We love summer—from the much-welcomed warm weather to the seemingly endless array of activities. We also know that all that fun in the sun can take it’s toll on your bank account. But summertime doesn’t have to result in pinching pennies. Get out and explore Chicago with these low-cost, high-fun activities!

Movies in the Park

Enjoy the summer sun, Chicago’s parks, and great films all while skipping the pricey theaters! The Chicago Park District’s seasonal favorite includes movies for the whole family, cult favorites, and recent blockbusters all across the city. BYO snacks, drinks, and anything else to enhance your viewing experience (legal of course)! Click here to see their full lineup.

Farmers Markets

Chicago’s farmers markets bring vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago—from Logan Square to the Loop (FYI, the Daley Plaza Market is the city’s longest-running farmer’s market). Plus, it’s the perfect way to spend an idyllic summer afternoon. Click here to check out a full schedule of this season’s markets.

Free Museum Days

Looking to beat the heat and spend some time in the A/C (that’s short for arts and culture)? Chicago has amazing museums with unbelievable artifacts including a 67-million-year-old T. rex, moon rocks, and one of the most extensive displays of rare art in the country. And, thanks to the Illinois General Assembly many museums are mandated by law to offer Illinois residents up to 52 free museum days each year—saving you from an often-hefty admittance fee. Click here to view a list of free museum days.

The Lakefront Trail

One of Chicago’s most beautiful assets, its expansive shoreline, is on display in its full glory along the 18-mile-long Lakefront Trail. Run, walk, bike or rollerblade with the blue waters of Lake Michigan to one side and gorgeous, green parks to the other and enjoy skyline views and direct access to attractions like North Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, and so much more. Click here for more info and a full list of attractions along the Trail.

Cheap Seats with the White Sox

What’s more summer than baseball? But while the Cubs are currently the reigning world champs, tickets to a game at Wrigley are becoming increasingly harder, and more expensive, to come across. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Red Line, the White Sox still offer $7 seats in the upper-deck ($5 on Sundays) at Comiskey Park (not US Cellular and never Guaranteed Rate)! Click here to browse games and ticket availability.

Ready to Dabble without breaking the bank? Click here to check out great classes happening for $30 or less!