Architectural tours, brewery tours, parks and zoos…for free? In Chicago? Not only are they free, many Chicago cultural institutions, restaurants, hotels and a range of companies offer free amenities to both locals and visitors alike.
Looking for a place that offers free happy hour? Ask a local. Want to visit one of our many world-class museums? Almost all of them offer free days. Want to enjoy a scenic path for your morning run? Chicago’s Lakefront Trail can’t be beat. Ice skating is free during the winter at Millennium Park.
For those visiting Chicago, book a Chicago Greeter (for free, of course) and let them know what you’d like to see. They’re well-versed on Chicago’s history, past and present, and are happy to share their knowledge with you.
No visit to Chicago is complete without a photo with Cloud Gate, affectionately called The Bean by locals. Located at Millennium Park, the park also features free live music just east of the park at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion during the summer months.
The Lincoln Park Zoo, just a few miles north of downtown, is free 365 days a year while the Garfield Park Conservatory offers a beautiful respite just west of the Loop.
Decide what you most want to see when you visit and then use our guide to help you plan. Chicago may be rich in history but it can also be very inexpensive to enjoy.