Five Ways to Save in Chicago

When you are one of the biggest cities in the United States, you are no doubt also one of the most expensive for the traveler. Chicago is no different than Los Angeles or New York when it comes to expenses. While it might have better deals than New York, it can still be a budget-breaking destination. However, it would be a shame to miss out on the tasty food, lively scene, wondrous architecture and baseball games that this city has to offer. Rather than just head for more budget destinations, here are a few ways to save in Chicago.

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A Guide to Visiting Chicago’s Millennium Park

What was for over 150 years an industrial wasteland occupied by the Illinois Central Railroad is now one of Chicago’s most famous attractions for both travelers and locals. A stroll through Millennium Park spans 24.5 acres of Chicago real estate, flirting with the water’s edge. It is an attraction overflowing with arty sights and sounds, mostly at no charge to enjoy them. Coined Millennium Park for its projected opening in 2000, the park wouldn’t grace Chicago with its presence until 2004. Regardless of the delay, Millennium Park is an unmissable attraction in Chicago. With all of that acreage, you would hate to miss some of the park’s most impressive sights. From facts about Millennium Park’s fixtures to its overall composition, visitors can follow this simple guide to visiting a few of the park’s free highlights.

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Three Dishes of Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza

It is large, multifaceted and incredibly filling. It is no wonder that a city that could be described by these attributes produces a style of pizza that fits this description. Chicago style pizza has received fame around the world, so much so that it is not too uncommon to see deep dish pizza on the menu of a restaurant very far away from the Windy City. This colossal style of pizza is perhaps at its best in the city of its birth. If you are visiting Chicago, you must save room and sample the deep dish pizzas throughout the city. To cut back on those few bad seeds, here are a few tried and tested deep dish staples in Chicago that by no means will leave you hungry.

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Chicago in Your Pocket: Four Apps for Travelers in the Windy City

Much like New York City and Los Angeles, America’s largest cities can often overwhelm the traveler. Chicago is no different, where not just its wind can blow you away, but the size of the city can knock travelers to the ground in exhaustion. From the sheer number of places to eat, drink and see, you need a few guides to lead you in the right direction. Travel apps certainly come in handy in these big cities, including in Chicago. Before you leave with thoughts of deep-dish pizza and giant beans, pack these Chicago themed travel apps.

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Top Three Handmade Boutiques in Chicago

While it may not be Paris or New York, Chicago can certainly hold its own in terms of great designer boutiques. The last time I was in the windy city, I was pleased to see a focus on (and real enthusiasm for) “shopping local” and supporting independent boutiques. Here are my top three suggestions for boutiques that feature handmade goods (many of them created by local artists and desginers) in the Chicago metro area.

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