Kick off your day with coffee and a breakfast sandwich from Colectivo, a Milwaukee import that makes Chicagoans swoon. Nosh on the smoked salmon sandwich or grab a scone to go from their selection of seasonal baked goods. The sprawling, colorful outdoor patio makes an excellent backdrop for your morning.
Sure, Chicago's no New York or San Francisco, but it ain't exactly Des Moines, either. Our outstanding culinary scene isn't without a hefty price tag; Michelin-starred restaurants and mind-blowing boozy concoctions don't come cheap. But just because you're strapped for cash doesn't mean you can't soak up the best of the city. From cheap eats to inexpensive shows and free museum days, Chicago’s an incredibly easy city to explore on a budget. You won’t have to go dumpster-diving to survive in Chicago—unless that’s what you’re into.