Free Things to Do in Chicagoland This Summer

Summer is here and it is time for F U N. Think your budget for activities will hold you back? Think again! There are so many free family friendly activities throughout Chicagoland so don’t stress that your budget is limited. Don’t believe me? Then check out this list of 25 free things to do this summer in Chicagoland:

Cool off at a splash pad.

Go on a park crawl to determine which Chicagoland park reigns supreme.

Attend one of the free crafting workshops at these local retailers.

Get cultured at “Shakespeare at the Park.”

Find out how your favorite Jelly Belly treats are made on a factory tour

Get face to face with a turtle, snake, or fish at one of the many local nature centers.

Dance and sing along with Miss Jaime From the Farm at your favorite Mariano’s location.

Cool off and unwind with a good book from one of Chicagoland’s best libraries.

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Enjoy an outdoor picnic set to tunes at Rosemont’s “Rockin’ In the Park” series. 

Celebrate the tastes, sounds, and flavors of Chicagoland’s diverse communities at a festival.

Build a sand castle and rinse off in Lake Michigan’s waves at these gorgeous, free beaches.

Cuddle up and watch a movie under the stars at Gallagher Way

Take a break from shopping at PLAY at one of these fun mall play spots.

Strap on your boots and go hiking on one of Chicagoland’s best trails.

Browse the fresh produce and artisan goods at these local farmers markets.

Show off your ninja moves at one of the many ninja warrior parks across Chicagoland.

Enjoy the ultimate fireworks display at Navy Pier on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Ooh and aah over the unique pieces showcased during Art on theMART.

Make friends with a horse, pig, or cow at Wagner Farm.

Get to work at the Home Depot’s workshop the first Saturday of every month.

Explore blooms—no matter the weather–at a local conservatory.

Enjoy a concert at the Pritzker pavilion

Relax and re-center yourself at the free yoga classes taking place at the Wicker Park Farmer’s Market

Wiggle around with the Old Town School of Folk Music’s free Wiggleworm classes Tuesday mornings at Gallagher Way. 

And don’t forget to fuel the kids up FOR FREE at these awesome Chicagoland restaurants!

For more fun ideas on things to do this summer, check this out.

Happy Summer!


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