Free Things to Do in Chicago - August 2012

August is hot and sticky in the city, but there are still a ton of free things to do in Chicago. Summer is not over yet, so get out there and experience the windy city in a way you never have before.

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“Hot town summer in the city, back of my neck getting burnt and gritty…”

August is hot and sticky in the city, but there are still a ton of free things to do in Chicago.  Summer is not over yet, so get out there and experience the windy city in a way you never have before.

Chicago Air & Water Show 2012

August 18 & 19; 10am – 3pm

Free Admission

North Avenue Beach

Chicago SummerDance (Open-Air Dance Floor)

Free introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by music and dancing!

August 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 30 & 31, 2012

Free Admission

- Performances by Bollywood, Bhangra, Reggae and Funk band Funkadesi (August 9)

- Polka music by Joe Walega and the Happy Hearts Orchestra(August 24)

- Mojo & The Bayou Gypsies performing Cajun and Zydeco music (August 31)


Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden

601 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

Whole Foods Events

Every Monday morning

T’ai Chi with Lincoln Park Village – learn how to use breathing and gentle movement to increase your energy, flexibility and muscle strength.   Call #773-248-8700 to reserve your spot.

Sunday August 12; 2pm

Join Jimmy Stafford of Grammy Award-Winning band TRAIN for a Wine Signing Event

Tuesday August 14

Bike in Movie: Blues Brothers

Reception begins at 7:30 at 1550 Bar (New Belgium Beer); Movie on rooftop at 8:30

Sunday August 19; 2:00 pm

Free Photography Lesson


Whole Foods; Lincoln Park, Chicago

Chicago Career Fair

Free Admission

August 14; 11am – 2pm

Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago

Free Chicago Museums

The Art Institute – August 1 and August 8

Chicago Children’s Museum – FREE for all visitors every Thursday (5-8pm); Free on August 5 for kids 15 and under

Chicago History Museum – August 15, 15, 22, 23, 29, 30

DuSable Museum of African American Art – August 5, 12, 19, 26

Field Museum – August 27, 29, 30

Loyola University Museum of Art – August 7, 14, 21, 28

Museum of Contemporary Art - August 7, 14, 21, 28

The National Museum of Mexican Art – Free Tuesdays to Sundays

Swedish American Museum – August 14

If you have any ideas of free things to do in Chicago (August 2012 only) please share by leaving a comment below.  

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