The best free things to do in Chicago in December

With these excellent free shows, holiday events and dance parties, you can enjoy December in Chicago without emptying your pockets
Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

December can be a particularly rough month on our wallets. Between ticking off names on your gift list, splurging for holiday theater and treating yourself to special Christmas concerts, there’s good reason to spend money in Chicago this month. Luckily, there are tons of fantastic free things to do to counterbalance the spending you’ll do in December. No need to be a hermit after you shelled out for holiday gifts! Here are the best things to do for no money at all. 

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