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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.
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
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
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
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
Jewellery Store
“Interesting mall that was made popular in the 80s and 90s. Worth seeing for the architecture, but the shopping is just so so in the building. Better served walking up/down Michigan Ave”
  • 94 locals recommend
Building
“There's a signature room, you can grab a drink at the top and find great views at the discounted price of one drink, smoothie, beer or wine! Great sunset pictures.”
  • 150 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“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
Building
“My personal favorite view of Chicago. You can see the entire lake shore and even part of Indiana! It has a restaurant on the 95th floor, Cocktail bar on the 96th, and the top floor is the viewing with the Chicago Tilt! ”
  • 78 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Beach
“Looking for a day for some fun in the sun? Enjoy Oak St beach right down the way, go get some sand in your toes! ”
  • 78 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
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“Mario Batali's Italian specialty store and food hall. The cannoli are worth the trip alone. You can get tons of gifts and rare wines and delicious food. A bit touristy for sure, but stands up to the hype. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Hot Dog Restaurant
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“Chicago-born chain for hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches & more, plus beer & wine, in retro digs.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Chicago Renowned Steaks. Hugo’s Frog Bar is also A+ and hey share a kitchen. Hugo’s for Fish, Gibson’s for Steak. Lots of Suits Frequent this place! Exceptional food and service. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
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“Want a dimly-lit spot with a level creativity, experienced bartenders that's off the map? This is the place.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Expanded outpost of a famed pork & wine specialist with an open kitchen & a chic, airy setting.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Waterfront
“Take a stroll down the river walk for a brief getaway from all the noise of downtown. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Perhaps the best thing to do when visiting Chicago if the weather permits. The boat architecture tour is amazing, get the sunset cruise tickets.”
  • 70 locals recommend

Top restaurants

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
Gourmet Shop
“Mario Batali's Italian specialty store and food hall. The cannoli are worth the trip alone. You can get tons of gifts and rare wines and delicious food. A bit touristy for sure, but stands up to the hype. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Hot Dog Restaurant
“Chicago-born chain for hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches & more, plus beer & wine, in retro digs.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Chicago Renowned Steaks. Hugo’s Frog Bar is also A+ and hey share a kitchen. Hugo’s for Fish, Gibson’s for Steak. Lots of Suits Frequent this place! Exceptional food and service. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
“Want a dimly-lit spot with a level creativity, experienced bartenders that's off the map? This is the place.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Expanded outpost of a famed pork & wine specialist with an open kitchen & a chic, airy setting.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Our favorite Chicago style pizza! Amazing! There are several locations. Order in by ordering on line (easiest) or enjoy the restaurant with a cold beer! ”
  • 48 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Make a reservation and venture to the Fulton Market neighborhood if you like beer, pork, and oysters, as that's what they serve at the Publican.”
  • 53 locals recommend

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