Free Museum Days in Chicago
Chicago Public School Summer Sports Skills Camp (5th-12th grade)
Grant Park Music Festival
Cost: Free seating available with reservations
Remembering Dr. King: 1929-196
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
The exhibition invites visitors to walk through a winding gallery that features over 25 photographs depicting key moments in Dr. King’s work and the Civil Rights movement, with a special focus on his time in Chicago. As visitors exit the gallery, a reflection space will prompt visitors to reflect on King’s impact and how his work for equality remains relevant today.Event Cost: Free with museum admission
Event times: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
NOVEMBER 14, 2021 - JULY 04, 2022
Ice Age Giants at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield
Event cost: Free w/ general admission
Event time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; April 1-Oct. 1, 2022
(Ghosttown) Spirit Simulator at Chicago Gamespace in Chicago
Event cost: $5/admission, free/kids 12 and under, veterans and service members
Event times: 1-5 p.m. Sundays June 5-July 31, 2022 (Free Opening Reception: 5-7 p.m. June 3rd, 2022)
Logan Square Arts Festival at Logan Square Monument Park in Chicago
The Logan Square Arts Festival features art installations across the neighborhood, great local music, craft beer, food from neighborhood restaurants and family fun. It's a celebration of diversity and vitality of the neighborhood and the perfect way to kick off the Summer!
Event Cost: Free; suggested donation at the gate
Event times: 5-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday June 24-26, 2022
Taste of Chicago at Grant Park in Chicago
Event Cost: Free; fees for food
Event Times: July 8-10, 2022
Millennium Art Festival
Come out to this festival to try and vote for Chicago's Best Burger. In addition to food, there will be music, arts/crafts and a "Kids' Zone" for children and families to enjoy.
Event Cost: Free
Event Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 15-17, 2022
Chinatown Summer Fair
There will be a lion dance procession, Asian performances, Kung Fu demonstrations, food, arts & crafts exhibits, street vendors, children’s area, a breakdancing competition and a dumpling eating contest.
Event Cost: Free
Event times: Noon-10 p.m.. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday July 30-31, 2022
Chicago Ducky Derby
Spectators cheer on more than 50,000 yellow rubber ducks during the annual Chicago Ducky Derby to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
Event Cost: Free; $5 to adopt a duck
Event Time: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Aug. 4, 2022
Printer’s Row Art Fest
701 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60605
Art at all price points by painters, street artists, jewelers, upcycling artists, photographers, mixed media artists and more. The local restaurants and bars will serve up their Chicago specialties.
Event Cost: Free
Event Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 13-14, 2022
Taste of Polonia Festival at Copernicus Center in Chicago
Features four stages of music with more than 30 performances including Rock, Pop, Polka, Classical, 80s music and Top 40. They will offer carnival rides, games, inflatables, climbing wall, casino, tastings and cooking classes and more. Tickets available online and at the event.
Event Cost: $5/before 3 p.m., $10/after 3 p.m., free/kids 12 and under
Event times: 5-10:30 p.m. Friday, noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon-9:30 p.m. Monday (Polish Mass at 11 a.m. on Sunday); Sept. 2-5, 2022
Bulls Fest at United Center in Chicago
The two-day festival will feature a 3v3 basketball tournament, live music, art exhibitions, kid-friendly activities and food and drinks. The festival’s 3v3 basketball tournament, now open for registration with early-bird pricing through April 30 and it welcomes participants ages 8 and older. They welcome participants across all skill levels and includes a bracket for wheelchair basketball teams.
Event cost: Free
Event times: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 3-4, 2022