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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.
Theme Park
“Awesome waterpark and amusement park 15 minutes away max. A whole day of fun!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Record Shop
“As a local, I avoid this place like the plague. Others who like to shop seem to like it, though, so I figured I'd add it to the list. They open up the mall early to mall walkers, if that's the kind of thing you are interested in.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“With over 200 stores, Gurnee Mills is the largest outlet mall in Illinois! It is located 19 minutes away.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Beach
“Beach swimming and canoe or paddle boating in the summer. FREE outdoor concerts in the warm months. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“If you even remotely like cars, you will enjoy this place. It is HUGE and amazing, well worth the entry fee! There are cars from all eras and a really cool section with cars and vehicles from movies! Recommend to EVERYONE.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“Turns into a scene on weekend nights. But this bar has cheap food and a nice outdoor deck. You can also drink here and order pizza from Moretti's next door since it's same owners. :o) ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Large selection of typical mall stores and major chain stores. Lots of food options in mall and surrounding area. Good cinema as well.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bus Station
“The Chicago Botanic Garden (located about 30 minutes outside of the city) is always a wonderful place to spend time. No matter the season, it is a fantastic place to visit and stroll, taking in the solitude, beauty, and the unexpected wonders of nature. Every season brings a palette of new colors, textures, and breadth of beauty. There are many spots to pause and absorb the sights and sounds of nature. The greenhouses also offer endless opportunities to experience plants in various habitats and are a must during any seasons inclement weather. Check the website for live music events as well. Bring a picnic, relax, and enjoy the day.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best breakfast restaurant! We love their fresh bread (especially the cinnamon toast & french toast), their kitchen sink and hangover breakfasts too! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“our favorite pizza restaurant for delivery!! They also have a malt shop, so stop in for a sundae or malt on a hot day (or get one when picking up your order). ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bus Station
“The Chicago Botanic Gardens has many acres of beautiful landscape. It is perfect for some family photos or just to get out an enjoy nature. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
Theatre
“Historic theatre to catch a live performance. It is a lovely concert hall and movie balance and seats2403 people. Hosts many different musical artists and shows”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“You can only get here by boat, and its only open in the summer, but this place can get crazy at night. We go here once a boating season. It is fun. Usually live bands there every weekend.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Store
“Fantastic outdoor venue during the summer. Big names come. Picnic-style or pavilion seats available.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cafe
“Breakfast place that you may have to wait for a place, that speaks for itself.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Sports Bar
“Turns into a scene on weekend nights. But this bar has cheap food and a nice outdoor deck. You can also drink here and order pizza from Moretti's next door since it's same owners. :o) ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best breakfast restaurant! We love their fresh bread (especially the cinnamon toast & french toast), their kitchen sink and hangover breakfasts too! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“our favorite pizza restaurant for delivery!! They also have a malt shop, so stop in for a sundae or malt on a hot day (or get one when picking up your order). ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“You can only get here by boat, and its only open in the summer, but this place can get crazy at night. We go here once a boating season. It is fun. Usually live bands there every weekend.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cafe
“Breakfast place that you may have to wait for a place, that speaks for itself.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“For take out/delivery pizza we like Antioch. But if we want to go out for pizza we go to Moretti's. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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