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Chicago For free

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Chicago For free
Parks, zoos, conservatories and museums can all be enjoyed for free for those in Chicago on a budget. You can even take a free Chicago Greeter tour to explore a new neighborhood!
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Millennium Park
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Millennium Park

Millennium Park, completed in 2004 (4 years late and enormously over budget) covers the area north of the Art Institute in Chicago built on air... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Lincoln Park Zoo
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Lincoln Park Zoo

Established in 1868, this 35-acre, beautifully landscaped zoo is one of America's last free-admission zoos. The Great Ape House has one of the best assemblages of gorillas and chimpanzees in the world.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Garfield Park Conservatory
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Garfield Park Conservatory

Large historic conservatory (primarily indoor but some outdoor displays) located near an el stop in Garfield Park, one of the city's largest parks... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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National Museum of Mexican Art
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National Museum of Mexican Art

Enjoy one of the country's largest collections of Mexican art and culture, including a vibrant textile collection including indigenous outfits and weavings, folk art including masks and Día de los Muertos artifacts and ephemera documenting the Chicano Movement. Open daily 10am-5pm, closed Mondays.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Jane Addams' Hull-House Museum
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Jane Addams' Hull-House Museum

This museum honors Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her social work with immigrants and affecting national public policy. Explore the National Historic Landmark settlement house including the residents' dining hall and an arts and crafts building. Closed Mondays and Saturdays.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Chicago Cultural Center
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Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation’s first free municipal cultural center and one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building, opened in 1897 as the city’s first public library, is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, and annually presents hundreds of free cultural exhibits and performances. The building also houses a Visitor Information... More

The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation’s first free municipal cultural center and one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building, opened in 1897 as the city’s first public library, is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, and annually presents hundreds of free cultural exhibits and performances. The building also houses a Visitor Information Center, gift shop, and café. Admission is free. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Chicago Greeter
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Chicago Greeter

Chicago Greeter highlights more than 40 special interest areas and more than 25 neighborhoods for visitors to explore. Chicago Greeter is designed to match a friendly, enthusiastic, and city knowledgeable local with a visitor for a two - four hour FREE informal, insider orientation to Chicago's sights. Through the Chicago Greeter service, visitors meet with a greeter who takes them... More

Chicago Greeter highlights more than 40 special interest areas and more than 25 neighborhoods for visitors to explore. Chicago Greeter is designed to match a friendly, enthusiastic, and city knowledgeable local with a visitor for a two - four hour FREE informal, insider orientation to Chicago's sights. Through the Chicago Greeter service, visitors meet with a greeter who takes them around the city and demonstrates its walk-ability and the user-friendliness of its public transportation system. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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