Here are the real best things to do in Chicago, according to locals

Chicago Style Hot DogFlickr / Jeremy KeithA typical Chicago style hot dog is a must.

It's easy to get caught up in tourist traps and miss out on local favorites when visiting a new city - especially in a big city like Chicago, where visitor options are seemingly endless.

In order to help you avoid this, we asked some Chicagoans for their suggestions on the best that the city has to offer.

From boats to beer tours to baseball games, here are the real best things to do in Chicago.

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Listen to some jazz and swing music at the Green Mill cocktail lounge, a true piece of history that first opened in 1907. Along with its connections to the Chicago mob scene, the lounge is also known for the poetry slams it hosts every Sunday night.

Listen to some jazz and swing music at the Green Mill cocktail lounge, a true piece of history that first opened in 1907. Along with its connections to the Chicago mob scene, the lounge is also known for the poetry slams it hosts every Sunday night.

For more information about Green Mill, click here >

Watch from North Avenue Beach (or an apartment that overlooks the beach) as historic fighter planes perform daredevil maneuvers in the sky for Chicago's annual Air and Water Show. The show takes places August 15th and 16th from 10 am till 3 pm.

Watch from North Avenue Beach (or an apartment that overlooks the beach) as historic fighter planes perform daredevil maneuvers in the sky for Chicago's annual Air and Water Show. The show takes places August 15th and 16th from 10 am till 3 pm.

Click here to find out more about the air and water show >

Catch a show at the comedy club Second City, whose most notable alumni include Steve Carell and Tina Fey.

Catch a show at the comedy club Second City, whose most notable alumni include Steve Carell and Tina Fey.

Stroll through Grant Park, which includes landmarks such as Millennium park and Buckingham Fountain.

Stroll through Grant Park, which includes landmarks such as Millennium park and Buckingham Fountain.

Dine at the Publican, which is one of Chicago's best restaurants that pays "homage to beer, pork, and oysters." There's something for everyone on the eclectic menu and the restaurant's European-style beer hall interior makes for a fun atmosphere.

Dine at the Publican, which is one of Chicago's best restaurants that pays "homage to beer, pork, and oysters." There's something for everyone on the eclectic menu and the restaurant's European-style beer hall interior makes for a fun atmosphere.

Click here for the Publican's menu >

Party on a boat on Lake Michigan. This is also a great way to relax and see the city skyline.

Party on a boat on Lake Michigan. This is also a great way to relax and see the city skyline.

Order a juicy Italian beef sandwich at Portillo's, which started off as a small hot dog stand in Chicago and grew to a restaurant chain with locations all over Chicago and its suburbs. It's most famous for its Italian beef, although the hot dog and chopped salad are also favorites.

Order a juicy Italian beef sandwich at Portillo's, which started off as a small hot dog stand in Chicago and grew to a restaurant chain with locations all over Chicago and its suburbs. It's most famous for its Italian beef, although the hot dog and chopped salad are also favorites.

Click here to find a Portillo's near you >

Learn about (and taste) one of the most popular Chicago beers on the Goose Island Beer Company's brewery tour.

Learn about (and taste) one of the most popular Chicago beers on the Goose Island Beer Company's brewery tour.

Click here for tour dates and times >

Cheer on the cubs at Wrigley Field or the White Sox at Citi Field. Cubs fans insist that Wrigley Field is an institution and White Sox fans claim Citi Field is better because it's newer. No matter where you end up, both make for a great afternoon or evening in the city.

Cheer on the cubs at Wrigley Field or the White Sox at Citi Field. Cubs fans insist that Wrigley Field is an institution and White Sox fans claim Citi Field is better because it's newer. No matter where you end up, both make for a great afternoon or evening in the city.

For the Cubs schedule, click here>

For the Sox schedule, click here >

Get up close and personal with beautiful butterflies at the Jody Istock butterfly haven at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Get up close and personal with beautiful butterflies at the Jody Istock butterfly haven at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Click here to find out more information about the museum >

Enjoy a performance at the Tony award winning Chicago Shakespeare theater on Navy Pier. You can sit close enough to the stage that you feel like a part of the performance.

Enjoy a performance at the Tony award winning Chicago Shakespeare theater on Navy Pier. You can sit close enough to the stage that you feel like a part of the performance.

Click here for more information on the theater >

Chow down on some of the best BBQ in the city at Green Street Smoked Meats. Menu favorites include the brisket, pulled pork, and frito pie.

Chow down on some of the best BBQ in the city at Green Street Smoked Meats. Menu favorites include the brisket, pulled pork, and frito pie.

Click here for Green Street Smoked Meats' menu >

Look down at the city from 1,353 feet above in the Willis Tower's Skydeck, which is open 7 days a week.

