Expensive Tastes in Chicago Like Downtown Rooftops and Professional Sports Game
One of the great things about living in a big city like Chicago, you will always find something to do. I sometimes joke around with friends and colleagues that I am secretly 73 years old because going out on a weekday for drinks is almost unheard of for my new grown-up lifestyle, but it does happen from time to time. Just recently I decided to check Stubhub for tickets to a Chicago Cubs game because as far as buying tickets at Wrigley Field goes, getting a week day game is the best frugal option you can find(Frugal Tip #1). During my search online, I found tickets that normally would cost $50 each/$100 for the pair, plus the plethora of taxes and fees, but I was able to purchase them for the discounted price of $57.71, a savings of 54.3% off the original price after you calculate the final price.
Here are the plethora of fees if you go through the Cubs website and Ticketmaster:
- 9% City of Chicago & 3% Cook County Amusement Tax ($6.00 per ticket):$12.00
- Per Ticket Fee ($4.75 per ticket):$9.50
- 9% City of Chicago Fee Tax ($0.43 per ticket):$0.86
- Total Taxes & Fees for 2 Tickets:$22.36
- Price for 2 Tickets:$122.36
- Per Order Fee:$4.00
- Current Amount Due:$126.36
Here is the Stubhub price I paid for the same Outfield Field Box Seats:
- Outfield Field Box 102
- Row 10 | Seat 103, 104
- 2 tickets
- Total $57.71
Since Mrs. Even Steven and I do not go out very often during the week it gave us a great opportunity to see a little bit of the city. My vote was to hang out near Wrigley Field and get dinner and a beer at a place just far enough away to have a local Chicago feel without having every single tourist and Cubs fan alike slammed next to you like a 5:00 traffic jam (did I mention I was secretly 73 years old). Mrs. ESM opted for none of the above. She opted for the new rooftop and hotel found in the Financial District of Downtown Chicago. Since she had made the sacrifice to hang out at Wrigley Field on a Wednesday night to watch baseball for 3 hours, I figured the least I could do is match her sacrifice by heading to see a new rooftop in the city for a drink and some food.
The doors had not been open for less than an hour before I took the elevator up to see the rooftop area. While a nice venue and one of the few rooftop locations downtown, I was soon kicked right in the nuts with the menu gently placed on our table. While the waitress didn’t come up and directly kick me square in the dangly bits*, she might as well have by handing me the menu and beer list. Now I have went to clubs in Miami and the college Even Steven has partied like a Rockstar in Chicago, so when I say the prices were in the Soprano voice range I mean it.
Despite the high prices, I ordered a Half Acre, one of my favorite brands of beer in the craft brewery scene here in Chicago and it was not available since the taps had been installed. This left me with a few craft-style brews all of which costs $10 a bottle, yep you read that right, $10. The beer I had received, while a nice Chicago brew can be bought at the local mart for $7.49 for a 4 pack, which doing some quick math comes out to a 6 pack for $10 or a nice 600% mark up. Go ahead and soak that in for a second before you read on.
Even better for those who prefer a more well-known and cheaper beer like Miller Genuine Draft/High Life** could be had for just $8 a 12 oz. bottle. If you think they were not trying to kick me in the huevos* , think again they were aiming for them. A 24 pack of the same beer can be purchased for $16.99, even better this is over a 1,000% markup. I’m not going into what Mrs. ESM had to drink I may cry doing the calculations and not be able to continue. Oh yeah, ladies and gentlemen don’t forget to tip your waiters and waitresses, which of course we did.
Now maybe this is the 73 year old man in me remembering when gas prices were .99 cents and shoes over $100 were clearly for the kids with rich parents, but prices have shot up in so many areas it makes me feel like someone is trying to pick pocket me every time I make a purchase. The other side of this argument and not the hotel rooftop owner side, but the frugal smart spenders out there that say I would never go to this rooftop because we don’t eat out or go for drinks. This point can only go so far because we all are going to break down and enjoy a meal or drinks with family and friends, those dollars are being ripped from our wallets each time we make that decision. The dollars and cents of it really is scary to me. I am a frugal person in general as I fight for a bigger goal of financial independence that will not be denied from over indulgence in the expensive side of the city. From expensive rooftop to costly beer and a ball game it is very simple to spend hundreds of dollars on a simple one day sporting event and going out for dinner and a drink.
Remember this, the reason the rooftops and stadiums are such wonderful buildings is because they are built with our money. I have said it before on Even Steven Money in reference to casino’s and banks, but take a look around you, chances are if the building is beautiful and luxurious, the everyday person has made a contribution through the sweat and hard work to then spend and in some cases give away their money to the big corporation and the millionaire in the yacht. I’m over simplifying and trying to make a small villain out of the bigger corporations that I mention, but in reality I am asking each and every one of us to take extra caution, as things are getting expensive. Check to make sure you are not caught up in an expensive carpet ride of rooftops and sporting events or maybe for you the expensive carpet ride is shopping and gadgets or even cars and leather seat upgrades. It can happen to just about anyone, so take caution and do your best to avoid the expensive occasions.
Any tips on saving money in an expensive situation, please share in the comments:)
**Does it matter which one, either way that’s ridiculous
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