Learning in Blue Island

Four Private Music Lessons from Dave Kohut Guitar Instruction (44% Off)

Dave Kohut Guitar Instruction

Crestwood

From the merchant: Guitar, bass, banjo, or Ukulele lessons available. All levels of student from beginning to advanced are welcome.

$80 $45

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$79 for a Skills Assessment and Four Tutoring Sessions at Sylvan Learning (a $395 Value)

Sylvan Learning

Multiple Locations

Personal, detailed help with test prep, math, writing, or reading during tutoring sessions.

$395 $79

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$4,000 for 12-Week Combined Project-Management and Cisco Course at I'll Show U Technologies ($8,000 Value)

I'll Show U Technologies

Oak Forest

Working adults enroll in live-instructor courses to earn certification in Cisco and project management, opening up advancement opportunities

$8,000 $4,000

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$99 for Skills Assessment and Six Tutoring Sessions at Sylvan Learning Center ($530 Value)

Sylvan Learning Center

Multiple Locations

After thorough skills assessments, expertly trained tutors customize tutoring sessions to each student’s learning needs

$530 $99

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Two Tutoring Sessions from McCree Tutoring Services (50% Off)

Mccree Tutoring Services

South Holland

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

$70 $35

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One or Three 30- or 60-Minute Private Piano Lessons at Palos Heights Piano (50% Off)

Palos Heights Piano

Palos Heights

Classical pianist with 20+ years of experience teaches the instrument's fundamentals to students of all ages

$30 $15

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons from Parker Music (69% Off)

Parker Music

House-Calls and Studio Lessons

Seasoned instructor, Ben Parker, provides house-call or studio lessons for guitar, bass, ukulele, and music theory

$60 $19

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Four Weeks of English or Math Tutoring for One, Two, or Three at Eye Level (Up to 60% Off)

Eye Level

Orland Park

In each one-hour session once every week, tutors help children aged 3–18 master critical-thinking math and English skills

$250 $110

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One or Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Evolution Music (Up to 67% Off)

Evolution Music

Orland Park

A skilled guitarist helps students of all experience levels master chords, solos, and other techniques

$20 $10

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$77 for $160 Worth of Academic-Tutor Services — Gateway Academy and Learning Center

Gateway Center For Education

Steger

Individualized after-school tutoring and homeschooling programs, including a diagnostic assessment and learning plan

$160 $77

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One 60-Minute Private Guitar Lesson with Family Member or Friend from Eric Mantel ($45 Value) 

Eric Mantel

Matteson

A guitar instructor for more than three decades, Eric Mantel teaches students myriad techniques with inspiration from guitar greats

$45 $22.50

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Three- or Five-Day Tutoring with Registration Fee at Center for Positive Advancement (Up to 64% Off)

CFPA Academic Fun Camp

Richton Park

Tutors teach children K–5th grade reading and math; art, drama, and snacks included

$115 $45

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Four Weeks of Tutoring for One or Two Students from Best Brains (Up to 80% Off). Eight Options Available

Best Brains Chicago

Multiple Locations

Certified teachers tutor students in English, math, general knowledge, and abacus

$244 $59

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$150 for One Basic Rider Course at Motorcycle Riding'sCool ($300 Value)

Motorcycle Riding'sCool

West Town

During 14-hour course, students learn the rules of the road and then hit the closed-circuit course to get a feel for riding motorcycles

$300 $150

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One, Two, or Three 45-Minute Time-Management Classes at Light Vision Group (Up to 64% Off)

Light Vision Group

Multiple Locations

Instructors help students sharpen their time-management skills for career success

$45 $19

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$110 for Piano Lessons ($200 Value) — The Art of Piano Playing

The Art Of Piano Playing Inc.

The Loop

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

$200 $110

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$300 for $600 Worth of Services at Forte Knowledge

Forté Knowledge

The Loop

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

$600 $300

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Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drum, or Piano Lessons at Guitar Cities (Up to 59% Off)

Guitar Cities

Chicago

Guitar, bass, ukulele, drum, and piano lessons from professional recording artists and touring musicians in Chicago’s Loop

$80 $33

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One Private 30-Minute Drum Lessons with DVD at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons (60% Off)

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach timing, original beats, stick control, tricks, and advanced techniques

$25 $10

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Three or Six 3-Hour Multimedia Art Lessons at Rogala Studio (Up to 56% Off)

Rogala Studio

Little Village

Visual artist renowned for large-scale interactive media works leads hands-on lessons in video theater, photography, and sound recording

$450 $219

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A Private Music Lesson from Hoke Academy of Music (44% Off)

