Chicago’s miserable winters — and they can be miserable — tend to scare people away. That just leaves more fun for the locals. Chicago has a lot of great, FREE things to do, whether you live here or you visit. Among them? The Cultural Center. Millennium Park. The Oriental Institute. The Lincoln Park Zoo. Garfield Park Conservatory. These are just a few of the many things you can do downtown and in the neighborhoods for free. You can see why Chicago is such a great city for very little money. See the top 10 free things to do in Chicago.