Chicago not only plays an important role in the global economic system, but also is a famous tourist destination in America. With hundreds of luxurious hotels, excellent dining, and unique culture, it’s easy to make individuals and families break their pocket while visiting.
The special thing is that Chicago offers so many options for food and beverages. Therefore, it can be a little bit overwhelming to find tasty food that doesn’t bite deeply into your wallet. But don’t worry! With a little planning and this handy guide, you’ll soon be on your way to seeing and enjoying Chicago on a budget.
As mentioned above, Chicago is a home to many specials. There are several ways to enjoy all these kinds of food without spending a lot of money. But for me, the best solution is to talk to the locals or go online to discover which Chicago restaurants fit our budget. After a few days in Chicago, my recommendations for places to eat are mostly touristy places, but unlike some other major cities, the tourist eateries in Chicago are by no means a tourist trap.
- Heaven on Seven – What can happen if you have a chance to try authentic Louisiana food in downtown Chicago? Of course, it will be so excellent. Chef Jimmy Bannos makes a killer gumbo, even better jalapeno cheddar corn muffins and a Cajun ice tea that is so potent, they limit you to one. I’ll admit that the place is not the most budget friendly joint in town, but $12 will get you a cup of gumbo and a huge chicken Po’ Boy sandwich. Trust me on the gumbo though – don’t leave without ordering it. Real fans will be happy to know that will gladly sell you the stuff by the gallon.
- The Vienna Beef factory store – You will be regarded as not visit to Chicago if you come here and don’t try at least 2 or 3 Chicago-style hot dogs. Vienna Beef dogs are the quintessential Chicago food. Order your dog in the way it was meant to be – with neon relish, mustard, onions, slices of tomato, a pickle, sport peppers and a light sprinkle of celery salt. Make sure you pay attention to the warning on the wall – ketchup is “illegal” on hot dogs in Chicago for anyone over the age of 12.
Vienna Beef Hotdogs – Things to do in Chicago
- The Wiener’s Circle – This is a “must visit” address in Chicago. Imagine that you have a “Soup Nazi”, but with hot dogs. You shouldn’t come here during the day. Instead, it’s much more fun when coming late at night, especially at weekend. The restaurant is currently closed due to some “minor” health code violations, but do not let that scare you away from going there once it opens again. Remember to order a chocolate milkshake!
- Oasis Café – An ideal destination to go for tasty Middle Eastern food is the Oasis Café at 21 N. Wabash Avenue in Downtown. The tasty falafel and hummus come at dirt cheap prices, and the entrance through a jewelry shop make you feel as if you were passing a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
- Pizza – Make sure that you really try a slice of authentic Chicago pizza by any means. There are several decent restaurants serving the real thing, my personal favorites would be Lou Malnati’s (order your pizza with buttercrust) or Giordano’s.These restaurants will serve individual deep dish pizza for about $6. Make sure to put aside up to 45 minutes for your pizza to be baked.