Chicago Free Events

Things to do in Chicago free: Free festivals, fairs, parades, free museum days and more …

Chicago Blues Festival

Chicago Blues Festival

The Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park (June 12 - 14, 2015) is the largest free blues festival in the world and is one of Chicago's biggest music festivals. More than a half-million blues lovers show up to celebrate … [Read more...]

Chicago Memorial Day Parade

Chicago Memorial Day Parade

The Chicago Memorial Day Parade (May 23, 2015) draws more than 10,000 spectators each year, and commemorates the nation's soldiers and veterans. This year's parade features Marching Bands, Drum and Bugle Corps, floats, … [Read more...]

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

Chicago Kids and Kites

If the kid in you still loves kites, head over to the Kids & Kites Festival at Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (May 2, 2015). This free annual event, put on by NATO and the City of Chicago, features all things kite -- … [Read more...]

Museum Free First Weekends

Adler Planetarium

Free First Weekends Museum Admission  - BofA Museums On Us. Many museums across the United States open their doors free during the first full weekend of every month for anyone who carries a Bank of America or Merrill … [Read more...]

Taste of Chicago


Taste of Chicago, the city's annual outdoor food festival (July 8 - 12, 2015) is a fav of local foodies and food-loving families. Admission is free, although the food will cost you extra, of course. Yearly events include … [Read more...]

Chicago Air and Water Show

Chicago Air Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show (August 15 - 16, 2015) is one of the world's greatest air shows and its free to attend. It takes place over Lake Michigan and provides thrilling aerobatic displays by both military and … [Read more...]

Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival

The Chicago Jazz Festival is the place to be for free music and fun in the Windy City (September 3 - 6, 2015). The annual festival will take place at Millennium Park, near Randolph Drive and Michigan Avenue. "Since … [Read more...]

U.S. National Parks Free Days

National Parks Free Admission

More than 100 U.S parks that normally charge fees offer free admission on certain weekends in 2014, according to The National Park Service. The next fee free day is January 19, 2015: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Follow … [Read more...]

Young Eagles: Kids Fly Planes — Free

Young Eagles Teen program

Want to get your 8 to 17-year-olds away from the remote or video game? Sign them up for the Young Eagles program in a city near you and let them take to the sky and man the joystick -- for free. The Young Eagles program, … [Read more...]

Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade

McDonalds Thanksgiving Parade

The 2013 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade (November 27, 2014) takes place in Downtown Chicago featuring floats, marching bands, equestrian units, and of the course the giant helium balloon characters. Look for a fun lineup … [Read more...]

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Free Day

Smithsonian Museum Day

On Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, you can get in FREE to hundreds of participating museums across the United States. Check the map (link below) to see which of your local museums partner with Smithsonian for this free … [Read more...]