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Chicago on a Budget

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Chicago is an amazing city to visit, but costs can add up quickly making it an expensive trip. If you’re looking to visit Chicago, keep reading and find out how we recommend touring the Windy City, without blowing your entire budget.

Accommodations
Finding affordable accommodations in Chicago can be extremely challenging. An average hotel in Downtown Chicago will set you back about $200 a night! Cheaper deals can be found though, try staying in the Greater Chicago metro area, public transit makes it easy to get around, even if you’re not right downtown. At InTown Suites, we have three properties in the Chicago Metro Area. Our prices start at $259.99 for the week!

Travel
Don’t rely on taxis to get around the Chicago. Try walking whenever possible, and when you need travel a longer distance, the Second City has a fantastic public transit system, which makes getting around easy and affordable. Transit tickets are $2.25 each. If you plan on moving around a lot during your stay (more than 2 round-trips per day) purchasing a transit pass may be the most economical solution. Transit passes for Chicago are available in 1-Day, 3-Day or 10-Day versions.

Food
Chicago is a great city for finding great food on a budget. The city is filled with ethnic neighborhoods where you’ll find all kinds of delicious foods from all over the globe. Head to Greektown in Northern Chicago for delicious, filling, and inexpensive gyros. UpTown Chicago is home to dozens of authentic South East Asian restaurants.

Throughout the city, you’ll find food trucks full of menu items that fit your budget, including English pastys and Argentinian empanadas.

You can’t leave Chicago without trying one of the city’s world famous hot dogs. The meat is all-beef, the bun is covered in poppy seeds and it’s covered in condiments, except ketchup. Chicago hot dogs never come with ketchup on them. 

Attractions
The best thing to do in the city is to just walk around! Chicago is filled with dozens of free parks to explore, including the popular Millennium Park and it’s crowd pleasing Cloud Gate. If you want a little history to go along with your walk, search iTunes for a free downloadable walking tour.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of only a few, free zoos in the country. Even though admission is free, you can still see world class animals including rhinos, tigers, giraffes and more!

Tiny Fey, Amy Pohler and much of the cast of Saturday Night Live got their start at Second City Improve. If you’d like to see some of the up and coming talent, each night (except for Fridays) Second City puts on a free improve set after the last performance of the night.

If you’re visiting Chicago in the summer, hit the beaches along Lake Michigan.

What are some of your favorite tips for visiting Chicago on a budget? Let us know in the comments!

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Orlando in a Week

InTown Suites Orlando

There’s so much to see and do in Orlando, it can seem daunting to start planning where you’ll spend each day of your trip. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation to Orlando, we’ve put together a 7-day itinerary that ensures that you get to see the best of the best! In the middle of the week we’ve included a day outside the theme parks, to give you a breather!

Day 1 – Arrival and Downtown Disney
Welcome to Orlando! We have three InTown Suites properties in North, South and Central Orlando to choose from, and all have the option of two-bed rooms, perfect if you’re bringing your family along. After you’re all settled into your guest room, get a taste of the magic of Orlando’s theme parks by heading to Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney has lots of great shopping and finding a restaurant for dinner will be easy – Earl of Sandwiches is a favorite of ours. Best of all, admission is free!

Day 2 – Disney’s Magic Kingdom
On your first full day in Orlando, head to the place that started it all, Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom is made up of 6 lands and it’s truly a world of fun! This park is home to many amazing rides, so to avoid lines, hit the most popular ones early in the morning or just before closing when the waits are at their shortest. You can also get Fast Pass tickets to skip lines on certain attractions like Splash Mountain.

Day 3 – Water Park
Cool off from the warm weather at one of Orlando’s water parks! If you want to hit a Disney park, you have the options of Blizzard Beach, which has Summit Plummet, one of the world’s tallest water slides or Typhoon Lagoon, which has the largest wave pool in North America. Outside of Disney, you can head to Wet N’ Wild, where you can enjoy the experience of a disco party while sliding down an inner tube.  Not big into thrills? All three water parks offer lazy rivers which were made for relaxing.

Day 4 – Your Choice
Today’s a day to relax and take a break from the craze of the theme parks. Sleep in, and then spend the day exploring what you’d like in Orlando. The city has some great outlet malls if you’re into shopping and looking for a good deal. Orlando is also home to many incredible golf courses, so make a tee time and hit the links. Get a good night’s sleep because you’ll be back to enjoying the excitement of the theme parks tomorrow!

Day 5 – Disney’s EPCOT
Don’t have enough time to travel the world? Head to EPCOT instead! The World Showcase is home to 11 pavilions featuring different countries of the world, like France and Morocco. If you’re over 21, make a stop at every country to sample one of their national beverages. Think wine in Italy and Sake in Japan. Later head over to Future World to ride some of the park’s most popular attractions like Test Track and Soarin.

Day 6 – Universal Orlando
Universal Studios is one of the other major parks in the Orlando area. It’s home to two theme parks: Universal Studios and Universal Orlando. Universal Orlando is the newer of the parks and is home to the extremely popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Compared with Disney, Universal Orlando’s rides appeal more to an older, thrill seeking audience. You can’t leave without riding The Incredible Hulk – a roller coaster that goes from 0 to 40mph in only 2 seconds!

Day 7
Your vacation has come to an end, and it’s time to the airport or drive home. However, if you haven’t quite had enough, extend your vacation by a few days with our stay-over rates! After the first full week, you’ll only have to pay for the extra nights you need.