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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.

Oktoberfest in Chicago is kind of a big deal. If you had any doubt about the influence the city's German population has on our culture that goes out the window every fall. Of course, it could also be...

This week Texas de Brazil turns 20, and we sampled the goods. Still delicious and fun after two decades! Now, that's something to celebrate!

The Nighttime Soap Opera is Back

The Inheritance Musical returns to The Windy City, and the compelling drama serves up more, Love, Drugs & Southern Discomfort--than ever before!

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces Year of Chicago Theatre

Chicago Theatre is brave.

Chicago Theatre is visceral.

Chicago Theatre is provocative.

11th annual Chicago Gourmet festival invited Chicagoans to partake in all things delicious yet again! Who wants to rock the fork?

A Lamb Chop Celebration  Starring Shari Lewis’ daughters, Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop

If you're looking for a smile on a Saturday afternoon, then head to Palos Hills on October 13 for "A Lamb Chop Celebration." Mallory Lewis, Shari Lewis' daughter, brings her mother's famed

Featured Events

Fun scavenger Hunt
340 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60654
8056035620
How Much: 
From $9-$20 (only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people) after Promo Code: LOCALTOURIST

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.

Around Chicago LIVE!
Katana
339 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60654
How Much: 
$30/advance; $40/door

Around Chicago LIVE! at Katana Chicago

10/22/2018 - 6:00pm
The Nighttime Soap Opera is Back
Pianoforte Studios
1335 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 753-5522
How Much: 
$35.00 - $50.00

The Nighttime Soap Opera is Back! The Inheritance Musical returns to The Windy City, and the compelling drama serves up more, Love, Drugs & Southern Discomfort--than ever before!

11/05/2018 - 7:00pm

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.

Things to do in Chicago

There are so many things to do in Chicago, it's hard to know where to start. Click here for ideas on places to go in the Windy City.

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.

Carillon at Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is an oasis in the northern Chicago suburb of Glencoe. The 385-acre attraction features over 2.5 million plants that represent nearly 10,000 varieties.

Ultimate Guide to Navy Pier in Chicago

There are so many things to do at Navy Pier. There's a reason it's one of Chicago's most popular attractions. Find out everything you need to know with this ultimate resource for Navy Pier.

Christkindlmarket Ornaments

Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual Christmas market modeled after the German markets in Nuremberg, Germany, that attracts more than one million visitors per year. Find out everything you need to know before you go to this holiday tradition.