Free and summer go hand-in-hand! We’re ready to get back to outings with friends and family and we know you are too. We’ve compiled a list of free things to do in DuPage — broken out by “any old day” and date-specific. As our partners in hospitality recover from the pandemic, we ask for your support — with the best shopping, dining and entertainment outside of Chicago, treat yourself to a whole day or weekend in DuPage!
As operations change after the state’s official full reopening on June 11, we strongly advise you to check individual websites for location-specific guest protocols and up-to-date information on ticketing.
ANY OLD DAY
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
DuPage is a recreational playground, and at its core are the forest preserves. With numerous locations each with their own terrain and varying activities, create your list of must-see preserves and start taking in the beautiful landscapes, pathways and manicured gardens. Your wallet will be happy as will your mind – we know how important nature remains to finding peace and balance.
Stroll our Charming Downtowns
Main Street is alive and well in DuPage – with picture-perfect charm. We welcome you to shop local! Our businesses are the fabric of our communities, set amidst brick paved walkways and beautiful tree-lined streets. Take a stroll and enjoy local award-winning restaurants, inviting outdoor patios, boutiques, bookstores and old-fashioned ice cream stores.
Explore 1.75 miles of brick paths, wood covered bridges, outdoor bronze sculptures and artwork, a child’s dream playground, and historic memorials. Spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic under a shady tree while watching the activities along the Riverwalk. Birdwatch or lay on the cool green grass and relax with a good book.
Ty Warner Park
Explore the great outdoors at Ty Warner Park. Grab the tennis rackets and play a few matches. Play a game of volleyball in the sand court. Let the kids get some needed exercise on the giant playground. Enjoy a leisurely stroll on the walking path. Play some catch and practice batting on the baseball field. There are plenty of activities to experience at this park.
Soak up the splendor of this timeless estate and tranquil setting. The new Fountain Garden is considered the crown jewel and centerpiece of the spectacular grounds. Walk through the park’s extraordinary garden vignettes and savor the elements breathing new life and perspective to this beautiful 500-acre landscape. Cantigny Park is without a doubt a special gem of DuPage County.
*Admission free - $5 Parking fee
Illinois Prairie Path (IPP)
The first successful rail-to-trail conversion in the United States! The IPP path spans over 40 miles in DuPage, and it is a main artery connecting communities, quaint downtowns, forest preserves and recreational trails. Hop on the trail and enjoy a section of path, or embark on a longer journey as the IPP connects to the Great Western Trail to make a full loop.
This is one of DuPage County’s surprisingly natural setting in the suburbs. The river flows calmly through scenic forest preserves with several easy access launch areas. The West Branch of the river provides a peaceful kayaking experience. On foot or boat, fishing is permitted along both West and East branches of the DuPage River. Pack a picnic and head out for an adventure that will have you feeling rejuvenated.
Recurring weekly on Wednesdays, July 14 – August 25
Cantigny Summer Concert Series ($10 parking fee)
Recurring weekly on Sundays, June 13 – September 5
The Forge: Lemont Quarries
Recurring weekly on Fridays, June 4 – September 24
Westmont Cruisin’ Nights & Street Fair
Recurring weekly on Thursdays, June 3 – September 2