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!

Horseback Riding

You may not expect to find horseback riding in Chicago, but there are actually a few places in the surrounding area where you can ride a trail.

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.


The Local Tourist's Guide to Navy Pier

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


Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1

Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1 is a love letter to America. Based on a 6,500-mile road trip through thirteen states, this book is part memoir and part travel guide. Whether you’re an armchair explorer or looking for your next adventure, you’ll be entertained and inspired.


Recent News & Views

Horseback Riding

You may not expect to find horseback riding in Chicago, but there are actually a few places in the surrounding area where you can ride a trail.


The early bird gets the... Beer! You're invited to try a craft beer for every letter of the alphabet at AlphaBeer XVI.


Irish American Heritage Festival

The Irish American Heritage Festival returns this July for the 32nd year. This is not your average run-o-the-mill weekend summer fest in Chicago. There’s a reason St.


AIRE

AIRE, a sleek lounge at the top of Hyatt Centric, is back for another season of breezy cocktailing. Chin-chin!


#MTFM

Make Time For Music (and Wente wine!) What drives your passion? Is that passion a daily exercise? A winemaker's challenge to make time for things we love came alive at City Winery last week.