- The list below includes 528 free or cheap things to do in or near Evanston, Illinois, including 109 different types of inexpensive activities like History Museums, Music Venue, Beaches and Parks.
- From Northwestern University to Dawes Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Evanston and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Chicago, Skokie, Oak Park and Lombard.
From walking paths to playgrounds, Robert E James Park provides visitors with an outdoor area for activities. During the winter season, visitors can bring a sled to a popular sledding spot on one of the park's hills.
Designed by Jens Jensen and planted in 1917, Northwestern's Shakespeare Garden is a little known secluded formal garden in the midst of campus that highlights plants mentioned in Shakespeare's works. Other features include a sundial, statues, and a fountain.
Sharing the site with the Evanston Art Centre, the Grosse Point Lighthouse was built in 1883 by the US Government. Since it was the first lighthouse built in this area, it is now a National Historic Landmark.
Dave's Down To Earth Rock Shop sells not only gems and minerals but jewelry, beads, fossils, Native American art and many other artifacts, sculptures and unique items. There is also a free museum downstairs filled with fossils.