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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.


5 Fun Kid-Friendly Dates This Winter in Chicago

The Great Train Story

There is nothing quite like waking up to a lovely, snow-blanketed Chicago. City kids know that there is just as much to see and do in Chicago in the winter as there is in the summer. Learn from our locals! From skating a figure eight on a ribbon of ice to checking in on our very own trouble of polar bears, there is something for children every single winter day.


Weekend Alert December 9–11: Holiday Shopping, Ice Skating with Animals, Lighting Up The 606 + A Lego Tree

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Chilly temps are starting to hit the city, but the best events in Chicago are just warming up. Take on the cold with our many ice skating rinks that are sure to show you a great time. We've also got many holiday shopping markets for you to find the best gifts your loved ones could ask for and much more. It's time to make some weekend plans! 


3 New Animal Exhibits to See in Chicago: From Penguins and Polar Bears to Poison Dart Frogs

Pritzker Penguin Cove

Chicago is the home of many beloved animals, from the Shedd Aquarium's belugas to Lincoln Park Zoo's zebras. Here are three new animal exhibits that will be welcoming our furry, feathered and slimy-skinned friends this fall, adding to our city's marvelous menagerie.


5 Fall Events in Chicago for the Family + Apples, Autumn Colors and Farmers Market Treats

Lurie Garden Chicago

Nothing beats summer in Chicago, but there is so much to look forward to this fall. From a kid-focused international film fest to black-footed penguins, here are five family-friendly things you'll want to check out as the days and the city cools off. Mark your calendars for these not-to-be-missed events around Chicago.


6 Picks for (Totally FREE!) Summer Fun in Chicago

Aerial Grant Park
Chicago shines in the summertime. There are so many things to see and do — many of which don't cost a dime! From a day at the beach to a yoga class on the pavilion, here are six (totally FREE!) things to see and do this summer in Chicago!


6 Spring and Summertime Adventures at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Spring is in the air and Chicago is in bloom! One of the best places to connect with nature and enjoy the gorgeous weather is at the Lincoln Park Zoo, our (free!) zoo, located along the lakefront in Chicago's North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood. This spring and summer, the zoo calendar has many amazing opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals while also enjoying craft beers, or striking a yoga pose. Here are six seasonal adventures waiting to be experienced at


Winter at the Lincoln Park Zoo: 5 Fun Things to See & Do at the Zoo

Camel at Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

One of the best ways to enjoy winter in Chicago is to bundle up, get outside and connect with nature, family and friends. And one of the best places to connect with nature in our busy city is at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Wintertime is one of the best times of the year to visit: it's peaceful wandering around the beautiful, snow-blanketed zoo, while some of the animals are at their most active (hello snow monkeys!).


Animal and Nature Lovers: Experience the City's Best during Chicago Museum Week, Oct. 1-7

Lincoln Park Zoo

Courtesy of Chicago Museum Week

Touch a stingray at Shedd Aquarium, take a hayride through Lincoln Park Zoo, or create a butterfly mask with a Chicago artist at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Animal and nature lovers can enjoy these activities and more during Chicago Museum Week, Oct. 1-7.


Classical Opera with the Animals: Lyric Unlimited Presents 'Second Nature' at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Second Nature

Imagine taking in live, classical opera together with the lions, tigers and bears. The Lyric Opera of Chicago is setting up shop at the zoo of all places this summer. 'Second Nature,' a new opera for youth from the acclaimed composer/librettist Matthew Aucoin will premiere this summer at Café Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo.


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