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!
Past Featured Events
From visionary composing team Pasek & Paul (DEAR EVAN HANSEN, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN), this hauntingly beautiful musical takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey.Find out more »
Join us for an unforgettable experience with one of the few remaining airworthy B-17s in the world. You won’t want to miss the Aluminum Overcast when it visits Waukegan National Airport August 15–18!Find out more »
Witness art and history come to life at one of our summer performances. From the playful bounding of new foals to the strong, precise jumps of our stallions, everyone will be captivated by the strength, beauty and intelligence of these horses. Each performance, set to music, is a study in classical horsemanship which has been practiced in Europe since the 16th century; the Lipizzans have been performing at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria, since the 1500s. We offer…Find out more »
Stay up late with The Second City as they bring you their latest and greatest with After Hours, a late-night improv show. It’s interactive. It’s hyperactive. It’s the most fun you can have past bedtime. Come see an entirely improvised, entirely ridiculous 60 minutes that’ll leave you with a full-fledged comedy hangover at Chicago’s UP Comedy Club.Find out more »
Doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, young or “seasoned,” progressive or conservative (ok that last one might matter a teensy bit) — you’re bound to find She the People laugh-out-loud funny. The sketches are short and fast-moving. You’ll barely recover from one zinger before the next one flies your way. Snacks and drinks served by the attentive wait staff make the night a win-win. From the Event Organizer We’ll bet you 72 cents on the dollar (or much, much…Find out more »
Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the “bah humbugs,” the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge’s joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman’s Carolcontinues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be…Find out more »
Experience the magic and wonder of Blue Man Group Chicago in a newly revamped production that the Chicago Tribune raved about with a four-star rating. Enjoy the fun, comedy, and excitement of these alien men entertaining you and your family.Find out more »
Enter the world of a Roaring ‘20s Chicago speakeasy featuring gangsters, flappers, food, hooch and plenty of fun at Tommy Gun’s Garage Dinner Theater. Following a delicious sit-down dinner, you’ll be treated to a musical comedy revue featuring the songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and more, all with gorgeous flappers performing the Charleston. Be ready to get in on the act at Tommy Gun’s Garage Dinner Theater — Chicago’s longest-running audience interactive dinner show —…Find out more »
“Cheers To New Years 2020 With Friends That Bring You Cheer” Calling all lovers, friends, besties, sisters & brothers ... Take your tribe into the New Year at the 2020 NYE (New Year’s Eve) Bar Crawl taking place Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at many locations in Chicago presented by Social Scene. From dance parties, DJs, live bands & the must-have midnight champagne cheers… the New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl is the perfect place to wrap up 2019 and celebrate the…Find out more »
“Cheers To New Years 2020 With Friends That Bring You Cheer” Calling all lovers, friends, besties, sisters & brothers ... Take your tribe into the New Year at the 2020 NYE (New Year’s Eve) Yacht Party taking place Tuesday, December 31, 2019 on the Anita Dee II presented by Social Scene. From dance parties, top floor DJ, live piano bar & the must-have midnight champagne cheers… the New Year’s Eve Yacht Party is the perfect place to wrap up 2019…Find out more »
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 »