Being a tourist in your own town can take a lot of time, especially in a city as large as Chicago, but it doesn’t have to take a lot of money. The weekends are typically a great time for relaxing. For those with small budgets, the weekends tend to be an example of all the things that can’t be done, but maybe people are just looking in all of the wrong places. Fun doesn’t have to be fancy and flashy; it could simply just be frugal.
Luckily, Chicago has tons of cheap and sometimes even free attractions. Check out one of the many attractions offered at The Shedd Aquarium, The Art Institute of Chicago Museum or The Museum of Science and Industry. Free days are usually during the week, so think about starting the weekend early.
The Aquarium will be offering free admission to their original galleries Feb 20th- the 24th. Spend a Sunday under the sea, or extend the weekend and take Monday off. At The Art Institute of Chicago children under the age of 14 get in free and general admission is under $20. The Museum also offers free evenings every Thursday night, which is another great way to kick off a weekend of being frugal. The Museum of Science and Industry also has general admission under $20 and for Chicago residents it is only $13! For this particular museum, their last free day in February is on the 22nd, which is sadly not a weekend; however, look forward to more free days in March.
So next time the budget is small and the weekend is vast, try embarking on an adventure in your very own town. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something new about Chicago!