- The list below includes 481 free or cheap things to do in or near Naperville, Illinois, including 110 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Parks, Running/Jogging and Bowling.
- From Riverwalk to Green Valley Forest Preserve Dog Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Naperville and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Oak Park, West Chicago, Lombard and Aurora.
The 400-acre Waukegan Municipal Beach is a municipal beach that offers opportunities for fishing, competitive boat racing, kite boarding, kayaking, and swimming. The beach has a number of sand volleyball courts.
A traditional bowling center, Pinheadz Entertainment Center offers open and league bowling along with a full service sports bar and grill. The center also provides volleyball courts, party hosting, live music and video gaming.
The Lasalle County 4-H Fair Grounds are host to the annual 4-H Fair, which includes a variety of competitions and displays for 4-H Club members. Aside from livestock displays, there are photography and sewing exhibits.
Founded in 1906, the Kankakee County Historical Society is one of the oldest historical societies in Illinois. It contains historical displays, provides education, and hosts events. The professionally designed support facilities include climate-controlled collection storage areas, and an archival library.
During the summer, Camp Lakota runs a campground for families to set up tent in. The staff provides outdoor meals and the grounds include an archery course, climbing wall, and pool. Boy scouts can use the facilities year round.
Located in northeast Illinois in McHenry, Stade's Farm and Market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, including specialty crops. A leading agri-tourist destination, the site's pumpkin picking festival is a key attraction in the fall.