Discover the Chicago Free Events Calendar, your gateway to an array of no-cost, engaging activities ranging from premier concerts and captivating comedy shows to complimentary museum tours and art displays. Whether you're planning for today, tomorrow, weekdays, or weekends, this calendar showcases free and budget-friendly party and nightlife options for adults, families and couples to suit every preference. Dive deeper into the city's dynamic arts landscape through complimentary gallery visits highlighting both local and global talent. Additionally, explore neighboring cities such as Oak Park, Bridgeview, Evanston, Gary, Elmhurst, Berwyn, and Oak Brook, where community events celebrate cultural diversity and unity. Whether you're an aficionado of music, art, or simply seeking affordable entertainment, this extensive calendar guarantees a plethora of exciting options throughout the week. Some of the great free options are provided by the reknown chicago museums offering free admision days such as: Adler Planetarium Free Admission Wednesdays, Museum of Contemporary Art Free Admission Tuesdays, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Free Admission Donation Dayss Thursdays, The Swedish American Museum Free Admission second Tuesdays or DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center Free Admission Wednesdays. Immerse yourself in the vibrant essence of Chicago's free events and join the celebration.

TODAY - Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024

  • We Love R&B Taco Tuesdays At The Wild Hare
    FREE Party
    We Love R&B Taco Tuesdays At The Wild Hare
    February 27 - February 28 @ 6pm - 12am. Weekly - Tuesdays

    The Wild Hare & Singing Armadillo Frog Sanctuary, 2610 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA

    Who love Tacos? Come hang out at The Wild Hare and get a couple of Tacos and a 7 drinks. We start at 7pm. We got Dj Sean Mac cranking the RB Vibes. The ...
  • Tuesday Night Standup Comedy At Laugh Factory!
    FREE Comedy
    Tuesday Night Standup Comedy At Laugh Factory!
    February 27 @ 7:30pm - 9pm. Weekly - Tuesdays

    Laugh Factory, 3175 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657, USA

    Standup Comedy is back at Laugh Factory on Tuesdays! Limited tickets so get them quick! Once paid tickets are prioritized, limit guest passes are allowed in. ...

TOMORROW - Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024

  • D&D at Stay and Play Game Cafe - 4th Wednesday of Month
    FREE
    D&D At Stay And Play Game Cafe - 4th Wednesday Of Month
    February 28 @ 4:30pm - 9:30pm

    Stay and Play Game Cafe, 3932 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL

    With 4 campaigns now under our belt and requests for more sessions, we are now hosting two sessions a month, the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. New to ...
  • WEDNESDAY Game Night at Snakes & Lattes Chicago (In Person! Logan Square)
    FREE
    Wednesday Game Night At Snakes & Lattes Chicago (In Person! Logan Square)
    February 28 @ 5pm - 10pm

    Snakes & Lattes Chicago, 1965 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

    Eat, drink, play games and meet new friends at Snakes & Lattes Chicago! This is a friendly and inclusive group that is great for everyone from beginners to ...
  • Professional Networking Happy Hour!
    FREE
    Professional Networking Happy Hour!
    February 28 @ 5:20pm - 7:20pm

    Untitled Supper Club, 111 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL

    Thank you to all for the awesome turnout and making our January Networking event at Untitled a success! We are excited to announce our upcoming Professional ...
  • Rust Happy Hour
    FREE
    Rust Happy Hour
    February 28 @ 6pm - 7:30pm

    Cardozo's Pub, 170 W Washington St, Chicago, IL

    Discord: [hidden] Matrix: [hidden] Come join us for a casual time at Cardozo's Pub to talk about Rust the programming language! We'll be meeting up for an hour ...
  • TENX9 Storytelling
    FREE
    Tenx9 Storytelling
    February 28 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    kibbitznest books, brews & blarney, 2212 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL

    Tenx9 is where 9 people have 10 minutes each to tell a real story from their own lives. Most participants are spectators from the crowd. You can volunteer to ...

