Under $100: Chicago, Winter Edition

by Holly Riddle

Jan 17, 2019

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Under $100 / North America

Try breakfast with a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage at Cupitol Coffee & Eatery. The stylish and comfortable space includes both tables and couches. The menu features a wide range of coffees and teas. Breakfast options include healthy but filling menu items like a sweet potato bowl (along with brown rice, kale, vegan coconut curry and a poached egg) and avocado wrap (scrambled eggs, guacamole, queso and pico in a wheat tortilla). You’ll spend less than $20 on breakfast, even if you splurge.


Get in a morning workout at Maggie Daley Park. The relatively new ice skating ribbon provides a loop to skate at your own pace, rather than a crowded one. The views of downtown Chicago’s skyline are superb. If you have your own skates, the entire experience is free. If not, you can rent for less than $20.


For lunch with a view, head to The Signature Room at the 95th, where you’ll enjoy a panorama of the partially frozen Lake Michigan and the snowy landscape beyond. The lunch menu is more affordable than the dinner menu, making this a great option if you enjoy luxury on a budget. You can easily get lunch for less than $30.


After lunch, for an even more affordable afternoon, spend a few hours window shopping along Magnificent Mile or head to Navy Pier, where you can get stellar views of the city, as well as Lake Michigan, and, if the chilly weather gets to be too much, you can head indoors for shops, eateries, bars, a botanical garden and more.


End the day on a sweet note with dinner at the world’s first official Nutella Cafe. Situated on North Michigan Avenue, it’s not difficult to spot the iconic logo and see the crowds of hungry visitors reveling in chocolate- and hazelnut-dripped goodness. Try the croissant French toast for a decadent sweet dinner or opt for something savory, like the bacon and cheese strata or an artisan panini, then end with dessert to share — family-style Nutella fondue served alongside fresh fruit and shortbread cookies. You’ll easily enjoy dinner for less than $15.

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