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!

Chicago Summer Beer Events

Chicago's craft beer scene is AMAZING. There are over 175 Chicago-area breweries, which should tell you just how much Chicagoans love their beer.

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

Chicago Summer Beer Events

Chicago's craft beer scene is AMAZING. There are over 175 Chicago-area breweries, which should tell you just how much Chicagoans love their beer.


Patio season is finally upon us, and Chicagoans have begun to flock to their favorite outdoor spots for dining, drinking, and people watching.


Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago's DCASE (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) hosts a Chicago Riverwalk kick-off celebration that highlights how much fun you can expect to have this summer.


In a little over two weeks, you can have too good of a time for two days at the


First Drive-in Theater in Camden, New Jersey in 1933

Southern California's beautiful weather makes it the perfect place for outdoor movies. If you're looking for a fun and affordable night out, here are San Diego's drive-in movie theaters.


Craft Cocktails at Apogee Lounge Chicago

Apogee Lounge is the swanky new rooftop bar at the Dana Hotel. Occupying the gorgeous space that once housed the popular Vertigo Sky Lounge, the 26th floor indoor/outdoor spot has undergone a complete refresh under the new management of The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group