Running in Arlington Heights

Up to 54% Off Entry in Bubble Palooza

Bubble Palooza

Lake County Fairgrounds

$43 $19.99

A deluge of bubbles transforms a three-mile route into a colorful wonderland as participants run, walk, and skip to the finish line

Up to 50% Off The Graffiti Run

The Colorful 5K – Graffiti Run

Lincoln Park

$50 $25

Runners dash along a 5K course as volunteers douse them with nontoxic color powder to be shown off during a post-race dance party

53% Off Entry in Women's Half-Marathon

Zooma Women's Race Series

Burnham Park

$105 $49

Women's half-marathon takes a scenic lakefront route before ending with a post-race party complete with recovery massage and yoga

57% Off Entry to the Run Against Traffick 5k

Traffick Free

Diversey Harbor

$35 $15

3.1-mile run along Diversey Harbor raises awareness against human trafficking in Chicago

44% Off Running

Northwestern Settlement

Redeem from Home

$45 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5K – Up to 34% Off

ROC Race - Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5K

U.S. Cellular Field

$108.90 $74

Costume-clad runners tackle 12 game-show-inspired obstacles as they race for victory on Saturday, July 12

Up to 40% Off 5K Race and T-Shirt

Chinatown 5K

Chicago

$41.82 $25

5K through Chinatown that includes a post-race raffle and a traditional Chinese lion dance

Up to 50% Off Pride 5K Registration and Party

Pride 5K

Lincoln Park

$90 $45

Don your raciest attire for an evening pre-Pride 5K; then groove at a post-race party with DJ Adam LeBlanc of the local band Sixteen Candles

Up to 51% Off Disco Dash 5K or 10K Race

Disco Dash 5K/10K- Guaranteed Rate

Soldier Field

$65 $32

Wearing leisure suits, sunglasses, and wigs, runners hustle along Lakeshore Trail before dancing at an after-party with a live band

Up to 55% Off Great Urban Race Team Entry

Great Urban Race

Theater on the Lake at Cactus Cantina

$120 $66

Scavenger-hunt-style race sends teams through city to compete for cash prizes and raise funds for St. Jude

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The finish line is a blur of color. Every runner and walker that arrives at Active Care ColorBlast 5K's end point looks like he or she just escaped in slow motion from an exploding chalk factory. In addition to sporting this prismatic new fashion statement, they all seem to have smiles on their faces. That's because the event is more of a celebration than a competition—getting as much color as you can takes precedent over getting the best time you can. In fact, lingering at key points along the 5k route is encouraged. It's at these locations, named color stations, that volunteers toss colored powder—which is made from completely natural and biodegradable food-grade cornstarch—towards the participants, turning their white t-shirts into something akin to tie-die.

More hues wait at the finish line, where group color throws begin immediately after the race's end. As the vibrant cloud rises above the crowd, it announces a collective victory, not just for each participant but the community as a whole. 100% of proceeds from each Color Blast 5k benefits Clearbrook's programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Annually, the charity supports more than 6,000 individuals as well as their families in 13 counties, in over 160 communities and 50 locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs.

500 E Miner St.
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

A PGA Class A member since 1992, Robert Jan has thrived on fairways and greens his entire life. During his collegiate career at Millikin University, Robert shot his way to two-time NCAA All-American honors, eventually earning a spot in the school's Hall of Fame. Since then, he has continued to be a force in low-level golf tournaments, amassing more than 30 titles in amateur and professional events and record scores at seven courses without ever having to cork a driver. Today, Robert passes down tips of the trade culled from his immense experience in golf lessons conducted in the greater Milwaukee and Chicago areas. In addition, Robert boasts club-fitting expertise in both Callaway and Titleist equipment, helping his clients find their ideal clubs based on swing type, body profile, and favorite wind instrument.

1161 McHenry Rd
Buffalo Grove,
IL
US

Golf with friends is the best kind of bonding. There's nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful old trees lining the fairways, and refusing to grant your compadres a mulligan. The satisfaction of a well-played hole is amplified by the amusement you get from your partner's three-shot spectacle in the woodsy rough. Today's Groupon gets you and a friend 18 holes with cart at River Oaks Golf Course for $40 (up to a $88 value, depending on the day you go). Your Groupon is good for any time Monday through Friday and after noon on weekends.

2775 Ela Road
Hoffman Estates,
IL
US

Sponsored by Jerseys Pizza & Grill, Jerseys Music Festival focuses on one of the few things that pleases a crowd like a pizza—live music. While live sets from local bands fill the air with festive beats, the crowd listens while noshing on food and beer specials tastier than the traditional music festival meal of a guitar full of Jell-O.

2360 Lakewood Boulevard
Hoffman Estates,
IL
US

Bachman Aero's FAA-certified pilots take to the sky inside choppers for flight services such as aerial photography, sightseeing, or lessons in helicopter certification. They provide beginning pilots a chance to log hours in their helicopters, helping students prepare for commercial pilot flight exams or their oral exam on pig Latin pilot jargon. The in-house instructors also groom accomplished pilots for a career in teaching with instructor lessons.

905 W Irving Park Rd, Ste 119
Schaumburg,
IL
US

In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.

2042 Northbrook Ct
Northbrook,
IL
US

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