Live Life like a Local
Experience Chicago Like a Local! Explore the rarely experienced but always delightful ins and outs of Chicago that few visitors get the chance to see. Enjoy the Windy City as the seasoned Chicagoans do. Off the beaten path and onto the road of local hotspots. Whether you are in for a few days or here to stay, check out our recommendations for Chicago’s hidden gems.
You can find the charming and historic InterContinental Hotel right on the Magnificent Mile. Enjoy a complimentary tour of the former Medinah Athletic Club, complete with a Spanish Tea Court, a pair of marble lions, and a pool that Olympian and actor Johnny Weismuller once swam in. Set up a tour at the concierge desk!
ACME Hotel Street Art Tour
See the city through the eyes of local street artists with ACME Hotel’s Street Art Tour. Explore different neighborhoods while taking in the beautiful artwork they have to offer, like the mosaic artwork portraying scenes of Chicago near The Four Seasons just off the Mag Mile.
Take a tour of one of Chicago’s prized possessions, Wrigley Field. Learn the history behind the Friendly Confines as you explore the hundred year old stadium, including a trip onto the field and into the dugout.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Eli’s Cheesecake! Eli’s offers free, daily presentations on the history of the company that conclude with a tasting of their delectable desserts.
Gene & Georgetti
True Chicagoans can’t resist the city’s first steakhouse, Gene & Georgetti! For decades, the family-owned restaurant has been a favorite to not only locals but also celebrities ranging from Frank Sinatra to Vince Vaughn.
Chocolate at The Peninsula Chicago
Satisfy your sweet tooth with “Chocolate at The Pen.” Every Friday and Saturday evening, enjoy an array of the finest petite chocolate desserts, complete with a Chocolate Martini.
Three Dots and a Dash
Transport yourself to a tropical oasis at Three Dots and a Dash. The island-themed Chicago hotspot sports a tiki bar that locals flock to.
Gene Siskel Film Center
If movies are more your style, check out the Gene Siskel Film Center! With over a thousand screening a year, the theater prides itself on showcasing the creative and powerful work of independent filmmakers. If you’re lucky, you can catch a film festival or filmmaker at the theater!