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#CheapWeek: Krewella, UberEats, and a Cubs Game
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#CheapWeek: Krewella, UberEats, and a Cubs Game

5/11 – Cosi and Geja’s Cafe

#CheapWeek: Krewella, UberEats, and a Cubs Game

If you read last week’s #CheapWeek, You’ll know that I’ve been systematically trying the best salads the Loop has to offer for a future post. Today I went to Cosi and had their Baja salad for free! Blogging definitely has it’s perks. They sent me a few extra free entree cards, so I’ll be back soon!

#CheapWeek: Krewella, UberEats, and a Cubs Game

Today was a great day for food. Beatrix had a text offer for BOGO cookies. These things are as big as my hand (and way more delicious).

I’ve had my eye on this set of pantry organizers for awhile. They’re $100 for a set of 10 different sized containers, and I was just waiting for a good reason to pull the trigger. Even Amazon couldn’t offer a better price. Then I thought outside of the box… They have these organizers at Bed Bath & Beyond, and Bed Bath & Beyond always has 20% off coupons. Score! The moral of the story, if you’ve got your eye on a product that never goes on sale, find a place that has non-exclusionary sales.

#CheapWeek: Krewella, UberEats, and a Cubs Game

I owed my boyfriend a nice dinner out and it just so happened that a Groupon I bought for Geja’s Cafe was about to expire. After he took me to RPM Italian last week, it was only fair that I should return the favor with a romantic date night experience. The restauranteur behind Geja’s Cafe came into Groupon while I still worked there, and I was inspired by his passion for the restaurant. Anyways, we had a blast. The food was incredible. I’ve never been to a fondue restaurant before so it was a treat. The Groupon covered $65 worth of the food, and Spring Rewards kicked me back an additional $15. It would’ve been quite expensive, but careful planning made it less so.

5/12 – Postmates Panera Deal and Cemitas Puebla from DoorDash

#CheapWeek: Krewella, UberEats, and a Cubs Game

Postmates has awesome freebie deals all the time, I’m guessing, as an attempt to raise awareness for the brand and acquire new users. This week, they offered free Panera “You Pick 2” and I happen to have a lot of free delivery credits available. Lunch never tastes as good as when it’s free.

#CheapWeek: Krewella, UberEats, and a Cubs Game

I was not feeling awesome today, and was lazier than usual, so I decided to pull the trigger on checking out DoorDash. GiltCity frequently has free offers to try new companies, and I managed to score $15 off. DoorDash apparently also gives you a free $5 credit on your first order. So I got a cemita from Cemitas Puebla and some kick-ass guacamole and chips with delivery for free! My delivery guy was a little late (though nothing ridiculous), so they proactively credited my account with another $10. Great customer service, all around – I will use it again.

5/13 – Free Ubereats from DMK and Sopraffina

#CheapWeek: Krewella, UberEats, and a Cubs Game

This week was one of the best weeks for free food to date. I hope you have an account with Uber, because they’ve been sending out free promo codes for their new service, UberEats. If you haven’t heard about it yet, basically, Uber curates a menu each week with selected items from a couple restaurants each day. You might have read about how much I love DMK Restaurants – so I used my free promo on a patty melt they offered this week. Also a turkey sandwich from Sopraffina. Just paid $5 after saving $20!

5/14 – Krewella concert!

#CheapWeek: Krewella, UberEats, and a Cubs Game

So every once in awhile, something truly amazing happens. This time, it was Krewella coming to Chicago for a free show, sponsored by Pandora. But that’s not all. There was a FREE OPEN BAR. And, we left the show with a free portable phone charger. Yes, there are miracles.

Also worth noting is my second blog post for Choose Chicago went live today. Check it out of you want an in-depth look at Wine Festivals coming to Chicago this summer.

5/15 – Rest

I spent today recovering from the craziness from the rest of the week. Nothing terribly exciting happened, but it was a much needed break.

5/16 – Cubs Game

#CheapWeek: Krewella, UberEats, and a Cubs Game

One of my best friends from college came to Chicago to visit this weekend, and wanted to check out a Cubs game. It was the first one I attended of the season, and I was trying to find the best price for tickets. I ended up waiting until the last minute, when what I should’ve done was wait until a day or two before. Tickets costed $35 where I could’ve got them for $20. Oh well, live and learn. My sources tell me that since school is out, tickets will be harder to get at great prices closer to the game, so plan accordingly!

5/17 – iO Theater

#CheapWeek: Krewella, UberEats, and a Cubs Game

My beautiful best friend is making her way up in the modeling/acting/improv world and I was privileged to see her in her element. I went to see her student show at iO Theater, and it was only $5 for multiple acts of student talent. Check it out! They have good food and drink to complement the comedy.

