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A trip to Navy Pier always promises a day of fun; but this summer, Chicago's No.1 tourist attraction ups the ante with a brand-new, 13-acre green outdoor space that's packed with amazing (and free!) programming. Polk Bros Park will now serve as the Pier’s gateway and the city’s unofficial front yard. Two performance and picnic-friendly lawns, located at the south end of the park, will offer free arts and cultural programming throughout the summer and beyond.

Summer in Chicago calls for patio dining . . . often, and in every corner of the city. But not every patio is kid-friendly, making for frustrated parents, bored kids and kid-less patrons who just want to sip their mojitos in peace. Here are five patios where kids are welcome to join in on the joy of dining in the great (urban!) outdoors.

If you haven't been to the Lakefront Trail in Chicago, you're missing a lot of natural beauty (all FREE for everyone to enjoy), efficient transportation to Chicago's neighborhoods, and a great opportunity to get in a workout. Here's why we love the Chicago Lakefront Trail, and some things you might not have known about it.

10 Free Things To Do in Chicago in July

Saturday, July 1, 2017 11:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Summer is in full-swing in Chicago, and if you’re tired of going to BBQs and the beach, there are a ton of other free events and activities our fine city has to offer, including film screenings, art festivals, music events and one of the country’s biggest food festivals!

Visiting the Windy City this summer? Chicago is a must-visit destination every season of the year, but in the summertime, it truly shines. From our beautiful, Lake Michigan beaches to our playful, imaginative parks, there is something for every adventure-loving family under the sun. Budget-wise moms and dads will be happy to learn that the best things to see and do this summer in Chicago are totally free!

Here are our family's picks for the top seven free things to do this summer in Chicago. 

Summer in Chicago means music flows everywhere, inside clubs and concert venues and through the streets and neighborhoods. Check out these great upcoming shows for your summer music fix, including a FREE festival that celebrates the season by presenting concerts all across the city for one music-filled day.

If you're looking to break out of your workout rut, Chicago has you covered this summer. Trade your boring, old workout for one that features inspiring Chicago views, including at a zoo, on a rooftop, or even in a butterfly-filled sanctuary! Here are six unexpected venues offering extra-ordinary opportunities to burn those calories and flex those muscles this summer in Chicago.

Chicago's boat tours are one of the most popular attractions during the summertime, and for good reason. The tours are a great way to get to know the history and architecture of the city. Plus the views of the buildings from water-level are just stunning. But there are a number of different tour companies that offer boat tours, so which one is right for you? Let our guide help you decide!

Tall Ships
As part of Navy Pier's 100th anniversary celebration, Chicago's top waterfront destination is hosting the spectacular Tall Ships festival, an event featuring some of the most majestic ships on the seas (or lakes!). Catch 14+ vessels making their appearance at the Pier, including the largest Viking ship in the world! View the Parade of Sails, explore the ships and even sail away at Navy Pier Tall Ships July 27-31.

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