Going to Chicago for a weekend can be fun and there’s always something to do. However do it on a budget with Weekend In Chicago On A Budget.
Weekend In Chicago On A Budget
Traveling to the city of Chicago even for the weekend can be a big expense, but if you plan out your days well in advance and look for deals, you can have tons of fun on a budget. Both indoor and outdoor activities abound, and there are actually a lot of free things you can do around Chi-Town. Putting together a budget weekend for Chicago is all about deciding on a few things that you really want to see and do and then finding bargains to fill in the rest of your time. I live about four hours from Chicago, so can easily jump on the highway and head to the Chi for a weekend getaway. I recently just came back from Chicago and wrote about how to plan a fun road trip from Michigan to Chicago.
Use these tips to travel on a budget for your weekend of fun in Chicago.
Plan Ahead With Deal Sites
Major deal sites like Groupon and Yahoo are filled with new city deals every day, and they don’t just include coupons for local shops, but several attractions. You can get a deal for everything from public transportation passes to meals at popular restaurants. Well before your weekend out, sign up for these daily deal sites and set them to Chicago deals so that you can start watching for coupons to use during your visit. Remember that you are going to be eating out for at least two meals each day, so search for both lunch and dinner deals. Groupon and Living Social are two of my favorite places to find the BEST deals for Chicago! Be sure to read: Vacationing on a budget to Chicago
Purchase a CityPass
The CityPass is the official see all, do all pass for Chicago, and if you are determined to see and do as many of the big landmarks as possible it’s a great investment. You get a choice between several museums, landmarks and tours in the city all for one flat rate. With only a weekend available to you, planning out your time is essential, but you can get all the money out of the pass that you spend and still save tons compared to pricing out all or just some of the admission prices.
Visit the Neighborhoods
Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and they don’t charge anything to take a look around or even get in a full walking tour. There is a lot of history in some of Chicago’s neighborhoods, and even though many of the places do not make it in the guidebooks, there are a lot of hidden treasures that you are only going to find walking around. Besides the history, there are also several cultural neighborhoods that can be very entertaining for children and families.
Visit for Free
Every major attraction in the city of Chicago has a free day or two each month, or every other month. Find out what museums are offering free day visits to guests and plan around those. Just one or two free visits can save you $30-40 per person. There are also several Chicago area museums and attractions that are always free or just ask for a voluntary donation. By adding some of these options into your weekend plans, you can see more of the city on a smaller budget and spend where you are not able to find better deals offered in the time frame you need. I have listed 5 Free family activities to check out! That’s is probably one of my favorite reasons about Chicago. You can always find something free to do!
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