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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.


Come Along on a Chicago Loop Mural Scavenger Hunt

Muddy Waters Tribute by Eduardo Kobra

Chicago architecture has always garnered lots of notice. Now it's not only the buildings but what's on them that's attracting attention. All over the downtown Loop, colorful murals created by international artists in collaboration with Wabash Arts Corridor are transforming the neighborhood into an outdoor gallery.


In Albany Park, Walk around the World in Just a Few Blocks

  Albany Park mural

 

I like to see Chicago by riding the city's 'L,' and I encourage visitors to do the same. Most folks might take a quick trip around the Loop, but if you have a little extra time, a ride on the Brown Line will afford you a bird's-eye view of the city as the train travels to the Northwest Side. Hop off at the Kedzie stop (second-to-last on the line) and you'll find yourself in the diverse Albany Park neighborhood.


An Art-Filled Loop Itinerary: Lunch Date with Marc Chagall's Mosaic Masterpiece

The Four Seasons by Marc Chagall

Composed of thousands of inlaid chips in over 250 vibrant colors, Marc Chagall's beloved mosaic, The Four Seasons, was created for and given as a gift to the people of Chicago. It stands as one of our city's most beloved public art treasures. The French Consul General of Chicago at the time of dedication summed up the lyrical masterpiece best when he said "It is a work of art, but it is first a gift and a feast — a feast from that great citizen of the world, Marc Chagall.


Lunch Date with the Chicago Picasso: Downtown Farmers Market with a View

Picasso Unnamed Daley PlazaPublic art is a plenty in Chicago. However, nothing quite compares to Picasso's unnamed statue located in Daley Plaza (50 W Washington St). On Thursdays through October 27, you can enjoy lunch with a view at the Daley Plaza Farmers Market.


Beloved Chicago Characters and Statues Come to Life with Public Art Project 'Statue Stories'

Oz Park

If statues could talk, what would they say? That is the question at the heart of Statue Stories Chicago, a special new innovation in public art. This citywide arts project, which launched August 6, gives voice to Chicago's most important statues and sculptures, including Dorothy (above) and friends from "The Wizard of Oz" in Lincoln Park's Oz Park.


A Journey on the Pink Line to Pilsen

Pilsen CTA

Many visitors to Chicago might not get a chance to venture beyond the Loop, so why not hop on the Pink Line and take a trip to Pilsen? It started life as an immigrant incubator for people from Eastern Europe and today it is made vibrant and wonderful by Mexicans and other Latinos who’ve come to Chicago for a range of opportunities. So hop on the Pink Line and follow me to 18th Street for a short visit to a couple of the area’s most unique destinations. 


At the Armitage El Stop, a Lincoln Park Adventure Awaits

Armitage Ave

Exploring Lincoln Park is a fine way to spend an afternoon and even just strolling around for a few minutes can be a way to relax and spend time with friends new and old. My recommendation is to take the Brown or Purple Line to the Armitage stop.


Step Off the Fullerton Red Line and Explore Lincoln Park

Doors Open at Fullerton

With the rising cost of airplane tickets and gas prices, travel is an increasingly expensive proposition. So why not a staycation powered by the CTA? Such an adventure is certainly low-cost and it's fun to explore the city via the Red, Blue, Orange, Pink, Green, or Purple Lines. And you don't have to worry about parking, tickets, or any of those other possible pitfalls that come with traveling around via combustion engine.

I've always enjoyed exploring the city by


The Architecture of Daley Plaza

Picasso

Before Millennium Park, there was the Daley Plaza. Daley Plaza, the civic center of Chicago, used to be "the" public space of Chicago — in other words, the town square or the piazza. While Millennium Park has eclipsed this open space as the primary gathering place, it still has festivals, special events, markets and political gatherings. Additionally the plaza is surrounded by mix of Chicago architectural styles, in addition


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