Free Family Fun in Chicagoland

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It is fun being able to work from home and spend quality time with my little guys, traveling across Chicagoland and making memories filled with learning and excitement.  But what makes it even better?  Having an amazing time for FREE.  Here are some of our favorite spots for free family fun in Chicagoland.

ABT Electronics

Airplanes Up Close and Personal

Art in Chicagoland

Barnes and Noble

Best Family Friendly Beaches

The Book Bin

Buckingham Fountain

Busse Woods

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Evanston Lakefront

Friendship Park Conservatory

Gardens in Bloom This Winter

The Glen

The Grove

Hiking Paths Across Chicagoland

Home Depot Kids’ Workshops

Ice Skating Rinks

Independence Grove

Indoor Mall Play Spaces

Lake Arlington

Library Crawl Across Chicagoland

Lincoln Park Conservatory

Lincoln Park Zoo

Living Sea Aquarium

Meineke Ninja Warrior Park

Miss Jamie From the Farm Performances

My Mariano’s Weekend Crafts

Nature Centers Across Chicagoland

North School Park

Northbrook Court New Indoor Playground

Old Orchard Mall

Picnicking Spots

Free Sledding Spots

Splash Pads

Starved Rock State Park

Touch a Truck Events Across Chicagoland

Urban Photo Shoot Locations in Chicago

Village Green

Wagner Farm

Whole Foods Storytimes and Crafts


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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    Wow, there is a ton of stuff to do there. I have always wanted to visit Chicago, so hopefully we will get there sometime in the near future.

  2. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    It’s great that there are so many things to do for families and for free in the Chicago area. I’ve always heard Barnes and Noble mentioned in films, I’d love to check it out for myself.

  3. Danielle K says

    This is great list of places to go. We were hoping to make a trip to Chicago with our son soon so we’ll have to visit a lot of these places.

  4. Jeanine says

    Lots to do in Chicago! I’ve never been but my sister has and loved it. She was lucky and went to a free taping of Oprah. I’ve been jealous since!

  5. Alanna says

    Wow! It looks like there’s so many fun activities to do in Chicago! I love that they are all free activities too! Thanks for sharing!! I hope to visit Chicago one day!!

  6. Victoria says

    These look like so much fun! We are trying to do some more traveling and tying in homeschooling while we do. This sounds like something we would all love and the girls would get some lessons in at the same time.

  7. Jade says

    We would go to the zoo and the bookstore. Of course, the little guy would want to go to the aquarium and the Lego store, too.

  8. Cara (@StylishGeek) says

    Thank you for sharing your Chicagoland resources! I love Chicago and I have been there a few times. I remember the first visit, my BFF and I went to all the places that was featured in the movie ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’, except for the ballpark. It was an awesome trip!

    • amandasimkin says

      Ha, that sounds like a fun way to approach Chicago. Another great movie to relive is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

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