18 Free (or Nearly Free) Things to Do in Chicago

Vacation splurges certainly happen, and we say, "Go for it." After all, it's tough to stick to a budget when there's that pair of shoes that we just can't live without or that once-in-a-lifetime experience that we can't pass up. As visitors to a new city, or even acting as tourist in our own city, it's definitely understandable. In Chicago, there are loads of excellent reasons to spend a little more than expected. The trick is knowing how to balance those out by also finding the many cheap things to do in Chicago: free museums, kids-eat-free restaurants, cheap tours and free attractions. We've rounded up a varied list of free and nearly free things to do in Chicago that make those occasional splurges free, too—of guilt.

Elisa Drake
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Elisa formerly served as the Chicago editor for Where and has...