Chicago is a great gastronomic city. The problem is that the great food comes at a high cost. There are plenty of inexpensive options like Chicago style pizza, Italian beef and the Chicago hotdog. But if you want good food in a nice setting it will normally cost you. But there are some good dinning deals to be found.
Some of our favorites are:
Bistrot Margot's price fix Wednesdays-$30 gets you any appetizers, entree and dessert. Most entrees are $20-$28.
Flemming's- They offer 5 drinks, wine glasses and appetizers for $6 from 5 pm until 7 pm in the bar. The appetizers are large and 2 is more than enough food for most people.
Wildfire- Our favorite thing next to BYOB is half priced wines. On Mondays wine drinkers can save from $20-$50 per bottle.
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Winter in Chicago:
We are not going to sugarcoat it, Chicago is very cold in the Winter. It is not the best time to visit Chicago but it can be a surprisingly good time to come and see the Windy City. The main advantage to Winter is the lack of crowds. Hotels will be cheaper and you can get into trendy restaurants. The wait at the Shedd Aquarium, which is often over 2 hours in the Summer goes down to less than a 1/2 an hour. You can actually walk down Michigan Avenue and not have to worry about being run down by masses of people walking the other way.
Chicago has a lot of fun outdoor activities like: beaches, a 18 mile long bike trail on the lakefront, outdoor dinning and boat tours. But most of what makes Chicago so great can be seen or done in the Winter. It has: great architecture, world class museums, one of the country's best dinning scene, shopping and a top theater community. All of these can be done in any season but in Winter there is the advantage of smaller crowds and shorter waits.
If you can handle short walks in the cold or even the 10 seconds of freezing while you get into a cab, Winter may be a good time to come and visit Chicago.
Free Museum Days In Chicago:
Chicago museums are some of the best in the country if not the world. There are T-Rex skeletons, Egyptian mummies and Monet paintings to name just a few of the amazing things you can see. There are a couple of drawbacks however, the crowds and the price. A small family can easily spend over a $100 just to get in the door. Luckily, for Illinois residents at least, there are a lot of free days.
Free Museum Days