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!

Something incredible happened this week at the Observation Deck atop the John Hanco

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.

The Local Tourist's Guide to Navy Pier

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

Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Directors Michael Dailey, Heath Hays and Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the first production in their 2017 – 2018 season, Barbecue by R

The inaugural Windy City Film Festival is coming to the beautiful Mercury Theatre in Chicago June 30 - July 2, and we've got your tickets!

Collectible Golf Balls, Rock & Roll Nights, Discounted Play and More


Rabbit Hole Distilling

Jumping into the Rabbit Hole (Distilling that is) is easy with their delicious Kentucky whiskey. We found it out first hand at the distillery tasting hosted by Chicago's Big Jones.

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.


As we got back on I-40 for the short drive, relatively speaking, to Albuquerque, I thought about everything we’d seen an

Blue Hole of Santa Rosa

There are no two ways around it: I-40 through the Texas panhandle is a beast. That’s primarily because there are no two ways around it.

Bison in the distance at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

We’d driven under an overcast sky all morning and into the afternoon, but by the time we entered the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Western Oklahoma all was clear and blue except for one orph