day in the city. There are so many different things you can do in Chicago, from visiting one of the best zoos in the nation to seeing gorgeous outdoor spaces. Save money on your trip and have fun exploring the Windy City at the same time.Need a place to stay when visiting Chicago? Book your reservation here.

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