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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.


Attention Hockey Fans: The 2017 NCAA Frozen Four Is Coming to Chicago!

NCAA Frozen Four in Chicago

2017 is shaping up to be a year of hockey for Chicago! With the NCAA Division I Men's "Frozen Four" Ice Hockey Championship and the NHL Draft both coming to Chicago for the first time in history, hockey fans from across the country will flock to the United Center this spring.


Spend a Weekend at the Fairmont Chicago, Your Home Base for Exploring Chicago

Fairmont Chicago

Located in the hustle and bustling Lakeshore East neighborhood just east of Michigan Avenue and south of the Chicago River, the Fairmont Chicago is a perfect home base for a weekend out in the city. Whether you’re coming from another corner of the city or from farther away, it’s the place to relax and also do a bit of local exploration.


Plan a Visit with Santa: Our Top Spots to See the Big Guy in Red around Chicago

Santa at ZooLights

Every year, Santa Claus swings through Chicago on his sleigh so he can do some last-minute Mag Mile shopping and check the lists of all the good little boys and girls. If you're looking for that treasured Santa photo opp, or if you just want to let him know that you've been nicer than naughtier, here are eight spots to catch Santa in Chicago before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his grand Christmas Eve voyage around the world.


Chicago Gourmet: GET YOUR TICKETS! Kick off the Foodie Festivities with a Taco Showdown, Burger Cook-Off & Late Night After Party

Chicago Gourmet

Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is back September 23-25 for its 9th year. This year's  theme is ‘Food is Art!' and will be hosted by celebrity chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless. The main event takes place over two days (hurry, Sunday tickets are still available!), but here are six special ticketed events and cook-offs you won't want to miss, including the debut of a new celebrity taco bout.


Gotta Catch 'Em All! The Ultimate Guide to Pokemon Go in Chicago

Pokemon Go LakefrontThe streets of Chicago are busier than ever thanks to the recent launch of the exciting new Pokémon Go app. Residents and tourists alike are channeling their love of the popular Nintendo franchise to get out and explore neighborhoods of the city they've never previously been to. Check out these Pokemon Go special offers, events and locations on your quest to be the very best trainer in Chicago!


Keep Fit this Summer! Free Outdoor Workouts at Millennium Park & The Field Museum

Workouts in the Park
If you're looking to enjoy the fresh air while having fun and getting fit, Chicago has you covered this summer. Both Millennium Park and The Field Museum will be offering weekly summer fitness classes. All classes are offered outdoors, with views that will inspire you to keep on movin'. Best of all, they're FREE!


FREE Live African Music with King Sunny Ade & Ugochi: Millennium Park, July 18

king sunny ade

As one of the most influential musicians in Africa, King Sunny Ade attracts fans from all over the world who thrill at the infectious sound of polyrhythmic music called Juju. Dubbed the "Minister of Enjoyment," his shows with his 20-30 member band, the African Beats, produce a hypnotic spectacle of color and rhythm that should not be missed. After a disappointing cancellation last year because of global Visa issues, Ade will return to Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion on


Sprinkle Some Broadway into Your Summer: 4 Can't-Miss Chicago Shows

The Book of Mormon

Summertime in Chicago is the best. There are miles of lakefront to explore, parks to play in, neighborhood festivals to chow down, plus entertaining live theater to enjoy. Take a break from the heat and see a Broadway In Chicago production downtown! Here's their summer lineup...


Millennium Park Film Series: FREE & FUN for All Ages

Millennium Park Film SeriesLooking for a free family-friendly activity that's fun for all ages? Summer is one of the best seasons in Chicago, if only because there are so many ways to enjoy the beautiful weather. But what am I most excited for? The upcoming Millennium Park Film Series, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, will present a different movie every Tuesday night at 6:30pm, starting with Ferris Bueller's Day Off on June 21!


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