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.

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The DuSable Museum of African American Art

Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art

Trailside Museum of Natural History

Naperville Church of Christ

Lisle Recreation Center
Illinois Free Days at the Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
Beverly Arts Center - 10:30 AM Pick
Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
Stahl Family Theatre - 10:30 AM Pick
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