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Best things to do in Chicago

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Building
“There's a signature room, you can grab a drink at the top and find great views at the discounted price of one drink, smoothie, beer or wine! Great sunset pictures.”
150 locals recommend
Building
“The Willis Tower, built as and still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower, is a 110-story, 1,450-foot skyscraper. Take cool pics from the Skydeck! ”
131 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Whiskey bar & farm-to-table restaurant with a focus on meat (but vegetarian options are available).”
241 locals recommend
Jewellery Store
“Interesting mall that was made popular in the 80s and 90s. Worth seeing for the architecture, but the shopping is just so so in the building. Better served walking up/down Michigan Ave”
93 locals recommend
Building
“Offering spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits and…The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower!”
115 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“Rated #1 burger in the US, get the bacon and fried egg on it - you're welcome ;-) Put you name on the list and cruise around west loop there are so many other amazing places to see and experience while you wait. Perhaps a cocktail at the Hoxton, Lonewolf or Money Gun. rooftop view at Cabra or games at some local game spots around the area.”
161 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“A hidden gem. Beautiful and delicious cocktails. It’s one of my favorite spot to grab a drink. ”
223 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“Soldier Field is an American football stadium located in the Near South Side of Chicago, Illinois. It opened in 1924 and is the home field of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, who moved there in 1971. With a football capacity of 61,500, it is the third-smallest stadium in the NFL. ”
90 locals recommend
Planetarium
“The Adler Planetarium is also located on the Lake and part of the Museum Campus ”
128 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Delicious, American fare in hip environment. Chef Stephanie Izzard is famous for winning Bravo's Top Chef.”
136 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“If you're looking for an extravagant brunch/evening, this is the best place to visit. It's located on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building with extraordinary views of Chicago. ”
153 locals recommend
Fried Chicken Restaurant
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“Two words: fried chicken! This southern style fired chicken is going to blow your mind, if you are a little adventure try the Parson’s hot or under your own risk the Parson’s Demon. This place is not only well known just for its food also is a great place to grab a drink on them patio, great atmosphere and vibe. Walking: 9 minutes Bike: 3 minutes Ride: 3 minutes ”
204 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“This is a lovingly restored 1920's movie theater that shows current films. It's divided up into 4 (?) theaters with a bar lounge area. Life doesn't get much better than sitting in a theater, watching a movie with fresh popcorn in one hand and an ice cold craft beer in the other. Be sure to go to the bathroom, it's a flash from the past. Or should I say a flush from the past (ha ha). ”
198 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“One of the best deep dish pizza places in Chicago, will get the best experience with deep dish and a caramelized crust.”
141 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“Wide selection of tasty beers and cocktails. Food is delicious and staff is always friendly!”
176 locals recommend
Garden
“Use the Green line Ridgeland stop in Oak Park to get to the Conservatory. It's massive!”
116 locals recommend