Schwinn bicycles on island in Fox River, Elgin
Recently I met several couples who were in Ridgeland, Mississippi for a tandem bicycle rally. During this event, they'd ride anywhere from 25 to 65 miles each of the three days. They were all my age...

about The Local Tourist

The Local Tourist explores unique destinations, focusing on culture, background, beauty, and sheer awesomeness. Subjects that get nearly equal levels of obsession include, but are not limited to, anything outdoors, anything that can be eaten, art, history, architecture, and anything with an ABV above 3%. There’s no subtlety and no drama, but there is definitely a whole lotta kitsch and unmitigated, unabashed enthusiasm.

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You might say I'm a wee-bit Type-A. I want everything organized. I feel a jolt of glee every time I check a color-coded box - and it is always color-coded.


Author Theresa L. Goodrich at Elgin Winter Wonderland

We walked into the bookstore. It was the same one I'd entered a year and three months prior, the one where, for the first time, I envisioned my book on a shelf.


One of the most spectacular places in the US is the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.


Mississippi Crafts Center

With all of the tools at our fingertips nowadays, travel planning is simultaneously easy and overwhelming.


The Midwestern cities of West Lafayette and Lafayette, Indiana, are home to Purdue University, but they also have much more to offer than a college experience. Check out these reasons to visit Lafayette.


Bruno's Pizza and Big O's Sports Room in West Lafayette, Indiana, is a must-visit if you like pizza, sports, and family-owned businesses.


Why you should visit this elegant and rustic winery in Lafayette, Indiana, featuring local and regional varietals.


Unless you're a Hoosier (a.k.a. current or former resident of Indiana), if you've heard of West Lafayette, Indiana, it's likely because of Purdue University.


On our drive through Arizona we’d felt like soggy versions of Pig-Pen, stalked by rain inste


The Local Tourist Guides

We've been sharing things to do in Chicago for 16 years, so we know a thing or two about the Windy City.

Free Things To Do in Chicago

Chicago Skyline from Skydeck

Here's an obvious statement: exploring Chicago can be expensive. But it doesn't have to be, and just because you're on a budget, doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun things to do.

Things to do in Chicago

There are so many things to do in Chicago, it's hard to know where to start. It's a world-class city with world-class attractions.