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Wine specials
Happy Hump Day! It's the middle of the week, so take some time to un-wine with a glass of vino. Restaurants all over Chicago offer wine specials and happy hours on Wednesdays, including half-price...

Hubbard Street Dance returns to Auditorium Theatre for its critically acclaimed Spring Series.

Wine specials

Happy Hump Day! It's the middle of the week, so take some time to un-wine with a glass of vino.

If you're going to visit Millennium Park, whether it's for a concert, a picnic, or a stroll, there are a few dos and don'ts to keep in mind to make your experience fun and hassle-free.

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

Taste of Iceland Chicago

In celebration of Iceland’s centennial, Iceland Naturally invites Chicagoans to immerse themselves in Icelandic culture through

Every summer Broadway In Chicago puts on a free concert in Millennium Park with tastes of the shows that grace their stages.

Featured Events

Street Science: A Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture
Moraine Valley Community College - Fine and Performing Arts Center
9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465
How Much: 
Tickets: General Public - $30 Seniors - $25 Students attend free, but a ticket must be ordered to reserve seat.

Featuring Omar Offendum With The Reminders, Amirah Sackett, and DJ Man-O-Wax

03/24/2018 - 7:30pm
Chicago Book & Paper Fair
Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall
1340 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
How Much: 
$6; Get COMP ticket price

Find collectible books and rare first editions as well as thousands of titles from a variety of vendors at the 55th annual Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association's Book & Paper Fair.

06/16/2018 - 10:00am
Chicago Rum Festival
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 12:30pm
Logan Square Auditorium
2539 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
How Much: 
$60 - $120; Click Buy Now to save 30% from The Local Tourist

Chicago Rum Festival will offer a variety of experiences to all attendees during the main event April 14th, 2018.

04/14/2018 - 12:30pm
Chicago Wine Fest
Moe's Cantina River North
155 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
How Much: 
$50 - get 1/2 price tickets

The Chicago Wine Fest (formerly River North Wine Fest) returns with tastings of over 35 wines from all over the world.

03/31/2018 - 12:00pm
One of a Kind Show & Sale
Merchandise Mart
The Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60654
How Much: 
$12 - $18; Get tickets for $6 - $13

If you've ever lost a couple of hours to browsing the amazing creations on Etsy, then you have some idea what's in store for you at the annual One of a Kind Spring Show.

04/27/2018 - 1:00am
SpringFest is Chicago's springtime all-inclusive Eataly experience!
43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
How Much: 

On Friday, March 23, Eataly will host SpringFest, the spring edition of their biannual all-access party. Tickets include unlimited food and drink and exclusive entrance to Eataly for the evening.

03/23/2018 - 7:00pm
Allstate Arena
6920 N Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018
How Much: 
Tickets starting at $25

Stars on Ice tour Featuring 2018 OLYMPIC MEDALISTS including U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Bronze Medal Team Members, including Nathan Chen, as well as Ice Dance Bronze Medalists Maia & Alex Shibutani

04/29/2018 - 4:00pm
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters at Millennium Park
Millennium Park
205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60202
How Much: 
$35 - $100

The legendary rock star performs at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion with Jon Langford’s Four Lost Souls.

06/17/2018 - 6:30pm
The Monkees Present The Mike & Micky Show
Copernicus Center
5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
How Much: 
$48.00 - $275.75

Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees are coming to the Copernicus Center for their first-ever national tour as a duo.

06/14/2018 - 7:30pm
250 W. 111th Street , Chicago, IL 60680
(312) 515-0074
How Much: 
General Admission $25 - VIP $30

Purchase tickets on-line or call (312) 515-0074 for group sales of 20 or more and received a free VIP ticket and signed original novels from which the stage play has been adapted.

03/24/2018 - 6:30pm
Omega Station
7238 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 930-3214
How Much: 
$50; includes game and free dinner

Learn to play Kitsune: of Foxes and Fools, and have a pizza party!

03/31/2018 - 5:00pm

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. 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 public spaces 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.