Best Free Attractions in Chicago

Chicago: home to millions, and the most-loved city of millions more. The Windy City has plenty to offer locals and tourists alike. While many of the free attractions in Chicago are available any time of the year, some can only be enjoyed on special days. Don’t worry about having to scrounge up discount or cheap tickets for anything on this list. Everything you see below is completely free (though some attractions are only free on certain days):

Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago: Admission to this museum is free for families with children under the age of 12 every second Saturday of the month. In addition to hosting some great temporary exhibits, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago is known for having a world-class permanent collection. Definitely don’t miss out on this opportunity with your family. February 9, 2013 will be the next second Saturday!

Cloud Gate: Oftentimes referred to as the “Chicago Bean,” Cloud Gate in Millenium Park is a stunning public sculpture. Take the kids to make silly faces and snap a few photos! Also, be sure to walk along the waterfront while you’re in the area.

Museum of Contemporary Photography: Located in Columbia College in Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography is a great place to check out if you have any interest in art or photography. While the majority of works displayed here are from up-and-coming photographers, the museum will occasionally attract some big names. Regardless, the experience is always wonderful at this museum.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: This museum opens up its doors to the public – totally free of charge – every Thursday. One current exhibit, Backyard Monsters, shows insects in a larger-than-life form. This exhibit is especially popular with kids. Stroll the beautiful greenhouses, enjoy the exotic butterflies, and forget that you’re still in Chicago!

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