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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.

Art Museum
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“One of the biggest Museums in America with an amazing collection. The Modern Wing collections and Impressionists are my favorite. Also the best way to bring creative gift is to visit museum shop.”
406 locals recommend
Zoo
“Lincoln Park was not always the beautiful park it is today. Back in the 1800’s is was the location of the City Cemetery. Now home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pond and so much more! ”
458 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“If you like baseball and to experience a bit of iconic history, Wrigley is definitely a place to catch a game or take a tour. Don’t forget to have a Chicago hot dog 🌭 while you’re there!”
389 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Millennium Park is definitely worth seeing. You can find a lot of historic and modern sights, as well as the Chicago Art Institute in the park. During the summer time you can enjoy concerts, festivals and outdoor activities out there.”
477 locals recommend
History Museum
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“Meet Sue the Famous T-Rex. The Field Museum is also part of the Museum Campus ”
195 locals recommend
Aquarium
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“Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Aquarium was for some time the largest indoor facility in the world. Today it holds some 32,000 animals. Every Mon, Tue, Wed in September is free admission. ”
189 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Big Star is a bourbon and beer-focused, taco-slinging, late-night honky-tonk in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park and Wrigleyville neighborhoods. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Chris Miller’s menu, inspired by authentic Mexican street food, is complemented by an extensive house-selected single barrel bourbon program. Housed in a defunct 1940's gas station, the Wicker Park taqueria’s soundtrack of classic country and rock & roll is selected and spun by bar staff. They operate on a first come, first serve basis and don't take reservations. The corner of North Ave. and Damen Ave. (1531 N. Damen Ave.).”
377 locals recommend
Pier
“Has a ferris wheel, games, arcades, plenty of shopping, restaurants, boat tours and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.”
328 locals recommend
Art Museum
“My favorite art museum in Chicago. Great contemporary shows. Cute little cafe in the ground floor. Free music on the garden on Tuesdays. Free admission with an Illinois zip code on Tuesdays.”
167 locals recommend
Science Museum
“This museum is a favorite and is very close. Located in the southeast side, take a bus 1/2 block from home and arrive within 10-15 minutes. If you're here for Christmas, it's a MUST SEE for beautiful Christmas trees from around the world.”
137 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“I take comedy classes here and their shows are fantastic- classic place that gave us Tina Fey and many more.”
238 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Just a 6-10 minute drive down Lakeshore and you are in the heart of downtown! ”
210 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“The Green Mill is a historic jazz bar where Al Capone and his cronies would be seen. Definitely a must! ”
245 locals recommend
Café
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“This is Chicago's longest running farm-to-table restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all delicious.”
244 locals recommend
Brewery
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“I'd probably just go here while you are shopping or out in Wicker Park but they brew a local beer (and it's great).”
202 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