Free, Free, Free! Chicago Arts + Events

Free Free Free! Chicago Arts + Events

"Free, Free, Free!" is an e-newsletter and website that provides a monthly curated list of free programs, events and activities happening throughout the city in our libraries, museums, cultural centers and parks. We encourage you to express your culture through the arts and take advantage of the many opportunities the City of Chicago provides you to engage, create and participate!


Year of Chicago Theatre

Year of Chicago TheatreYear of Chicago Theatre


The City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre.

This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S. The initiative will include theatre performances - including improv, dance, opera, puppetry and more - and special events for the public at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters, parks and neighborhood locations throughout the city.



Chicago Air and Water ShowChicago Air and Water Show

August 17-18, 10am-3pm Both Days
North Ave. Beach

The City of Chicago will welcome the ambassadors of the United Kingdom's Armed Forces, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, to the 61st Annual Chicago Air and Water Show this August 17 and 18 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center from 10am to 3pm daily. Chicago will be the RAF Red Arrows' first stop in the United States on their 2019 tour of North America. Strong in tradition and one of the largest free admission events of its kind, the show headliners also include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs.


Millennium Park Campus

Broadway In Chicago Summer ConcertBroadway In Chicago Summer Concert

Monday, August 12, 6:15–7:45pm

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St.

Mark your calendars! Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce their annual Free Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert, sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago and hosted by Janet Davies, ABC 7 Chicago's entertainment reporter and host of the entertainment and lifestyle program.


Dance to China!Dance to China!

Sunday, August 18, 2–3pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South, 78 E. Washington St.

Travel through China with Yin He Dance Company! Through dances from China's different regions and ethnic enclaves, audiences can see first-hand how dance transcends linguistic and cultural boundaries as a means of expression. Program includes cultural lessons and hands-on activities that are sure to thrill those both young and young-at-heart.


Dame Myra Hess ConcertsDame Myra Hess Concerts

Every Wednesday, 12:15–1pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South, 78 E. Washington St.

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts features solo and ensemble performances of classical music that showcase emerging performers. Held year round on Wednesdays at 12:15pm in Preston Bradley Hall.


Chicago Park District

Shakespeare in the Parks at DvorakShakespeare in the Parks at Dvorak

Thursday, August 1, 6:30–8pm

Dvorak (Anton) Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St.

Join us for one of our city's favorite summer traditions! Now in its eighth year, the Free For All Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour heads out for another incredible summer. This event is presented as a part of the City of Chicago's Year of Chicago Theatre.


Sandbox Symphony IVSandbox Symphony IV

Saturday, August 10, 2–3pm

Oakwood Beach (41st Beach), 4100 South Lake Shore Dr.

Brother El's Sandbox Symphony IV is a beach art exhibition of live PA electronic music, visual arts, movement, food and nature. Giving praise to the Oakland/North Kenwood neighborhood's arts and culture by honoring the legacy of sculpture and art activist Milton Mizenburg with a memorial popup gallery. This free art exhibit at Oakwood Beach features the backdrop of the beautiful skyline, yoga, live music, live interactive art, a mini pop-up farmers market, a mobile toy creation cart, sand castles and local short films.


85th Birthday for the Chicago Park District at Hermosa85th Birthday for the Chicago Park District at Hermosa

Friday, August 16, 6:30–8pm

Hermosa Park, 2240 N. Kilbourn Ave.

As part of the Chicago Park District's 85th birthday celebration events, join us for an evening of amazing fun in the park! The incredible youth of CircEsteem will amaze a circus performance! After the show, kids get to jump in the ring and try out some of the circus tricks themselves.

Additional party activities will range from party games to arts & crafts, and dancing to our D.J. spinning music, plus sampling treats from Cola-Cola, Hudsonville Ice Cream, and Vienna Beef. Yummy! (while supplies last)

Plan on staying for the Movie in the Park following the 85th birthday celebration. Featured Movie: Aquaman


Chicago Karaoke Festival Tour at South ShoreChicago Karaoke Festival Tour at South Shore

Monday, August 26, 4–8pm

South Shore Cultural Center/Fieldhouse, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

The People's Stage Karaoke is excited to follow up on last year's first Chicago Karaoke Festival by launching a series of outdoor community karaoke dance parties throughout Chicago's diverse neighborhood parks. We start at the South Shore Cultural Center, then Horner Park, then Ping Tom Park and conclude the series with the 2nd Chicago Karaoke festival itself at Humboldt Park. We believe in the power of karaoke to shine a unifying spotlight on our cultural diversity through song and dance. All ages, languages welcome.


Chicago Public Library

Scan and 3D Print YourselfScan and 3D Print Yourself

Monday, August 5, 1:30–3:30pm or 6–8pm

Harold Washington Library Center, Maker Lab, 3rd Floor, 400 S. State St.

Get scanned with an infrared camera and learn how to turn your scan into the perfect bust. Prepare it for the 3D printer and take home a mini-you.



Art, Movies and PerformancesSecond Saturday Jazz

Saturday, August 10, 12–2pm

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Branch, 415 E. 79th St.

Under the mentorship and direction of Charles Heath the next generation of great musicians from across the city compete for the Ken Chaney Scholarship by playing classic jazz.


WorkshopsGarden Days

Friday, August 16, 9:30–11:30am

Jeffery Manor Branch, 2401 E. 100th St.

Do you have a green thumb or maybe you'd like to learn how to grow your own vegetables. Stop by the Jeffery Manor Community Garden this summer on Garden Days to learn how easy it can be to start planting.




Peggy Notebaert Nature MuseumPeggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents

2430 N. Cannon Dr.

Do you ever wonder how a butterfly gets its colors? Or how turtles hibernate? Do you wonder how birds know where to migrate each year? For over 160 years, the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has served a unique role in the city of Chicago connecting children of all ages to nature and science through immersive exhibits, fun family events, important conservation research and in-depth education programs, inspiring the wonder in all of us.


Pritzker Military Museum & LibraryPritzker Military Museum & Library

Free Admission, August 4 – Birthday of the United States Coast Guard

104 S. Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is a non-profit museum and a research library for the study of military history on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. The institution was founded in 2013, and its specialist collections include material relating to Winston Churchill and war-related sheet music.


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