Free things to do in Chicago and a cheap hotel deal at the Holiday Inn Express

Posted on October 25, 2015 by in Friends & Family, IHG Rewards Club, TOP Travel Destinations

Free things to do in Chicago

Tell me about some of the free things to do in Chicago…

Visiting a city like Chicago can be an expensive business, but if you’re in the know, you can find cheap and even free things to do while you’re there. From museums to parks and even a zoo, you can save bundles of cash in Chicago, so here’s some of our favorite things to do for free:

Lincoln Park Zoo – Amazingly, this is a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of the city. It’s one of the only free zoos in the US and open 365 days a year! You’re welcome to make a donation to help keep this excellent attraction free.

Free things to do in Chicago

The Chicago Cultural Center is a stunning landmark that offers free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events all year-round.

Chicago Greeter pairs up knowledgeable locals with visitors to the city, so you can get a free customized tour of your choice and make new friends.

Free things to do in Chicago

Garfield Park Conservatory is a great place for green-fingered visitors and is one of the nation’s premier conservatories with six huge greenhouses and two grand exhibition halls. They ask for a suggested donation, but you can get in for free.

What’s the hotel deal for free things to do in Chicago?

The modern Holiday Inn Express Chicago Magnificent Mile is just $109 plus taxes and fees for select dates in February next year. At this rate, you’re saving around 65% off the normal price. For February 11th, 2016, we found the rate of $109 (plus 11.9% tax and 4.5% city tax) for a standard room including breakfast:

Free things to do in Chicago

We found the hotel at this price for both February 4th and 11th, 2016. There may be more dates available – you can search and book on

The Holiday Inn Express Magnificent Mile is a 3* hotel with a 4 rating on tripadvisor. It’s located in downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile and near to attractions like Navy Pier and the brilliant and free Lincoln Park Zoo. The hotel has some stunning 1920s beaux arts architecture and offers a fitness center. With cozy rooms and excellent service, this is a great rate for a downtown Chicago hotel.

Free things to do in Chicago

How do I get the hotel deal for free things to do in Chicago?

You can book this hotel here on as these rates are currently cheaper than booking on IHG.

What else do I need to know about the hotel deal at the Holiday Inn Express?

The rate could increase at any time and availability may be limited, so get your skates on if you want to book this InterContinental Hotels property.

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