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Free and Low Cost Events in
Chicago and Environs

Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District offers
free and low cost summer

As of May 26, 2014, Portage Park
still has slots open for soccer from
June 19 to August 7 (cost $18),
Swim Club from June 23 to August
1 (cost $75), and basketball from
June 17 to August 5 (cost $18).

Registration is open online at
om/programs/ and in-person.


2014 beach season runs from
Friday, May 23, to Monday,
September 1. Swimming is
permitted when lifeguards are on
duty from 11 AM to 7 PM.

List of Beaches:

All beaches are free.

Other Free and Low Cost Museums

A number of nearby museums offer
free or low cost admission.

Cantigny First Division Museum
1 South 151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, Illinois, 60187

Oriental Institute of the University
of Chicago
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Free, but suggestion requested

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Hosts a number of free concerts,
events, and exhibitions.

Money Museum- 230 S LaSalle St. Free

Navy Pier Fireworks

Navy Pier is the destination for
spectacular fireworks perfectly
synchronized to music on Lake
Michigan. Through Labor Day.

Chicago Public Library Museum Passes
Starting with June 1, each
Public Library will have
Kids Museum Passports
Kids Museum Passports

Free Days for Chicago Museums
Without the Kids Museum Passport, you can
visit a number of free attractions or non-
free museums on their free days:
Adler Planetarium: June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12
Art Institute of Chicago: Free for all Illinois
residents from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Kids 13
and under are always free.
Chicago Children's Museum: Free 5-8 p.m.
every Thursday and the first Sunday of
every month for kids 15 and under.
Field Museum: June: 4-5, 9
Museum of Science and Industry: June 1-
6, September 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum:
Thursdays are free for Illinois residents -
2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River
Museum: Free on Sundays from May 10-
Oct. 31- 376 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Lincoln Park Zoo: Always Free
National Museum of Mexican Art: Always
Free - 1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Chicago Botanic Garden: Always Free (but
parking is $25) - 1000 Lake Cook Road in
Glencoe, Illinois

The Kids Museum Passport allows a
family of four general admission
during regular hours.
A group must include at least one
child under 18 and a maximum of
two adults are admitted with each

Passes are available for free entrance
to the following museums:
1. Adler Planetarium
2. Art Institute of Chicago
3. Brookfield Zoo
4. Chicago Botanic Garden: 50
percent off parking for one
vehicle (car level only) with
one child and a maximum of
three adults; admission is
always free
5. Chicago Children’s Museum
6. Chicago History Museum
7. DuSable Museum of African
American History
8. The Field Museum
9. Museum of Contemporary
10. Museum of Science and
11. The Peggy Notebaert Nature
12. Shedd Aquarium
The 14th annual Movies in the Parks
series kicks off May 29, 2014 and
features more than 250 outdoor
screenings of current and classic
movies in parks across the city.
Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and
your friends and family and enjoy a
movie in the parks. All movies begin
at dusk, weather permitting. Call
(312) 742-1134 for daily listings and
weather-related cancellations.

Full Movie Listing in all Parks
available online at:

Summer Movies at Portage Park
4100 N Long Ave:

Monster University
Jun, 25, 2014: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Jul, 9, 2014: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Jul, 30, 2014: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lego Movie
Aug, 20, 2014: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM