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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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5 Things to See at the Oriental Institute Museum

Persian Gallery at the Oriental Institute Museum Chicago

The Oriental Institute is part of the University of Chicago's research center for ancient Near Eastern Studies. The museum has world-renowned collection of art and archaeology from the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria and more. Admission is FREE (with a suggested donation), and exploring the exhibit galleries is a great weekend activity for history enthusiasts, or junior archaeologists with their entire family, to enjoy. 


A Hostel Like You've Never Seen: Check Out Chicago's Fieldhouse Jones

Fieldhouse Jones

Many travelers, young and old, opt to stay in hostels to save money. If you’re used to a more luxurious travel experience, you might be turned off by the idea of a hostel. But Fieldhouse Jones is no ordinary hostel. Located between Chicago’s prime Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods, the building is part hostel, part hotel, part Airbnb, and completely unlike any other space in the city.


Ukrainian Village Budget Itinerary: Old World Eats & Old-School Bars


Ukrainian Village

Ukrainian Village is one of those Chicago neighborhoods that you’ve probably heard about and have been meaning to visit, but maybe never got around to it. It’s simple to plan a fun, budget-friendly day in this West Town neighborhood. Read on for the best and most affordable eats, shops and more in Ukrainian Village.


Patio Sneak Peak! Where to Dine Outdoors in Chicago NOW

The Promontory

Chicagoans like to savor the sunny spring and summer months by doing as much outdoor dining and drinking as possible. Here’s a roundup of some newer Chicago patio openings (and old favorites too), just in time for the warm weather days in the forecast.


A Day in the Gold Coast on a Budget

Gold Coast

Chicago’s Gold Coast is home to the famous Magnificent Mile, among other great destinations. There’s endless shopping and food options, and a lot of them are more affordable than you would expect. It’s totally feasible to have a great time in the Gold Coast on a budget. Read on for some wallet-friendly picks.


12 Free Things to Do in Chicago Today & All Through April

The Whistler

Spring is here in Chicago and things are warming up in the Windy City. Warmer temperatures means that there's even more to do in the city, as markets open their doors and song and dance fill the air (no, really!). Most of the options in our list are free things to do in Chicago this month, with a few that will run you less than $10.

Here are 12 free things to do in April that shouldn't be missed.


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!


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