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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.

General Entertainment
“Historic improv and comedy school. Many SNL cast members have come from here. Good for improv.”
  • 239 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
Roof Deck
“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
“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
American Restaurant
“Really light filled, expansive eatery serving fresh California favorites with a really great brunch and treat counter.”
  • 62 locals recommend
“15th best restaurant in the world with 3 Michelin stars. Doing some crazy inventive food experiences. Very expensive and often hard to get a table. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Comedy Club
“Historic comedy club with stand-up every night of the week. You may not know the names of the headliners but you’re going to laugh. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Sports Bar
“Younger crowds, but great dance music, good for groups and meeting new people.”
  • 33 locals recommend
“Great sports bar with a large selection of beers and more big screen TVs than you can count!”
  • 30 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“Famous restaurant known for its ribs. Also walking distance from the Airbnb. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Incredible Italian fare and great service. This mom and pop shop is the best spot for casual Italian in the city!”
  • 40 locals recommend
“Wells Street in Old Town between Division Street and North Avenue is 4 blocks of amazing restaurants all within walking distance. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Open 24x7 with a ton of tables and always a crowd. Two usually clean bathrooms. Good view of North Ave & Wells. Frequent visits by the CPD to get coffee.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Taco Place
“Great Taco's and drinks Casual bar feel. Sometimes there is a wait time. Price: $$ Attire: Casual; trendy”
  • 26 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Great for breakfast, and BYOB! Go early or expect a line on weekends as it's a neighborhood favorite!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“It has classic & creative pies plus cocktails served in a warehouse setting with tire swings & Airstreams. Nice patio seating and always a fun time. ”
  • 21 locals recommend