10 free things to do in Chicago this December

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And before you embark on a full-on bread-baking breakdown, we have some other suggestions. Apart from the freezing temps, Chicago is truly magical in the winter months, offering many outdoor activities from ice skating, sledding, and Christmas markets to indoor options like bowling, speakeasies, and hockey games, all here to help you stifle that urge to book a flight to the Florida Keys. Mask up, vax up, and grab your buddies, because unlike last year, it's time to conquer the cold together. Back this year in full swing, the 25th annual Christkindlemarket is slinging steins, hawking sausages, and selling handmade items from all around the world at Daley Plaza in the Loop and Gallagher Way in Wrigleyville.

After everything else updated on December 1, by Decide Chicago. Here are 10 of our favorite free events and activities this month, including holiday celebrations, ice skating, outdoor light displays, free museum being , and so much more. Advantage planning your budget-friendly Chicago adventures at once. Note that online reservations are compulsory this year, skate rentals are accessible for a fee. Christkindlmarket is back! The beloved Chicago tradition turns the downtown Daley Plaza into a bustling holiday market, filling the air along with the smell of roasted nuts, angry pretzels, and mulled wine. Admission is free to come in and check artisan goods, imported German gifts, after that handmade holiday decorations.

A few of the best things in animation are free and cheap. Do Chicago on the cheap with cool museums, music festivals, and neighborhood tours — all for free. Check out at no cost events happening this month. See the city's free hidden gems. Chicago is home to beaches, parks, and miles of lakefront to explore for at no cost. Get your summer fun fix along with free activities in Chicago's parks. Bicycle, play, and explore on the Lakefront Trail.