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Events,

Your Guide to the Chicago Improv Scene

It’s an exciting time to catch an Improv show in Chicago! Check out our guide to the different shows in Chicago – some only available for a limited time. Of an especially limited nature is the Chicago Improv Festival – running this week through 4/26!

Note: Some descriptions taken from respective websites.

The Second City

The Second City

Source: Wikipedia

Shows: The Boys – Every Friday Night, $10
Improv Legends and teachers, Rachael Mason, Norm Holly, Susan Messing, Craig Uhlir, Ryan Archibald and Rush Howell follow the formula of taking a suggestion and “making it worse”. The create the rules and break them during each show with not only clever shock value but intelligent ballbacks and fun relationships.

The Tim and Michah Project: Self Titled – Saturdays @9pm running from april 4th-may 16th. No shows on 4/25, $13
Improv Legends and teachers, Rachael Mason, Norm Holly, Susan Messing, Craig Uhlir, Ryan Archibald and Rush Howell follow the formula of taking a suggestion and “making it worse”. The create the rules and break them during each show with not only clever shock value but intelligent ballbacks and fun relationships.

Conservatory
Shows: Rubbing Out Otis – April 17th-May26th, $15
A film noir farce and screwball comedy in the tradition of Clue, the Pink Panther and Noises Off. Femme fatales and hardboiled deterctives meet mistaken identities and madcap anticisin in this fast paced caper.

Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game – Saturdays at 11pm, March 14th-April 25th., $15
A celebration of what makes Chicago, “sweet home Chicago”, with a follow along drinking game throughout the sketches.

The Improvised Olympic

iO Theater

Source: ChicagoNow

Shows: DeepSchwa – Every Sunday night at 8:30pm, $12
Arguably one of IO’s strongest harold teams, Deep Schwa boasts a formidable lineup of improvisors and local improv teachers. Due to the nature of the harold’s form being so intrecate to discuss, anyone looking for a good laugh and to see all the improv rules created and bent will just have to see the show.

Revolver – Every Friday at 10:30pm, $14
Debuting in 2006, this improv team has received the Del award for best harold team. Revolver has performed I the chicago improv festival, the LA Improv Festival at IO West and the IO south Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. They also perform and teach workshops in Kansas City in conjunction with City3.

The MCL

MCL

Source: MCL’s Twitter

Shows: MINT – Every Wednesday at 7:30pm, $5
A night of musical improv teams performing is quite different than any kind of improv showcase happening in this city. A fun way to spend a weeknight with friends or family.

Vamp – Every Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm, $15
A twice weekly showcase of Chicago’s strongest musical comedy talents. A fun and wil musical comedy drinking show.

Under the Gun Theater

Under the Gun Theater

Source: Under the Gun Theater

Shows: Comedy Against Humanity – Every Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm, $15
A live unauthorized show for horrible people. Interactive improv show that pulls suggestions from the audience playing the infamous card game.

A Swarm of Spiders – Fridays at 7:30pm, $15
A parody recap game of The Game of Thrones, condensing the first 4 seasons into 1 hour of theatre.

The Shithole

The Shit Hole

Source: The Shit Hole

Filled with mismatched thrifted chairs, every inch of this theatre fills up with improv nerds, students, friends and coworkers looking for fun, to try out new performance material, or just to get a few laughs. This underground theatre is the catalyst of the rumblings of Chicago. This. Is. The. Shithole. Insiders will tell you that if you’d like to attend a show, email shitholeinfo@gmail.com and ‘ask for details.’

CIC

CIC

Source: CIC’s Facebook

Shows: Man Bites Dog – Thursdays at 10pm
Law Dog and Man Baby, two of Chicago’s most tolerated independent improv teams, have joined forces to put on a comedy showcase to be enjoyed by men, dogs, babies, lawyers and any combination thereof.

The Dark Room – Tuesdays at 8pm.
Improvisers use the dark room to develop talents rareley see in their usual repertoire. Improv, sketch, music, storytelling, standup and more!

The Annoyance

The Annoyance

Source; The Annoyance’s Facebook

Shows: Holy Fuck Comedy Hour – Fridays at 12am, FREE
See a collage of character studies, scenes, songs and maybe even some audience interaction, all written in a week by some of Chicago’s most accomplished comedians.

TNT – Tuesdays at 9:30pm, $10
An explosion of improv talent, featuring some of the best of the best improvisers in the city. Treat yourself to some excellent improv.

