Ahoy pirates! Planning a trip to the windy city? While Chicago can be expensive to stay in, you don't have to break the bank to have an amazing time. To get you started on your vacation planning here are 10 ideas of things to do and see in Chicago for just $10. From amazing views to excellent eats find out how to get the most for your money.
1. Grab a drink with a view
Instead of spending $22 for admission to the Willis Skydeck, skip the lines and crowdsand head to the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Tower. While many menu items can be pricy, cocktails start at just $9 meaning that you can still get an amazing view of the city for less than half the price and have a drink to boot.
2. Visit the Bahá'i' House of Worship
As the only Bahá'i' Temple in North America, this beautiful meeting house offers a unique opportunity to get off the beaten path and learn more about the little known Bahá'i' faith. Located an hour North of the city by train you can enjoy the beautiful grounds and archtiecture of the building in peace.
3. Take a tour
Looking for a good way to introduce yourself to the city of Chicago? Take advantage of the Chicago City Greeter program. Enjoy a completely free tour custom designed for your interests and led by locals. As an added bonus, the greeter program also covers all transportation costs associated with your tour.
4. Catch a comedy show
Chicago is full of acclaimed comedy clubsand plenty of famous comedians have gotten their start in the Windy City including Bill Murray and Steve Carell. Watch a show at The Laugh Factory for just $7 with this amazing groupon deal.
5. Grab some deep dish
Deep dish is a Chicago tradition and an absolute must for any visitor. While there is much debate as to which restaurant offers the best deep dish, a lunch special at Gino's Pizza will only set you back $7.25 for a 6 inch deep dish, side salad, and a drink. The lunch special is available Monday- Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM.
6. Watch the fireworks on Navy Pier
While most people visit Navy Pier for shopping and beautiful views of Lake Michigan, during summer months there are also firework shows scheduled twice a week. Best of all this amazing show won't cost you a dime.
7. Ice skate with a view
Located in Maggie Daley Park, this incredible outdoor ice skating ribboncircles the park offering spectacular views of the Chicago skyline. Admission is completely free but there is a $12 charge for skate rentals. If you happen to be visiting during the summer when the skating rink is closed, Maggie Daley Park is stil worth a visit for the rock climbing wall and a fabulous playground that both kids and adults will love.
8. Take a picture in front of Cloud gate ("The Bean")
No visit to Chicago would be complete without a visit to Millenium Park for a picture at "The Bean". Beyond the famous Cloud gate sculpture, Millenium park is full of beautiful art installations and an a massive amphitheater which offers free concertsduring the summer months.
9. Grab a Chicago style hot dog
Jimmy's Red Hots is a Chicago favorite serving up no frills hot dogs for an amazing price. For just $3.66 you'll get a filling meal including a traditional Chicago syle Polishwith all the trimmings and a side of fries. You won't find any ketchup at Jimmy's because Chicago style hotdogs are best served as is.
10. Smell the roses in the Lincoln Park Conservatory
While all of Lincoln Park (and the surrounding neighborhoods) are certainly worth a visit, walking through the conservatory easily takes the cake! No matter the time of year you can find stunning gardens and lush tropical forests inside the conservatory.
Want to see it all? Check out the Chicago City Pass to get up to 53% off on Chicago attractions.
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