This post is going to brief because, well, I've been busy and just didn't get around to putting together a post until today! We are currently in Chicago while my husband leads a class of university students working with one of the local professional sports teams for a couple of weeks. This is my third year in a row spending two weeks in Chicago in the summer (plus our other visits at different times of the year) and I certainly have my favorite go-to places and activities. So, that is what I am sharing today- what I like to do (that is FREE) in Chicago in the summer!
1) The Grant Park Music Festival provides free musical performances at Pritzker Pavilion a couple of times a week. We catch a lot of great performances here and enjoy bringing a picnic (not free obviously) and hanging out on the lawn during the shows. Sitting on the lawn requires no admission fee, but if you want a physical seat up closer you will need to purchase a ticket.
2) The Lakefront Trail is a great walking, running, or biking path along Lake Michigan that stretches both north and south from where we stay, and I love wandering along it down to museum campus and pulling up some shade to read with a museum, the skyline, and the lake as my scenery.
3) Lurie Garden is a newer addition in the Millennium Park complex (as is Maggie Daley Park if you haven't checked it out- great for kids) and offers a wonderful little respite from the city. It houses a native plant garden and a water feature that many people cool their feet off in on hot days.
4) Wandering around downtown and spotting the street art is a nice, casual way to explore the area on foot. Turn down a street you haven't walked before and you never know what you might find.
5) And last, but not least, is my favorite space in the city- The Chicago Cultural Center. This is the old library, and I love how they have utilized the space and made it free to the public. My favorite room in the city is the main space here with the Tiffany Glass Dome and the Italian mosaic tile work. Other spaces are utilized as art gallery space and I have seen some great exhibits here.
There are other free opportunities all over the city, so do a little research and find something new to explore! What is your favorite place in Chicago?