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 Music at MCA – Tuesday, March 24 – Harold Arts


Whenever a really good music performance hits MCA, I’m there.  And this is a really good bunch of performers.  And I would even pay for this. What?! Yes.  I said it.  Now go enjoy.

“In 2006, Chicago-based non-profit Harold Arts initiated its summer residency program on a tree farm in rural Ohio, creating a sylvan hideaway where musicians and visual artists can delve into their work in a collaborative atmosphere. The organization gathers the residents’ musical output on an annual compilation album, but they also program concerts throughout the year at venues like the Empty Bottle. For the latest installment of the MCA’s monthly local music showcase, Harold Arts presents Action Steps, a multimedia performance featuring compositions by Samuel Ng of Brilliant Pebbles. Tonight’s hour-long set calls on a cast of Harold residents, including Frank Van Duerm, Fred Wells, Ben Carver, and some special guests.”

Cost:  Frugal Free!

When: Tuesday Mar 24 (6:30–7:30pm)
Where: MCA,  Museum of Contemporary Art , 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago
Neighborhood: Streeterville  (Downtown Near the Water Tower Building).
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 312.280.2660
Website: MCA
Duration: 1 hour.
Getting There: CTA: Redline to Chicago Avenue. Walk 4 0r 5 blocks east. Bus: 151,147, get off on Michigan & Chicago – walk 2 blocks east.

Free Food & Conversation – Tuesday, March 24


Can you spare a little social change with that gourmet meal? For those of you who eat with a conscience, enjoy a meal a conversation at Hull-House’s “Free Soup and Organic Conversation.” This ongoing free event includes a meal and conversation with a leading food activist. Enjoy.

“Please bring your hunger for free soup and conversation every Tuesday. Hull-House Kitchen: Rethinking Soup is a communal event where we will eat delicious, healthy, soup and have fresh, organic conversation about many of the urgent social, cultural, economic and environmental food issues that we should be addressing. We will meet in the historic Residents’ Dining Hall, where Upton Sinclair, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B.Duboise, Gertrude Stein and other important social reformers met to share meals and ideas, debate one another and conspire to change the world. Activists, farmers, doctors, economists, artists, and guest chefs will join us each week to present their ideas and projects. In the tradition of the Hull-House Settlement’s commitment to free speech and Chicago’s Bug House Square, the third tuesday of every month will feature a “Soup Soap Box.” Anyone and everyone is invited to take the stage for 2 minutes each to share their projects, opinions, and visions for the future of food. Hull-House Kitchen: Re-thinking Soup Every Tuesday, 12-1:30pm Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Residents’ Dining Hall 800 South Halsted FREE (donations from $.01 to $1,000,000 gladly accepted)”

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 12 PM
Where: Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Residents’ Dining Hall, 800 South Halsted (MC 051), UIC Campus.
Neighborhood: UIC
Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Website: Jane Adams Hull House
Duration: Meal and Conversation, until done.

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)

Friday Free Food Happy Hour – Kitsch’n River North – March 13


Stylish and delicious.

“Kitsch’n River North is considerably larger than the original Roscoe Village location, complete with a couch-filled lobby and a large outdoor patio, but the decor is similar, with kitschy furniture, shag carpet, and quirky ’70s accents. The menu features comfort food such as fried chicken and waffles, puff pastry pot pies, green eggs and ham, and a weekend “hangover brunch” menu. Signature cocktails include the Tang martini and the electric green huggie bear cocktail. There is also a gourmet coffee bar area with grab-and-go pastries for commuters on the run. The cocktail lounge features a large projection screen TV and additional seating.”

Free Happy Hour Hors D’Ouevres Buffet – Thursday & Friday Afternoon Customers can enjoy free appetizers with friends in our cocktail lounge every Friday night after work from 4:30-6:30pm. Enjoy daily drink specials.

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Friday,  March 13, 2009

Where: Kitsch’n River North,  600 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Neighborhood: River North
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 312-644-1500
Website: Kitsch’n River North
Duration: Until 6:30 p.m.

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.