Welcome to The Local Tourist

We have a simple goal: we want you to experience the fascination of a tourist while feeling the comfort of the local. Our primary focus is on things to do in Chicago with satellite sites in Milwaukee and San Diego. Now, we're expanding to cover even more tourist destinations. Stay tuned as we help you be a Local Tourist, no matter where you are!

Red truck on an open road

Gas is one of the biggest expenses of any road trip. If you're taking a road trip, here's how you can use a free app to find the best gas prices and save money.

The Local Tourist Guides

Carillon at Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is an oasis in the northern Chicago suburb of Glencoe. The 385-acre attraction features over 2.5 million plants that represent nearly 10,000 varieties.

Ultimate Guide to Navy Pier in Chicago

The Local Tourist's Guide to Navy Pier is the ultimate resource for one of Chicago's most popular attractions.

The Local Tourist's Guide to the Chicago Air & Water Show

This is the most comprehensive, ultimate guide to the Chicago Air & Water Show available. Includes where to watch, who's performing, how to get there, and where to stay.

Recent News & Views

Chuy’s - the Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant known for its made-from-scratch dishes, fresh-squeezed lime juice margaritas, and fun-loving, eclectic atmosphere – opened its first Chicagoland locatio


I have a pretty fun story for you which ends with FREE HOT DOGS.


Maison Marcel

This year's Bastille Day brought with it many a celebration of all things French, including the opening of Lakeview's newest food scene addition, French bakery Maison Marcel. Vive La France!


In Lincoln Square you can experience a superb, sultry, and sexy version of traditional Argentine tango culture at Artango Bar & Steakhouse.


Red truck on an open road

Gas is one of the biggest expenses of any road trip. If you're taking a road trip, here's how you can use a free app to find the best gas prices and save money.


At Wrigley BBQ, the fresh meats are rubbed with a homemade spice blend then wood smoked for up to 20 hours over oak, apple, hickory & cherry woods. It is the real deal. Made with love.


Recently on Drive By Towns

is our companion site that's all about small towns and two lane gems, hosted by TLT's founder Theresa Goodrich.

Jim and Theresa at Joshua Tree overlooking the Salton Sea

Our night in Winslow was gloriously uneventful. We booked a cheap motel instead of camping as originally planned, found a local pizza buffet, and by 8 o’clock I was in bed. GLORIOUS, I tell you.

Petroglyph National Monument and more stuff carved into rocks

When a couple has driven more than 2100 miles and spent a day and a half of the past eight in the car, what could possibly make that couple turn around and go the opposite direction?

Red Horse Vineyard Bed and Breakfast in Albuquerque New Mexico

Before I introduce you to Red Horse Vineyard Bed & Breakfast I have to warn you: I am going to be so blatantly over-the-top and my prose so filled with hyperbole that you’ll think I’ve gone on

Rio Bravo Brewing Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Beer is big in Albuquerque. It’s so big they have a Brewery District. Capital B. Capital D.