Thursday, Feb 29, 2024

  • Burbsec East - Sponsored by Binalyze!
    FREE
    Burbsec East - Sponsored By Binalyze!
    February 29 @ 6pm - 11:59pm

    Navigator Taproom, 2211 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL

    Burbsec East is an informal meetup of Information Security enthusiasts, engineers, hackers, and general geeks! Expect a night of great networking and ...
  • SELF EXPRESSION THROUGH DANCE & MUSIC!  FREE EVENT!
    FREE
    Self Expression Through Dance & Music! Free Event!
    February 29 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Dr, Tinley Park, IL

    Embrace joy, dance, release stress, & have some fun! Elaine Gotfryd Noonan will guide you through creative movements with focus on flow of body & ...
  • Are you single? Perfect! Join our 5-Week Thursday Night Singles Skeeball League!
    FREE
    Are You Single? Perfect! Join Our 5-Week Thursday Night Singles Skeeball League!
    February 29 @ 6:50pm - 8:50pm

    Sluggers World Class Sports Bar and Grill & Dueling Pianos, 3540 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

    Before spring arrives, join us for our final Simply Social winter skeeball season! If you're single in Chicago and looking to mingle, MEETUP with us on ...
  • Family Feud Trivia League - 5 weeks only $35! We'll put you on a team to play
    FREE
    Family Feud Trivia League - 5 Weeks Only $35! We'll Put You On A Team To Play
    February 29 @ 7pm - 9pm

    The River Kitchen and Bar, 2909 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL

    Hey all! Check out the new promo video I made for this league! It'll show you how much fun it is and will make you want to sign up right away :) [hidden] We ...
  • Truth Or Dare Thursdays @ Joy District
    FREE Party
    Truth Or Dare Thursdays @ Joy District
    February 29 - March 1 @ 9pm - 1am. Weekly - Thursdays

    Joy District, 112 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA

    Join us each and every Thursday at Joy District to kick off your weekend festivities. Thursday nights just got so much better. We are pleased to announce an ...

Friday, Mar 1, 2024

  • The Link Up! (Friday After Work Series)
    FREE Party
    The Link Up! (Friday After Work Series)
    March 1 @ 4pm - 8pm. Weekly - Fridays

    BAR22, 2244 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA

    The Link Up is the newest social event in Chicago! Food, Drinks, and Vibes! Come out and get your weekend started off at the hottest weekly social The Link Up! ...
  • A Night Out @ Tribe Friday’s
    FREE Party
    A Night Out @ Tribe Friday’S
    March 1 - March 2 @ 5pm - 2am. Weekly - Fridays

    Tribe Supper Club, 1239 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA

    Friday nights just got so much better. We are pleased to announce an ALL NEW 'Night Out' experience you won't forget taking place at the newly opened and black ...
  • LET'S BE FRIENDS,ENJOY DELICIOUS PERSIAN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE INCLUDING SEAFOOD
    FREE
    Let's Be Friends,Enjoy Delicious Persian Mediterranean Cuisine Including Seafood
    March 1 @ 5pm - 7pm

    Pars Cove Restaurant, 435 West Diversey, Chicago, IL

    LET'S BE FRIENDS,ENJOY DELICIOUS PERSIAN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE INCLUDING SEAFOOD! 😃🤗 Let's Enjoy Delicious Persian Mediterranean Cuisine, including SEAFOOD ...
  • Dinner @Falafel & Grill B4 Jeannie Tanner Quartet @Davenports Bar (Part 1 of 2)
    FREE
    Dinner @Falafel & Grill B4 Jeannie Tanner Quartet @Davenports Bar (Part 1 Of 2)
    March 1 @ 6pm - 7:45pm

    Falafel & Grill, 1317 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

    Part 1 of 2 - MEAL/DRINKS INDOORS - only 4 -6 people per table. No reservations so it will have to be 4-5 small groups (4-6 per table). We may not be able to ...
  • Board Game Night (Portillo's)
    FREE
    Board Game Night (Portillo's)
    March 1 - March 2 @ 6:15pm - 12:15am

    Portillo's Chicago (Addison), 3343 W Addison St, Chicago, IL

    Hey all, join super-fun local young professionals in popular social games. Please bring any games you want to play. I usually have Bang!, Coup, and Secret ...

