Free things to do in Chicago in July

These are the best free events in Chicago in July—from a bicycle and beer festival to outdoor movies and fireworks

Photograph: Tricia ScullyThe sky lit up during the annual Navy Pier fireworks display on July 4, 2015.

The list of things to do during summer in Chicago is endless, but our wallets may be a little bit more limited. So here is a list of events, concerts and shows that'll leave your bank account intact. Save your pennies with a night of Navy Pier Fourth of July Fireworks, see outdoor movies in Chicago's parks or try relaxing at the best rooftop bars with the extra money you've saved.

Free things to do in Chicago in July

Free Monday shows at Empty Bottle

Every Monday at 9pm the Empty Bottle hosts free shows (except for Monday, July 4th, instead they'll have a free show on Tuesday, July 5). Check out underground post-punk bands, dream pop duos and local Chicago musicians.

July 5: Velcro Lewis Group + Tijuana Hercules + Shuttle Run

July 11: Foul Tip + The Scenics + Plastic Crimewave Syndicate + The Runnies

July 18: Deeper + Flamingo Rodeo

July 25: Dehd + Heaven For Real + Parent + Bunny

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