12 Free Places to Visit in Chicago

Who doesn’t love saving money? As summer is approaching and schools are coming to an end, budgeting spending to hang out with friends and family can become a hassle. Between transportation, food, and events, finding ways to save money would be a blessing in disguise. 

As the weather starts to get warm, people will want to get some sun, catch up with friends, go out with family, and be out and about. No one wants to be stuck indoors, especially when there are places to see and money to save. 

It’s safe to say that a lot of us believe we have to spend some money to have fun. Fortunately, there are places in Chicago that have free admission and offer programs and events that are enjoyable for everyone. 

Choose Chicago came out with a list of free museums and attractions available and below is a map of 12 places worth visiting.

Most of the places are located in the 42nd ward and the 43rd ward, which are neighborhoods in the near north side of Chicago. These areas are known to attract tourists, meaning that some of these places, like Navy Pier and Millennium Park, will soon start offering special events and programs to attract people. 

Get ready to save some money, while still having a fun time. 



Top Ten Places to Visit for Vacation

As summer is approaching, trying to find the perfect place to visit can be time consuming or difficult. There are so many beautiful vacation spots that it can become tiresome to start a list of possibilities. Thankfully, U.S. News and World Report came out with a list of places to visit in 2018-2019. 

With the help of Google Earth Pro, below is a tour of the top ten places to visit for vacation.

10. New York City- Can visit Central Park, Broadway stages, Times Square, and other museums and neighborhoods.

09. Dubai, United Arab Emirates- Can visit the Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world), the Dubai mall, Ski Dubai, and also learn about Middle Eastern Traditions.

08. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona- Can visit a popular National Park that allows one to get in touch with nature by hiking, rafting, and other outdoor activities.

07. Phuket, Thailand- Can visit the Andaman Sea, spend time on beaches, sail, snorkel, and be introduces to different cuisines.

06. South Island, New Zealand- Can visit Mount Cook, watch wildlife, kayak, sail, hike, and enjoy nature.

05. London- Can visit Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye, and other friendly attractions.

04. Tahiti, French Polynesia- Can visit different beaches, waterfalls, museums, and learn about the history of the island.

03. Rome- Can visit the Galleria Borghese, the Colosseum, different chapels, and various food and wine selections. 

02. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming- Can view different wildlife, hike trails, enjoy natures scenery of trees, lakes, and spring waters. 

01. Paris- Can visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, the Champs-Élysées, and enjoy different cafes and restaurants. 

Fun Facts on Social Media Use

Social Media has blown up to become a platform that is widely used by many people. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are a few sites that have become a big part in peoples’ lives. The idea of being able to connect, share, participate in, and use as entertainment sounds too good to not take advantage of. 

In an article published by the Pew Research center, it was mentioned how there is overlap between the various social media sites used between Americans. This means that people aren’t just interacting in one platform, they are taking part in different sites as well.

Many people can at least name one social media platform, but can they name an informational fact on how people use these platforms?

Below is an informational graphic that provides 5 fun facts on Americans social media use. Data is taken from February 2018, and is provided by the Pew Research Center.

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Graphic by Sharon Delavega


Premier League Club Stats (2018-2019)

The Premier League is a private company made up of 20 independent clubs that are the owners and shareholders of the league. The league and clubs organize competitions, rule books and create different social, cultural, and economic impacts.

One of its biggest events is the Premier League competition that takes place very year. The current season started on August 10, 2018 and ends May 12, 2019.

Graphic by Sharon Delavega

This graphic shows five different interactive charts that involve the position of the clubs, how many games have been won, drawn, and lost per club, and the total points the clubs have earned so far during the 2018-2019 Premier League. Liverpool is currently in 1st place with 69 points, and Huddersfield Town is last with 14 points.

The champion for the 2017-2018 Premier League was Manchester City F.C. and they are currently right behind Liverpool with 68 points. In an article published by ESPN, it was mentioned that Manchester’s manager, Pep Guardiola, believes his team is playing the best they have, even if they get second place.

The article also mentioned how the manager believed that Liverpool is having their best season in the Premier League, and it has evolved into a strong team.

When looking at the current stats for Liverpool, it can be seen that they have won a total of 21 games, drawn 6 games, and only lost 1 game.

In 2017-2018, Liverpool placed 4th in the Premiere League. With three months still remaining, it’s too soon to foresee a winner.


Chicago Pride Parade Attendance (1985-2014)

The Chicago Pride Parade is an event that is currently held every year since 1972. It takes place during the final weekend of June, in order to commemorate the Stonewall Riots that involved LGBT patrons. The Pride Parade is an event that is widely celebrated and known, and it has had a positive increase in attendance.

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Graphic by Sharon Delavega

This graph shows the number of Chicago Pride Parade attendees from 1985 to 2014. A steady increase of attendance, with a significant spike from 2010 to 2011, could be seen. From 35,000 attendees to 1,000,000, it’s safe to say that the Pride Parade has risen to become an outstanding event in Chicago.

In 2011, the day the event was to take place, it was reported that 51 floats were vandalized and had their tires slashed. This led to many groups of people having to walk instead of riding in their displays. Regardless of the rough start, a record breaking attendance, compared to previous years, could be seen with 750,000 people.

Pride symbolizes many different things for people and the Chicago Pride Parade is an event that keeps rising with attendance from people who unite together and celebrate love and the LGBTQ community.

WITS and Mentorships: Building a Community for Young Readers in CPS

By: Michelle Campos and Sharon Delavega

Photo: Michelle Campos

As of June 2018, Illinois proposed to pass a budget to aid the ongoing budget crisis.  While Illinois expects this will help improve their situation, public schools are still suffering from the lack of funding. CPS has less resources to aid their performance in literacy and require organizations to help strengthen their curriculum.

Resources to aid literacy in Chicago

Teachers and schools do their best to offer parents the best resources to improve their child’s literacy skills. Chicago Public Library’s Homework Help Program, offers free tutoring sessions for any student with access to a Chicago Public Library. This program also offers online tutoring sessions for students even after their local library is closed. While this resource is an excellent aid to a student’s education, finding programs that build communities can last them a lifetime.

Working In The Schools and their role with literacy

Located in the West Loop of Chicago, WITS is a non-profit organization that CPS students can use to strengthen their literacy skills and build relationships that will go beyond eighth grade graduation. Because WITS is non-profit, it costs schools and students nothing to invite volunteers in their building and work one on one with students and build their literacy skills. Every year, WITS hosts a fundraising event to keep the program going and reach out to more schools across CPS.    

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Top Ten Free Outdoor Soccer Fields in Chicago

Who doesn’t love soccer? It’s an amazing sport that not only provides physical strengthening, but also a way to release stress. Whether playing against friends, trying to join a league, or just practicing on improving soccer skills- finding the right field to play in is important.

While the weather may start to get colder, there’s something about running with the wind and playing outdoors that prevails over indoor soccer fields. It also helps that while many indoor soccer fields charge money for entrance or hourly rates/field rentals, outdoor fields are free to the public.

Prepare those soccer bags, call up some friends, check the weather and be ready to have some fun! These are the top then outdoor soccer turfs, ranging from  CPS fields to Public Park fields, that one must visit when in Chicago.