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
Cosley Zoo
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
Miss Jamie From the Farm Performances
My Mariano’s Weekend Crafts
Nature Centers Across Chicagoland
North School Park
Old Orchard Mall
Picnicking Spots
Free Sledding Spots
Splash Pads
Starved Rock State Park
Stories with The StoryBook Mom
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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Amanda 🙂


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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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