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!

August Free Festivals in Chicago

Once we hit August it may feel like summer's almost over, but there's still a full month to enjoy. And what a month it is!

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.

Ultimate Guide to Navy Pier in Chicago

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.

Recent News & Views

Hyatt Centric Aire Rooftop - Fire Pit

Chicago's a beautiful city, and it's even more lovely from above. For a cool scene on a hot summer day check out downtown Chicago's best rooftop bars.


Waterriders Sunset Kayak on the Chicago River

Save more than 35% on a kayak tour that's "a truly one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience" (Travel + Leisure).

Arun's Thai Restaurant

Arun’s Thai Restaurant, along with numerous restaurants across the country, will carry on the late Chef Charlie Trotter’s spirit with special menu items embodying the Trotter style during the

Learn how to plan a road trip with roadtrippers. This free tool makes planning a road trip easy, and can even show you how much gas will cost.

Chicago Air & Water Show

If you're going to watch the 2017 Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend you don't have to fight the crowds for blanket space.

Recently on Drive By Towns

is our companion site that's all about small towns and two lane gems, hosted by TLT's founder Theresa Goodrich.

Martha's Gardens Date Farm in Yuma, Arizona

Dates are incredibly labor-intensive to grow, and we got the scoop at Martha's Gardens Date Farm in Yuma, Arizona. Want to know how to grow a date? Take this tour!

Billy Lutes plays the piano in Lutes Casino

Besides the movie “3:10 to Yuma,” I knew nothing about the border city in southwestern Arizona.

Castle Dome City near Yuma, Arizona

When you’re driving south on US-95 from Quartzsite to the Castle Dome Mines Museum and Ghost Town, and GPS tells you to turn onto an ungraded gravel road straight into the Yuma Proving Grounds - th

We were driving in the clouds from Cottonwood to Prescott, Arizona

After we left the Verde Canyon Railroad, our accommodations for the night were at the Tavern Hotel on Main Street in Old