There are plenty of things to do in Chicago that cater for those with champagne tastes or on a beer budget. All it takes to save money while exploring things to do in Chicago is a little research and forward planning.
Use the Chicago City Pas
The Chicago city pass includes five of the most popular Chicago attractions at substantially discounted rates. See the Hancock Observatory (or Sears Tower), the Field Museum, Shed Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Museum of Science & Industry plus Omnia. For around $98 for adults and $82 for children aged 4-11, you can save up to 53% of the regular ticket price to these top Chicago attractions.
Visiting Lincoln Park Zoo & Conservatory is one of the best things to do in Chicago, and the good news is that it is completely free. Established 140 years ago, the Lincoln Park Zoo is one of America’s most established zoos. The zoo contains a large collection of mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and birds from all over the world. There’s even an interactive farm house where visitors can learn about all things farm life, from bees and honey, to where milk comes from. In the farm house, you can also participate in one of the many cooking classes.
Take advantage of museums and galleries free days.
Chicago is known for its museums and art houses. With some clever planning you’ll discover that many of the cultural things to do in Chicago offer free or discounted admission days. The museum of contemporary art is free all day, every Tuesday. The art institute of Chicago offers free admission on Thursdays after 5 pm in the evening. Additionally, the shed aquarium offers a series of free general admission days throughout the year.
This is an expansive 24.5 acre park that opened in 2004. The park offers a multitude of free things to do in Chicago that centres on art, music, and architectural design. The crown fountain is an interactive display that pays homage to the use of gargoyles in fountains. The fountain has two 50-foot glass towers that have images of 1000 Chicago residents projected onto them. Water sprouts from the mouths of these images during most months of the year. Ongoing live music events and temporary art exhibitions are also showcased throughout the year.
Chicago luxury on a budget!
Chicago is an incredibly diverse city with more to see and do than you’d have time for in a month and it is an easy choice for a fun, memorable vacation. Choosing a luxury hotel in Chicago is easy, and depends on the location and ‘feels’ you’re after. For those looking for a cosmopolitan experience, staying at a hotel in downtown Chicago will give you easy access to everything the loo has to offer. From a night at the opera to days at the many art museums, you’ll be able to steep yourself in culture, and a downtown Chicago luxury hotel is definitely the way to go.
Travelling and exploring new cities is an important experience that should never be completely deleted from anyone’s budget. With so many intriguing cities just a few hours away by plane, it’s always possible to find a way to make it happen. Chicago with its two airports can be a great destination for those looking for a luxury vacation as well as a bargain trip.