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Things to do in Chicago

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
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“One of the biggest Museums in America with an amazing collection. The Modern Wing collections and Impressionists are my favorite. Also the best way to bring creative gift is to visit museum shop.”
  • 410 locals recommend
Zoo
“Free zoo! Great place to walk around even in the winter when they do zoo lights.”
  • 463 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Millennium Park is definitely worth seeing. You can find a lot of historic and modern sights, as well as the Chicago Art Institute in the park. During the summer time you can enjoy concerts, festivals and outdoor activities out there.”
  • 465 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Home of the Chicago Cubs. Take the red line to Wrigley Field. Make sure to get your photo under the iconic stadium sign.”
  • 398 locals recommend
Pier
“Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area.”
  • 313 locals recommend
Aquarium
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“Right on Lake Michigan, the Shedd Aquarium is a state of the art facility that makes a great day trip.”
  • 186 locals recommend
History Museum
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“Travel around the world, go back in time and discover things you never knew at The Field Museum.”
  • 193 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Mexican street food, plus margaritas & other drinks fuel a lively scene at this funky hangout.”
  • 377 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“The Magnificent Mile is Chicago’s premier commercial district. The vibrant, bustling area is home to upscale shops, luxe fashion outlets, cool restaurants and posh hotels. Landmarks include the historic Chicago Water Tower, the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower, the terracotta Wrigley Building skyscraper and the 100-story John Hancock Center, which has a rooftop observation deck with fine dining and panoramic city views.”
  • 222 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists. Exhibits are always changing.”
  • 169 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“Amazing live music and spoken word poetry. Historic gin joint originally owned by Al Capone. 2 blocks from Red Line at Argyle”
  • 256 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Money well spent...improv comedy show where many SNL alums got their start ”
  • 246 locals recommend
Café
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“Creative new american food, emphasis on seasonal farm-to-table ingredients.”
  • 251 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
“Only 2.5 miles away - "The Bean" at Millennium Park. A famous attraction with ice skating in the winter, a beautiful park in the summer. ”
  • 152 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“In fin de siècle Chicago, bars, inns, pubs and saloons were the principle community centers of their era, where the providing of drink, food and lodging gave patrons and travelers a sense of place that was accessible, appealing and attractive to folks of all stripes, both poor and rich. Longman & Eagle is an attempt to recapture that same spirit, tapping into the essential core of a city that has long been one of the world’s finest.”
  • 248 locals recommend
Science Museum
“This place is huge; plan to spend the day here. Exhibits are always changing.”
  • 148 locals recommend

Top-rated experiences

Top restaurants

Taco Place
“Mexican street food, plus margaritas & other drinks fuel a lively scene at this funky hangout.”
  • 377 locals recommend
Café
“Creative new american food, emphasis on seasonal farm-to-table ingredients.”
  • 251 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“In fin de siècle Chicago, bars, inns, pubs and saloons were the principle community centers of their era, where the providing of drink, food and lodging gave patrons and travelers a sense of place that was accessible, appealing and attractive to folks of all stripes, both poor and rich. Longman & Eagle is an attempt to recapture that same spirit, tapping into the essential core of a city that has long been one of the world’s finest.”
  • 248 locals recommend
Brewery
“Renovated warehouse in Logan Square serving up house-brewed suds & inventive bar bites. Great food and beer!”
  • 204 locals recommend
Fried Chicken Joint
“This is a great hangout either winter or summer. This place has a slushy machine with rotating drinks but their standard is a Frozen Negroni”
  • 201 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“This is literally one of my all-time favorite restaurants with exceptional food! I highly recommend the burger with added thick-cut bacon and the duck heart gravy dish. Wait time to get in Au Cheval can take up to 2 hours but it is worth the wait!! The Haymarket brewery right across from Au Cheval is a great place to wait while having a drink.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“A cozy bar in the Logan Square neighborhood. It has a fireplace and serves cocktails. ”
  • 159 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Visit the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock building for one of the best views of the city. ”
  • 157 locals recommend

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