Whether you are on a family vacation to Chicago, or from the Windy City, you might want to check out Geneva, Illinois, 40 miles west. Geneva, in the Fox River Valley, has an annual six day free festival, Swedish Days.
Chicago is full of museums, beaches, zoos, and gardens and a stunning number of them are free. One of the highlights of a visit there is exploring the cultural diversity and historical architectural of the city‘s many neighborhoods. In the summer there are festivals to go to almost every weekend.
The Quad Cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline/East Moline, Ill., is a charming area about 2.5 hours west of Chicago. And there are plenty of fun and free things to do during an affordable family vacation.