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 –

Second City –

Free Chicago Walking Tours (Paul was terrific!) –

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 –
French Market –
Revival Food Hall –

The wonderful dinners were at…
Xoco –
Lou Malnati’s –

And, last but not least…
The Gwen Hotel –

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