Hoke Academy Of Music

Chicago

Focusing on building healthy, beautiful voices through patient and effective instruction; sing better and enjoy music

$80 $45

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10-Hour GMAT Test-Prep Course at MyGuru (Up to 62% Off)

MyGuru

Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown / Magnificent Mile

In small groups, students gather to learn techniques and key information to help them conquer GMAT standardized tests

$699 $269

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Two Private Music Lessons from Thompson Voice Studio (43% Off)

Thompson Voice Studio

Old Irving Park

During two 30-minute voice lessons, students learn the basics of singing

$60 $34

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Five Weeks of Bagpipe or Drum Lessons with Rentals at Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming

Irish American Heritage Center

In groups of up to five, students hone playing and practice technique and learn about the culture of drums or Scottish bagpipes

$145 $69

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Two or Four Piano Lessons at Heart of Singing (Up to 68% Off)

Heart of Singing

Chicago

Seasoned musician inspires versatile piano moves during lessons tailored to the student’s skill level & goals

$80 $26

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Natural French Handmade Cosmetics Class for One or Two at Magalie Naturals (Up to 45% Off)

Magalie Naturals

Bucktown

In Parisian-inspired boutique,French cosmetic designer leads students hands-on through creating their own natural skin care product.

$55 $30

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$749 for a 12-Week Web- or Mobile-Development Class at Code Chicago ($1,500 Value)

Code Chicago

Pilsen

Twelve-week programs teach students how to produce apps for the web or Android or iOS devices, or how to approach game design

$1,500 $749

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$33 for Three Private Guitar or Piano Lessons or Two Vocal Lessons at The Ultimate School of Guitar (Up to $72 Value)

The Ultimate School of Guitar

Berger Park Cultural Center

Basic to advanced lessons in guitar, piano, and vocals taught by talented instructors with educational and practical experience

$72 $33

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$86 for $320 Worth of Photography Classes — Dom Digital Media

Dom Digital Media

Chicago

In-depth classes on how to use creative camera settings, edit photographs, and either export files to the web or print images

$320 $86

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Notary, Paralegal, or Real Estate Investment Courses at Chicago Investment School (Up to 70% Off)

Chicago Investment School

Lincoln Park

Courses led by Derek McNeal, a licensed attorney and certified public accountant with more than 20 years in the real estate industry

$200 $95

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Three, Five, or Seven Private Violin or Viola Lessons at MB Muzik (Up to 58% Off)

MB Muzik

Chicago

A violinist since age seven, Marija Bubanj teaches violin and viola students basic scales, fingerings, and bowing techniques

$180 $75

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Two or Four Private Piano or Drum Lessons at Guitar Chicago (Up to 59% Off)

Guitar Chicago

The Loop

Instrumentalists train pupils of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level; students can pick a song to learn

$70 $29

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7-Hour "Digital in a Day" Photography Workshop for One or Two from Chicago Photography Academy (Up to 77% Off)

Chicago Photography Academy

Lakeview

All-day fundamentals workshop demystifies the settings of your DSLR camera as professionals dole out tips on composition and camera shake

$195 $49

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Résumé Proofreading and Critique or a Résumé-Writing Package at E.G. Editors (Up to 53% Off)

E.G. Editors

Lakeview

Job seekers have a professional look over and critique their résumé, including design feedback, so they can have a better chance at success

$75 $35

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Screenwriting Workshop for One or Two at Artist Acting Academy (Up to 53% Off)

Artist Acting Acadmey

Central Chicago

Aspiring screenwriters receive pointers on crafting a script for television or film

$75 $37

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BYOB Creative Writing Class for One, Two, or Four at Both Sides Art (Up to 53% Off)

Both Sides Art

Chicago

BYOB creative writing classes provide a supportive environment and positive feedback for writers of all experience levels

$40 $20

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Music-Production 101 Class or One Full-Day Boot Camp at The Talent Pros (Up to 80% Off)

The Talent Pros

Pilsen

Workshops cover the basics of the recording industry with insight from an experienced staff that includes a Grammy-winning producer

$75 $29

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$24 for $50 Worth of Music Lessons — Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Chicago

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

$50 $24

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$321 for One Broker Pre-License Course from Inland Real Estate School ($649 value)

Inland Real Estate School

Oak Brook

90-hour course prepares students for the state exam

$649 $321

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$69 for Four 30 Minute Private Music Lessons $140 — Northfield School of Music

Northfield School Of Music

Northfield

Students can choose from drums, guitar, voice, violin, or piano lessons

$140 $69

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Four In-Home or In-Studio Music Lessons at North Shore Music Institute (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

