Old Town

Chicago on the Cheap neighborhood guide: Old Town

Old Town is an historic and mostly residential neighborhood of expensive single family homes, townhomes, and condos. The main strip of commercial restaurants and shopping is on Wells Street between Division and North Avenue.  Map. Getting around Old Town is easy.  You can take the CTA, pedal a Divvy Bike, take taxi's, Uber or walk. To keep up with … [Read More...]

Chicago Childrens Museum

Chicago Children’s Museum free admission days

The Chicago Children's Museum offers free admission for visitors 15 and under the first Sunday of each month and FREE admission for all visitors every Thursday from 5PM-8PM. When:  First Sunday of every month year round. Where:  Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, 312-595-5629. Manifesto:  To improve children's lives by creating a community where play an … [Read More...]

Little Goat West Loop

Chicago on the Cheap neighborhood guide: West Loop

The West Loop/Near West side is an evolving area. Map.  The area was once exclusively the home to wholesale food businesses, meatpacking, warehouses and art galleries and still has an industrial feel.  While residential development is booming and prices per square foot rival the nearby developed Loop and River North areas some blocks have no residential … [Read More...]


Chicago on the Cheap neighborhood guide: South Loop

The main draw in the South Loop is the Museum Campus. Map. As you venture south and west into the Loop it can get a little deserted at night. The Museum Campus is comprised of the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium.  Admission to any of these can be very expensive.  There are some free days for Illinois Residents otherwise y … [Read More...]


Cheap eats South Loop Chicago

The South Loop is home to Roosevelt, Columbia, DePaul Universities and John Marshall Law School so it's chock full of cheap and good dining options to cater to all the students Amarit Thai & Sushi, 600 S. Dearborn, 312-939-1179. Most entrées less than $10. Artists Cafe, 412 S. Michigan, 312-939-7855. Reasonable cafe food salads and sandwiches … [Read More...]

The Loop CTA

Chicago on the Cheap neighborhood guide: the Loop

The Loop is named after the elevated train that makes a loop through the center of the area.  The home of Grant Park and Millennium Park, the Art Institute, the Museum Campus and more there are enough free and cheap things to do here that you never have to venture out into other neighborhoods. It's the center of the city and the most convenient location … [Read More...]

Little Goat West Loop

Cheap eats West Loop Chicago

Finding a great place to eat, on the cheap, is easy in West Loop.  This area has many excellent restaurants and more keep opening.  Here are the best quality, lower cost options.  All prices were valid at the time of this post and can change without notice.  Prices stated don't include beverage, tax and tip. This post is always a work in progress.  We … [Read More...]