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Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois
The Adler Planetarium is part of Chicago's Museum Campus, one of three museums that are some of the city's most popular attractions. Built in 1930, it was the first planetarium in the Western...

Chef Nate Henssler of Portsmith has crafted a superb new brunch menu. He believes in a “less is more” approach and showcases the fresh seafood offerings with bold flavors yet simple plating.

Seth Wilson

Wine and song is a regular post on Wine in Chicago where a local sommelier is challenged to pair a great song with a great wine.

Free Museum Days Chicago

Find free museum days in Chicago, as well as museums that are free all the time. This page is updated frequently so you'll always be able to find the latest free days at Chicago museums. Be sure to confirm before you go, since these free days can change at any time.

Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois

Learn all about one of Chicago's most famous landmarks, and find out when there are free days at Adler Planetarium for Illinois residents.

Winter is here, so how about some hot GELATO chocolate? Yes, it's totally a thing!

The Field Museum is one of the most popular museums in the world. That also means it can be pretty crowded. What if you could go in after hours and then stay there all night long?

Featured Events

Two Lane Gems, Vol 2: Bison are Giant and Other Observations from an American Road Trip
Three Embers
10 Marriott Dr, Lincolnshire , IL 60069
312-725-8852
How Much: 
Free - registration requested; VIP tickets include an autographed book

Just in time for Valentine's Day, author Theresa L. Goodrich presents "Two Lane Gems, Vol. 2: Bison are Giant and Other Observations from an American Road Trip"

02/05/2019 - 7:00pm
Cider Summit Chicago 2019
Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
312.595.PIER
How Much: 
$35 after; $45 VIP

Seventh Annual Cider Summit Chicago Set for February 9; Region's Largest Cider Tasting Returns to Navy Pier Grand Ballroom

02/09/2019 - 12:00pm
Elgin Literary Festival
Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL 60120
How Much: 
Free

The Elgin Literary Festival is a free celebration of the written word taking place at the Hemmens Cultural Center.

01/26/2019 - 10:00am
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
Surging Films & Theatrics presents The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin January 17-27
Otherworld Theatre
3914 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60613
How Much: 
$30.00 - use promo code PHILO for $10 off each ticket in your order!

It’s 1929. Two ambitious visionaries race against each other to invent a device called “television.” Who will unlock the key to the greatest innovation of the 20th century?

01/25/2019 - 8:00pm
Cold Brews - February 16
6140 Dempster Street, Morton Grove, IL 60053-2631
18479650971
How Much: 
$35

Annual Craft Beer Event- Cold Brews!Music, Pizza, and Brews! Join us for the 4th Annual Craft Beer Event featuring the Frank and Dave Band, Pizza by Lou Malnati’s

02/16/2019 - 3:00pm

The Local Tourist Chicago

We've been sharing things to do in Chicago for 16 years, so we know a thing or two about the Windy City.

Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois

Learn all about one of Chicago's most famous landmarks, and find out when there are free days at Adler Planetarium for Illinois residents.

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.