- 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.
One of the premier private research institutions in the United States, the University of Chicago offers a variety of academic programs at the Bachelor's, Master's, and doctorate levels. Former students of this institution include late renowned film critic Roger Ebert.
Located along the Fox River, the Fabyan Forest Preserve is a nature preserve popular among fishers and joggers. Visitors to the preserve also enjoy many historical sites within the preserve, including the Fabyan Villa Museum and the Fabyan Windmill.
Peck Farm Park is a park and botanical garden area with a large play area and picnic facilities. Features include an observation silo with panoramic views, a butterfly garden with a variety of colorful species, and expansive flower gardens.
Fusion South Volleyball is a volleyball facility with multiple courts. The facility provides leagues with experienced coaches and administrators, and offers open practice times as well as scheduled games and seasons.
An entertainment center, Sky High Sports, Naperville Il features trampoline activities including open jumping, dodgeball, slam dunk basketball and aerobics. The center also offers a foam pit, party and event hosting, arcade games, pool tables and a snack bar.
Situated on seven acres of land, Sunnydale Park offers a wide range of recreational options like play equipment for young children and toddlers, a multi-purpose open play area, and a soccer field. Visitors can also enjoy picnic areas, a biking/walking trail, and on-site parking lot.
A 75-acre facility, Valley View Park offers a range of activities including archery, a baseball diamond, basketball court, disc golf, horseshoe court, cross-country skiing and sledding. The park is also home to the New Berlin Soap Box Derby track.