Things to do in The "Windy City" of Chicago

Travel should not be limited to those who have money. There are plenty of things to do in Chicago that cater for those with champagne tastes on a beer budget. All it takes to save money while exploring things to do in Chicago is a little research and forward planning.
 
Chicago City Pass
The Chicago City Pass includes five of the most popular Chicago attractions at substantially discounted rates. See the Hancock Observatory (or Sears Tower), the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Museum of Science & Industry plus OMNIMAX. For around $60 for adults and $49 for children aged 4-11, you can save up to 47% of the regular ticket price to these Chicago attractions.
 
Lincoln Park Zoo & Conservatory

This is one of the best things to do in Chicago, and the good news is that it is completely free. Established 140 years ago, the Lincoln Park Zoo is one of America's most established zoos. The zoo contains a large collection of mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and birds from all over the world. There's even an interactive farm house where visitors can learn about all things farm life, from bees and honey, to where milk comes from. In the farm house, you can also participate in one of the many cooking classes.

Museums And Galleries Free Days

Chicago is known for its museums and art houses. With some clever planning you'll discover that many of the cultural things to do in Chicago offer free or discounted admission days. The Museum of Contemporary Art is free all day, every Tuesday. The Art Institute of Chicago offers free admission on Thursdays after 5 pm in the evening. Additionally, the Shedd Aquarium offers a series of free general admission days throughout the year.
 
Millennium Park

Millennium Park is an expansive 24.5 acre park that opened in 2004. The park offers a multitude of free things thing to do in Chicago that center around art, music, and architectural design. The Crown Fountain is an interactive display that pays homage to the use of gargoyles in fountains. The fountain has two 50-foot glass towers that have images of 1000 Chicago residents projected onto them. Water sprouts from the mouths of these images during most months of the year. Ongoing live music events and temporary art exhibitions are also showcased throughout the year.


Chicago Loop Train Tour

If you are inspired by the architecture at Millennium Park, then there are plenty of architectural things to do in Chicago. For the budget conscious the Chicago Loop Train offers a 40-minute narrated lecture on the architectural sights of the city. Funded by the Chicago Office of Tourism the Loop Train runs during the summer months. Free tickets can be obtained from the Chicago Office of Tourism Visitor Information Centre in the city.

While at the Visitor Information Centre, check out the free MP3 walking tours, available to download onto your MP3 player. The walking Chicago tours encompass the best of Chicago sightseeing and are available in five different languages.

Jon Buschlen is an author for Trusted Tours & Attractions, an online resource for discount tickets to the country's best sightseeing tours, attractions and museums. Their website features tickets to the New York hot spots to the best things to do in Chicago and everything in between.

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