Some of the best things in life are free (and cheap). Here’s our round-up of the coolest things to see and do in Chicago, no matter your budget.
Chicago style On a budget
See the sights
Do Chicago on the cheap with cool museums, music festivals, and neighborhood tours — all for free.
Don’t let the skyscrapers fool you. Chicago is home to beaches, parks, and miles of lakefront to explore for free.
Jam at festivals
From cool jazz and sultry blues to classical and world music, free music festivals define summer in Chicago.
Explore the arts
Public art by Picasso, free cultural attractions, and discounted museum days. Here's how to see Chicago's artistic side on the cheap.
Find cool, cheap sleeps
Get that big city buzz (without breaking the bank) at Chicago’s budget hotels and hostels.