A few fun, free activities for the visitor to Chicago include Millennium Park, the Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, the DePaul University Art Museum and the University of Chicago's Smart Museum. Parts of these attractions may incur a fee, but most are free.
Features of the 24.5-acre Millennium Park include Cloud Gate, more popularly known as "the Bean," which is a bean-shaped metal structure that reflects the skyline, as well as the people who walk up to it. This makes Cloud Gate a popular "selfie" photo stop. Another curious feature of the park is Crown Fountain, which features the faces of Chicago's citizens, each of which has the honor of having his or her mouth placed over the fountain faucet. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry, provides outdoor concerts.
While many of the Navy Pier's indoor activities carry a price tag, there are also free activities, such as the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, walks around the pier, and regular summer fireworks displays. The Lincoln Park Zoo offers free admission to its exhibits, enabling visitors to experience hundreds of creatures at no cost.
The DePaul University Art Museum is a free option for those interested in the city's artistic offerings, and the University of Chicago's Smart Museum boasts more than 10,000 items from different places and time periods.