When exploring Chicago, you want to do everything. But, your budget is not limitless. The good news is, even though you can spend a fortune, touring this amazing city doesn’t have to be expensive.
While Chicago can most definitely be expensive, it is possible to explore without living on ramen for the next month. (Bagged ramen. Not the good stuff.)
How can you be a champagne tourist on a cheap beer budget? By discovering this:
There is an incredible number of free things to do in Chicago.
Attractions, tours, museums – there’s so much free stuff to do it’ll keep you busy for weeks. Illinois residents get even more of a break with several free museum days at the city’s world-class museums. Plus, there are tons of free events and festivals.
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I’ve rounded up as many of these free Chicago activities as I could find. If I’ve missed one, please let me know in the comments.
When you want to explore without breaking the bank, check out this ultimate guide to free things to do in Chicago!
Free Things To Do In Chicago
These free attractions and activities can help keep you on a budget without cutting into your fun.
Speaking of budget, you also might want to check out our guide on how to save money in Chicago.
Free Chicago Attractions
Many of Chicago's most popular attractions are free, including Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and Lincoln Park Zoo.
Free Chicago Museums & Free Museum Days
Believe it or not, there are TONS of free museums in Chicago! There are also several free museum days for Illinois residents.
Free Chicago Tours
If you want a more in-depth look at Chicago's attractions, take a free tour!