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Dating, Life,

Top Ten: Cheap Chicago Tinder Dates

Many of my friends have been in situations where they’re planning a first Tinder date but are unsure of what to do. Keeping in mind that they might end up not even liking the person, it’s important to find cost-effective solutions to get to know someone.

Cheap Chicago Tinder Dates

  1. Go to the beach.

    Cheap Chicago Tinder Date - Beach

    From: https://www.flickr.com/photos/npvphotography/3785601544

    While going to the beach is limited to the (few) summer months in Chicago, this is actually a nice, low-key way to get to know someone new. You can BYOB (at your own risk!) instead of paying an expensive bar tab. You may also get to see what your date looks like in a swimsuit. Win-win all around. For those who like to multi-task, the beach is a great opportunity to soak in the sun and play a game of beach volleyball, so that even if your date sucks, you can cross gym and tan off your list for the day (the only thing left to do is laundry!).

  2. Go on a picnic.

    Cheap Chicago Tinder Date - beach

    From: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kenilio/

    Ok, it might sound lame to you, but there are so many beautiful parks in Chicago. There’s the Chicago Botanical Garden, Millenium Park, and more. You can even visit the Lincoln Park Zoo to make it look like you really planned things out. If you’re a foodie, make some delicious sandwiches to really impress your date. Have them bring the booze. Sharing is caring (and cost-effective).

  3. Go on a bike ride.
    Cheap Chicago Tinder Date - Bike

    From: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesbondsv/9041673199

    Most Chicagoans already have a bike, but Divvy day passes are only $7 and are a good excuse to explore Chicago while getting a cardio workout. I highly recommend riding the lakefront path for a picturesque view of Lake Michigan. You can even tie in the picnic or beach idea if things are going well and you want to extend the date.

  4. Improv shows.

    Cheap Chicago Tinder Date - Improv

    From: https://www.flickr.com/photos/houseofsims/2968543327

    There certainly is no shortage of improv shows in Chicago. They make for a great first date because they help break the ice. Tickets range from free to $20 per person, but everyone has an improv friend looking for audience members (just ask!). I suggest getting your buzz on before going in (ideas for happy hour coming up!), and buying something to sip on once you get to the theater. Here are a couple solid options for improv shows:
    Second City
    iO Theater

  5. Go to the Movies.
    No, I’m not talking about the typical expensive movie theater route. See a post I wrote awhile back about cheap movie-seeing alternatives.
  6. Check out a concert.

    Cheap Chicago Tinder Date: Concerts

    From: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fuzzy/4546469482

    Depending on how discerning your tastes, Chicago has plenty of shows in the $10-20 range any night of the week. Another option worth looking into is Jukely, which offers “unlimited” concerts for $25/month. To guarantee a plus-one, you can pay $45/month for “unlimited” concerts for two. Jukely represents a lot of Chicago music venues, so there’s bound to be something you (and your date) will enjoy. Plus you’ll seem like a badass for having concert ticket hookups.

  7. Go out to eat (or drink).

    Cheap Chicago Tinder Date: Eat

    From: https://www.flickr.com/photos/trippchicago/

    Let’s talk about a unique approach to the standard first date plan. Before planning a date, check out SmallTabs, which has aggregated happy hour specials from almost 500 bars in Chicago. You can organize your options by day of the week and Chicago neighborhood.

    Also worth mentioning are some cool bars that will give you an extra bang for your buck. Check out Guthrie’s to test your date’s hand at various board games. Headquarters, which has two locations (River North and Lakeview), pairs free arcade games with craft beers and specialty cocktails.

    Another option for saving a few bucks your meal is to sign up for Spring Rewards. Spring Rewards allows you to be a Cheap Ass on the sly.

  8. Batting Cages, Mini-Golf, etc.
    If the idea of getting your date hot and sweaty gets you going, consider doing something active. Sluggers tends to run Groupon deals all the time for their batting cages. And, although I haven’t personally been there, Diversey Range seems to have decent pricing for mini-golf ($10 per person).
  9. Art Gallery Openings.
    Cheap Chicago Tinder Date: Gallery

    From: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rotofugi/3332381118

    A rather unique approach to a first date is attending an art gallery opening. This is a good way to open up and get into your date’s head. It also makes you seem cultured. Plus, there’s usually free wine.

  10. MuseumsArt galleries and museums? You must be a really classy date. Several of Chicago’s finest museums have free days once a week/month/etc. Check out Choose Chicago’s list that breaks down where and when to go.

So the next time you go on a first Tinder date, stand out from the crowd and do something interesting. Or at least save some money before you decide if your date is worth it.

What cheap Chicago Tinder dates have you gone on that you would recommend?