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15 Free Things to Do in Chicago in June

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 7:00 PM by Maddy Osman

Summertime is here in the Windy City, which means the list of free happenings is getting bigger and better. Read on for everything to do this month that will keep your social calendar and budget on track. Check out this variety of free things to do in Chicago this June — big name fests like Chicago Blues Festival, raucous celebrations like Chicago Pride Parade, and film screenings at Millennium Park.

The flowers are blooming, the animals are outside soaking up the sunshine; spring is in the air at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. This (free!), 35-acre zoo, located along the lakefront in Chicago's North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood, has been delighting visitors since it was founded all the way back in 1868—it's one of the oldest zoos in the US! Here are five ways to connect with nature and enjoy the gorgeous springtime weather at Chicago's beautiful Lincoln Park Zoo:

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!

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 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!

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!

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As the city's largest music festival and the largest blues festival in the world, the FREE Chicago Blues Festival supplies a mind-boggling array of the genre in all of its forms. From June 10-12, the city, dubbed "The Blues Capital of the World", will celebrate its significant heritage, attracting an expected 500,000 blues fans to Grant Park over the course of 3 days. With 4 stages, plus a dedicated "street stage", its easy to get overwhelmed with all of the choices. Here's a breakdown of highlights not to miss:

Enjoy a Pay-What-You-Can Chicago Walking Tour

Thursday, June 2, 2016 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

free chicago walking tours

Looking for a FREE Chicago walking tour? Jeff Mikos and his wife are offering just that. While taking a year off to travel the world in 2015, the duo stumbled upon free walking tours in almost all the major cities of South America, from Cusco to Cartagena. "After the first few I began to think that there was an opportunity to bring this style of tour to the USA," shared Mikos.

ChillFest 

What's the weirdest place you've ever seen a concert? A jewelry store? An arcade bar? A gas station? Do we have your attention yet?

Chicago offers many a diverse locations when it comes to our indoor and outdoor concert venues but none are quite as unique as Wicker Park/Bucktown's annual ChillFest, an all-day event that schedules dozens of local bands and songwriters to hit some makeshift and some permanent stages all through the neighborhood.

Garfield Park Conservatory

It's easy to find live outdoor jazz and rock throughout Chicago during the summer but if you're looking for something more culturally diverse, the Chicago Park District's Night Out In The Parks series presents "Surabhi: A Melting Pot of Music" at the beautiful Garfield Conservatory's Bluestone Terrace Outdoor Park tonight. 

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