Cheap Things To Do In Chicago This Week: Burlesque, Free Music & More

05/23/2011 04:16 pm ET | Updated Jul 23, 2011
  • Ashley Henshaw

If you are trying to save some money for Memorial Day weekend but want to take advantage of the warmer temperatures this week, you're in luck. Check out some fun weekday options for Chicago's penny pinchers.

Today

Head downtown this evening for the kickoff of the "New Music Mondays" free summer series in Millennium Park. Tonight you'll hear Bonnie "Prince" Billy and the Cairo Gang along with Eleventh Dream Day.
6:30 p.m.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion: 201 E. Randolph St.

Get your fill at Schuba's Harmony Grill on Mondays. Their new special features an appetizer, entrée and glass of wine all for just $20. Stick around to see Chicago native Matt Ryd perform for just $10 more.
Concert starts at 7 p.m.
3159 N. Southport Ave.; 773-525-2508

Tuesday

Check out short films by some of the best local filmmakers at the Indie Incubator Film Fest. A huge 10-foot screen will be set up at The Original Mother's to premiere these new independent films.
Starts at 8 p.m.; No cover
26 W. Division St.; 312-642-7251

Stop by Beat Kitchen to catch some of the brightest stars on the Chicago comedy scene perform for Chicago Underground Comedy night. This event is ages 21 and up only.
9:30 p.m.; $5 admission
2100 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-281-4444

Wednesday

Head to Town Hall Pub in Boystown to hear hilarious reenactments of missed connections and personal ads performed by actors from the Bruised Orange Theatre Company. Admission is just $5.
8 p.m.
3340 N. Halsted St.; 773-472-4405

Take note of this cheap date night option at Quartino. For just $20 per person, you'll get to sample a variety of wines while snacking on complimentary Italian cuisine, including pizza, bruschetta, roasted peppers and more.
7 - 9 p.m.
626 N. State St.; 312-698-5000

Thursday

Celebrate the two-year anniversary of Festival of the Flesh, a titillating monthly burlesque show, at Lucky Number this Thursday. Raffle prizes and games will be accompanied by drink specials like $2 domestic bottles and $3 wells.
10 p.m.; $7 admission
1931 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-235-7761

Friday

Rock out (for free) to some hard honky-tonk tunes from The Hoyle Brothers this Friday at The Empty Bottle. If you decide to stick around for the Chicago Mixtape show featuring up-and-coming local bands like The Juliets and Continental Breakfast, admission is just $8.
1035 N. Western Ave.; 773-276-3600