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11 Free Things to Do in Chicago Right Now!

The Bean in Millennium Park

March in Chicago means that spring is here and summer is right around the corner. As the weather warms up, there are more and more FREE things to do around Chicago. Read on for some top picks to finish out the month.


Take a Nature Tour! Burnham Wildlife Corridor Boasts 5 New Art & Culture Gathering Spaces on the Park Trail

Burnham Wildlife Corridor

Hiking, biking and walking became literally more attractive with the opening of the new Burnham Wildlife Corridor Gathering Spaces. The South Side lakefront trail boasts local artist and community designed art installations that reflect African American, Latino and Chinese cultures. Extending from 2600 S. Lake Shore Drive to 4700 S. Lake Shore Drive, the trail weaves through the diverse communities of Chinatown, Bronzeville and Pilsen, which are highlighted by the installations.


G is for Garfield Park (Exploring Chicago A to Z)

Garfield Park Conservatory L Train

The rumble rumble of the elevated train is one of the defining features of a visit via the CTA to the 184 acres that comprise the wonders of Garfield Park. Of course, most visitors know the stellar expanse of the Garfield Park Conservatory as one of the highlights, as well they should. It is open daily and admission is FREE.


C is for Canal Origins Park

Canal Origins Park

As you get off the Ashland bus at Canal Origins Park, you might wonder “Where am I?”

Looking to the west, you will see the sprawling Chicago Sun-Times printing plant. It is silent outside, except for the movement of trunks in and out of this facility. You will not lack for noise, as Ashland Avenue is a buzz with activity all times of day. Regrettably, most people do not stop to examine the wonderful curiosities of this most wonderful slice of park


The 606: An Interview with Beth White of The Trust for Public Land

The 606

While The 606 has only been open a few weeks, Chicagoans and visitors are enjoying this 2.7-mile ribbon of recreational space that includes areas for cyclists, runners, walkers and others who wish to enjoy the community interaction and commune with nature and neighbors. 


Take a Whirl Around the Ice Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon

While it might not be possible to gaze down on the Jungfrau while ice skating in Chicago, the winter sports enthusiast can take advantage of the remarkable skating ribbon that is the centerpiece of Maggie Daley Park.


Fantastic Ice Skating Opportunities All Over Chicago - Including Wrigley Field!

The Chicago Park District has some wonderful opportunities for people to strap on their ice skates and have some great outdoor fun this winter.

And once again, the special chance to skate at Wrigley Field is available.


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