Chicago styleOn a budget


Some of the best things in life are free (and cheap). Here’s our round-up of the coolest things to see and do in Chicago, no matter your budget.

An architecture boat tour on the Chicago River

See the sights

Do Chicago on the cheap with cool museums, music festivals, and neighborhood tours — all for free.

Group bike tour

Explore nature

Don’t let the skyscrapers fool you. Chicago is home to beaches, parks, and miles of lakefront to explore for free.

Chicago Blues Fest

Jam at festivals

From cool jazz and sultry blues to classical and world music, free music festivals define summer in Chicago.

Adler Planetarium

Explore the arts

Public art by Picasso, free cultural attractions, and discounted museum days. Here's how to see Chicago's artistic side on the cheap.

Room at the Freehand in Chicago

Find cool, cheap sleeps

Get that big city buzz (without breaking the bank) at Chicago’s budget hotels and hostels.


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