This article was written by Lizz Riggs, editor of ChicagoTraveler.com.
The Windy City welcomes all types of travelers! Many of the best destinations in the city cater to those looking for luxury on vacation, and some cater to those looking for a cheap experience. You can easily get the best of both worlds with all of the inside tips that help you enjoy all the best Chicago city excursions for less! You can splurge a little on your trip to the city and your wallet will never even know!
Save when you eat
Instead of spending all the dough trying to find your favorite pizza place in Chicago, and there are a lot to try before you find the one for you, try multiple pizzerias and get an awesome experience on one of the Chicago food tours. Take an afternoon to walk around to five of Chicago’s top pizza places and sample a slice at each place. Instead of sitting down for a meal at each place, you can knock them all out in one afternoon! As a bonus, your tour guide takes you through Chicago to past some of the biggest attractions! What better way to experience Chicago than to eat your way through the city?
Save when you sightsee
In addition to all the food tours, there are also tours that are dedicated to Chicago’s architecture, Chicago’s history, the city’s sights and more! You can tour Chicago by boat, foot, bus, segway, bike or even by helicopter! Check out the tours in Chicago best suited for you and those you’re traveling with, because certain ones are better for families, and some are good for those Chicago travelers who fly solo! Chicago tour guides are enthusiastic and entertaining and always keep you ready for more!
There really isn’t a bad way to see and learn about this beautiful city, especially since most of these tours offer special savings. Many of the boat tours in Chicago offer savings on select dates, and special discounts for their holiday events like the 4th of July or New Years Eve fireworks dinner cruises that are always a fun way to celebrate the holidays! Treat the whole family to a tour of Chicago when you can see the city at an affordable price!
Save when you sleep
For the most part, Chicago hotels aren’t cheap, especially when you want to stay somewhere convenient to all the things you want to do while you’re here. The good news is that most of them offer great hotel deals! All you have to do is shop around for the right savings to suit your trip! Find discounted rates, package deals and limited time seasonal promotions to make your trip to the Windy City extra special!
Several hotels in Chicago offer specials that include a complimentary breakfast or have a shopping package that includes gift cards to local stores. These especially come in handy when you’re staying at one of the hotels near Magnificent Mile. Check out rooms at the MileNorth Hotel or Swissotel when you’re looking for a hotel with special discounts and savings, but don’t want to skip out on getting a luxurious room in a convenient location.
Save when you visit
Some of the top attractions in Chicago are the museums. These are a must, especially when you’re travelling with kids! Everyone loves visiting Sue, the world’s most completely T-Rex at the Field Museum! If you prefer living animals, there are over 25,000 to see at the Shedd Aquarium, one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world! Or maybe animals aren’t your thing at all and you’d prefer a day at the Art Institute of Chicago. Either way, many places offer discounts on Chicago attractions that make seeing all of these places on your trip possible!
Save with the freebees. While many of the attractions in Chicago offer discounts and savings, some go even further with the deals! Many of the best things to do in Chicago are completely free! Spend the day at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Hang out at Millennium Park and take funny pictures of yourself in the Chicago Bean. If you’re visiting in the summer, spend the weekend at Grant Park and you’re likely to enjoy some free music. Make sure to see Buckingham Fountain while you’re there! On top of that, Chicago has beaches to visit, tons of activities at Navy Pier, and there are always events in Chicago that keep travelers and locals busy over the weekends!