And then it hit me. Well it hits me from time to time, but on a cloudy cash poor day like today, it hit me all over again. There are plenty of free things to do in the city, I mean plenty. I am mainly writing this for myself as a reference for future-cash-poor Sandy to reference, but if you have anything to add or if you want to not spend money with me, then be my guest. My free-loading, free-lovin', free-wheeling guest. Also, kudos to Rose for making a list very similar to mine. The more free inspiration, the better.
Walking and jogging are free. Sun is free. The smell and sound of rainfall is free. As are grass, and shade, and the sound of birds chirping. Pull out your picnic blanket, grab a library book (also free), and sit your tush outside for as long as you can. Time will pass pleasantly, and you will free the grace of the sun making you whole again. Additionally, the Chicago Park District Pools officially open in June.
Sandy, you have a GoogleDoc full of DIYs ripe for the picking, as well as a craft cabinet laden with supplies. 1 + 2 = 3, amirite? Roll up your sleeves, dust off your crafting tools, and make something with what you already have. Also, pickle every vegetable ever. And make syrups. And bake bread.
|Syrups are one part sugar, one part water. Infuse with whatever spring thing delights you. |
Basil? Sure. Mint. Why not? Rhubarb, always.
Go to the bar, but don't buy a drink
This is a plan I am going to try tonight. There is a FREE feminist dance party at the Whistler, with gender-neutral bathrooms, and ALL of the ladies/feminists I want to align myself with. It's the perfect place to show off my unshorn pits as well as my dance moves... and what if I went without buying a drink. I'll get back to you on how this one goes. But free dance partay!
|Ah to master the art of ordering just one drink.|
Volunteering is free and it makes the world a better place. Last fall I volunteered for the Chicago Humanities fest, and in exchange for a few hours of my time, I was invited to attend two lectures, one magic show for adults, and an interview with Rick Bayless. I'm hoping to get involved with a community garden, or I will just take over Andrew's deck garden for the greater good of the community.
|I was a volunteer coordinator for ArtWork6 last year. Volunteering at openings is so much fun. |
Free art, and sometimes free snacks/free wine.
Free Summah Activities
Chicago, you are the best for this. I just need to not go overboard on the snacks situation for most of these. Pro tip: snacks add up. So do beer and drinks. I think learning to be satisfied with
none just one drink is going to be a new skill I implement this summah. New mantra, water is free. And better for you.
Free Chicago Things
Chicago is full of free things, year round. Sometimes I just need to remind myself that all of these wonderful places are free, then pinch myself for not spending more time at these places.
Lincoln Park Zoo is free. I know, zoos are super problematic, but I go for the history and architecture. Also... the penguins.
The Art Institute is free Thursday nights.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is free Tuesday nights.
The Block Museum is free.
The National Museum of Mexican Art is free.
The Chicago Cultural Center is free and open daily.
First Fridays art openings in the West Loop.
Second Fridays art openings in Pilsen.
The parks and beaches are free.