Among the largest cities in the US, Chicago is a fantastic destination with ample choice for things to see and do. You can experience some of the best aspects of the city for free, so traveling with the family doesn’t have to break the bank.
Looking for a few ways to entertain everyone? Discover our top 5 recommendations for free things to do with the family in Chicago:
1. Take in incredible city views.
Pack up the family and head to a lesser-known city gem: Promontory Point. Take a walk through the park to marvel at beautiful cityscapes, including one of the most incredible views of downtown there is! Don’t forget the camera, and maybe even a picnic.
2. Meander through Lincoln Park Zoo.
One of the oldest zoos in the US, Lincoln Park Zoo offers nearly 40 acres of wildlife, exhibits, events, and more – all for free! Discover plenty of fascinating animals and how they’re cared for, including mammals like monkeys, lions, zebras and more, as well as plenty of birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
3. Ride a bike along the Lakefront.
A popular place for a walk, jog, or bike ride for locals and visitors alike, Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is a fantastic way to see the city and its many incredible views. Boasting a beautiful 18-mile stretch, run, walk, bike or rollerblade with the blue waters of Lake Michigan to one side and gorgeous, green parks to the other. Along the way, enjoy beaches and gardens, volleyball nets, soccer fields, tennis courts, and so much more.
4. Admire the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Boasting 26 spectacular gardens, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum. There is so much to see, from greenhouses, to meadows, to McDonald Woods, the Model Railroad Garden, Sensory Garden, Aquatic Garden, and more.
5. Enjoy some quiet time at the Library.
A visit to the Harold Washington Library Center is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the kids. Let them discover books and reading nooks, while you marvel at the grand lobby, marble floors, and elaborate architectural details. Don’t miss the Winter Garden, with a 53-foot glass-paneled dome, as well as the center’s public art collection.
Pair with budget-friendly accommodations.
If you find yourself in Chicago for a few days or more, consider choosing a budget-friendly extended stay property for your stay. With InTown Suites, you’ll get great rates in addition to the comforts of home, like kitchens, laundry services, WiFi, and much more.
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