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The best free things to do in May in Chicago

Discover the latest and greatest free things to do in Chicago with our guide to your best bets for May

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Come May, Chicago officially emerges from hibernation, as rooftops and patios open and everyone trades in winter jackets for shorts and sandals. The warm weather may tempt you to spend money at the city's best breweries and restaurants, but if you're trying to save up for summer fun, you've got plenty of options. Among a packed May events calendar, you'll find free concerts, art exhibitions, dance parties, outdoor festivals and more interesting happenings to keep you occupied. If you're looking for gratis fun, we've rounded up the best free things to do in Chicago in May.

Free things to do in May

  • Sports and fitness
  • Running

The Chicago Park District and Chicago Area Runners Association presents this free series of timed 5K and one-mile runs, which take place every Saturday at 9am in Humboldt Park, Warren Park and Washington Park. If you want to participate, simply sign up online and show up ready to run the course.

Skokie Festival of Cultures
  • Things to do
  • Festivals

Skokie's annual global culture festival has attendees snacking on ethnic food and sipping beer from around the world. Enjoy music, dance, art and a host of games at this family-friendly fest in one of Chicago's nearest suburbs.

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