I’ve had the travel bug so badly since my last trip in the fall, and I’ve been so itching for a trip to Chicago. I’m a travel dreamer kind of girl, so I’m always checking flights to see if there’s any super great ticket sales I can’t miss out on. This December, I was so bummed I couldn’t find a cheap flight to visit Chicago before Christmas. Some of Mason and I’s best friends live there, and we’ve been talking about a trip there for forever. I hopped on the internet on a Wednesday and found tickets to Chicago for $60 a person ROUND TRIP! I totally lost it, called Mase, and we booked tickets on the spot to go to Chicago that Friday and fly home Monday night. Full disclaimer, if you find tickets online for $60 round trip, don’t expect the first class luxury suite seats. We flew Frontier and American, which were both nice airplanes, but when they say they’ll be cutting the corners on a few things, they really mean they are chopping some corners off. It’s totally bearable on a five hour flight if you just buckle down and deal, but it’s no Jet Blue, honey boo.
We left Friday at midnight and got into Chicago at five am Saturday. Luckily, we have the nicest friends pretty much ever, and they picked us up and gave us a place to stay. They live in the suburbs, so we bought weekend train passes and rode the train in and Uber-ed around, which is way cheaper than attempting the drive and trying to find and pay for city parking.
We were worried that two days in the city wouldn’t be enough, but our friends are totally Chicago savvy and knew all the overrated places to avoid and the good, free places to hit up on a quick trip.
Everuthing was so perfect, gorgeous for Christmas time, and we kept it budget friendly and still had the best time.
Chicago deep dish is the best and I could probably eat only that for the rest of my life, the city has everything you could think of, there’s a lot of legit, fun, free things, and Christmas was a great time to be a tourist. But, I gotta keep it real here, it’s freezing. Not just cold or a little bit of winter weather, it’s like a crazy cold phenomenon you’ll only experience in the Midwest. It’s somehow possible for you to wear 5 layers and a coat and still be cold at all times. So, if you head to Chicago in the winter, stock up on hand-warmers, wind-breakers, and invest in some ear muffs.
Budget traveling is totally do-able, especially just for two, and it’s definetly worth the airline compromises of small seats and personal items only. There’s too much of the world to see to skip out on red-eyes and quick trips!😘
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