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Maddy Osman

Though early into her professional career, Maddy Osman is an eclectic "Jill" of the marketing trade. She's a wanderer at heart who accompanied her family as a youngin' to Nova Scotia, Canada and around the States, and more recently studied in Spain, visited China and will soon embark on a South American adventure. Between excursions near and far, she is happy to make Chicago her home, coming from a strong family tradition of Chicagophiles.  Check out her lifestyle blog ChicagoCheapAss.com for articles about living in Chicago on a budget.

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All the Cheap (Even Free!) Brewery Tours in Chicago

Lagunitas

What’s better than an awesome brewery tour in Chicago? A FREE brewery tour, obviously. Here’s your guide to all the free brewery tours in Chicago (and some that are just $10/person), and yes, most of them include a free drink too.


A Day in Old Town Chicago: Budget Picks & New Neighborhood Haunts

Old Town gate

Old Town is one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods, located on the North Side. It’s home to St. Michael’s Church, one of only seven buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire. In more recent times, the neighborhood has become a popular spot for locals and tourists to enjoy great food, shopping and more. Read on for a full day’s itinerary of budget-friendly eats, fun things to do, and new spots to check out in Chicago's Old Town.


11 Free Things to Do in Chicago Right Now!

The Bean in Millennium Park

March in Chicago means that spring is here and summer is right around the corner. As the weather warms up, there are more and more FREE things to do around Chicago. Read on for some top picks to finish out the month.


St. Patrick's Day 2017 in Chicago: 8 Weekend Picks

St. Patrick's Day Chicago River Dyeing

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, and that means there are lots of fun (and mostly FREE) events in the city. Bookmark this list to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of these St. Patrick's Day holiday happenings starting tomorrow March 11 and throughout the weekend!


A Day in Lincoln Square on a Budget

Lincoln Square gate

Lincoln Square is one Chicago’s North Side neighborhoods with a little bit of something for everyone. A tons of great restaurants, outdoor spots and places to stroll, venues for seeing movies and music, family friendly activities, and plenty of nightlife to enjoy, too. Keep reading for the best spots for a budget-friendly day in Lincoln Square.


Culinary Treats at O'Hare Make Layovers Seem Not So Bad After All

Summer House Santa Monica at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Most people agree that flying can have its hassles, but delicious food options can make your travels a little bit more pleasant. If you’re one of those travelers who gets to the airport super early, you’ll have plenty of time to explore these tasty spots. Read on for the best and newly opened restaurants at O'Hare Airport. With all these amazing options, you might find yourself looking forward to your next trip that takes you through O'Hare!


New Restaurants in Chicago: Where to Eat Now

Temporis

One of the perks of Chicago being a foodie destination is that new and great eateries pop up all the time. With so many restaurants opening their doors, it can be hard to know what to try first. Here are the handful of new and noteworthy Chicago restaurants we're excited to try in 2017.


Build Your Own Brewery Tour around Chicago's Loop: Visit a Historic Landmark District + Tacos at Rick Bayless' New Cervecería + More

Cruz Blanca Cervecería

Touring a local brewery or just stopping by for a drink is always a fun activity for beer enthusiasts. There's no shortage of great breweries in the Chicago Loop that offer tours and other events. If you’re looking for a relaxing indoor activity during Chicago’s winter, these Chicago craft beer spots offer excellent escapes from the cold weather. Read on to learn about the best breweries in downtown Chicago near the Loop.


7 Indoor Activities to Beat the Chill in Chicago This Winter

AceBounce Chicago

Winter in Chicago can be too cold for some, and while activities such as ice skating can be fun, it's easy to see why the hottest spots in the city right now are inside where it's warm! Here are our favorite indoor activities, perfect for things to do on a winter day, or night, in Chicago.


10 Exhibitions to See at the Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum in Lincoln Park is a historic building that was founded in 1856 to study Chicago’s rich history. The museum houses millions of original pieces from Chicago and U.S. history. You could spend an hour or an entire day there, and you’re sure to learn something new. Lovers of literature, fashion, history, anthropology, photography and more will find something to pour over.


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