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The Local Tourist is your Chicago local guide, where you can find things to do, restaurants and nightlife, events, and places to stay. Experience the fascination of a tourist; Feel the comfort of the local.

Tree Top's Roasted Leg of Lamb
Ravinia.  That perennial summer favorite for Chicago concert lovers.  Tickets have gone on sale and there are 140 events scheduled for Ravinia this summer featuring acts as varied as Loverboy, Alison...

Chicagoans love brunch, so the bar is high on good brunch spots. Artango Bar and Steakhouse does not disappoint. Their brunch menu is every bit as high quality as their dinner.

Food sources continue to make headlines as small farms struggle to compete with Big Agriculture.

Dining al fresco is one of my favorite things to do. There is just something about a great meal in the fresh air that can’t be beat.

I am convinced far in the future, culinary scholars will look back on the late 20th century as a hallmark of innovative cuisine based not on the floating balloon desert at Alinea, nor th

The new Wells Street Market defies a couple of conventions. First, that a food-centered marketplace has to be cuisine centric, like Eataly, or Latinicity.

Reid Bar

Chicago needs more bars like the Reid Bar, street level in River Roast, on LaSalle by the river. Reid is part of River Roast but it’s also not.

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Fun scavenger Hunt
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Turn Chicago into a giant Gameboard with this fun Scavenger Hunt Adventure. Guided from any smart phone, teams solve clues, complete challenges while seeing the sights. A fun interactive adventure.

The Local Tourist Guides

We've been sharing things to do in Chicago for 16 years, so we know a thing or two about the Windy City.

Free Things To Do in Chicago

Chicago Skyline from Skydeck

Here's an obvious statement: exploring Chicago can be expensive. But it doesn't have to be, and just because you're on a budget, doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun things to do.

Things to do in Chicago

There are so many things to do in Chicago, it's hard to know where to start. It's a world-class city with world-class attractions.

The Local Tourist's Guide to the Chicago Air & Water Show

This is the most comprehensive, ultimate guide to the Chicago Air & Water Show available. Includes where to watch, who's performing, how to get there, and where to stay.

The Local Tourist's Guide to Millennium Park

Millennium Park is an impressive Chicago park that is a destination for both locals and tourists. It's the most popular attraction in the city, and with its great architecture, peaceful gardens, and year-round calendar of events it's easy to see why.