As most Chicagoans know, a night out on the town is not cheap. Not only does one have to dish out money at whatever location they are wining and dining, but it costs money just to get there and to get home.
As a resident of Chicago, there are things that have to be considered before a night out on the town. How far is the destination? What is the best mode of transportation to take? Let’s rephrase that last one: What is the cheapest mode of transportation? A cab ride from Lincoln Park or Lakeview to downtown is easily 20 dollars (whether the cab driver takes LakeShore Drive or not). What is the solution? Should everyone spend their Friday and Saturday nights at home watching bad TV and eating the week’s leftovers? The solution is simple. Skip the cab ride and choose a restaurant down the street. Don’t choose a restaurant with the most expensive menu. It’s okay to try out the funky restaurant on the corner that may not serve filet mignon but will serve a good time. Treat yourself every now and then to a luxurious cab ride to a fancy restaurant in Streeterville.
If all Chicagoans followed this advice, wallets would be thicker and there would be more appreciation for those nights out where the main course is a 24-ounce steak instead of hot wings. Let’s face it, Chicago is one of the best city’s in the world with some of the most amazing food to offer. To eliminate eating out altogether would be unrealistic and downright foolish. There are ways, though, to save a few pennies on those nights out and who knows? Maybe the bar down the street with 25 cent wing night isn’t that bad after all.