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Cheap areas to stay in Chicago

The museum and gallery-rich lakeside metropolis of Chicago is incredibly accommodating to city explorers traveling on a tight budget. You’ll find a handful of cheap 2-star hotels and hostels scattered throughout downtown Chicago – the city’s buzzing central core of high-rises, blues bars, and parks. Trendy travelers after no-frills accommodation can stay in the hip and happening Wicker Park area, west of the center. Nightlife lovers, meanwhile, can camp out in the 2-star hotels sprinkled in the booming Lakeview neighborhood, north of Downtown.

Cheap hotels in Chicago

Days Inn Chicago offers convenient, easy, and stress-free Downtown accommodation. Here, you’ll enjoy a free continental breakfast, spacious rooms with free WiFi, and a handy 24-hour front desk – ideal for late check-ins. The Red Roof Inn Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile provides cheap and basic private ensuite rooms in the heart of the city, with an in-house business center and a restaurant. Travelodge Hotel Downtown is another centrally located inexpensive getaway, boasting simple rooms with free WiFi and TVs, alongside a relaxed in-house restaurant.

Where to find cheap food in Chicago

Chicago’s culinary culture is arguably more distinguished by its wide array of cheap eats than by its selection of expensive restaurants – from eclectic ethnic takeaways to Chicago-specific twists on classic American fast food, there’s no end of inexpensive and delicious dining in the city. Uptown is the place to go for cheap Southeastern Asian cuisine, while Greektown in the Near West side sings with authentic Greek restaurants, serving feta salads and lamb dishes. In downtown Chicago, grab a slice of deep-dish Chicago pizza.

Cheap things to do in Chicago

From museums to nature parks, public art to lakeside beaches, you’ll find plenty of free and affordable things to do in Chicago. Animal lovers will be happy to find that Lincoln Park Zoo, a tree-enclosed 19th-century complex, is totally free of charge. Here, you can see fluffy penguins, lowland gorillas, and endangered rhinos. After, amble around Millennium Park, in the Loop area. This sprawling and lush lakeside park is studded with tranquil pavilions and public art installations – like the video displays projected onto the monolithic Crown Fountain. The park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion is a large stage regularly host to free music concerts, too. Art enthusiasts can swing by the free National Museum of Mexican Art, a vast museum showcasing folk art exhibits and displaying contemporary surrealist Mexican paintings, prints, and sculptures.

Cheap ways to get around Chicago

It’s true that Chicago’s a huge city, but if you’re spending most of your time in the downtown areas, with a bit of walking it’s actually quite possible to explore on foot alone. During the colder months, make use of Chicago’s Pedway System, a series of underground and above ground covered walkways which connect Downtown’s main buildings. Chicago’s extensive public transport network of public buses, and the elevated L subway system, is also affordable, and will take you almost anywhere you need to go in the city.

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