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The Humans

There is a notion rumbling around the internet that the number one killer of relationships is not arguments about money or sex but unmet expectations.  Whether with a partner or a friend, a parent or a child, individuals can have vastly different ideas about the way a relationship should go.

Japanese Gardens in Balboa Park

TripAdvisor Attractions allows you to book attractions, tours, and experiences directly from their platform. Here's how to use it to be a Local Tourist.

buried cars

On the way out of Tonopah, Nevada, we saw a warning sign: “Next Gas Station - 94 miles.” That in no uncertain terms meant it was going to be a long drive, but we had one more stop to make before shooting straight down

The Local Tourist founder and publisher, Theresa L. Goodrich, enjoying some bubbly on the Verde Canyon Railroad

The Local Tourist is the 19th top travel blog in the world for 2018, according to The site, run by world-renowned photographer and travel writer Gary Arndt, ranked more than 250 websites.

The close-up magic bar, featuring the bump out.

The Chicago Magic Lounge opens Thursday and features close-up magic and world-class illusionists - if you can find it.

Rosemary grilled chicken with organic farro mushroom risotto, capers, crispy brussel sprouts, and grilled focaccia from the Draft Room at Kings in Rosemont, Illinois

The Draft Room at Kings Dining & Entertainment in Rosemont defies bowling alley food stereotypes.

Gardar Thor Cortes (“The Phantom”) and Meghan Picerno (“Christine Daaé”) star in Love Never Dies. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

"Love Never Dies" at Cadillac Palace Theatre is a stunning production with an exemplary cast, even if the plot is a bit predictable.

Jim and Theresa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

364 days ago at 8:37 a.m. my husband and I pulled onto Big Timber Road. As we drove out of the parking lot I went through the checklist in my mind, but I knew that if we'd forgotten anything, well, we were out of luck. For the next 31 days, we would be exploring America.

A young girl peeks at Mesa Verde's Spruce Tree House

The day’s agenda had one item: Mesa Verde National Park. Once again, we had no idea where we were sleeping that night, although we did know it would be someplace with plumbing. We were getting Stinky. Capital S.

City Winery Chicago

Free tickets, anyone? Hop aboard the Comp Train, Goldstar’s popular promotion that features complimentary tickets to tons of fun events throughout the country.

Wrigley Field Concerts

There's something about seeing a concert at Wrigley Field, and this year music fans have nine dates to see some of the the biggest names in music. Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band, and special guest Boz Scaggs, will start the season, followed by Def Leppard and Journey.

Loews Chicago Hotel

Snowmaggedon 2018 is on its way. Instead of suffering through a painful drive home, Loews Chicago wants you to stay nice and warm inside their Streeterville hotel.

Goblin State Park in Southern Utah

We left Burr Trail Road, land of switchbacks and slot canyons and really nice pit toilets, and headed north through Capitol Reef National Park on Notom-Bullfrog Road.

Hotel del Coronado with a seagull flying overhead in San Diego

Explore unique San Diego things to do, as well as popular tourist attractions.

Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show takes place at McCormick Place every February. We've got tips to help you get the most out of your visit.

Chicago Ale Fest - You are Beertiful

Chicago is super-rich with beer fests during the warmer months of the year. In the winter? Not so much. It makes January even sadder, colder, and lonelier for the craft beer fan. 

Enter Chicago Ale Fest.

Field Museum of Natural History

If you're looking for free days at the Field Museum of Natural History, they're here! For the third year in a row, one of the best museums in the country is free for the entire month of February for Illinois residents.

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