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Cheapest Things to Do in Chicago - Guide to the Windy City on a Budget

3/19/14 | by

The Windy City is one of the top travel destinations in the USA, and with attractions such as Navy Pier, Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and world renowned tours it’s not a surprise. Rather than breaking out the big bucks, why not explore the city on a budget? Save the dough for the next trip. No need to pawn your stuff to visit Chicago, so enjoy our list of top dollar activities available for next to nothing.

Lincoln Park Zoo - Free

Okay - any combination of exotic animals and the word free should spark interest, but the Lincoln Park Zoo takes it to the next level. This 35-acre zoo is located in (you guessed it) Lincoln Park, and is one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. Lions and Tigers and Bears, it’s free!

Millennium Park - Free

There is never a dull moment at Millennium Park, with events going on all the time and new art appearing regularly. Millennium Park is home to the famous Cloud Gate, a giant reflective “Bean”. The park is located on Michigan Avenue, and is open daily from 6am - 11pm. Enjoy free music in the park, and ongoing events that are all mostly all completely free!

Navy Pier - Free

There’s that word again… free! Navy Pier offers another amazing Chicago attraction for cheaper than a stick of gum. The pier is open from 10am daily, with closing times 8pm weekdays and 10pm Friday and Saturday. Enjoy awesome events, and during the summer watch the fireworks Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Chicago Go Card - Discount Attractions

For deals, deals,and more deals don’t miss the Go Chicago Card. Whether it’s a family trip or a quick escape to Chitown with the group of girls/guys, the Chicago Go Card is the way to go.

Tastebud Food Tours - $42

If there is one thing you splurge on in Chicago, it should be a food tour. Chicago is famous for it’s delectable treats, and Tastebud Food Tours does it right. Not only is it the best bang for your buck, they are also offering a promotion especially for Chicago Travelers. Use promo code CT4 and get $2.00 off your ticket! Offer expires 4/30/14.

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