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.

Experiences you might enjoy

Here are some activities hosted by locals that would help you explore the city.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Wrigley Field
1060 W Addison St
474local recommendations
Joe
Joe says “Situated in the middle of the restaurants, bars and homes of Wrigleyville is legendary Wrigley Field...” ·
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2. The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave
404local recommendations
Rosalind
Rosalind says “This is hands down my favorite museum in Chicago. Spend an hour or a whole day here. Between the soa...” ·
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3. Big Star
1531 N Damen Ave
319local recommendations
Dave & Tracy
Dave & Tracy says “Fantastic gourmet tacos and margaritas. Lines in the summer can leave people waiting 2 hours for a t...” ·
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4. Longman & Eagle
2657 N Kedzie Ave
204local recommendations
Danielle
Danielle says “Longman and Eagle is an awesome boutique hotel, food and bar in the heart of Logan Square. Known fo...” ·
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5. Revolution Brewing
2323 N Milwaukee Ave
186local recommendations
Brendan
Brendan says “Awesome Local Brewery with Great Food and Character in Logan Square Revolution Brewing is a brewery ...” ·
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6. Lula Cafe
2537 N Kedzie Ave
192local recommendations
Danielle
Danielle says “Lula Cafe is one of my neighborhood favorites and seems to be local's number one spot for new Americ...” ·
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7. The Second City
1616 N Wells St
227local recommendations
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8. The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway
193local recommendations
Jake
Jake says “Swinging sounds are on tap nightly, from big-name artists to local late-night jam sessions. This ico...” ·
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9. Lincoln Park
2001 N Clark St
447local recommendations
Laura
Laura says “Lincoln Park Zoo is a free 35-acre zoo located in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was fou...” ·
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10. The Violet Hour
1520 N Damen Ave
176local recommendations
Dave & Tracy
Dave & Tracy says “Fantastic speakeasy, recently named the best cocktail bar in the USA! Sometimes hard to find amidst ...” ·
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11. Parson's Chicken & Fish - Logan Square
2952 W Armitage Ave
164local recommendations
Nick
Nick says “Parson's has it all. Amish Fried Chicken (check), Pimento Toast (check) and two dollar Old Milwaukee...” ·
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12. The Logan Theatre
2646 N Milwaukee Ave
154local recommendations
Imran
Imran says “Originally built in 1915, this theater was recently restored. Theaters are small, but the movies are...” ·
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13. Au Cheval
800 W Randolph St
138local recommendations
Matthew
Matthew says “Do yourself a favor and get the best burger of your life at Au Chaval. Chase it with a pickle back....” ·
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14. North Avenue Beach
1600 N Lake Shore Dr
150local recommendations
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15. Millennium Park
369local recommendations
Tana
Tana says “Go see the famous "bean" and take a picture! This 24.5-acre park features Frank Gehry's Pritzker Pa...” ·
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16. Piece Brewery
1927 W North Ave
132local recommendations
Sean
Sean says “This is a fun restaurant that brews their own beer (and it’s all super tasty), and makes some great ...” ·
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17. Soldier Field
1410 Museum Campus Dr
136local recommendations
Mary Joan
Mary Joan says “Soldier Field is so close to us I love it! We go to see the Bears, concerts and festivals. This year...” ·
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18. Hopleaf
5148 N Clark St
134local recommendations
Rick
Rick says “The impeccable selection of Belgian and U.S. craft beers perfectly complements an elevated bar menu ...” ·
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19. Girl & The Goat
809 W Randolph St
129local recommendations
Allison
Allison says “Stephanie Izard is a great chef with a few Chicago restaurants (Little Goat Diner & Duck Duck Goat)....” ·
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20. Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
2051 N California Ave
118local recommendations
Emily
Emily says “Our favorite pie and biscuit shop, Bang Bang is a must stop before jumping on the train to head down...” ·
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21. The Whistler
2421 N Milwaukee Ave
100local recommendations
Rose
Rose says “Small but super trendy. Good drinks, backyard court in summer. Recently "dressed up" as the Star War...” ·
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22. Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Dr
107local recommendations
Joe
Joe says “You gotta check out the Planetarium! Learn about space and awesome stuff like that! It is a GORGEOUS...” ·
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23. Kingston Mines
2548 N Halsted St
107local recommendations
Gillian
Gillian says “One of my all time favorite bars in the city! Great dive bar that has two stages with live old schoo...” ·
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24. Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S Lake Shore Dr
195local recommendations
Tana
Tana says “Founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian ...” ·
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25. Lakefront Trail
Lakefront Trail
93local recommendations
Rose
Rose says “Access 18 miles of the lake, various beaches, trails, and parkland. Take Belmont bus east to Belmont...” ·
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26. The Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Ave
99local recommendations
Hannah
Hannah says “This is a dive bar and one of the best venues to see live music in the city. It has distinctly punk ...” ·
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27. The Boiler Room
2210 N California Ave
98local recommendations
Julie
Julie says “Great place for vegan pizza just a quick 15 minute walk away. Vegan slices on Tuesday nights or grab...” ·
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28. McCormick Place
2301 S King Dr
91local recommendations
Jen & Kris
Jen & Kris says “The premier convention facility in North America. Located just minutes from downtown Chicago, McCorm...” ·
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29. Reno
2607 N Milwaukee Ave
81local recommendations
Sarah
Sarah says “Fab casual fare morning, noon and night! An in-house coal-fire oven toasts bagels, pasta and pizzas ...” ·
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30. Pequod's Pizza
2207 N Clybourn Ave
90local recommendations
Brendan
Brendan says “My Favorite Deep Dish Pizza In Chicago! Casual, brick-walled pizza pub where deep-dish pies with car...” ·