While many of Chicago's museums and attractions every so often have "free days", there are a number of Chicago tourist attractions that offer free admission year round. Here are some of my favorite free Chicago attractions.
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Opened May 26, 1927, the Buckingham Fountain is one of Chicago's most recognizable landmarks, and its free hourly water show in the summer is fun for young and old.
The Chicago Cultural Center lures in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year with its numerous free events, impressive architecture and its proximity to tourist hot spot Millennium Park
Located at the north end of the zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory was built over the course of 5 years between 1890 and 1895, and features four serene greenhouses -- the Orchid House, the Fernery, the Palm House, and the Show House, all displaying fantastic arrays of flora.
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An oasis in the city, the Lincoln Park Zoo open and free 365 days a year -- and just because it's free doesn't mean it's lacking. Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the most beautiful in the country, featuring historical architecture and world-class wildlife exhibits.
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