WEEKEND

Saturday, Mar 2, 2024

  • Cook + Serve with Fight2Feed: Saturday Serving Missions
    FREE
    Cook + Serve With Fight2feed: Saturday Serving Missions
    March 2 @ 7am - 2pm

    McCormick Place East Kitchen, 2227 Fort Dearborn Dr, Chicago, il

    Every week we cook and serve 750 - 1500 hot community meals to our friends in need. We have a group of like mind team that cook and serve together. We serve ...
  • Brunch & Beatz Saturdays @ Good To Go
    FREE Party
    Brunch & Beatz Saturdays @ Good To Go
    March 2 @ 9am - 3pm. Weekly - Saturdays

    Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine, 711 Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202, USA

    Join us every Saturday for BRUNCH BEATZ @ GOODTOGO located on the north side of Chicago where you can enjoy all the vibes without having to deal with the ...
  • Even 1 Hour Per Month From You Will Help!  It's The Year of the Tree Canopy!
    FREE
    Even 1 Hour Per Month From You Will Help! It's The Year Of The Tree Canopy!
    March 2 @ 10am - 1pm

    Botanic Garden & Farm Clubhouse, 6011 South St. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL

    [hidden] EVERY SATURDAY IS GREEN & CLEAN DAY West Woodlawn Botanic Garden & Village Farm Initiative COME JOIN THE FUN & MIRACLES WE CAN CREATE IS ...
  • LET'S PLAY MEXICAN BINGO, HAVE LUNCH AND DIFFERENT FLAVORED MIMOSAS! 🤗🥂😃
    FREE
    Let's Play Mexican Bingo, Have Lunch And Different Flavored Mimosas! 🤗🥂😃
    March 2 @ 11am - 1pm

    Adamus Lounge - The Silversmith Hotel & Suites, 10 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL

    LET'S PLAY MEXICAN BINGO, HAVE LUNCH AND DIFFERENT FLAVORED MIMOSAS! 🤗🥂😃 Let's have Lunch and all different flavored Mimosas, Bloody Mary's, other drinks, ...
  • CHIditarod XIX: Race, Live Music, Food Drive and Pub Crawl!
    FREE
    Chiditarod Xix: Race, Live Music, Food Drive And Pub Crawl!
    March 2 @ 11:30am - 3:30pm

    Cobra Lounge, 235 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL

    Are you ready for a crazy Saturday in March? If you have never been to this event you are in for a treat. This event goes rain or shine or snowstorm. The ...

Sunday, Mar 3, 2024

  • Brunch & Beatz Sundays @ Good To Go
    FREE Party
    Brunch & Beatz Sundays @ Good To Go
    March 3 @ 9am - 3pm. Weekly - Saturdays

    Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine, 711 Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202, USA

    Join us every Sunday for BRUNCH BEATZ @ GOODTOGO located on the north side of Chicago where you can enjoy all the vibes without having to deal with the ...
  • Chicago Polar Plunge 2024 Support (Optional Coffee/Brunch)
    FREE
    Chicago Polar Plunge 2024 Support (Optional Coffee/Brunch)
    March 3 @ 9:30am - 1pm

    Lincoln Park Pedestrian Bridge, N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL

    Hi everyone, Let's support the polar plungers in Chicago! [hidden] I missed this event last year and it's a good time to check it. It's a bit expensive if you ...
  • Feed the Hungry
    FREE
    Feed The Hungry
    March 3 @ 10am - 12pm

    Downtown Islamic Center, 231 S State Street, Chicago, IL

    Join us every Sunday morning to help make and distribute bagged lunches that include salads, sandwiches, and more to the hungry/homeless throughout Chicago. We ...
  • Brunch and bowling at pinstripes
    FREE
    Brunch And Bowling At Pinstripes
    March 3 @ 10am - 3pm

    Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Rd, Northbrook, IL

    Come join me for brunch and bowling. They have the best brunch here. The brunch is a little pricy but worth it. Its $30 plus tax and tip for all you can eat ...
  • Board Games in the Afternoon
    FREE
    Board Games In The Afternoon
    March 3 @ 1pm - 4pm

    Stay and Play Game Cafe, 3932 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL

    Let's play some games! Board Games! Our group enjoys playing board games and socializing. We mostly play the lighter Euro Games (Azul, Splendor, Carsonne), ...

