The Local Tourist is your Chicago local guide, helping you find things to do, restaurants and nightlife, events, and places to stay.
WHAT TO DO IN CHICAGO
It’s almost easier to tell you what you can’t do in Chicago than what you can. Check our guide to what to do in Chicago and start planning how you’re going to see it all.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK IN CHICAGO
If you’re hungry or thirsty, you won’t be for long in Chicago! This is an incredible foodie town, with gourmet groceries, an epic beer and spirits scene, world class restaurants, and the best bartenders around.
Whether you’re looking for live music, art fairs, festivals, family-friendly events, theater, tours, farmers markets, or any other fun event you can think of, you’ll never be bored when you’ve got so many options!
Upcoming Featured Events
Join the Chicago Polar Bear Club for our 19th Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, January 25th! Take the challenge and kick off 2020 by doing something crazy: Jump into the freezing waters of Lake Michigan with a few hundred Chicagoans, while also doing some good -- all proceeds from the plunge go directly to support three local Chicago families in need of our help. Then, thaw out with us at our afterparty at Moe's Cantina River North, for an all-you-can-drink special from 1:30-4:30pm (ages 21+). Get rewarded for doing some good:…Find out more »
AlphaBeer is an event designed to share the excitement, complexity, and downright deliciousness of craft beer. It's an unconventional tasting that explores beer from A to Z - literally. At this event you'll try a craft beer for every letter of the alphabet, and you'll be led by an expert who will guide you through the tasting. At AlphaBeer, you won't be waiting in line just to find out that beer you really wanted to try is already gone. Everybody…Find out more »
Connecting whiskey lovers with great whiskey. Building relationships with top whiskey brands. Creating memories with best friends Jan 25th! About this Event “Test Your Taste Buds” Calling all whiskey lovers and connoisseurs... Take your taste buds on a flavor adventure at The Chicago Winter Whiskey Tasting Festival taking place Saturday January 25, 2020! From Scotch, Irish, Single Malt and Blend to Bourbon and Rye… your taste buds will be in heaven as you sample dozens of amazing whiskey varieties. Now…Find out more »
Connecting tequila lovers with great tequila. Building relationships with top tequila brands. Creating memories with best friends Feb 22nd! About this Event “Test Your Taste Buds” Calling all tequila lovers and connoisseurs... Take your taste buds on a flavor adventure at The Chicago Winter Tequila Tasting Festival taking place Saturday February 22nd 2020! From Blanco, Reposado, Anejo or even Mezcal… your taste buds will be in heaven as you sample dozens of amazing tequila & agave varieties. Now the real…Find out more »
Calling all Irish jig leprechauns, four-leaf clover wearers, Irish lovers, those with green clothes and who love green beers ... About this Event “Luck Of The Irish Is With You This St Patrick’s Day” Take your tribe of hooligans on a St Patrick’s Day adventure at the 2020 St Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl taking place Saturday, March 14, 2020 at several locations in Chicago presented by Social Scene. From Irish jigs, DJs, live bands & the must-have green drink cheers……Find out more »