Housed in a structure that’s as wide as an entire city block and dates back to 1897, the Chicago Cultural Center provides a place for locals and visitors alike to experience amazing art and beautiful architecture without spending a cent. On any given day, you might find a free classical concert being performed, an art exhibition on display in one of the building’s many galleries or tourists marveling at the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome. Don’t worry about paying for admission—nearly everything that happens in this building is free and open to the public.
It’s an old cliche that the best things in life are free, but sometimes that’s actually true, at least in Chicago. While you could have fun (and spend a pretty penny) going to concerts, buying cocktails and cheering on sports teams at costly games, there’s plenty to do throughout the city if you’re on a budget. Explore some of the city’s best museums, learn a thing or two at beautiful libraries, or show off some of your moves at some of the city’s many ice rinks, because even when the weather turns bone-chillingly cold, there are still an abundance of things to do in the city for free. Here’s our list of the best free things to do in Chicago.
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