Best of Chicago: Free Things to Do in Chicago This Summer with Kids

Summer of 2012 is almost here and there are lots of things that we recommend as top picks for free things to do in Chicago with kids to make the summer a success.
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April 24, 2012 - PRLog -- Summer of 2012 is almost here and there are lots of things that we recommend as top picks for free things to do in Chicago with kids to make the summer a success.

- We love Chicago’s lakefront.  Take a dip in Lake Michigan or build sand castles together at the beach. Chicago beaches are open for swimming until September 1. Looking for something specific? See this list of beaches.
The Beach Poets series originally in residence at North Avenue Beach now takes place Sunday afternoons at Loyola Beach.

- Check out a Free Chicago Museum     -  Kids are certain to love the Chicago Children's Museum which is free very Thursday evening.  Lots of other museums have free days to so be sure to check out all the free museums at

- Wet your feet in Crown Fountain.  If you want to go and be entertained with video sculpture interactivity and escape the heat this summer, visit the Crown Fountain in Millenium Park.  Unlike any other work of art, it consist of unique features such as water, light, and video technology. The fountain is considered as a public play area where kids and adult alike frolic around the fountain’s water. There are always kids splashing in the cool water, having such fun. Click here to see a video that will help you can understand the uniqueness of this incredible fountain, It is a projected movie on these huge panels, and the face appears to spit the water into the crowd of excited children.

-Outdoor movie night as a family. See a movie in the park now until the end of the August.   All movies begin at dusk at various parks around the city. More info at -- Search CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT MOVIES

-Join a Toddlers Tune and Turtles with your little ones and get some exercise, fresh air and learn about nature in the city together. See the Chicago Park District Nature Oasis site for times and location.

-The Grant Park Music Festival kicks off a summer of free music at Millennium Park. Pack a picnic dinner and hear the nation’s only remaining free outdoor classical music series. Check it out at

-Go fly a kite. Cricket Hill at Montrose Harbor is a grassy plateau which is said to be the highest point on the city’s lake shore and an ideal location for wind “obstruction-free—far from buildings, trees and, most importantly, power lines,” says Time Out Chicago’s Jake Malooley. Or try Columbia Beach Park also on the city’s northside.

– Check out the Harold Washington Library: If you or your kids are scholars or in deep love with books, then keep the Harold Washington Library in your list of things to do in Chicago. This beautiful library is located at State Street and Congress Parkway You will be glad to know that Harold Washington Library has made its name in the Guinness Book of World records for being the World’s Largest Public Library. The library possesses world class books on- Literature, fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and many more. This Library also has educational CDs, DVDs and music CDS to offer. The Library also has a 385-seat auditorium, an exhibit hall, a video theater and meeting rooms. It would be wonderful to visit this library.

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