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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.


Score Crafts & Cocktails at Chicago Handmade Market

Handmade Market Chicago

Getting crafty was never as much fun as the popular Ukrainian Village monthly event, Handmade Market. This crafters dream unfolds inside of the Empty Bottle bar on Saturday, January 14, from noon to 4 pm. Cocktails will be served during the market so that shoppers can browse and sip through this free event.


Create Special Holiday Memories at American Girl Place Chicago

American Girl Doll

Stroll down The Mag Mile shopping district at this time of year and you're bound to see gaggles of girls carrying their look-a-like dolls toward American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue). This over-the-top doll shop features not just dolls but adorable interactive displays, a bookstore, a café, a bakery and even a dolly beauty salon. Here are some ways to celebrate the holidays at American Girl Place Chicago.


Swedish Christmas in Andersonville: Late Night Shopping, St. Lucia Festival + Traditional Holiday Celebrations

Holidays in Andersonville

It's hard to believe that at one time there were more Swedes in Chicago than in any city outside of Stockholm. Most settled in the charming North Side neighborhood of Andersonville. During the holidays, Andersonville celebrates with Swedish traditions, lovely holiday decor, late-night shopping and dining and fun, family-friendly events. Here are three December events you won't want to miss this holiday season in Andersonville.


A Day in Wicker Park on a Budget

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People like to grumble that hipsters have taken over Wicker Park, but that doesn’t stop them from coming back for all the neighborhood has to offer. There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day (or more!) getting a taste of one of the most-happening neighborhoods in the city. Here’s what a visit to Wicker Park might look like on a budget.


Kick Off Holiday Shopping in Chicago This Weekend at Randolph Street Market and Christkindlmarket

Christkindlmarket Chicago

It's that time again. Holiday shopping in Chicago may not officially start until the Friday after Thanksgiving (here's a handy Mag Mile shopping map), but smart shoppers know that deals and steals happen early. Chicago hosts two festive markets that usher in the holiday season and supply both holiday fun and distinctive shopping treasures. Mark your calendars and make your Christmas in Chicago plans.


M is for Maxwell Street Market: Exploring Chicago A Through Z

Maxwell Street Market Chicago

If you can smell the nopales (cactus) tacos and hear the cry of vendors hawking everything from car tires to pungent spices, you're probably close to the Maxwell Street Market, which is one of Chicago's greatest treasures. Located less than a mile southwest of The Loop, the weekly Maxwell Street Market has been an institution for over 130 years and a place for new arrivals from all over the world to set up their wares to sell every Sunday


American Girl Place Chicago Welcomes Melody Ellison

American Girl Place Melody Ellison

You'll know you've arrived at Chicago's American Girl outpost when you spot the gaggles of giggling girls clutching their dolls as they excitedly making their way toward Michigan Avenue's Water Tower Place. This upscale, specialty doll store is a little girl's dream come true: a doll-friendly cafe, bakery, and even an in-house doll hair salon make American Girl Place a Chicago tourist destination in itself. American Girl Place Chicago will roll out the red carpet this August for the


A Low Budget Guide to Logan Square: Food, Drinks, Shopping & Entertainment That Don't Break the Bank

Street art in Logan Square ChicagoLogan Square is an up-and-coming area that many might consider to be the new Wicker Park with less hipster, more artsy vibe. It's become a go-to spot for food, beer, and music festivals thanks to an abundance of open space and a lovely park system. There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day (or more!) getting a taste of the neighborhood. From brunch and record stores to mezcal and arcade games, here's what an ideal visit to Logan Square on a budget might look like:
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