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Cheap Chicago

Chicago is at its heart a working class blue-collar town. As such, there are plenty of attractions to see and do in the Windy City for those of us out there that are not high rollers. Just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean a cheap Chicago trip is out of the question – I’ve provided links and resources to help you stretch your dollars during your visit.
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Best Free Chicago Tourist Attractions
While many of Chicago's museums and attractions every so often have "free days", there are a number of Chicago tourist attractions that offer free admission year round. Here are some of my favorite free Chicago attractions.

Go Chicago Card - Save Money and Skip Long Lines
The Go Chicago Card is a great way to save some money if you plan on doing a whirlwind tour of Chicago attractions. At most of them, the Card also allows you to skip long lines.

Hot Tix - Discount Chicago Theater Tickets
The League of Chicago Theatres has put together Hot Tix, a not-for-profit service that offers a half-price discount on Chicago theater tickets to shows at participating theaters and venues.

Chicago Outlet Malls
Want some expensive looking threads at bargain prices? Great discounts on discontinued or seasonal items? Willing to hop in your car to find them? Then you need to check out these Chicago outlet malls.

Chicago on a Budget
Our "Budget Travel" guide has put together a handy list of some tips for visiting Chicago on the cheap.

Chicago Airfare Sales
Before booking your flight to Chicago, make sure to check here first for the latest airfare sales.

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Chicago Museums Free Days

Many Chicago museums offer free days throughout the year when general admission is no charge to one and all. There's no such thing as a free lunch, however -- the lure of free admission can draw some large crowds.

Adler Planetarium Free Days - Chicago Free Museum Days
Adler Planetarium Free Days - Chicago Free Museum Days

Go Chicago Card
The "Go Chicago" card offers unlimited general admission to over 25 Chicago attractions for one price -- a great deal for a whirlwind sightseeing tour. Cardholders also enjoy special discounts at several Chicago restaurants and retailers.

Ultimate Chicago Brunch Guide
We Cover Chicago's Vibrant Brunch Scene From Family Friendly To Unconventional Finds.

Movies in the Park 2014
The Chicago Park District's Annual Outdoor Event Returns to Showcase the Best Movies All Over the City.

The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery
The Magnificent Mile gallery showcases artwork from Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss.

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