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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...

Rojo Gusano Cocktails

Rojo Gusano toasts dads this Father's Day with a free drink for all dads Sunday, June 17.

AIRE, a sleek lounge at the top of Hyatt Centric, is back for another season of breezy cocktailing. Chin-chin!

Lifeline Theatre presents Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, an epic quest for the hero within.

Hubbard Street Dance is back for its 40th season of critically acclaimed Summer Series.

Che Figata just opened in Naperville at the Hotel Arista and you should go there for a lot of reasons.

Featured Events

Brickworld LEGO Expositions
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Dr. N., Schaumburg, IL 60173
How Much: 
$9 - $12 - Save with code TOURIST18

Premiere LEGO display and exposition! See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts. Interactive activities & Vendors too!

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
Fun scavenger Hunt
340 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60654
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 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.