Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and has nearly three million people. It is full of entertainment options, including museums, restaurants, music, and architecture. Unfortunately, going on vacation can sometimes put a big dent in your wallet. Here is how to save money on Chicago attractions.
The best price for something is always free. As crazy as it seems, some of the more fun things to do in Chicago do not cost a penny. The Lincoln Park Zoo offers quite the menagerie for people who are interested in animals, featuring over 200 different species. You can see monkeys, lions, penguins, zebras and more, all inhabiting well constructed homes designed to mimic their natural habitat. The zoo is open year round, and typically closes around five or six but may be open later on the weekend and during the summer.
Also completely free is Millennium Park, which has over 500 events annually. The park is over 20 acres, and on any given day you can find beautiful examples of landscaping, artwork, or listen to a variety of musicians. It is a perfect place to bring the family and enjoy a picnic lunch. On the other hand, you can buy food from vendors on site. The park is open from 6am-11pm.
If you are interested in seeing many different attractions, you might be interested in the Chicago City Pass. This is a pass that you buy that will save you almost half the price of admission on five of Chicago’s top attractions. These include the Shedd Aquarium, the Sears Tower, the Field Museum of Natural History, and your choice between the Adler Planetarium and the Art Institute of Chicago, and your choice between the Museum of Science and Industry and the John Handcock Observatory. If you are planning on seeing five of these places, it is a great deal. It saves kids over $50 and adults more than $70.
For some local Chicago food, check out the Superdawg Drive-In on Milwaukee avenue, where you can get a delicious hot dog with all the trimmings, and fries for about $5. Of course, no visit to Chicago is complete without trying some deep dish Chicago pizza. Try a visit to Uno Pizza on Ohio St where you can feed four or five people for less than $30 with a huge deep dish pizza. They have been making pizzas since 1943, so they have had plenty of practice.