- The list below includes 371 free or cheap things to do in or near Waukegan, Illinois, including 104 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Fishing, Bowling and Mini Golf.
- From Bowen Park to Ben Diamond Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Waukegan and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Skokie, Evanston, Kenosha and Glenview.
With several playgrounds to choose from, Berwyn Gardens offers visitors climbing structures for kids to play on, picnic shelters, game tables, and gardens. The park has several walking trails for recreational cycling and walking.
Enchanted Castle is an amusement park with a variety of activities like laser tag, go-karts, bumper cars, mini-golf and bowling and many other attractions. There is also an arcade and refreshments including alcohol for adults.
Buddy Guy's Legends is a blues bars that features performances from the likes of Larry Carlton and The Nu Blu Band. Visitors of the site can order classic bar food items like buffalo wings, oysters, gumbo, and crab cakes.
The Chicago Loop is a business district that serves as the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Columbia College Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Lyric Opera Chicago. The location is also the home of many consulates.
Pinstripes is an Oak Brook bistro that features bocce and bowling. Gluten-free cuisine, flatbreads and housemade pastas are among the featured entrees. The facility hosts school field trips that teach children about the games of bowling and bocce too.
Open only during the weekends during the warmer months, the Cascade Drive In shows popular first-run movies on its single screen. Two movies are shown each night that the drive in is open, and there is a separate picnic area for guests who want to bring their own food.
A 36-lane bowling center, Wheaton Bowl offers open and league with automatic scoring and overhead monitors. The center provides a pro shop, a bar with adult beverages, arcade games and a snack bar with food and drinks.
Spring Avenue Dog Park is a fully enclosed off-leash park that includes a large open play area, disposal bags and receptacles, and picnic tables. A permit is required for each dog, which requires a yearly membership fee.
The AMC Showplace Cicero 14 is a modern multiplex cinema that features first-run films and offers full digital projection with stadium seating throughout its auditoriums. The facility also provides traditional amenitites like a snack bar and arcade as well.