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CHICAGO!!! Today’s video is about things to do in Chicago on a budget. Food halls! Walking tour! Architectural boat tour!

Amy’s off on her own for a Chicago vacation for 3 nights with friends from high school. We always travel on a budget so frugal is the theme of the trip.

In this video, she covers all the highlights during a long weekend in Chicago. She took in a Broadway show (Tootsie), cruised along the river for the Architectural Boat Tour (a WORTH-IT splurge), laughed for hours with the talented comedians at Second City, toured Michigan Avenue and Millenium and Grant Parks on a free walking tour, checked out THREE food halls and ATE heavenly, affordable food.

And, she stayed at the super-fabulous Gwen Hotel, using a great redemption with Marriott points. It was located in a perfect spot and she walked everywhere.

We can’t wait to go back again, together!

Some of the sites she used for discounts…

Chicago First Lady Architectural Boat Tour – discounted tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – https://www.hottix.org/shows/

Second City – https://www.hottix.org/shows/

Free Chicago Walking Tours (Paul was terrific!) – http://freechicagowalkingtours.com/

Here are the 3 food halls from the video – all fairly close to one another. Keep in mind, they close fairly early (7-8pm):

Wells Street Market – http://wsmchicago.com/
French Market – https://frenchmarketchicago.com/
Revival Food Hall – https://www.revivalfoodhall.com/

The wonderful dinners were at…
Xoco – http://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/xoco/
Lou Malnati’s – https://www.loumalnatis.com/

And, last but not least…
The Gwen Hotel – https://www.thegwenchicago.com/

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GoWithLess says:

Chicago…My Kind of Town! If you know the song, it's been in my head all week. Thanks for watching this Wednesday's video. Please comment with other free/budget stuff to do in Chicago since we'll be heading back again. PS…Name a US/Canandian comedian after 1970!

Lily Decker says:

Hotel Trivago?

Jason Mims says:

I love the french market. It has lots of gluten free options. My favorite thing to do in Chicago is to ride the el around the downtown area.

Laura X says:

Hello from Houston! Just found your channel and loved it!

aeroangel74 says:

Hi . What is cheaper in Chicago hotel rooms or airbnb ?

iamnotanARIES says:

Thanks for the informative video. I'm going for a few days on a budget and this helped tremendously.

The Senior Thrifter says:

Just curious what editing program you use for your videos? Do you use a Mac or PC? Thx

Emily R. says:

Great video! Looks like you had a great trip!
Loved the hat with the flower on it!!

Paul Kinard says:

Awesome video Amy! (this is Vicki, not Paul)

Traveling Well For Less says:

What an awesome trip! Great tips, super job with doing Chicago on a budget. Thanks for the shout out. I was there in April, haven't written my posts yet. Might try doing a video. 🙂

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