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Monday, Mar 4, 2024

  • Coppin Community Center Food Pantry.
    FREE
    Coppin Community Center Food Pantry.
    March 4 @ 8am - 10am

    Coppin Community Center - Food Distribution Center, 5627 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

    Coppin Community Center partners with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We distribute food items every Monday. This includes frozen protein, fresh produce, ...
  • Help with weekly food pantry in Woodlawn Community, Flexible shift time
    FREE
    Help With Weekly Food Pantry In Woodlawn Community, Flexible Shift Time
    March 4 @ 2pm - 6:15pm

    Edward G. Irvin Achievement Center, 500 E. 67th Street, Chicago, il

    The Woodlawn Community Food Pantry is fully operated by volunteer members of the Chicago Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity with support from the The ...
  • Monday Night Run and Drinks
    FREE
    Monday Night Run And Drinks
    March 4 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    ROCKS Northcenter, 4138 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL

    Beer Runners meets at ROCKS North Center on Monday nights. We meet at the bar, start the run at 6:35pm, and then meet back at the bar by about 7:10pm to eat, ...
  • Free Tickets Monday Night Standup Comedy At Laugh Factory
    FREE Comedy
    Free Tickets Monday Night Standup Comedy At Laugh Factory
    March 4 @ 7pm - 8:30pm. Weekly - Mondays

    Laugh Factory, 3175 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657, USA

    Chicago's Best Standup Comedy is back and better than ever. We've compiled the absolute best standup lineup that you will ever see. Some of today's biggest ...
  • Live Music Friday
    FREE Music
    Live Music Friday
    March 4 @ 7pm - 10pm. Monthly - 1st Friday

    Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine, 711 Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202, USA

    Live Music Every First Friday. Join Us For A Variety Of Local Bands Performing Live.

More Free Things To Do in Chicago Every Day

Besides many free events listed in our Free Events Calendar in Chicago above, here are some more on-going Free Chicago Events every day:

Free Admission Chicago Museums:

  • National Museum of Mexican Art: nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org
    In 1982, Carlos Tortolero organized a group of fellow educators and founded the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, which opened its doors in 1987. The goal was to establish an arts and cultural organization committed to accessibility, education and social justice. The museum also provided a positive influence for the local Mexican community, especially since many other art institutions did not address Mexican art.
  • National Museum Of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture: nmprac.org
    The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) is devoted to the promotion, integration and advancement of Puerto Rican arts and culture, presenting exhibitions and programming created to enhance the visibility and importance of the rich Puerto Rican arts tradition. Located in Humboldt Park, in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (NMPRAC) is the only self-standing museum in the nation devoted to showcasing Puerto Rican arts and cultural exhibitions year-round.
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography: mocp.org
    The Museum of Contemporary Photography boldly presents thought-provoking photography through groundbreaking exhibitions and programming, drawing from a collection of over 17,000 works. The MoCP is CLOSED on all major holidays. We are also closed between exhibitions for installation. Be sure to check our homepage before your visit.
  • Smart Museum of Art: smartmuseum.uchicago.edu
    As the fine arts museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art is a site for rigorous inquiry and exchange that encourages the examination of complex issues through the lens of art objects and artistic practice. Through strong scholarly and community collaborations and a welcoming approach to its exhibitions, collections, publications, research and teaching, and public programs, the Smart Museum plays a dynamic role in expanding artistic canons, rethinking received histories, introducing new perspectives, and engaging diverse communities—locally, nationally, and internationally. The Smart Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024. Always free - Thanks to the support of our Smart Partners, admission to the Smart Museum of Art is always free and open to all.
  • Hyde Park Art Center: hydeparkart.org
    Our mission is to stimulate and sustain the visual arts in Chicago. Hyde Park Art Center is a hub for contemporary arts in Chicago, serving as a gathering and production space for artists and the broader community to cultivate ideas, impact social change, and connect with new networks. The Art Center functions as an amplifier for today and tomorrow’s creative voices, providing the space to cultivate and create new work and connection.
  • Jane Addams Hull-House Museum: hullhousemuseum.org
    Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is Chicago’s dynamic monument to democracy. The museum draws on the legacy of international peace activist, feminist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jane Addams and the other social reformers who lived and worked alongside their immigrant neighbors to create social change and expand access to democracy. The museum is located on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago and is a National Historic Landmark that connects histories of the Hull-House Settlement to present-day social justice issues. Exhibitions and public programs highlight histories of activism, progressive education, and democratic principles of participation and exchange.


