Breakfast for a Bargain
Cheap Thrills. 01/19/2009.
Brunch for just five bucks? Aye caramba!
Where, Oh Where to Wi-Fi?
Cheap Thrills. 01/05/2009.
Work from home? You need to get out once in a while...and Erin's found two great spots to do it.
Cheap Thrills. 12/22/2008.
Free pizza bubbles up at Fizz on weeknights.
The Beat Is On
Cheap Thrills. 12/08/2008.
Live music bargains are on the menu at Beat Kitchen.
SoLow-Priced Dinner and Drinks
Cheap Thrills. 11/24/2008.
Southport's Sopo offers cheap eats and more-for-less martinis on Thursdays.
Cheap Thrills. 11/10/2008.
Don't expect a spa-quality session from a student massage.
Coffee Culture Talk
Cheap Thrills. 10/27/2008.
Engage in a free lunchtime debate with the Chicago Cultural Center's Cafe Society.
High-Noon Sushi Specials
Cheap Thrills. 10/13/2008.
Sushi lunch deals can get maki in your mouth for less....just be prepared for something a little different.
Breeze, Booze and a Weekend Bargain
Cheap Thrills. 09/29/2008.
Cheap drinks, pizza and scenery abound at Cooper’s on Sundays.
Tasty and Tax-Free
Cheap Thrills. 09/15/2008.
A good dining deal at Bin 36 makes high noon look a lot more enticing.
North Side Nosh
Cheap Thrills. 09/01/2008.
Dinner and drinks abound every Monday at Witt's...and neither will cost you much.
Don’t Mimosa If I Do
Cheap Thrills. 08/18/2008.
Land some cheap morning cocktails midday at The Kerryman.
Mega Mugs for Less
Cheap Thrills. 08/04/2008.
Get a ton of beers at T's.
Leaving Home, Logging On
Cheap Thrills. 07/21/2008.
Erin embarks on another hunt for a decent wi-fi hotspot.
South Loop Special
Cheap Thrills. 07/08/2008.
Head south of downtown for a real meal deal.
The Perfect Musical Picnic
Cheap Thrills. 06/23/2008.
Free music mixed with Chicago summer nights? 'Tis the season.
Cheap Thrills. 06/09/2008.
Marked-down microbrews make for a nice mid-week treat.
A Golden Glass of Old Times
Cheap Thrills. 05/27/2008.
Looking for a little liquid nostalgia, Erin heads to Iggy's this week for bargain brews.
TGIT... If You're on Madison
Cheap Thrills. 05/12/2008.
Bargain beer, affordable appetizers and ample seating make the west part of Madison a great end-of-the-week street.
Cheap Thrills. 04/28/2008.
Bargain beer and a decent quesadilla make ending the weekend all the easier.
Ole Your Way Toward May
Cheap Thrills. 04/14/2008.
Score $3 tapas and satisfying sangria on weeknights or weekends at Cafe-Ba-Ba-Reeba.
Sing Me a Song, Piano Man
Cheap Thrills. 03/31/2008.
Erin gets to enjoy piano music without having to warm up with scales.
Hand Me Another Half-Carafe
Cheap Thrills. 03/17/2008.
A Mano's $5 bar menu makes it easy to snack as you drink—and you won't have to leave work early to enjoy it.
Delivered on the Pizza, Not the Service
Cheap Thrills. 03/03/2008.
An all-you-can-eat deal will have you gorging on pizza and pints...until your waitress decides you're done.
A Booze Bender Makes it Better
Cheap Thrills. 02/18/2008.
A long weekend going out around the city is the cure for this common, consistent cold.
A Bargain on Bubbly
Cheap Thrills. 02/05/2008.
Erin finds a reason to celebrate nothing at a Wednesday night Pops for Champagne tasting.
Deep Tissue at a Discount
Cheap Thrills. 01/21/2008.
For less than 35 bucks, you can buy a reasonable rubdown.
Cheap Thrills. 01/04/2008.
Erin checks out two wi-fi spots, only to find they don't pan out as wi-fi finds.
Making it Work
Cheap Thrills. 12/24/2007.
One day Erin's in, the next day she's out...braving the cold for "Project Runway" and drink deals.
Something Smells Fishy
Cheap Thrills. 12/10/2007.
The deals at Redfish leave Erin hungry for more.
A Bummer of a Bar Buffet
Cheap Thrills. 11/26/2007.
Cheap beer, free food and a fried snack nightcap help start the week off strong.
Show Me the Dollar Signs!
Cheap Thrills. 11/12/2007.
Erin and friends confront HC's ambiguous mid-week drink deals.
Saving Screwdrivers for a Rainy Day
Cheap Thrills. 10/29/2007.
