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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
  • 1 Experience
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.”
  • 476 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
Zoo
“Very relaxing places to walk up and down near the lakefront. Contains multiple gardens, the zoo, butterfly zoo, exhibits, bird sanctuary food choices and lakes. ”
  • 464 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“You don't have to be a baseball fan to fall in love with Wrigley Field. Seeing the Cubbies play makes a memorable day. Have a hot dog and enjoy one of the oldest and most famous baseball stadiums in the world. ”
  • 390 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
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.”
  • 326 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
History Museum
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“The field Museum has information about natural history science. It includes exhibitions on dinosaurs, ancient artifacts, cultures, and advancements in science. The Museum is open 9 am - 5 pm everyday. It is open day except Christmas. Last admission is a 4 pm. Basic admission for non-Illinois residents $26 / adult, $19 / children ( 3 -11), and Senior and Students are $23 / person. Kids will really enjoy this museum!”
  • 197 locals recommend
Aquarium
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“Excellent aquarium if you have a love for marine life! During the summer Wednesday nights feature live Jazz music on the patio where you can enjoy a cocktail & the beautiful Chicago skyline for only $24.95 a person.”
  • 191 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Big Star is a bourbon and beer-focused, taco-slinging, late-night honky-tonk in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park and Wrigleyville neighborhoods. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Chris Miller’s menu, inspired by authentic Mexican street food, is complemented by an extensive house-selected single barrel bourbon program. Housed in a defunct 1940's gas station, the Wicker Park taqueria’s soundtrack of classic country and rock & roll is selected and spun by bar staff. They operate on a first come, first serve basis and don't take reservations. The corner of North Ave. and Damen Ave. (1531 N. Damen Ave.).”
  • 378 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Chicago’s shopping district. Lots of stores and restaurants with many flagship store locations. Easy to get to from the redline. Driving here is not recommended. Take the train or taxi/Uber.”
  • 212 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
“Must see if this is your first time to Chicago. Take the #6 Bus or the Metra direct to the heart of the city where this is located. ”
  • 155 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
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
Building
“Offering spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits and…The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower!”
  • 115 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“The world's first name in live laughter! Come see the next generation of comedy superstars 7 days a week.”
  • 240 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The Museum of Science Industry is one of the largest science museums in the world. It holds 1000's of hands on exhibits that helps people learn how things work. This museum is interactive and fun for kids. It houses a U-505 German Submarine that you can walk through. The museum is open daily from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Basic admission for adults (ages 12+) is $22 / person and children (3-11) is $13 / child. ”
  • 140 locals recommend
Café
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“Neighborhood spot for over 25 years, if you’re not an early bird then plan to wait for a bit, almost always a line out the door, just around the circle at the south end. ”
  • 247 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“An iconic favorite here in Chicago! Best place for visiting to listen to awesome jazz performers. It is a local favorite and famous for its history. ”
  • 248 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Taco Place
“Big Star is a bourbon and beer-focused, taco-slinging, late-night honky-tonk in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park and Wrigleyville neighborhoods. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Chris Miller’s menu, inspired by authentic Mexican street food, is complemented by an extensive house-selected single barrel bourbon program. Housed in a defunct 1940's gas station, the Wicker Park taqueria’s soundtrack of classic country and rock & roll is selected and spun by bar staff. They operate on a first come, first serve basis and don't take reservations. The corner of North Ave. and Damen Ave. (1531 N. Damen Ave.).”
  • 378 locals recommend
Café
“Neighborhood spot for over 25 years, if you’re not an early bird then plan to wait for a bit, almost always a line out the door, just around the circle at the south end. ”
  • 247 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“I take ALL of my out of town visitors here for breakfast. It’s my fave. Excellent dinner too, especially for foodies who want to try something different. ”
  • 242 locals recommend
Brewery
“I'd probably just go here while you are shopping or out in Wicker Park but they brew a local beer (and it's great).”
  • 203 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“This is by far my top recommendation to anyone visiting, and even if you live here it's a top spot. Know for having one of the best burgers in the country, you will have to get your name in early to the wait list as there are no reservations here. The reward is very much worth the wait! Plus, waiting means you have more time to explore West Loop!”
  • 167 locals recommend
Fried Chicken Restaurant
“Best fried chicken in town, great cocktails (known for boozy slushies), great patio and a good delivery option as well. About a mile south and east ”
  • 204 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“The John Hancock not only has an Observation Deck, but they have a restaurant on the 95th floor AND a less known about lounge on the 96th floor if you want the views without the dinner price tag. ”
  • 153 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Delicious, American fare in hip environment. Chef Stephanie Izzard is famous for winning Bravo's Top Chef.”
  • 138 locals recommend

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