Welcome to Chicago

The Local Tourist is your Chicago local guide, where you can find things to do, restaurants and nightlife, events, and places to stay. Experience the fascination of a tourist; Feel the comfort of the local.

In a city of iconic images perhaps the most iconic is Buckingham Fountain. With its bronze seahorses, 1.5 million gallons of water, and 150 foot spray, the fountain is one of the most photographed...

It’s the return of the Chicago Fringe Festival’s annual fundraiser, Five Fifths.


 Travelle Kitchen + Bar brings back popular Wednesday night dinner series.

Angela Mortellaro as Rita

Two one-act operas written 25 years apart.  The first explores the longing for the ideal of beauty; the second deals with the repercussions of finding it.

Mississippi Crafts Center

With all of the tools at our fingertips nowadays, travel planning is simultaneously easy and overwhelming.

W Chicago - City Center's Get Out of the Water Event Series

W Chicago – City Center, 172 W Adams, is excited to announce the return of its annual summer “No-Swim Beach Party” event series with GET OUT OF THE WATER - Part 2: Cruel Summer.

Featured Events

TBOX Baseball Bar Crawl - Cover Your Bases Wrigleyville Pub Crawl - #CYB2018
Murphy's Bleachers
3655 N Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60613
How Much: 
$7-20 with Coupon Code BASEBALL or Group Discounts

10th Annual TBOX Baseball Pub Crawl - #CYB2018 "Cover Your Bases"

05/19/2018 - 12:00pm
WhiskyX Chicago | April 27
Soldier Field United Club
1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, 60605
How Much: 
VIP - $125; General Admission -$75

Taste 60+ of the World's Finest Whiskies With a Live Concert by The Mowgli's, Celebrity Chefs & Food Trucks - Fri, April 27th at The Unite Club at Soldiers Field

04/27/2018 - 6:00pm
Chicago Book & Paper Fair
Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall
1340 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
How Much: 
$6; Get COMP ticket price

Find collectible books and rare first editions as well as thousands of titles from a variety of vendors at the 55th annual Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association's Book & Paper Fair.

06/16/2018 - 10:00am
One of a Kind Show & Sale
Merchandise Mart
The Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60654
How Much: 
$12 - $18; Get tickets for $6 - $13

If you've ever lost a couple of hours to browsing the amazing creations on Etsy, then you have some idea what's in store for you at the annual One of a Kind Spring Show.

04/27/2018 - 1:00am
Allstate Arena
6920 N Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018
How Much: 
Tickets starting at $25

Stars on Ice tour Featuring 2018 OLYMPIC MEDALISTS including U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Bronze Medal Team Members, including Nathan Chen, as well as Ice Dance Bronze Medalists Maia & Alex Shibutani

04/29/2018 - 4:00pm
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters at Millennium Park
Millennium Park
205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60202
How Much: 
$35 - $100

The legendary rock star performs at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion with Jon Langford’s Four Lost Souls.

06/17/2018 - 6:30pm
The Monkees Present The Mike & Micky Show
Copernicus Center
5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
How Much: 
$48.00 - $275.75

Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees are coming to the Copernicus Center for their first-ever national tour as a duo.

06/14/2018 - 7:30pm
Baile An Salsa
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
How Much: 
$28 to $30

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Galway’s multicultural band, Baile An Salsa. Dance to a phenomenal mix of Latin rhythms and traditional Irish music!

05/05/2018 - 8:00pm
Chef's Table Event at Dog Haus Biergarten Lincoln Park
Dog Haus Lincoln Park
2464 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
How Much: 

Join us for an exclusive, intimate, inclusive multi-course dinner with drinks.

05/14/2018 - 6:30pm
108 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602
How Much: 

Join us for an exclusive, intimate, inclusive multi-course dinner with drinks.

04/30/2018 - 6:00pm

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.

Chicago Skyline from Skydeck

Here's an obvious statement: exploring Chicago can be expensive. But it doesn't have to be, and just because you're on a budget, doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun things to do.

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.

The Local Tourist's Guide to the Chicago Air & Water Show

This is the most comprehensive, ultimate guide to the Chicago Air & Water Show available. Includes where to watch, who's performing, how to get there, and where to stay.

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.