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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...

A new twist on the traditional tea service launches at ENO Wine Room inside Hotel InterContinental.

Oohs and aahs and lots of applause filled the air last night at The Chicago Theatre for the debut performance of Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Learn how to travel like a local everywhere you go at the 2019 Chicago Travel & Adventure Show!

Michael Jordan's Restuarant to Ring In 2019 with "A Red Tie Affair" Blowout Showcasing Seaffod and Steak Towers, Wine Pairings.


WHEN: 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31


Already known for hosting one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season, Cookies and Cheer, a luxury cookie exchange November 29-30, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 2

The Woman In Black

There’ll be parties for hosting

Marshmallows for toasting

And caroling out in the snow

Featured Events

Two Lane Gems, Vol 2: Bison are Giant and Other Observations from an American Road Trip
Off Premise
1128 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
How Much: 
Free - registration requested; VIP ticket with 6 x 9 Paperback $24.99; VIP ticket with 8 1/2 x 11 Paperback $39.99; VIP ticket with 8 1/2 x 11 Hardcover $74.99

Please help author Theresa L. Goodrich celebrate the launch of "Two Lane Gems, Vol. 2: Bison are Giant and Other Observations from an American Road Trip"

12/20/2018 - 6:00pm
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.

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

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

01/26/2019 - 8:00pm
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
How Much: 

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
Chicago Travel & Adventure Show 2019
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
How Much: 
$15 - Get discounted tickets with The Local Tourist!

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01/12/2019 - 10:00am

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.