Staying at luxury hotels and dining in expensive restaurants is not the only way to enjoy your trip. As they say, ‘the best things in life are free’ and soaking in the beauty and culture of a new destination can also include free attractions.
Chicago too offers plenty of interesting attractions to tourists and locals alike for which you don’t have to shell out a dime. Our list below will give you some ways to have fun in the ‘Windy City’ free of cost.
The Highest Church in the World
Visit the First United Methodist Church located at the Chicago Temple Building in Chicago. The church, also known as ‘the Chapel in the Sky’, is located at the base and the topmost floors of a 568 ft high skyscraper.
Lincoln Park Zoo
A visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo will be a rewarding experience for travellers. The zoo is home to over 1,200 animals and can be visited for free. Explore its Kovler Lion House or visit the Regenstein Center to spot African apes.
Harold Washington Library Center
A paradise for book worms, the Harold Washington Library, is one of the world’s largest public libraries. One need not buy a ticket to enter this huge library, which houses more than 13 million published works. Travellers can also enjoy exploring the other attractions at the centre such as architecture, the Winter Garden on the 9th floor, or the art collection of more than 50 national and international artists.
A number of free events are held at the Millennium Park such as concerts, festivals, and art shows. Marvel at its collection of iconic structures, including the Cloud Gate, or the Bean and the Crown Fountain.
Chicago’s new Riverwalk is a blessing for those seeking free or affordable fun. All along the Riverwalk, there are great options to eat and drink and have lots of fun. Enjoy the views of a bridge, which lifts from within a bridge house. Also explore the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum and marvel at the famous architecture installed all along the Chicago River.
Chicago Botanic Garden
This fantastic getaway for nature lovers lets you discover the gems of Chicago Botanic Garden for free as you stroll through the garden. Explore its small islands of water plants and 24 stunning landscapes, which include the Japanese Garden and the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden.
Parks & Beaches
We saved the best one for the last! Chicago has plenty of beautiful public parks and lively beaches that are accessible free of cost. Play in lagoons at Humboldt Park, visit the Cricket Hill of Lincoln Park, fish in the ponds of Washington Park, or stroll amidst the relaxing environs of the Japanese-styled Osaka Garden of the Jackson Park. Beach bums can flock to the fantastic beaches along the coast of Lake Michigan.