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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.

Chicago Architecture Foundation's First Lady Cruise
There are so many things to do in Chicago, and you want to do it all, but it can get to be SO expensive. With the Go Chicago Card you pay one price and receive free admission to more than 25 Chicago...

Romance, glamour and heartbreak meet in Verdi's timeless masterpiece La traviata.

If you've been to downtown Chicago before or just want to get away from the Mag Mile crowds, Hotel Lincoln puts you steps from the Lincoln Park Zoo and plenty of neighborhood bars and restaurants. Plus: Guests who upgrade to a suite get $40 in free extras.

Indulge your taco cravings every week with these Chicago taco Tuesday specials.

Wine and song is an occasional series on Wine in Chicago featuring a local sommelier challenged to pair a great song with a great wine.

Strings Ramen's traditional Japanese Fukubukuro, a "Lucky Bag"

flagship Chinatown location celebrates five-years, since opening Chicago's v

Winter has you feeling blah? Let the freshly remodeled spa at dana pamper you! Pink Himalayan salt stone massage, anyone?

Featured Events

Two Lane Gems, Vol 2: Bison are Giant and Other Observations from an American Road Trip
Three Embers
10 Marriott Dr, Lincolnshire , IL 60069
312-725-8852
How Much: 
Free - registration requested; VIP tickets include an autographed book

Author Theresa L. Goodrich presents "Two Lane Gems, Vol. 2: Bison are Giant and Other Observations from an American Road Trip"

02/26/2019 - 7:00pm
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.

The Local Tourist Chicago

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

Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois

Learn all about one of Chicago's most famous landmarks, and find out when there are free days at Adler Planetarium for Illinois residents.

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.