Free Things to Do in Chicago on Wednesdays

There are plenty of free things to do in Chicago on Wednesdays. You can visit several museums, take in some comedy shows, attend an international film festival, eat a free meal, and view some of the most spectacular American architecture. Do any of these things on Wednesday in Chicago and you won't spend a cent.
Free Museums

Many Chicago museums offer a free day once per week. On Wednesday, the Field Museum of Natural History is free. It features the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex in the world. It is located at Roosevelt and Lake Shore Drive. The Peace Museum at 314 West Institute Place is also free on Wednesdays.

Free Comedy

On Wednesdays there are several free "open mic" comedy shows in Chicago. Try the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts at 8:30 PM. The address is 777 N Green Street in Old Town/River North. If that isn't funny enough for you, head over to Hog Head McDunna's at 9:30 PM. The address is 1505 W. Fullerton Avenue in Lincoln Park.

Chicago International Film Festival

Free foreign films are shown to the public every Wednesday between June and September. These are quality films that were not widely released in the United States. You can see a free Chicago International Film Festival movie every Wednesday at 6:30 PM at the Claudia Cassidy Theatre in the Chicago Cultural Center. The address is 77 E. Randolph Street in Chicago.

Free Food

Between February and April, the Hideout bar serves free soup and bread on Wednesdays from 5 PM to 8 PM. They also take collections for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The address is 1354 W. Wabansia. Call ahead to see what they are serving. 773-227-4433.

Free Walks

Chicago is a great walking city. There are architectural gems, gorgeous scenery and interesting people to see for free just but wandering around. Try walking along the Lake Michigan shoreline, Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, Michigan Avenue, and State Street.

Kent Ninomiya is a veteran journalist with over 23 years experience as a television news anchor, reporter and managing editor. He traveled to more than 100 countries on all seven continents, including Antarctica. Ninomiya holds a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences with emphasis in history, political science and mass communications from the University of California at Berkeley.