If you are looking for a low-key weekend that doesn’t involve taking out a loan, look no further than Chicagoland. The suburbs offer a quiet respite from the city, plenty of fresh air experiences and more, all costing you next to nothing. See below for a list of exciting things to do that won’t cost a fortune, if anything at all.
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Reconnect with nature in the suburbs. From the many hiking trails to gorgeous gardens, you will have a tough time deciding where to start. Cantigny Park offers free admission on the first Wednesday of the month, and free parking from March to December. Admission is free to the beautiful and expansive Chicago Botanic Garden, however there is a charge for parking. If you find yourself in Highland Park, make sure to stop by the Heller Nature Center, offering indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family.
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Enjoy live music in Elk Grove Village at Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series. Each Tuesday in July features a difference live performance, all free of charge.
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Experience a change of pace and get a taste for farm life at Fischer Farm in Bensenville, or Primrose Farm in St. Charles! Fischer Farm offers five acres of land and a farmhouse from 1920 to tour. You will get a glimpse into how early settlers lived, and even pet farm animals and take tractor rides! St. Charles Farm also offers the opportunity to visit with farm animals, tour the farmhouse, and explore more than 100 acres of landscape.
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Learning takes on all different shapes in the suburbs—enjoy a free brewery tour at Two Brothers Artisan Brewing in Warrenville and learn their unique process and taste delicious brews, or visit SciTech in Aurora, a family-friendly museum with hands-on scientific exhibits.