Millennium Park Family Fun Festival offers arts and crafts, music, educational activities and more for kids of all ages. Photo courtesy of Millennium Park
Millennium Park Family Fun Festival offers arts and crafts, music, educational activities and more for kids of all ages. Photo courtesy of Millennium Park

50+ Free Things to Do With Kids in Chicago This Summer

Given the high cost of raising kids these days, you might be surprised at just how much family-friendly summer fun in Chicago is totally FREE. Of course, the city's playgrounds and splash pads are always free, and there are free days at most museums and even a few restaurants. But in summertime, the no-cost fun ramps up all over Chicagoland. 

As you can see from the bursting-at-the-seams list below, there's literally something free and fun to do every single day of the summer—so there's no excuse for anybody to be bored. Outdoor movies, summer festivals and street fairs, concerts and performances, public art, cultural celebrations, picnics, and of course, fireworks await, and you can leave your wallet at home. (In theory, at least. There's always ice cream to buy.)

Looking for more? Our list of 100 Things to Do With Chicago Kids Before They Grow Up might do the trick, and of course you can always find more daily activities in our Chicago Event Calendar.


Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654

Millennium Park
201 E Randolph St Under the Tent at Chase Promenade North (south entrance)
Chicago, IL 60601

Queensbury Greens
1520 Brookdale Rd
Naperville , IL 60540

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Polk Brothers Park
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Riverwalk Ampitheater
500 Jackson Avenue
Naperville , IL 60540

Riverwalk Ampitheater
500 Jackson Avenue
Naperville , IL 60540

Rotary Hill
443 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn
201 E Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Harris Theater at Millennium Park
205 E. Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Elmhurst City Centre
150 N. York St.
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Oakbrook Center
100 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook , IL 60523

Oakbrook Center
100 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook , IL 60523

Spalding Park
22W325 2nd Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Spirit of the Music Garden, Grant Park
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Memorial Park
208 W. Union Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

The Gazebo at Spring Road
Spring Road and Prairie Path Lane
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Naperville Community Concert Center
55 Concert Lane
Naperville , IL 60540

Rock Bottom Brewery Bolingbrook
631 E. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Sunnydale Park
6733 Harvest Avenue
Woodrige, IL 60517

Polk Brothers Park
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Downtown Wheaton
, 60187

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Rotary Hill
443 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Frontier Sports Complex
3415 Book Road
Naperville, IL

Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645

West Town Neighborhood
1800W - 2000W Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens
1801 S. Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Grant Park
Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60602

St. Joseph High School
10900 W. Cermak Road
Westchester, IL 60154

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S Cornell Ave
Chicago, IL 60615

Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N Dunton Ave
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Knoch Knolls Nature Center
320 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville , IL 60565

Mozart Park
2036 N. AversAve.
Chicago, IL 60647

Downtown Glen Ellyn
Main Street at Pennsylvania Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Southport Corridor
Southport at Waveland
Chicago, IL 60613

Music Box Theatre
3733 Southport Ave.
Chicago , IL 60613

Naperville Municipal Center
400 S. Eagle Street
Naperville, IL 60540

Pilsen
16TH STREET & PEORIA
Chicago, IL 60608

Horner Park
2741 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Wallace Bowl
225 Sheridan Rd.
Wilmette, IL 60091

Chinatown Chicago
2200 S. Wentworth Ave. (at Cermak Rd.)
Chicago, IL 60616

Maryknoll Park
845 Pershing Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Pilsen
1000-1600 W. Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60608

DuPage County Fairgrounds
2015 Manchester Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

Community Park
655 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL 60191

Freedom Park
6252 Birmingham Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60415

Butterfield Park District
21W730 Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL 60148

Nichols Library
2oo W. Jefferson
Naperville, IL 60540

VattmannPark
1461 Lake Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091

Village Green Park
1311 Shermer Road
Northbrook, IL 60062

Roscoe Village
Roscoe between Damen and Leavitt
Chicago, IL 60618

Tom Ping Memorial Park
300 W. 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60616

Edison Park
Northwest Highway at Olmstead Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

Antique Taco Bridgeport
1000 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609

Pilsen
2320 W. 24th Place
Chicago, IL 60608

North Avenue Beach
1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60613

Maryknoll Park
845 Pershing Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Community Square
Commercial Street and Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale , IL

Greektown
Halsted Street, between Randolph and Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60661

South Shore Cultural Center/Fieldhouse
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60649

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn
201 E Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611