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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

Millennium Park
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

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

chicago marathon 2017
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Sports and fitness, Running

'Go Run timed run series

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.

Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki
Things to do, Film events

Flick Lit

Storytellers share the nonfiction tales about movies that changed their lives at this monthly event.

Things to do, Festivals

Skokie Festival of Cultures

icon-location-pin Oakton Park, Skokie

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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