A Week's Worth of Chicago Freebies

When we moved to Chicago in January, everyone we met seemed to have one sentiment to share, "Just wait until the summer. This is a whole new city." As someone who instantly fell head over heels in love, I couldn't imagine Chicago being any more charming than what I was already experiencing.

But this week, the light bulb went off. I started jotting down notes when I would hear of exciting events to attend. I would put a reminder in my phone to check out the fun activities I saw advertised. Suddenly, my calendar was full. In fact, I was double booking.

Chicago: Summer in the City

You guys, Chicago is a whole new city in the summer time. There are countless amazing free/inexpensive activities. It hard to believe but there is even more food to try, art to appreciate, and natural beauty to enjoy. In a word, it's spectacular.

To prove my point, I've compiled a list. (because that's what I do.) Here is a quick collection of a few things to do over the next seven days. All are free. All are easily accessible from where we live on foot or by public transportation. All are on our radar.

Friday, June 8th
6pm - 10pm

"Join the 30 creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at South Halsted and 18th Streets, as they showcase an exciting display of art and artists from Chicago and beyond. This unique art community opens its doors, free of charge, and lets you get up close and personal with the art and artists."

Saturday, June 9th
"Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi at 7 a.m., Yoga at 8 a.m., Pilates at 9 a.m. and Zumba®, a Latin-inspired calorie-burning dance fitness party, beginning at 10 a.m. Returning this year, there will be live music played over Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art sound system for the yoga and pilates classes. Workouts are free and are open to people with all levels of experience."

Sunday, June 10th
(this is also on Saturday from 10am-10pm)
"The Printers Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city's bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk), attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books, and featuring seven stages with more than 100 free literary programs."

Monday, June 11th
A weekly, free concert series in Millennium Park. This week we get to hear The Eternals +Wild Belle.

Tuesday, June 12th


"I know you are but what am I?"

Wednesday, June 13th

"Navy Pier is the destination for spectacular fireworks perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. The summer schedule begins Memorial Day weekend with fireworks every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Whether viewing from the dock or on board an evening cruise, fireworks is the perfect way to end your day at Navy Pier!"

Thursday June 14th
6:30am & 7:30am
Not going to lie. I probably won't make these. But you totally should.

See what I mean? So. Much. To. Do. And these are just a few of the free events. If you have a few dollars to spend, the list is almost unmanageable. To borrow a phrase from my dear friend, Chicago is definitely make me develop a serious case of FOMO. (Fear of Missing Out) It would be nearly impossible to see and do everything available. But, I promise to do my darndest to cross as much as I can off the list.

What have you got on tap this weekend/next week? 


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