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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. Chicago has some of the best museums anywhere, and an art scene that...

Strings Ramen Curry
Just in time for the arrival of bone-chilling temperatures, laun

Just in time for the holiday celebrations Meiomi introduced its first sparkling wine made in champagne method.

Get out your calendars - it's time to start planning Christmas in Chicago!

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is filled with holiday activities. Considered the official kick-off of the holiday season in Chicago, the fest features live concerts and special offers at Michigan Avenue shops and hotels.

There are some artists that just stand out in a way that defies explanation.

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.

Neil Diamond Birthday Celebration
Pheasant Run Resort & Spa
4051 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
630.584.6300
How Much: 
$25

Join us as Steve Richards and his band perform a Dynamic Tribute honoring Neil Diamond !

01/26/2019 - 8:00pm
Chicago Dance Crash Featuring the world premiere of “Al Nafs” by Amirah Sackett
Moraine Valley Community College - Fine and Performing Arts Center
9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465
708-974-5500
How Much: 
General Public - $30 Seniors - $25 Students (with ID) and children attend free, but a ticket must be ordered to reserve seat.

Come see one of the most exciting hip hop/contemporary dance troupes in the local and national dance scene!

11/17/2018 - 7:30pm
New Year's Psychic Eve starring mentalist Sidney Friedman in Chicago, December 21, 2018
Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret
1383 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
773.278.1830
How Much: 
$54

Want a fun, positive way to usher in 2019? As seen on the TODAY SHOW and THE VIEW, be a part of this interactive, telepathic show by legendary mentalist Sidney Friedman. Limited to 100 tickets.

12/31/2018 - 10:30pm

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.

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.