Forget cats and dogs. At Nick's Fishmarket, it's raining $6 screwdrivers and two-buck appetizers.
A Tasting for a Ten Spot
Cheap Thrills. 10/15/2007.
Erin's down with Wine Down, Foodlife's monthly wine tasting.
Dealing with Downtown
Cheap Thrills. 10/01/2007.
After catching a flick, Erin digs around downtown for a Saturday night food and drink deal.
Excessive Eggs for Less
Cheap Thrills. 09/17/2007.
Egged on by her parents to find spots with all-you-can-eat breakfast foods, Erin hunts down the city's bargain brunch buffets.
Bring On the Bingo Man
Cheap Thrills. 09/04/2007.
Erin discovers Bingo isn't just for old folks, especially when it comes with table tappers and pub grub.
A Sweet Steal
Cheap Thrills. 08/20/2007.
Waterhouse's $3 chocolate martinis leave Erin and friends with a bargain bar tab.
Cheap Thrills. 08/06/2007.
Tired of working from home, Erin embarks on a tour of spots—from bars to coffee shops—where she can log on sans fee.
The Most Inexpensive Meal of the Day
Cheap Thrills. 07/23/2007.
Breakfast for less than $4? Instant oatmeal, pack your things. We're done.
Open 'til 4 or More
Nightlife Guides. 07/18/2007.
These late-night haunts will keep your crew chugging well into the morning.
High Time for High Tea
Cheap Thrills. 07/15/2007.
Blimey! Snacks and sips do make an afternoon complete.
Is it Really All That Jazz?
Cheap Thrills. 06/25/2007.
Tuesdays on the Terrace at the MCA leave Erin underwhelmed with watered-down drinks and barely audible jazz.
A Tale of Big City Tap
Cheap Thrills. 06/11/2007.
This Lakeview bar goes from day to night mode in a jiffy, with slick deals to boot.
Dining Guides. 06/04/2007.
Move over mint chocolate chip: These unique summer snack spots take over the frozen world.
Sangria Worth Celebrating
Cheap Thrills. 05/30/2007.
Move over, Columbus: I've discovered a drink deal out of this New World.
Wine Down Wednesday
Cheap Thrills. 05/15/2007.
Matilda has wine deals and a reason to put on pants? I'm there.
Dining Guides. 05/07/2007.
This is not your mother's pizza...in fact, some of these don't seem like 'za at all.
Cheap Thrills. 05/02/2007.
Erin becomes a born-again Greektown-lover after a trip to Venus during happy hour.
Cheap Thrills. 04/16/2007.
It's all about nightly deals and a nautical theme at Weather Mark Tavern.
Cutting Bangs...and Beauty Costs
Cheap Thrills. 04/04/2007.
Erin gets a stylish shearing for a Super Cuts cost at the Aveda Institute.
Cheap Bar Detectives
Cheap Thrills. 03/19/2007.
Erin and friends continue on their search for perfect pub-ness.
DIY Flights, Fancy Bites
Cheap Thrills. 03/05/2007.
Get drunk at a place where only the name makes you dizzy.
South Loop, South of the Border
Cheap Thrills. 02/19/2007.
Don't wait around for spring to start your spring break. Because I don't think it's coming.
Happy Meal, Indeed
Cheap Thrills. 02/05/2007.
Good things come in small packages. Sometimes, chicken and corn do, too.
Take Me to the City
Cheap Thrills. 01/22/2007.
I'll take Manhattan. The one I can afford.
Everything But The Kitsch'n Sink
Cheap Thrills. 01/08/2007.
Though honestly, the sink is probably used in preparation of the free food and drinks.
Thai One On
Cheap Thrills. 12/25/2006.
Get spicy food and drink for a five-spot.
Drinking Before the Day Is Done
Cheap Thrills. 12/11/2006.
With happy hours, there's not always so much at steak.
A Many-Martini Evening
Cheap Thrills. 11/28/2006.
Looking for five-spot cocktails? Follow your way through the Green Door.
Giving Cans a Second Chance
Cheap Thrills. 11/13/2006.
Attitude-free cheap vodka cocktails, served up on Thursdays.
Deep Dish, Shallow Pockets
Cheap Thrills. 10/30/2006.
Getting a deal on Chicago-style pizza (Diet Coke included).
Feeling A Little Snacky?
Cheap Thrills. 10/16/2006.
Don't hang out with me; I've had a hard time finding cheap eats this week.
I'm Sorry, TGI What?
Cheap Thrills. 10/02/2006.
Eat like a queen early in the week.
Appetizing First Acts
Dining Guides. 09/18/2006.
You'll be saying "entree, who?" once you see the appetizer menus at these restaurants.
Is There Such Thing as a Free Meal?
