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My Frugal Chicago – New Website!

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Free Food Wednesday- Cityscape Bar, Wednesday March 25


Enjoy this Wednesday night complimentary appetizer buffet before heading out to  downtown Chicago frugal events. It’s a good thing.

Cost:  Frugal Free!

When: Wednesday,  Mar 25 (5 – 7p.m.)
Where: Cityscape Bar (Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza), 350 W. Mart Center Drive,  Chicago
Neighborhood: River North
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Contact: 312-836-5000
Website: Holiday Inn, Chicago City Mart Plaza
Duration: 2 hours.
Getting There:


Free Movie Monday – Iron Jawed Angels, March 23

Whether you’re old school feminist, third wave feminist,  or refuse the feminist label. This is an excellent little piece of American history. A stellar cast pulls out the big guns to tell the story of sassy,  smart women pushing for women’s rights and thus, rights for us all.  Enjoy.

“Iron Jawed Angels recounts for a contemporary audience a key chapter in U.S. history: in this case, the struggle of suffragists who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. Focusing on the two defiant women, Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor), the film shows how these activists broke from the mainstream women’s-rights movement and created a more radical wing, daring to push the boundaries of political protest to secure women’s voting rights in 1920.”

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Monday, March 23, 2009 7:00 PM
Where: Loyola University Chicago – Quinlan Life Sciences Education & Research Center,  Room 312.
Neighborhood: Rogers Park
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Anna Schier at (Feminist Forum of Loyola University Chicago) (773) 508-6040
Website: Loyola University Chicago
Duration: Film and discussion, well, until over.
Getting There: Loyola L Stop (Redline/Purple Line). CTA Bus, 147, 151 (Howard)

Muslim & Jewish Music Concert – Tonight – Friday March 13


An electic, synergistic, musical performance. A clash of symphonic proportions.

“Call, Court, and Casbah:Music of Muslim & Jewish Spainin Al-Andalus, Sefarad, and the Diaspora A free concert of rare music that follows the co-evolution of three religious musical stylings in medieval Spain, featuring period instruments such as the shawms, psaltery, organetto, recorder, saz, and percussion, as well as vocal performance. Ensemble Lipzodes is a musical group that celebrates the period of peaceful tolerance and cultural interplay of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in Spain from 711 to 1492 AD, also known as la convivencia, or *the coexistence*, and afterwards in Morocco, the Balkans, Turkey, and even across the Atlantic Ocean. The relatively tolerant region of Al-Andalus in Spain was a center for learning and the free exchange of ideas among the diverse population, including Jewish and Muslim immigrants and exiles, from 711-1492 AD. Although not entirely devoid of religious and ethnic tensions, the functioning multiculturalism and religious plurality enabled North African, Mediterranean, and local Spanish influences, among others, to combine and form the Andalusian musical tradition that has since traveled around the world and been passed down from generation to generation. *The mysterious, magical, mystical, and religious side of the music, as well as its expressive and therapeutic aspects and its effects on the human soul (its ethos), are part of the foundation of the Andalusion-North African musical edifice.* – Mamoud Guettat.  Whether you’re interested in history, world religion, or discovering unique music, Call, Court, and Casbah is sure to be an exciting program for you”

To learn more about this performance, email or call 773.508.3847

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Friday,  March 13, 2009
Where: Cleo’s, 1935 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Neighborhood: Rogers Park
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 773.508.3847
Website: Loyola University Chicago
Duration: Until over.
Getting There: Loyola L Stop (Redline/Purple Line). CTA Bus, 147, 151 (Howard)

Free Food – Saturday Night Buffet – Cleos – March 14


Feeling the munchies after attending a free late night concert? Find your way over to Cleo’s on West Chicago and enjoy an all-you-can-eat free buffet.  It’s a good thing.

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Saturday,  March 14, 2009
Where: Cleo’s, 1935 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Neighborhood: East Village/Ukrainian Village
Time: 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Contact: 312.243.5600
Website: Cleos on West Chicago
Duration: Until 1 a.m. Enough to cover all the munchie hours.
Getting There: Cross streets are Chicago and Damen. CTA Bus: 50-Damen, 66-Chicago.

The Nicholas Barron Band Live – Sunday, March 8

When Nicholas Barron performs I always have to wonder, why in the world is this man not filling United stadium ten times over. This is the kind of musician who has the chops and the talents to be a world wide phenom. He’s just that good. And this show is free? I’d better see you there tonight. Frugal Free doesn’t get any better than a free Nicholas Barron concert. Enjoy!

*Highly Recommended*

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Sunday, March 8, 2009
Where: The Motel Bar, 600 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Neighborhood: River North
Time: 10 p.m.
Contact: 312-822-2900
Website: The Motel Bar
Duration: Ongoing Sundays
Getting There: Bus – Chicago 66

Friday Happy Hour Buffet – Free Eats Today, Kincade’s Bar March 6


It’s Friday, so that means frugal free eats day. It’s amazing how much free food you can find if you know where to look. Not just free, but delicious. If you don’t mind the Chicago neighborhood bar scene you can enjoy a variety of excellent  happy hour foods. Uh, I don’t think you can bring your tupperware.

Friday, March 6 Happy Kincades, Free Buffet, 5 – 7 p.m.

Cost:  Frugal Free! (keep it free and frugal by drinking water or a small non-alcoholic drink).

When: Friday, March 6.
Where: Kincade’s Bar and Grill, 950 West Armitage, Chicago.
Neighborhood: Lakeview/Wrigleyville
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Contact: 773-348-0010
Website: Kincade’s
Duration: 5 – 7 p.m., Friday evening happy hour.