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Wicker Park & Bucktown cheapskate checklist

Manage three meals plus dessert and dancing for less than $30

11:34 PM CDT, August 28, 2012

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It’s easy to drop a ton of cash wining and dining out, but if you plan carefully, three meals—plus dessert and dancing—can be had for less than $30. Here’s how.

Hungry for breakfast? Take a seat at the counter at Delish Diner & Bakery (2018 W. Division St. 773-276-5200), where a few bucks will buy you a breakfast sandwich ($3.50), pancakes ($5.50) or two eggs cooked to order with potatoes ($4.95).

For a cheap lunch, you can’t do much better than the $3.75 falafel sandwich at vegetarian-friendly Sultan’s Market (2057 W. North Ave. 773-235-3072).

Score a free dinner at Crocodile (1540 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-252-0880), where you’re entitled to a free 6-inch cheese pizza with every drink.

While your spendy friends shell out $8 for custom-made creations at fancy ice cream parlor iCream, head to Miko’s Italian Ice (1846 N. Damen Ave. 773-645-9664), where small cup of flavored ice will set you back $2.

End the night at Rodan (1530 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-276-7036), a reliable lounge where there’s never a cover for DJ sets.