When you see the price of admission to museums you'll be giad to know that most of our world-class museums offer free days - so check the web sites and plan your visit accordingly. 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 and the Riverwalk just keeps on getting better with art installations, live music and nooks to hang out and watch the world go by.
Book a Chicago Greeter and let them know what you’d like to see. They’re well-versed on Chicago’s history as well as its continuous progress and are happy to share their knowledge.
No visit to Chicago is complete without a photo at Cloud Gate, aka The Bean, an undulating, shiny lump of cheer. 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. Across the street, the Chicago Cultural Center always programs free cutting edge art exhibitions and concerts.
Lincoln Park Zoo, just a few miles north of downtown, is free 365 days a year while the Garfield Park Conservatory offers a beautiful, historic respite west of the Loop.
Go to the City of Chicago's web site and opt in for "Free, Free, Free," an e-newsletter with a monthly list of free programs, events and activities happening throughout the city in museums, cultural centers and parks. Chicago is rich in history and culture but you don't have to be Warren Buffet or Jeff Bezos to enjoy it all.