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80 free or cheap things to do in Chicago this weekend

What can you do for fun this weekend without spending a lot of money? Here are our top picks for free and cheap things to do in Chicago this weekend. You can always find a complete list of events by day on our Calendar page. If you know of a free or cheap event you think we should add, email us at To keep up with latest … [Read More...]


Where to watch Chicago’s Fourth of July Fireworks

The City of Chicago discontinued the July 3 lakefront fireworks in 2011 so Navy Pier took over with their display on July 4.  At least a half million people used to come down to Monroe Harbor to see the City fireworks and now they all try to go to Navy Pier.  If you're willing to pay, your options for viewing the fireworks are vast from boat and dinner c … [Read More...]

Bank of America

Visit museums free this weekend

The first full weekend of the month is coming, and that means Bank of America customers can visit museums free through the bank’s Museums On Us program. Just show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card and a photo ID on Saturday or Sunday, and you will get free admission to more than 150 museums and attractions in cities across the Un … [Read More...]


Wicker Park Community Shredding and E-Recycling next weekend

The Wicker Park-Bucktown Community is holding a series of community document shredding and electronics recycling events. When:  July 11, September 11, and November 14th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Where:  ***NEW LOCATION***A.N. Pritzker School, 2020 Evergreen Ave Map Are you worried about identity theft? Are you interested in protecting the e … [Read More...]

Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium After Dark

If you're looking for something different to do consider attending the next Adler After Dark on July 16.   Tickets for the event are on sale now. When:  Every third Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. July 16, August 20, September 17. Where:  Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-7827 Cost: $20 advance tickets/$25 at the door. Buy tickets h … [Read More...]

Dunkin smoothie

Dunkin Donuts: $1 smoothies

Need a pick me up on Monday afternoons?  Now through September 30, enjoy $1 Smoothies every Monday after 2pm when you use your enrolled DD Card. Find locations here. *Offer expires 9/30/15. Discount can only be earned during promo period on eligible purchases made using a DD Card enrolled in the DD Perks Program. Discount offers may only be earned by … [Read More...]

Apple Camp

Free Apple Camp for movie-making kids

Lights! Camera! Fun! If your kid has a director’s eye, or is just brimming with creativity, you may want to sign him or her up for Apple Camp. These FREE three-day camps (most in mid-July to early August) are for kids ages 8 to 12. Each workshop runs about 90 minutes and the young aspiring artists will storyboard their ideas, shoot video, create a sound … [Read More...]