Saving money on vacation is hard, but there are a few attractions you can visit in Illinois that will help your wallet.

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Navy Pier

If you're headed to Chicago this Spring Break Love Exploring says that Navy Pier is the best attraction to visit and the best part is FREE. Well, of course, it's free to visit it's a landmark, but rides, food, and shops are not free. You could just grab lunch and head to the pier to watch the boats and check out the lake, that's about all that's free to do. Love Exploring says,

The pier is totally free to wander (though some individual amusements do charge), and is lined with shops, restaurants, family-friendly rides, and exhibitions.

The pier can be peaceful when there are not thousands of people walking through it.

Starved Rock State Park

Love that this is on this list. It might be a little chilly and muddy with all the snow we've gotten lately, but spring and summer will be here too. What a great time to get out and walk the trails of the park, and see some of the amazing sites the park has. If you can stand it, there are some adventures to do at the park during the winter.

 There are plenty of ways to enjoy the site, from hiking (free guided hikes run on Saturdays in summer) to boating and kayaking. In winter, you could also try cross-country skiing or even ice climbing.

When planning a trip you might want to keep these two places in your back pocket, it could save you a ton of money in the end.

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