Farmers Markets in Chicago

Updated April 9, 2019 Sweet, jewel-colored berries; juicy, ripe tomatoes fresh off the vine; fragrant herbs; colorful flowers . . . When and where is the next farmers market, you ask? Check out the Farmers Markets list below and find out! Farmers Market Payments Each farmers market is different. Many, but not all, markets accept the Illinois Link card, credit cards, and debit cards. Some markets also accept Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks. Markets often provide a dollar-for-dollar match, up to a specified amount, on qualifying Link purchases. This match may be made with funds raised by the market itself or with funds received through the Experimental Station's LINK Up Illinois program. Please review the website of the farmers market you are going to visit so there will be no surprises when you are ready to check out with all your fabulous fruits and vegetables. He

Free Summer Concerts in Chicago

Updated April 9, 2019 If you love music, summer is an especially great time to be in Chicago. You are likely to find a free concert almost every day during the summer. All of the summer concert series shown below have free admission. Enjoy! Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Multiple Days Sunday Live on the Lake! Location: Navy Pier, Miller Lite Beer Garden, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago Dates: May 24–September 2, 2019 (multiple days each week) Time: Concert times vary. Follow the above link to view the schedule. The Bells of Summer Location: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago Dates: June 23–August 25, 2019 Time: 5 p.m. Monday Millennium Park Summer Music Series Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago Dates: June 17 and 24; July 1, 8, and 29; and August 5, 2019 Time: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Rush Hour Concerts

Free Exercise Classes, Group Runs, and More in Chicago

Updated April 9, 2019 Whether you exercise because you love the way you feel after a good workout or because you know it is a vital part of living a healthy lifestyle, you probably have found that fitness club memberships and individual classes can be expensive. If you would like to save some money, you are in luck! During the summer, you will find several free exercise classes offered in Chicago. Most are in the downtown Chicago area, making them easily accessible to both visitors and residents. There are also classes in various neighborhoods. These classes are outside (unless it is raining). You get a free workout and you get to enjoy the beautiful outdoors! In addition to free classes during the summer, there are also many year-round classes that are free. Year-Round Classes Athleta Athleta stores offer free classes. Check each store's calendar to find upcoming classes for that location. Note: Some classes may require reservations, so be sure to check the calenda

Film Festivals in Chicago

Updated May 21, 2018 Whether you love to watch movies, make movies, or do both, you are sure to find a film festival that piques your interest. When I began researching film festivals in Chicago, I was amazed by how many festivals I found (there are more than 60!) and by the broad range of topics the festivals cover. Filmmakers, links to festival submission information have been included. Enjoy! Scroll through the festival list or click on a link below to go directly to the month you plan to attend a festival. January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December If you are aware of a Chicago film festival that has not been included on this page, please send the festival's information via DM using Twitter (@InspiredChicago). Visit the following pages to find more festivals: Art and Craft Festivals Comedy and Theater Festivals Food Festivals Heritage Festivals Music Festivals Januar