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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.

Millennium Park Summer Music Series
The Millennium Park Summer Music Series is one of the reasons Chicago is the place to be in the summer. Sitting on the Great Lawn listening to live music pouring forth from Jay Pritzker Pavilion is a...

Lighthouse in Southwest Michigan

Check out why Southwest Michigan should be on any foodie, wine-lover, and beer-fan’s itinerary.

A mainstay in River North for over 10 years, Prosecco closed in March without much fanfare to conduct a major renovation.  

The Beer Dinner Social at River Roast, featuring beers from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria and special dishes from Chef Cedric Harden is outstanding.

Country Thunder, the nation's biggest annual country music festival will soon roll into southeastern Wisconsin with a powerful lineup and plenty of f

Fry The Coop   Nashville Fried Chicken Sandwich

Today is National Fried Chicken Day.  What better way to celebrate than to check out the hottest trend…both figuratively and literally…in chicken than to indulge in som

Featured Events

Webster and Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60614
773-868-3010
How Much: 
$35; Get discounted tickets at $25

The craft-beer movement is still very much alive and hopping in Chicago, so the awesome festival that salutes the mom-and-pop makers is back for the seventh year in a row to sip and savor.

07/21/2018 - 11:30am
Sunset & Happy Hour Cruise on Lake Michigan
Anita Dee Yacht Charters
200 N Breakwater Access, Chicago, IL 60601
312-543-9798
How Much: 
$25; Get discounted tickets at COMP-$12.50

Celebrate the weekend with a happy-hour cruise aboard the lovely Anita Dee II yacht.

07/19/2018 - 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.

City Barbeque - Motherload
City Barbeque - Berwyn
7108 Cermak Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402
312-725-8852
How Much: 
$35

Join us for an exclusive, intimate, inclusive multi-course dinner with drinks.

07/30/2018 - 6:30pm

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.

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.

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.