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Things to do in Chicago

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.
Pizza Place
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“So many options on tap and delicious pizza. They offer a dinner and lunch menu. I would recommend the New Haven Style pizza if you go!”
  • 152 locals recommend
Beach
“The lakefront path is a great place to walk, run, hang out, swim along Lake Michigan. ”
  • 124 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. Dedicated in 1927, it is one of the largest fountains in the world. Built in a rococo wedding cake style and inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, it is meant to allegorically represent Lake Michigan. ”
  • 93 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Hot spot with small innovative plates. Reservations needed months in advance. ”
  • 137 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Pequod's Pizza specializes in Chicago Deep Dish Pizza with a caramelized crust .  ”
  • 146 locals recommend
Pie Shop
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“Wicker Park-Best Pies hands down, worth the trip! Think, gramma's kitchen, where you can only get the pie of the day. Each day they bake a choice of three different pies so on any given day, your choices will not be the same as yesterday. ”
  • 140 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“This is my favorite jazz spot, which is saying a lot in a city that regularly churns out famous jazz musicians. It’s just barely dingy enough to be taken seriously, but not even close to dingy enough that you question whether you should eat there. They’re open until at least 4 AM every night, cover is cheap (~$15), and it’s always lively and hoppin. Even the kitchen is open late! They got everything right at Kingston Mines.”
  • 123 locals recommend
Museum
“Only a short L ride away. Two stops and a 5 minute walk will get you there. Plus it's free!”
  • 82 locals recommend
Garden
“All of your guidebooks will tell you about the Bean, the Skydeck at Willis Tour and Wrigley Field. This is a real gem and completely off the radar. Either take an Uber or use the CTA trains. Please note the area surrounding is a tad rough.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Well-known Chicago dive bar/live music venue primarily for indie bands. Cash only.”
  • 118 locals recommend
Fountain
“Beautiful site near Lake Michigan on lake shore drive water taxi available during summer months ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Trail
“A great place for a bike ride, long walk, or a run. The 606 is a 2.7 mile stretch of elevated trail, free of cars, that runs through Wicker Park and Bucktown. Super green scenery and beautiful local artwork. Directly in the middle is a 3-story art studio that is open to the public. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Bar
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“"Circa-1937 bar with a revamped yet still retro space & a huge list of old-fashioned cocktails." ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
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“Tiki bar in festive tropical digs with a thatched roof & booths, 275 varieties of rum & Asian eats.”
  • 103 locals recommend