Free Things To Do in Chicago

Kid Winks- Free enrollment to find local events!

Chicago Parent also lists family fairs and events.

Eyes to the Skies Festival in Lisle, IL. $5 per person. Beautiful hot air balloons, food, music, fireworks and fun! June 27-July 1st.

Millennium Park Events- Get ready, set, go! It's all Free!! Plenty of fun for all ages.

Chicago Park District events for the summer season. Find out about Farmer's Markets, Theater on the Lake, Kite flying events, concerts, and much more!

Chicago Cultural Center resumes its Sunday Salon Series ends in June & resumes in October.

Lincoln Park Conservatory free admission to see beautiful flowers and plants!

The Theatre School at DePaul University hosts shows for children! Check their
calendar for more info!

Big Run Wolf Ranch- Check out their Family Days. Wonderful learning experience!

Downtown Naperville Events this fall!

Visit Illinois State Parks!!

Chicago Architecture Foundation Studio Sundays (Every third Sunday). Free. 10am-2:30pm. Returns in September.

The Children's Farm Weekend Family Tours March through November every Sat & Sunday from 1-4pm. Two and up $5 admission.

Lake Katherine Nature Center
- Check out events and nature programs for kids that are offered at discounted rates!

Each Saturday have teens try Improv! at Second City. Free. 6pm-6:50pm.

smARTkids at the Library: Express Yourself. 1-4pm. Free. Blackstone Branch Library. smARTkids events occur every first Saturday.

Hyde Park Art Center- Discounted Art-making workshops and activities for kids.

Frank Lloyd Wright Studio has many Family Fun events on Saturdays. Jan 18-19 Free tours for families. Workshops for kids such as Lego Architects, Froebel Block workshop, and more! Only $5 for child. Ages 6 and up. Advance registration required.

Garfield Park Conservatory- Family Make-and-Take activity is every Saturday & Sunday from 1-3pm. Free admission ($3 donations suggested). Discover the power of plants in the children's garden from 11-4pm every weekend.

Sundays Jazz Matinees @ 4pm at the Jazz Showcase. 12 & under free. Adults vary. Visit website for more information.

Oak Lawn Children's Museum $6 admission. Free parking available at the Metra garage. New exhibits- Milk a cow; Let's Chat!

***The following Chicago museums are free if you have a Chicago Public Library card! Visit a Chicago public library to pick up a week-long free admission to one of the museums below. Also, if you are already a member of another library system you may also be eligible for a Chicago library card!!

Adler Planetarium Planet Explorers exhibit. Illinois residents can enjoy complimentary general admission on Adler Discount Days with proof of residency. June: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Free Museum of Science & Industry admission on May 23; Jun 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11

Museum of Contemporary Art. 11am-3pm. Free. Family Days are every second Saturday.

Art Institute of Chicago-
Every Sat-Sun from 10:30am-3pm is the Artist's Studio. The event is free at the Ryan Education Center. Free admission every first & second Wednesday for Illinois residents. All day!!!

Field Museum Genghis Khan & Mummies! Discounts for Illinois teachers (preK - 12), Chicago residents* and active military personnel are available only at the Museum's admissions desk. Identification required. Interpretive Station Activities--Hands-on activities for kids. Check information desk for daily list of activities.

Shedd Aquarium- Discount Days (FREE) are June: 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22;
September: 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Chicago Children's Museum- Free first Sundays of every month and free Thursday nights from 5-8pm.

Brookfield Zoo
- Check your local library for free admission tickets.

Chicago History Museum- Illinois residents free days: July 4, August 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30.

Chicago Botanic Garden-
Every Sat & Sun at the Vegetable/Fruit Garden are free family drop-in activities days. From 11-3pm. (Parking at the Garden is $20.)

Storytown- $5
Storytelling at its best! Actors participate in an improvised tale where kids participate in its creation. Every Saturday.
10:30am (visit site for ticket details).

The Morton Arboretum- Visit the beautiful children's garden and Husky Heroes Jan 28, 29. Best time to visit is on discount Wednesdays $7 Adults (18–64) $6 Seniors (65+) $5 Youth (2–17)
Music for Kids

Lunch Money

Justin Roberts on tour!

Zooglobble is a website of the latest music for kids.

Hot Tix offers half prices on shows in Chicago! Deals & discounts throughout Chitown!

Upcoming & Ongoing 2011 Events

Half-off movies at a theater: La Grange Theatre, & others.

Museum Adventure Pass Program- Free admission or parking to participating museums in the area. See if your public library participates in this program.

Home Depot offers a free kids workshop the 1st Saturday of every month!

Lowe's offers free build & grow clinics(preregistration required) where kids can actually build something using real tools!

Michael's- The stores offer free family events the third Saturday of every month from 1-3pm.

Barnes & Noble- Orland Park has story time Wed & Sat at 10:30am. Oak Brook Center has special events every month.

Lakeshore Learning Store- 2255 W 95 St, Chicago. Crafts for Kids ongoing every Saturday. Free from 11am-3pm.

Maxwell Street Market- Free on Sundays from 7am-3pm.  The Maxwell Street Market is an open flea market with fruits, veggies, spices and a whole variety of items being sold on the cheap. Also, it is the best place to get cheap, authentic Mexican food (fresh tortillas anyone?). Roosevelt Rd/Des Plaines.

Remember to check your local public library and park district
for free or low cost events in your neighborhood.