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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.

Cocktail Bar
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“.5 miles - Gin-centric cocktails, craft beers & pub grub served in a relaxed urban-rustic bar with cozy nooks.”
158 locals recommend
Fountain
“The fountain is another of Chicago's significant landmarks in the center of Grant Park. Great for a day to walk around and enjoy the day!”
63 locals recommend
Beach
“Younger scene, has bar that looks like titanic on beach, nearby Chicago Downtown activities. If you go North the beaches get cleaner and nicer and less crowded.”
124 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“One of the best blues bars in the city. Open until 4. I promise you will have a good time.”
125 locals recommend
Pool
“This 200-acre park has a bit of everything - soccer and tennis courts, a pond with swan paddle boats, and to the west side there's a hill where you can catch a beautiful view of downtown.”
126 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Award winning small-batched beer joint perfectly paired with New Haven pizza ”
152 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Looking for a big kid day? Visit the Science and Industry museum, by far my favorite museum that Chicago has to offer. They always have cool and new exhibits and events”
60 locals recommend
Pie Shop
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“Brunch time! What about some delicious biscuits? So buttery and decadent or maybe a slice of pie? Key lime pie definitely my favorite, Ben always disagrees but he is more a chocolate person. Everything is made from scratch, it can’t go wrong. Enjoy the outdoor seating during warm season, on colder weather expect a long waiting to be able to sit inside so be prepare or why not ask for to go? Walking: 15 minutes Bike: 5 minutes Ride: 4 minutes ”
140 locals recommend
History Museum
“Chicago History Museum was founded in 1856 to study and interpret Chicago's history. It is located in Lincoln Park at 1601 North Clark Street at the intersection of North Avenue in the Old Town Triangle neighborhood. ”
96 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“A 319-acre centerpiece of Downtown housing some of the city's busiest attractions.”
92 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“I love Wicker Park and it gives you a very authentic glimpse of a cool Chicago neighborhood away from all the skyscrapers. Its full of hip places to shop, eat, drink, and walk around and it both artsy and cool. ”
123 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Well-known Chicago dive bar/live music venue primarily for indie bands. Cash only.”
123 locals recommend
Museum
“Lot's of great Mexican art, it also has a great gift shop! The best part about this place is that it's also free. ”
82 locals recommend
Stadium
“United Center is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The United Center is home to both the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. The arena is named after its city-based corporate sponsor, United Airlines.”
83 locals recommend
Park
“Skating ribbon (ice-skating in winter; paved surface in summer); rock climbing; mini-golf.”
74 locals recommend
Building
“My personal favorite view of Chicago. You can see the entire lake shore and even part of Indiana! It has a restaurant on the 95th floor, Cocktail bar on the 96th, and the top floor is the viewing with the Chicago Tilt! ”
78 locals recommend