Free Admission on Thursdays at Notebaert Nature Museum

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, offers free admission every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.! One thousand butterflies of every color are there to greet you, as are informative exhibits, programs, discussions, and field trips that let you experience (rather than just read about) man’s connections to nature.

Free Concert: Sunday in the Park with Civic

Called Sunday in the Park with Civic, a percussion ensemble from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s MusiCorps program offers a free, family-friendly, interactive chamber program for children Sunday May 3 at Indian Boundary Park in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

Botanic Garden opens Model Railroad Garden

The Model Railroad Garden: “Landmarks of America” opens for its tenth season at the free Chicago Botanic Garden, and runs May 9 through Oct. 25. Free admission to Botanic Gardens; this special Model Railroad Garden is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. This year, visitors will see a new train on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad line chugging around the White House (that’s the train line that transported Abraham Lincoln).

Free Ice Cream This Thursday – Carvel’s in Wilmette

Carvel Ice Cream turns 75 years old this year, and to celebrate, it’s giving away a free Iceberg drink concoction, which is made by blending any of your favorite soda flavors with ice and vanilla flavoring topped with a scoop of Carvel’s famous premium soft serve ice cream. To get yours, stop by the Wilmette Carvel Ice Cream shop on Thursday, April 30, from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (the only Illinois location is in Winnetka at 3232 Lake Street in Willmette). Telephone is (847) 853-1800.

Free Comic Book Day – May 2

Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May (May 2 in 2009) – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores.

The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant Chicago Children’s Theatre’s acclaimed production comes to Millennium Park for four Sundays in August. Original puppets and music tell the story of a giant who forbids […]

Free Pickup When You Donate Your Car

Have you ever thought about donating a car to charity and wondered it it was a hassle-free process? Those folks that have a car, truck, or other vehicle sitting around, are finding out that the process is free and easy — just about all charities include free pickup and disposition and your car donation to a charity is a great way to support a charity without spending a single dime.

Free Blacksmithing Demonstration

Bring your family to the Kline Creek Farm and see a blacksmith show how people used to use a hammer and anvil to repair metal tools. Kline Creek klinecreekfarm1Farm is a drop-in time machine, a restored farmstead where demonstrators in period costumes show how a DuPage County farm worked in the 1890s.

Free One Book One Chicago Book Discussion

Following the latest One Book, One Chicago selection, to be announced in March, literary discussions will take place at libraries, bookstores and additional venues throughout the month of April. Resource guides with the run-down of One Book, One Chicago events, will be available for pick-up at local Chicago neighborhood libraries or for viewing at