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!

Something incredible happened this week at the Observation Deck atop the John Hanco

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.


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.


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Something incredible happened this week at the Observation Deck atop the John Hanco


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.


The Blanchard offers a delightful French-themed escape from the crowds in Lincoln Park.


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.