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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.


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.


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.


Chicago Theatre Week: 3 Perfect Dinner, Show & Hotel Pairings for Valentine's Day

Spiaggia Restaurant Chicago

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and so is Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19)—it's the perfect date-night opportunity! Take advantage of Chicago Theatre Week discounts at participating downtown theaters as well as discounted hotel rooms for Valentine's Day. With the money you save, you can take your sweetie to dinner beforehand. Read on to find our inspired dinner, theater and hotel pairings perfect for a romantic and memorable Valentine's Day 2017.


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.


ACME Hotel Chicago: A Rock & Roll Night Out in River North

ACME Hotel Chicago King Suite Bedroom

Perched right on Ohio Street, the ACME Hotel Company Chicago offers up a lodging experience that is the most rock and roll thing about the bustling neighborhood River North. It’s the perfect headquarters for an entire weekend that might include stops at the nearby Eataly food emporium, the Redhead Piano Bar, and back to the ACME’s own Berkshire Room for a night cap. Explore the ins and outs of ACME Hotel Company, and the restaurants and things to do nearby.


5 'Spirited' & Boozy Events to Warm You Up This Winter in Chicago

ENO Wine Bar

Sometimes winter in Chicago calls for the warming power of a delicious cocktail or breaking open that anticipated bottle of wine together with old and new friends. Here are five spirit- and wine-focused events around the city, including ENOversity's January class focusing on rare wines from around the world.


Chi-Town Rising & NYE Parties in Chicago for $60 or Less

Chi-Town Rising: New Year's Eve Chicago

There's no shortage of options for how to spend your New Year's Eve in Chicago. From the Chi-Town Rising celebration, to parties at the city's best bars, it's difficult to choose just one thing to do while you're in town! But it's a good idea to start planning your night ahead for the best deals. From tickets, to drinks, to Uber rides with crazy surge pricing (ugh!), New Year's Eve can get expensive. With a little foresight, you can save hundreds on your NYE night out in Chicago.


Chi-Town Rising: Celebrate NYE in Chicago from Morning 'til Star Rise

Chi-Town Rising

It's time to shout, "Farewell!" or perhaps, "Good Riddance!" to 2016 and say, "Hello!" to 2017. And nothing says, "Happy New Year!" better than a New Year's Eve packed with champagne toasts, far-reaching fireworks, extra-silent disco dancing, a rising star and a 5K. Wait . . . what? It's Chi-Town Rising! Chicago’s biggest, brightest and newest New Year’s Eve celebration.


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