Go: Chicago

A native of the South, Chicago has become my absolute favorite city to visit. These city posts are not for locals of the city, but for fellow tourists such as myself. Here are the must see things (read: most basic) things to do in Chicago.

Signature Room

You knew it was coming. This is the restaurant located at the top of the Hancock Building. Expect to spend between $100-$200 on your drinks and meal, but frankly, it’s worth the view. Also, make a reservation to avoid standing in line for 3+ hours.

Pro Tip-You can see fireworks from Pier Park if you time it right.

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Wrigley Field

Home to the World Series Champs 2017, you must sit in the bleacher seats to have the full experience. Post series win, I haven’t been to a game, but in 2007, when they beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, my life was forever changed singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”, chill bumps and all. Also, see the man who lives inside the scoreboard.

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Because you might be broke after these two attractions, the rest of the attractions are affordable options.

Second City

“You never know what you’re going to get.” No sentence better sums up the experience at the comedy club at Second City than the immortal words of Forrest Gump. Grab tickets online for improv and sketch shows that have produced the likes of Bill Murray and Tina Fey, to name a few. Arrive early, be sure to tip your wait staff and come with a sense of humor.

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Lincoln Park Zoo

One of the few free attractions, the Linkin Park Zoo is where you go if you love children and field trips. Otherwise, it’s just a stop along the way when you’re walking 16+ miles throughout the city, because Chicago. Also, my fellow angsty teenager friends would get a kick knowing I originally titled this “Linkin Park Zoo”. In the end, it doesn’t even matter.

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The Bean

Go join the likes of schoolchildren and tourists to gather in one spot for a photo-op at Cloudgate in Millennium Park. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together (thank you, wikipedia), the structure is basically a giant mirror. Did you even go to Chicago if you didn’t take a photo here?

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Laundry Basics

If you do 1 hour of laundry a week from the time you’re 24 until, let’s say, 75, you’ll have spent approximately 2,652 hours of your life performing this seemingly mundane task. While I’m certainly an advocate of clean underwear and sports bras, I think we can all agree that it’s not the most glamorous way to spend your time.

Enter: Laundry Services

We don’t all live in metropolitan areas, but there are still ways to capitalize on laundry services to offset your wasted time.

  1. Cleanly- This is a gamechanging app. Schedule a pickup for your mentionable and unmentionables alike, and 24 hours later, your clothes will be returned, folded to you. No more lugging bags of dirty laundry on the subway or driving out to your mom’s house on Sunday afternoon to get the washing done.
  2. Do you live near a university/college? Capitalize on the broke college student, and have them do your washing. Disclaimer here, make sure they know how to wash your bras and can read labels titled, “dry clean only”. For 5 bucks a load, you can spend that extra hour doing something productive, like netflix.

Don’t have the extra cash to outsource your laundry? Let’s get down to business on

Laundry Prioritization

Must Wash: Underwear (no excuses), workout clothes. The best way to avoid having to wash every week? More underwear+Workout clothes

Every 2 weeks: Jeans you go commando in, work shirts, pajamas

Once a Month: Black jeans, jeans you wear underwear with, sweaters, bras*

*I make no claims about the medical viability of any of these recommendations. Wash at your own risk.

The Launch

SVGE was founded with mission. Instead of yielding to the complaints about the generation with the greatest spending power, instead of labeling us entitled overgrown children, instead of complaining about our obsession with technology, let’s teach each other something. Let’s teach ourselves how to thrive in today’s “everyone gets a trophy society”, let’s learn how to do our own taxes–or at the very least understand the basic concepts of personal finance.

We believe in us.