21 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Chicago This Summer
Since I’ve been job searching this summer, I’ve been watching my pennies a little more carefully than normal. Luckily, that doesn’t mean I miss out on all the fun, either. I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on free and cheap things to do in the city that actually sound legitimately fun, so I thought I’d share with you guys in case you’re looking for something to do!
Check it out and let me know if there’s anything missing that’s on your list!
Art & Culture
Concerts in Millennium Park: Various Dates, FREE.
Chicago SummerDance (Dance Lessons and Music): Every Wed – Sunday in Grant Park, FREE.
Art Institute of Chicago Free Nights: 5-8pm Thursdays, FREE to Illinois Residents.
Museum of Contemporary Art Free Days: Every Tuesday, FREE to Illinois Residents.
Lincoln Park Zoo: Open and FREE everyday!
Garfield Park Conservatory: Open and FREE everyday! (This would be a beautiful photo shoot location – looking at you blogger friends or newly engaged people!)
National Museum of Mexican Art: Tuesday – Sunday 10-5, FREE.
Asian American Theater Fest @ Victory Gardens: August 13-18, tickets start at $10.
Chicago Jazz Festival @ Millennium Park: August 30-Sept 2, FREE
Keith Haring Mural Exhibit @ The Chicago Cultural Center: Now through Sept 23, FREE
Food & Street Fests
The Taste of Chicago: July 11-15 in Grant Park, FREE Admission and only $10 for 14 Food Tickets.
Square Roots Festival in Lincoln Square: July 13-15, $10 Suggested Donation.
Taste of River North: July 20-22, $5 Suggested Donation.
Tacos y Tamales Festival (Pilsen): July 20-22, $5 Suggested Donation.
Wicker Park Fest: July 27-29, $10 Suggested Donation.
Randolph Street Market: July 28-29, $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
Sports & Workouts
White Sox Baseball Games: Various Dates, Tickets start at $7 – lol that’s not a typo. (Pro tip: If you show up around the 6th inning they’ll sometimes just give you a FREE ticket.)
Millennium Park Summer Workouts: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, FREE.
5K Timed Runs in Humboldt, Washington, and Warren Park: FREE, just make sure to sign up in advance!
Workouts at Gallagher Way (Wrigleyville): Mondays-Saturdays, FREE.