When you’re spending all your time outside to enjoy your summer the wallet can end up feeling a little light. For some monetary relief here are three free activities you can enjoy all summer long.
Millennium Park Summer Workouts
Millennium Park Great Lawn
201 E. Randolph St.
Wednesdays, June 1–Aug. 31, 7:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m.
Saturdays, June 4–Sept. 3, 7 a.m.–11 a.m.
Don’t let all the hamburgers and hot dogs ruin that year-long journey for the summer body. Millennium Park offers amazing outdoor workouts every Wednesday and Saturday on the Great Lawn. Wednesdays are only yoga classes held from 7:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m. There is more variety on Saturdays with a different workout every hour starting at 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. with tai chi, yoga, pilates, and Zumba® in that order. While it might be early you’ll forget it once you realize how beautiful it is to get healthy with a view to all the Loop skyscrapers, the Frank Gehry-designed bandshell, and the rest of Downtown Chicago.
Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St.
Daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Uptown, Crew Bar and Grill, 4804 N. Broadway St.
Second Saturday of the month at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Hyde Park, Ancien Cycles, 1558 E. 53rd St.
First Thursday of the month at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m.
When you’re traveling in the city sometimes you end up with a free hour where you have the energy to do something but didn’t have anything planned and this is where Chicago InstaGreeter can help you out. Explore three neighborhoods this summer for an hour on a walking tour with a neighborhood expert. It might be one of the best hours of your trip.
First Thursday Hyde Park
First Thursday of the month
If you want to explore Hyde Park before Hyde Park Brew Fest then don’t miss out on First Thursday. Explore 53rd Street, 55th Street, and 57th Street businesses for food, music, discounts, raffles, giveaways and more.You might have to break out your wallet to experience some of the businesses but First Thursday helps with $200 off a pair of sunglasses at Pearle Vision, 20-percent off your bill at Porkchop, $5 margaritas at Chant, and even buy a discounted Hyde Park Brew Fest ticket when you make a craft beer purchase at Kimbark Beverage Shoppe. The Hyde Park InstaGreeter will also be available.