Cheap Thrills. 09/18/2006.
Free food can be hard to find, but low-price liquor? Everywhere you turn.
Dining Guides. 09/04/2006.
Feeling rancid after a night on the town? Chew your way to serenity.
Frugal (and Froo-Froo) Martinis
Cheap Thrills. 09/04/2006.
Cap the weekend off with a little Boystown martini madness.
Oh, Mr. Lincoln
Cheap Thrills. 08/21/2006.
Got $5? Then you've got dinner, my friend.
Strap on the Stilettos
Cheap Thrills. 08/07/2006.
Drink discounts and impractical footwear? Happy hump day.
I'll Take Seconds, Please
Cheap Thrills. 07/24/2006.
When is funny most fun? When it's free...and held on the famed Second City stage.
Taking On The $1.95 Menu
Cheap Thrills. 07/10/2006.
Cheap eats aren't always what you bargain for.
Totally Tanked Thursdays
Cheap Thrills. 06/26/2006.
Get blotto at Grotto on Thursday nights. I did.
Totally Thrifty Thursdays...and Fridays
Cheap Thrills. 06/12/2006.
Free museum walks without any annoying docents.
Cheap Thrills. 05/29/2006.
Half-price bottles of wine make Monday a little less dry.
Tippling Over Trivia
Cheap Thrills. 05/15/2006.
Get out your movie memory—but leave the bowling ball at home—on Thursday nights.
Bar-side Book Readings
Cheap Thrills. 05/01/2006.
Low-cost lit you can wash down with a beer: A win-win for all.
Cheap Thrills. 04/17/2006.
With Cactus' Tuesday night beer deals, the desert has never felt less dry.
Happy Hour, Take Two
Cheap Thrills. 04/03/2006.
Get more drink (but not necessarily alcohol) for your dime at Tizi Melloul.
Hunting the After-Work Deal
Cheap Thrills. 03/20/2006.
The death of the American Happy Hour sure makes working a lot harder.
Cheap Thrills. 03/06/2006.
Trying new brews the cheapest way possible.
Experimenting With Freebie Music
Cheap Thrills. 02/20/2006.
Music, like life, is at its best unpredictable.
The CD Listening Party
Cheap Thrills. 02/06/2006.
Open bar, lots of music and a girl named Stacy.
Swanking It Up
Cheap Thrills. 01/23/2006.
Maybe the W stands for "Weally inexpensive"
The Bargain Bellini Brunch
Cheap Thrills. 01/09/2006.
Start Sunday right with a cheapie cocktail.
Check Out The Gallery Scene, Cheapo!
Cheap Thrills. 12/26/2005.
Art, while generally quite expensive to buy, is often free to look at.
Penny Wine Is Still A Deal
Cheap Thrills. 12/12/2005.
Spend your laundry money on hootch.
Channeling Christmas at Christkindlmarket
Cheap Thrills. 11/28/2005.
No really, it's OK to spoil yourself. Especially when it's free.
Spending Sunday At The (Music) Salon
Cheap Thrills. 11/14/2005.
An afternoon of free-of-charge music.
Cheap Thrills. 10/31/2005.
The South Loop wants to take you out.
BYOB Saves Bucks
Cheap Thrills. 10/17/2005.
They provide the food; you bring the hootch and everybody wins.
Cheap Thrills. 10/03/2005.
Wednesday nights at i.O. bring great laughs.
Cheap Thrills. 09/19/2005.
Beauty treatments for the thrifty.
Al Fresco Audio
Cheap Thrills. 09/06/2005.
No matter what the city says, leave the liquor at home.
Where's the Party?
Cheap Thrills. 08/22/2005.
Plan a bash at a bar so it won't involve someone vomiting in your bathroom. Well, unless you drink too much at the bash at a bar.
Wasting Away in Margaritaville
Cheap Thrills. 08/09/2005.
Park Grill woos landscape-lovers and lushes.
High-Fun, Low-Cost Weekends
Cheap Thrills. 07/25/2005.
Get ready to chew on these bar specials.
Danny's Reading Series
Cheap Thrills. 07/11/2005.
Listen up for free, 'natch.
Wine Good Time
Cheap Thrills. 05/03/2005.
Sip a variety of vino—and horde your elbow space—at Bin 36's Tastings.
Cheap Thrills. 04/19/2005.
Not bad for a hump day evening out.
Cheap Thrills. 03/24/2005.
Think Pink for a free girl's night out.
Chopsticks and Cinema
Cheap Thrills. 03/10/2005.
Stuff yourself with sushi and take in a monster movie.
What Is...Bar Trivia?
Cheap Thrills. 02/13/2005.
In this game, winning takes a backseat to drinking and fun.