There are plenty of enjoyable activities and events available throughout the city without having to pull out your wallet. Here are some free things to do and events in Chicago today, including fun cultural festivals, free museum days, outdoor excursions, live events, and much more.
1. Poetry Foundation:
The Poetry Foundation is a quiet place in the middle of River North. It has a large library, an exhibition gallery, a courtyard with trees, and a place for live concerts. There will be readings, talks, seminars, and conversations, all of which are free and open to the public. Entrance is free. Attend a poetry reading, see a movie, or just relax for a while.
2. Attend The Carnival at Navy Pier:
Discover this one-of-a-kind celebration of customs from throughout the world through art-making activities, international dances, live performances, and live music in Chicago. The Aon Grand Ballroom will host this free International Carnival celebration as a part of Navy Pier’s Global Connections Series.
3. Snowshow at Lakefront:
Take advantage of the winter weather by participating in Polar Adventure Days, a free outdoor activity offered by the Chicago Park District. The festival is held on lakefront Northerly Island and offers activities including snowshoeing, viewings of raptors, husky sled team displays, winter crafts, and more.
4. Visit The DuSable Museum:
Chicago offers the ideal place to explore the history of African American culture since it is a true melting pot of cultures. The DuSable Museum of African American History has been enlightening its visitors about the journeys of Africans and African-Americans for more than 50 years through films, exhibitions, activities, and events in Chicago today. When compared to Downtown, Washington Park’s lush surroundings provide a wonderful breath of fresh air for this fascinating educational experience.
5. Explore The Taste of Chicago:
It’s time to get excited, foodies! The 5-day Taste of Chicago festival, held in Grant Park, is free and is regarded as the biggest food festival in the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to try some of the greatest foods the city has to offer if you happen to be visiting in July. The ambiance and live music are worth checking out even if you are not hungry.
6. Second City Comedy Show:
We chose this group and program since it does a unique play centered on current events (and the odd political times we are living in) out of all the ones they had running. It was hilarious, you guys. The sketches ranged in length from quick and simple to ones that involves audience participation.
6. Millennium Park:
A jazz festival was in progress when you strolled by, and Millennium Park is renowned for all of the amazing free events and activities that it offers. You also stopped by Cloud Gate, commonly known as The Bean, which was cool but very crowded in the afternoon.
7. Medieval Torture Museum:
Are you interested in learning more about medieval torture in an adventurous way? See more than a hundred macabre items and gadgets from the most dreadful eras in human history. If you dare, observe numerous executions and painful methods being used in a historical torture device. Children will not be allowed without adults! In order to find the ghosts of the tormented victims who still haunt the museum, visitors can download a ghost-hunting app.
8. Hogwarts House to Attend The Harry Potter Magic Show:
Fans of all ages can live out their magical dreams in this cool interactive experience, which has three floors of enchanting regions. From potions class to the Quidditch field, you will have a lot of fun. You can even see some strange creatures in the forbidden forest. Grab your wand and join the party!