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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.

Zoo
“an amazing free zoo, we go here a lot! a fun day for kids and adults, beautiful spot near the lake ”
  • 461 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Historic improv and comedy school. Many SNL cast members have come from here. Good for improv.”
  • 239 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Pequod's offers the best Chicago-style deep dish pizza and wonderful weekday lunch specials”
  • 142 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.”
  • 125 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“It has so much history, food, and is open late. This casual music club never disappoints. ”
  • 127 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Chicago History Museum is in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, close to Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive. Interested in the Chicago fire history? The history of prohibition in Chicago? This is the place to start! Family friendly, excellent restaurant on-site, close to downtown. Don't miss it!”
  • 97 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“Au Cheval took Chicago by storm with its craveable burgers & fries. Small Cheval satisfies those cravings by serving only their burgers & fries.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“An all time favorite Tapas place. Always bustling, louder atmosphere and fun, diverse menu. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Garden
“Cold or rainy, take a walk through the beautiful flower & plant conservatory”
  • 64 locals recommend
Karaoke Bar
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“What really sets Lincoln Park apart is the area’s namesake park. That’s where you’ll find lushly landscaped grounds, the Lakefront Trail, Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Conservatory, North Avenue Beach, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago History Museum, Nature Boardwalk, Farm in the Zoo, Theater on the Lake — there’s enough here to spend an entire day (or weekend, or week) exploring. Lincoln Park is also a shopper’s paradise. The charming area around Armitage and Halsted is where you’ll find tons of beautiful boutiques lined up in historic row homes. Take a shopping break at Chicago’s own Vosges Haut-Chocolat, famous for their globally inspired flavors (try the absinthe and coconut ash truffle). Eateries in Lincoln Park are just as enticing, from the bustling energy of Goose Island Brew House and Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, to notoriously romantic fondue haven Geja’s Cafe and Michelin-starred Boka. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, reserve a table at ultra-acclaimed Alinea. It’s often named one of the best restaurants in the world, thanks to its avant-garde tasting menus and interactive presentation”
  • 57 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Not really a zoo, but has two awe inspiring live exhibits, butterflies and tropical birds. Lots of fun kid activities. Short walk from Lincoln Park Zoo, houses the winter farmers market every other Saturday morning from Oct. thru April. By North Pond, a great birding spot in spring and summer. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Bar
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“Map Room has wonderful beer selection. Cash is preferred but cards are accepted. Can get crowded quickly. So, if you want a seat, get there early!”
  • 79 locals recommend
Roof Deck
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“Grab a cocktail or a bite to eat at the top of the Lincoln hotel. It provides views of the lake, parks, and downtown. It's walking distance from the Zoo, North Ave beach, and the Lincoln Park famers market (sat 7am-1pm). ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
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“Craving some hot chocolate? This place gives you the most exquisite hot chocolate you can't even begin to imagine. MUST TRY for hot chocolate lovers!”
  • 75 locals recommend
Theatre
“See a play at Steppenwolf. You will not be disappointed! Great actors came from this theater, John Mahoney, Gary Sinese, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf...Plays are amazing and plenty of places to dine within walking distance of the theater.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Lines are long, the flat bread and salad are arguably better than the pizza!”
  • 47 locals recommend