Fun things to do in chicago that are free or cheap ?

We are going to Chicago the 14th, 15th, and 16th of November, and we have some extra money because we are getting a free hotel for the weekend, It is going to be my boyfriend and my two best friends who are going so we want something that is in chicago and that is interesting, we thought up the navy pier, the sears tower, Lincoln park zoo, we were thinking the field museum but it is a bit expensive. What are some free attractions, museums, good restaurant, indian (from India) stores etc. We are open to anything so any ideas go! Thanks a lot!

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Check these websites out:

    There is a one hour architecture tour via boat on the Chicago River.

    You really can't come to Chicago and not see the Bean (it is in Millenium Park).

    Chinatown is overrated. Good food, but cheap shops. Greek town is best for food also.

    Visit the Sears Tower observation deck on a clear night for a spectacular view.

    Navy Pier is a huge tourist attraction along the lakefront.

    Other things:

    -Oprah taping

    -Matinee theatrical show downtown in the theater district.

    -Navy Pier, try the Fried Dough at Massa!

    -Mag Mile/State St. shopping

    -Millenium Park, Free Ice Skating starts 11/12/08

    -Aquarium, Planetarium, Art Institute, and Field Museums

    -Double Decker Bus Architectural Tour

    -Free Lincoln Park Zoo

    -Wrigleyville Comedy Clubs

    -Old Town Comedy Clubs

  • 1 decade ago

    This website is a great find!! Just click on the link (, pick Chicago as your city, choose either Italian or Mexican as your cuisine. Pavone offers a complimentary dessert coupon and Tanzitaro offers a 15% off lunch or dinner coupon!

    The Heartland Cafe on the North Side (7000 N. Glenwood Ave) is very yummy, especially for breakfast!! Here's a link to get a 10% off coupon (

    At this site ( you can purchase $25 gift certificates for only $10!!! You get a free $15 towards your meal!

    Leeba Creations ( is an authentic Indian store located in the city and on the north side in Evanston.

    The following museums have free entry EVERY DAY!

    Chicago Architecture Center

    Chicago Cultural Center

    Chicago Public Library/Harold Washington Library Center

    City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

    David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art

    Jane Adams Hull-House Museum

    Martin D'Arcy Museum of Art

    Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

    Museum of Contemporary Photography

    The Notebaert Nature Museum (Free general admission, cost for exhibits)

    Oriental Institute Museum

    Pritzker Military Library

    Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

    Source(s): internet and living in chicago
  • duska
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    18th highway coastline, Lincoln Park zoo, o.ok.highway coastline; Water Tower place, Chicago Boat excursion, in basic terms stroll the remarkable Mile, stroll Lakeshore force. Park at supply Park because of the fact it truly is the main inexpensive.

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