79th Street Renaissance Festival. Photo courtesy of Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation
79th Street Renaissance Festival. Photo courtesy of Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation

Free Things to Do With Chicago Kids This Fall

Fall is one of the best seasons to live in (or visit) Chicago—there's a fun neighborhood festival practically every weekend, and most of the seasonal festivities are totally FREE. Between outdoor fairs, harvest festivals, concerts and performances, cultural celebrations, and of course, Halloween and Thanksgiving, Fall in Chicago is jam-packed with no-cost family fun.

We'll update this list all season long with the best FREE things to do with kids in Chicago, so bookmark this page and watch this space. Looking for more free ideas? The city's playgrounds and parks are always free, and there are free days at most museums and even some restaurants. Our list of 100 Things to Do With Chicago Kids Before They Grow Up is full of free or low-cost ideas for local and visiting families, and of course you can always find more free activities in our Chicago Event Calendar.


Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

The Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

The DuSable Museum of African American Art
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614

Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art
220 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst , IL 60126

Bloomingdale Trail Park (Park No. 572)
1801 North Ridgeway Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

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

Northerly Island Park
1521 S. Linn White Dr.
Chicago , IL 60605

Trailside Museum of Natural History
738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305

Lincoln Park St. Charles
450 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60714

Skinner Park
1331 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Circle Park
163 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

Stratford Square Mall
152 Stratford Drive
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Hale Park
6258 W 62nd St
Chicago, IL 60638

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Danada Equestrian Center
3S507 Naperville Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Revolution Skate Studio
1300 South Main Street Unit B
Lombard, IL 60148

State St. from Wacker to Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60605

Fosco Park
1312 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608

Instituto Cervantes
31 West Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60654

IOWA Community Center
338 N. Iowa Ave.
Villa Park, IL 60181

State and Lake
Chicago, IL

Chicago Architecture Center
111 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Bloomingdale Village Hall
201 S. Bloomingdale Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Sheridan (Philip Henry) Park
910 S. Aberdeen St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Humboldt Park
1301 N. Sacramento
Chicago, IL 60622

Maggie Daley Park
337 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60605

Naperville Church of Christ
2035 E. 75th Street
Naperville, IL 60565

Lisle Recreation Center
1925 Ohio Street
Lisle, IL 60532

Jess White Park
410 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654

Roselle Ace Hardware
821 E. Nerge Road
Roselle, IL 60172

York Center Park District
1609 S. Luther Drive
Lombard, IL 60148

Burr Ridge Village Center
701 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610

Dvorak Park
1119 W. Cullerton St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

Oriental Institute Museum
1155 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Kennicott Park
4434 S. Lake Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653

Montgomery Ward Park
630 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Mary Bartelme Park
115 S. Sangamon Street
Chicago, IL 60607

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

401 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611