Garfield Park Conservatory
Considered the best free attraction in Chicago by many, Garfield Park Conservatory is a celestial, mystical space that has been described as a form of landscape art contained under glass by admirers ever since its opening back in 1908. One of the largest buildings of its kind, 4.5-acre Garfield Park Conservatory dazzles guests with more than 120,000 plants representing hundreds of species. Many people come specifically to admire the palm exhibit! 300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago, IL | https://garfieldconservatory.org/visit/

Maggie Daley Park
Maggie Daley Park is a 20-acre public park situated in Chicago's Loop community. Its position near the Lake Michigan shoreline makes the park a dreamy spot. During the summer months, a sprawling play area inspired by classic childhood books delights visitors. The period from the middle of November through the middle of March marks Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon skating season. Reservations are required to skate. This majestic park also offers tennis courts, picnic groves, walking paths, and a 30-foot suspension bridge to delight guests all year long. 337 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)
Home to more than 33,700 students, UIC is Chicago's largest university. The beautiful campus is located just a mile from the Loop. The university provides campus maps for self-guided tours. 1200 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL | https://maps.uic.edu/

The 606
Also known as the Bloomingdale Trail, the 606 is a gorgeous 2.7-mile elevated park trail that weaves over several Chicago neighborhoods. The trail was built over an abandoned rail line as a way to provide walkers, joggers, and cyclists with amazing scenic views. In addition to green spaces and lookout points, the trail also features eclectic art murals. 1805 North Ridgeway Avenue, Chicago, IL | https://www.the606.org/

Lakefront Trail
Showing off the western shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago's Lakefront Trail is a 18.5-mile route with partial paving that is a favorite for walking, jogging, cycling, and skateboarding. It runs from Ardmore Avenue on the north to 71st Street on the south. In addition to being a favorite spot for everyone from marathon runners to eco-friendly commuters, Lakefront Trail also provides easy access to the lake's recreational activities. https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/lakefront-trail

Walking Tour of Wicker Park
Home to many of Chicago's priciest residential properties, Wicker Park is a great neighborhood for strolling. The neighborhood was the setting of MTV's "The Real World: Chicago." A Hollywood favorite, Wicker Park is also featured prominently in the NCB Chicago franchise of shows.

The Harold Washington Library Center
One of the largest public libraries in the world, the Harold Washington Library Center is a sight to behold. This massive library fills up an entire Chicago city block. In addition to housing more than 13 million published works, the library is also home to the stunning Winter Garden atrium. 400 South State Street, Chicago, IL

Lincoln Park Zoo
One of the only free-admission zoos in the country, Lincoln Park Zoo spans 35 acres. In addition to being a free zoo, this institution dating back to 1868 is one of the country's best zoos. Enjoy polar bears, penguins, gorillas, big cats, and hundreds of other animals. 2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL | https://www.lpzoo.org/

16th Street Murals
Chicago's 16th Street murals span from the river to Western Avenue. This living art exhibit covers an old railroad embankment with vibrant, emotional, and inspiring splashes of color. Street artists from around the world have contributed to the murals.

Graceland Cemetery Chicago
Graceland Cemetery is the burial place for Chicago royalty. Founded in 1860, the cemetery is the final resting place of Marshall Field, Roger Ebert, Daniel H. Burnham, and many more. Free audio tours are available. 4001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL

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