Look down at the city from 1,353 feet above in the Willis Tower's Skydeck, which is open 7 days a week.

Click here to plan your visit to the Skydeck >

Walk, run, bike, or rollerskate along the lakefront.

Walk, run, bike, or rollerskate along the lakefront.

Savor some mouthwatering custard from Scooter's Frozen Custard in the quaint Roscoe Village.

Savor some mouthwatering custard from Scooter's Frozen Custard in the quaint Roscoe Village.

To see Scooter's menu, click here >

Lounge on the lawn and listen to one of the many artists that perform at Chicago's Ravinia Festival which runs from mid-May till September and features genres ranging from symphony to rock to country.

Lounge on the lawn and listen to one of the many artists that perform at Chicago's Ravinia Festival which runs from mid-May till September and features genres ranging from symphony to rock to country.

For a complete schedule of artists and to buy tickets, click here >

Visit the Art Institute, which TripAdvisor named the number one museum in the world last year. Its exhibitions appeal to all ages.

Visit the Art Institute, which TripAdvisor named the number one museum in the world last year. Its exhibitions appeal to all ages.

Click here for a list of the museum's exhibitions >

Sip on cocktails at the J. Parker, a classy rooftop bar that sits above the Hotel Lincoln in Lincoln Park. You'll enjoy spectacular views of the city and Lake Michigan.

Sip on cocktails at the J. Parker, a classy rooftop bar that sits above the Hotel Lincoln in Lincoln Park. You'll enjoy spectacular views of the city and Lake Michigan.

For more information on the J. Parker, click here >

Browse the fresh offerings at Logan Square's farmers market, which takes place every Sunday from 10 am till 3 pm May 17th through October 25th.

Browse the fresh offerings at Logan Square's farmers market, which takes place every Sunday from 10 am till 3 pm May 17th through October 25th.

To find out more about the market, click here >

Hang out with your favorite animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is open to the public year round.

Hang out with your favorite animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is open to the public year round.

To visit the zoo's website, click here >

Wander through the stuffed book shelves of Wicker Park's Myopic Books, one of the city's largest and oldest bookstores. The store's three floors are a bookworm's paradise.

Wander through the stuffed book shelves of Wicker Park's Myopic Books, one of the city's largest and oldest bookstores. The store's three floors are a bookworm's paradise.

Soak up some sun at one of the city's beaches along Lake Michigan (yes, Chicago has beaches). Two of the most popular are Oak Street beach and North Avenue beach.

Soak up some sun at one of the city's beaches along Lake Michigan (yes, Chicago has beaches). Two of the most popular are Oak Street beach and North Avenue beach.

Get down to some blues at Kingston Mines, one of the city's best blues club which also serves a full menu of BBQ options. The club stays open till 4 am on every night but Saturday, when it's open till 5 am.

Get down to some blues at Kingston Mines, one of the city's best blues club which also serves a full menu of BBQ options. The club stays open till 4 am on every night but Saturday, when it's open till 5 am.

To find out more about Kingston Mines, click here >

Eat a Chicago style hot dog, which comes tucked in a poppyseed bun topped with relish, pickles, tomatoes, onions, and mustard. It's an unwritten rule that you shouldn't order your hot dog with ketchup.

Eat a Chicago style hot dog, which comes tucked in a poppyseed bun topped with relish, pickles, tomatoes, onions, and mustard. It's an unwritten rule that you shouldn't order your hot dog with ketchup.

Attend one of Lollapallooza's — Chicago's outdoor three day festival that runs from July 31st to August 2nd — aftershows; it's a great way to see a favorite artists without having to deal with the crowds.

Attend one of Lollapallooza's — Chicago's outdoor three day festival that runs from July 31st to August 2nd — aftershows; it's a great way to see a favorite artists without having to deal with the crowds.

The aftershows for this year's festival haven't been announced yet, but the lineup has. Click here for Lollapalooza's 2015 lineup >

Indulge in some deep dish pizza. New Yorkers like to claim that they have the best pizza, but real Chicagoans will agree that nothing beats the thick crust and mounds of ooey gooey cheese that make up a slice of deep dish. Lou Malnati's is one of the best and has multiple locations throughout the city.

Indulge in some deep dish pizza. New Yorkers like to claim that they have the best pizza, but real Chicagoans will agree that nothing beats the thick crust and mounds of ooey gooey cheese that make up a slice of deep dish. Lou Malnati's is one of the best and has multiple locations throughout the city.

To find a Lou Malnati's near you, click here >

You've seen what locals like to do in Chicago, now see what they like to do in New York City

You've seen what locals like to do in Chicago, now see what they like to do in New York City

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