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A Day in Chicago for $50

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By adimarcial on August 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Traveling on a budget is easy in Chicago. Sure, there are plenty of ways to spend a lot of money in this great city, but don’t think that $50 a day is going to put a stop to your fun! You will still eat and drink very well and still be able to do some fun Chicago activities.

First, stop by any CTA L stop and get yourself a one-day unlimited pass for $5.75. Now you will be free to travel around the city without a worry, and without spending a lot of cash!

Start your day at a local farmer’s market to fuel yourself with great local produce and food. I recommend checking out Green City Market in Lincoln Park, the city’s largest market and goes year-round. Plus, there are often free lectures and demonstrations.

From Green City Market walk just a short walk to the Lincoln Park Zoo and North Avenue beach. The zoo is completely free and great for all ages. It is wide open and sprawls along the lake, so even if zoos aren’t your favorite there is plenty of space for a walk, a jog, or just to lay out and enjoy the outdoors. If the weather is perfect, lay out at popular, North Beach, or rent volleyball equipment at the beach for just $5!

When the lunchtime hunger hits you walk or take a short bus ride to Noodles in the Pot in the heart of Lincoln Park. A popular local lunchtime hot spot, Noodles in the Pot, offers delicious and cheap Thai food and a huge outdoor patio. Once you are ready to get moving again, hop on the Fullerton red line for downtown. Get off at the Chicago stop and walk down the Magnificent Mile to marvel at the shops, the people, Water Tower, and the Chicago River.

When you get to Millennium Park, the jewel of downtown, make a stop at the HotTix booth. Here you can find extremely discounted day-of theater tickets for many shows in the city. After making your decision for a show later in the evening, grab a bottle of wine and a few snacks and head to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion to catch on of the 6pm concerts in the park. These concerts run through the fall and are free and open to the public, plus you get to drink wine and eat with friends while looking up at the beautiful Chicago skyline.

After the concert start heading to the theater show, but not without stopping for some frozen yogurt at any number of fro-yo shops you will see around Chicago! If you still feel like going out after the show, stop for a quick and cheap beer at the Hopleaf in Andersonville. But be careful, the beer is so good here you may want to over spend that $50 and get a few more!

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