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Theresa Carter is the founder and publisher of The Local Tourist. 

About Me

Theresa’s job is telling people where to go – literally. As the founder and publisher of The Local Tourist, she’s made a living out of finding and recommending the best places to go and things to do. After moving to Chicago in 2001 she turned her degree in Journalism and her passion for exploring her new home into a neighborhood-oriented website that would help people get the most out of the Windy City. This earned her a spot on the NBC Street Team and as one of the initial bloggers on the Chicago Tribune’s ChicagoNow network. She’s also won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement for Alternate Media/New Media Interactivity.

The popular Bud Light Stage at the 36th Annual Taste of Chicago will offer five days of top performances from up-and-coming as well as established Chicago artists, July 6–10 in Grant Park.

31ST CHICAGO GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL HEADLINERS INCLUDE HEZEKIAH WALKER, TRAVIS GREEN, SHIRLEY CAESAR, BRIAN COURTNEY WILSON, CHICAGO MASS CHOIR AND MANY MORE
The festival will feature gospel music performances June 3–4 in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center plus gospel music programming throughout the year

Champagne for Two

Valentine's Day is approaching quickly! Chicago hotels are sharing the love with hotel packages offering massages, breakfast in bed, carriage rides in downtown Chicago, and rose petals everywhere.

CHICAGO, IL (August 20, 2015) --- Foodseum, the city’s first food museum, will open its doors to visitors on Saturday, September 19 at Block 37, 108 N. State St.

Mr. Submarine

For forty years has been serving sandwiches to Chicagoans.

Bacci Pizza Eating Contest

Enter Bacci's Pizza Eating Contest and win up to $1,000 cash on Saturday, September 26, 2015. To enter visit any Bacci location.

Fire Spinner/photo by Milosh Kosanovich

If you're only going to make it to one this year, this Sunday's

The View from North Pond Nature Conservatory

When you're in an urban center like Chicago it's good to get out and say hello to Mother Nature.

My Itineraries

Itineraries I've created or of which I'm a member.