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How to be a Local Tourist

The Local Tourist has a simple goal: we want you to experience the fascination of a tourist while feeling the comfort of the local, no matter where you are.

The ramen every college student loved and survived on has graduated. Strings Ramen in Chinatown is where you need to go to experience traditional Japanese Ramen with a group of friends. The menu at Strings is endless and has something for everyone's tastes.

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Donates 100% of Sales to Kenwood Academy High School

Javier pouring cucumber jalepeno margarita

210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge (210 Green Bay Road, Highwood, IL 60040; telephone: 847-433-0304) is steadily earning a reputation as the sought-after restaurant and live music venue on Chic

Hotel Intercontinental

The Magnificent Mile is known for shopping, but it's also steeped in Chicago's past. The city originated here, with its first non-Native inhabitant where Pioneer Court now stands.

African Lion at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo is offering free days through February, including the weekends.

Free Days at Chicago Museums

It's the beginning of a new year! If checking out Chicago's museums is on your list of things do this year then this is the month to do it.

Sommelier for a Day at III Forks

Being a certified sommelier is no joke. It requires patience, dedication, a refined palate, and the ability and desire to taste lots and lots (and lots!) of wine.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

February may be the shortest month of the year, but you can still pack plenty into a few weeks.

Chi-Town Rising

Happy New Year! As a local tourist, I was able to experience the second annual Chi-Town Rising, Chicago’s version of the ball drop in Times Square.

Christmas Trees

San Diego Christmas tree recycling is available at 16 locations through January 23, 2017.

Chicago Christmas Tree Recycling

Chicago Christmas tree recycling is available at 24 locations from January 3, 2017, through January 21, 2017. You can also pick up free mulch at six locations.

Harvest Moon

This New Year's Eve, Wicker Park hot-spot    offers one of

Chicago Park District Free Fitness Week Pool Exercises

The Chicago Park District offers Free Fitness Week January 9 - 15, 2017. Get free admission to 73 fitness center locations in Chicago.

Grilled Atlantic Salmon at Nacional 27

This cold, cold January warm up with a trip to River North's hottest Latin American restaurant,

Festival Spreads Its Wings, Adding More Space, More Restaurants at UIC Pavilion

Got beef for National Hamburger Day? Chop, the chic “everyman’s” steakhouse, has that situation under control.

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