North Shore Music Institute

Northfield

Lessons for students aged 6–adult teach music techniques for the bass, cello, and drums in a wide variety of genres

$240 $120

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Elmhurst

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

$129.95 $49

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Four Weeks of English or Math Tutoring for One or Two at EyeLevel Elmhurst, IL (Up to 61% Off)

EyeLevel Elmhurst,IL

Elmhurst

Students improve problem-solving skills and master mathematical concepts, or strengthen language skills such as reading and writing

$250 $99

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iPhone, and iPad 2 or 3, XBox 3, PS3, or General Computer Repair at Velocita Technology (Up to 61% Off)

Velocita Technology

Joliet

Technicians fix cracked and shattered touchscreens or resolve gaming system errors

$150 $59

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$41 for Four 30-Minute Voice Lessons at Music Lessons by Maggie ($90 Value)

Music Lessons by Maggie

Joliet

Certified music teacher helps musicians of any level delevop their singing skills

$90 $41

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One, Three, or Six Yoga for Kids Classes on Saturdays at Mosaic Therapy (Up to 56% Off)

Mosaic Therapy

Vernon

Yoga for kids classes help children understand the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga and exercise

$20 $9

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$28 for $60 Worth of Music Lessons — Devine Music Studio

Devine Music Studio

Glen Ellyn

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

$60 $28

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$40 for $80 toward 60 Minute Massage — Elevated Delights

Elevated Delights

Burlington Northern Industrial Park

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

$80 $40

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$150 for an English-as-a-Second-Language Class at I Speak English, Inc. ($360 Value)

I Speak English, Inc.

Nichols Library

Non-native speakers can brush up on the English language skills in classes that can prepare them for work, school, or just everyday life

$360 $150

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One Month of Tutoring in Math, English, or Both at Eye Level Learning and Enrichment Center (Up to 60% Off)

Eye Level Learning and Enrichment Center

Skokie

Tutors help students with curriculum aligned to the National Council Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of English

$165 $75

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Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.

9445 S Kedzie Ave.
Evergreen Park,
IL
US

Under the watchful eye of a licensed professional, John Amico School of Hair Design's trained cosmetology pupils prove their hair-snipping, shaping, and taming skills with a wide variety of salon services. With the Amino Amplex treatment (a $150–$250 value depending on thickness and length), one of the school's student-stylists de-frizzes damaged hair with a formaldehyde-free formula, straightening and shining locks with an elixir concocted from amino acids and a vial of Rapunzel's tears. The father-and-son-owned cosmetology school teaches its disciples to complete the process in between three and four hours, upon which clients will sport a straighter, more relaxed style for up to three months.

50 Years Of Wonderful Education Has Graduated Som
Oak Forest,
IL
US

In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.

Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.

4932 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn,
IL
US

As patio umbrellas shield a row of tables from the summer sun, rows of thick, green trees—or perhaps thousands of patio umbrellas—outline the horizon, looming past the undulating fairways and greens of Coyote Run Golf Course. Here at Wiley's Grill, golfers can rest their weary legs after a hot afternoon on the links or even during the winter, warming up on cups of turkey chili and craft beer next to the indoor fireplace. While enjoying an Angus burger or plate of tangy glazed salmon, patrons can watch TVs broadcasting Chicago sports before honing their skills on the indoor golf simulator.

800 Governors Hwy
Flossmoor,
IL
US

Tristan Warwick's piano skills have earned him everything from gigs on Chicago’s Radio WFMT series to more than 100 first place honors in numerous piano competitions. Drawing on more than 20 years as a pianist, Tristan helps ready the next generation of expert ivory ticklers at Palos Heights Piano. During 15, 30, or 60-minute lessons, he teaches students of all ages everything from navigating their way around a keyboard to how to decipher and play a Bach fugue. Once a year, Tristan invites his pupils to don semiformal attire and showcase their newly refined skills during a formal concert for family and friends.

6425 West 126th Place
Palos Heights,
IL
US

Since opening its doors in 1998, Language Stars has introduced more than 30,000 children to foreign languages with small-group classes and full-immersion activities. Through a selective process, Language Stars recruits ambitious teachers from more than 20 countries who share a common goal of revolutionizing how and when American children learn foreign languages. Parents and Tots Classes are available for children between 1–3 years old, and Kids Only classes are available for children 3–5, 5–8 and 8–10 years old. Absorbent little minds soak up Spanish, Mandarin, French, German, or Arabic with the help of their FunImmersion approach, learning naturally through games, songs, activities and art projects to help kids finally understand their foreign-exchange imaginary friends.

1424 183rd St.
Homewood,
IL
US