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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“This beach is great for LGBTQ guests. The beach has a great vibe, small restaurant, bathrooms, and some activities are available. This is the place to go if you want to be among the locals in the city.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“They have wonderful blends and teas. Great pastry selection and tidy place to hang while enjoying your beverages. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great upscale diner, with all fresh ingredients at a great price, Bfast, Lunch & Dinner”
  • 20 locals recommend
Café
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“You can't get closer to Lake front eating! Unfortunately, they are only open during the warmer months, but definitely a great place to eat and listen to music right on the lake!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“ Restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Take the train into the city or North. Take the 84 Peterson just around the corner for a five min bus ride to the Bryn Mawr Red line stop.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
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  • 7 locals recommend
Café
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“Coffee shop right across the street, on the way to the train - they've got great, quick breakfast options too”
  • 10 locals recommend
Beach
“The beach is really fun and really close! You could walk straight down Lawrence Ave. and get to a great beach in 30 minutes. Or you can rent a bike or drive and park for free. Parking at the lake is tough on the weekends.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“They have great coffee, sandwiches, ice cream, and desserts. The staff and owners are awesome....super accommodating and friendly. Starbucks is a block away but I prefer Zanzibar. They usually open at 7:30am.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“It's a nice place to sit and be right next to Lake Michigan which can be pretty nice even in winter.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Beach
“Edgewater beach is an easy walk and worth the trip. Breathtaking views of lake Michigan and access to the lakeshore walking path. Family fun in the summer swimming in the lake or hang a hammock and relax with a book.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Korean Restaurant
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“Casual & modern spot specializing in wings, with rice bowls, Korean classics & imported soft drinks. This is our go to for Korean bbq jumbo wings!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Beach
  • 4 locals recommend
Rental Car Location
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Grab a bike and head to the Lakefront anywhere in Chicago for a ride (or walk!) along the lake. Awesome views of the skyline between Fullerton Avenue and Oak Street, and even better views from the south side. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Great upscale diner, with all fresh ingredients at a great price, Bfast, Lunch & Dinner”
  • 20 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“ Restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Korean Restaurant
“Casual & modern spot specializing in wings, with rice bowls, Korean classics & imported soft drinks. This is our go to for Korean bbq jumbo wings!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Our favorite local place to go to for great pizza and cocktails. It's a very intimate space (maybe 5 booths total) with an old school vibe. A great place to feel cozy on a rainy or cold day.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In the lobby of the elegant Sovereign building. Close to Berger Park overlooking the lake.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Gelato, Pizza, Calzones, Salads, etc. Primarily a student hang out, but when I need a snack on the go, its right by the train and the lake and has never let me down. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Our favorite neighborhood sushis place, reasonable prices and Bring your own Booze.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Recently ousted Giordanos as the best Chicago deep-dish pizza by the Chicago Tribune...my personal favorite and mush less crowded/touristy than Giordano's.”
  • 6 locals recommend

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