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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.
Art Museum
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“One of the biggest Museums in America with an amazing collection. The Modern Wing collections and Impressionists are my favorite. Also the best way to bring creative gift is to visit museum shop.”
  • 408 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Zoo in a 20 minute walk or 10 minute Lyft ride. Don't forget the Petting Zoo for the kids ”
  • 464 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Millennium Park is definitely worth seeing. You can find a lot of historic and modern sights, as well as the Chicago Art Institute in the park. During the summer time you can enjoy concerts, festivals and outdoor activities out there.”
  • 466 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field is a historic stadium that forms the centerpiece of Wrigleyville. The stadium features a hand-turned scoreboard and red marquee. While Wrigley Field is mainly used for baseball, occasionally other sports and concerts are hosted. The area around Wrigley Field has many restaurants and bars as well as its own little park that often has festivals or other events going on.”
  • 394 locals recommend
Pier
“Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area.”
  • 317 locals recommend
Aquarium
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“Even if you're not interested in the fishes, you still MUST come here to see the view of Chicago! ”
  • 183 locals recommend
History Museum
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“Chicago has world class museums, and Field is my personal favorite. The building is beautiful, the setting is impeccable, and the exhibits are informative as you'd expect. They have things to entertain children as well, like the IMAX. If you're into museums, put this one on your list. ”
  • 191 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Best & most crowded patio in the city in the heart of wicker park neighborhood; good tacos, great whiskey list and killer margaritas”
  • 377 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Chicago's classic shopping area. There are a ton of stores all along Michigan Ave.”
  • 219 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Leaning on the provocative contemporary art and culture, MCA features new exhibitions every month ranging from all sort of different arts from around the world.”
  • 168 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“Feels like a time warp; open late! Al Capone had a booth here and the bootlegging tunnels still run under the building. We recommend visiting on Tuesday nights for the Fat Babies or Saturday afternoons for the Paper Machete variety hour. ”
  • 254 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Just over 2.5 miles away: The world's premier comedy club, comedy theater, and school of improvisation. Live shows every night. Famous alumni include: Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Steve Carell, Chris Farley, Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephen Colbert, Jim Belushi, Cecily Strong and so many more. ”
  • 245 locals recommend
Café
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“The gourmet restaurant that kick started Logan Square. This locally owned favorite is elegant and up style. It happens to be right on the square, surrounded by shops and fun people watching.”
  • 249 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
“Only 2.5 miles away - "The Bean" at Millennium Park. A famous attraction with ice skating in the winter, a beautiful park in the summer. ”
  • 155 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Foodies and gourmet buff will like this place. Has a full bar, tavern style, and high end food offerings. This place is upbeat and often loud on Friday's and Saturdays -- but exciting if you're in the mood to celebrate.”
  • 248 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Our favorite Chicago museum! In Hyde Park. Open 9:30am - 4pm with occasional extended hours. ”
  • 144 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Taco Place
“Best & most crowded patio in the city in the heart of wicker park neighborhood; good tacos, great whiskey list and killer margaritas”
  • 377 locals recommend
Café
“The gourmet restaurant that kick started Logan Square. This locally owned favorite is elegant and up style. It happens to be right on the square, surrounded by shops and fun people watching.”
  • 249 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Foodies and gourmet buff will like this place. Has a full bar, tavern style, and high end food offerings. This place is upbeat and often loud on Friday's and Saturdays -- but exciting if you're in the mood to celebrate.”
  • 248 locals recommend
Brewery
“Beer brewing on premises, 15+ fresh varieties on tap. Great pub food. If it's crowded, wait in the front and order bacon/parmesean popcorn or giant hot Bavarian pretzels.”
  • 201 locals recommend
Fried Chicken Restaurant
“One of the best places to be in the summer! Huge outdoor patio. Enjoy the famous negroni slushi while playing ping pong with friends!”
  • 201 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“West Loop- Best Burger in hopping restaurant district in Chicago with great craft cocktails. Prepare for a wait, try the Lone Wolf next door for a cocktail. ”
  • 170 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Great cocktails and food. Don’t leave before midnight when chocolate chip cookies are served.”
  • 158 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Instead of the uber expensive restaurant, head up to the lounge on the 96th floor of the Hancock building and get an incredible view. (Our favorite/cheapest sightseeing hack!) Enjoy specialties, sweets or drinks.”
  • 155 locals recommend

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