Personal Development in Burr Ridge

$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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Real-Estate Broker Prelicensing Courses with Optional Exam Prep at Real Estate School of Illinois (Up to 53% Off)

Real Estate School of Illinois

Westmont

Experienced instructors provide the 90-hour classroom education required to obtain a Illinois real-estate broker’s license

$689 $349

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$349 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 $349

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons from Parker Music (67% 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 $20

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Helicopter Hovering Adventure at A&M Aviation (Up to 43% Off)

A&M Aviation

Bolingbrook

Learn how to get a chopper in the air with instruction from an experienced pilot that takes you through ground and air training

$300 $170

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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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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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Four Weeks of Tutoring in Four Subjects for One or Two Students from Best Brains (Up to 80% Off)

Best Brains Chicago

Multiple Locations

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

$244 $59

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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 68% Off)

EyeLevel Elmhurst,IL

Elmhurst

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

$250 $89

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Private Pilot Course for One or Two at Chicagoland Aviation (Half Off)

Chicagoland Aviation

Romeoville

Learn the process to become a professional pilot and get hands-on experience in the cockpit of a Cessna aircraft

$299 $149

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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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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at North Shore Music Institute (Up to 62% Off)

North Shore Music Institute

Northfield

Lessons for students aged 6–adult teach techniques for the guitar, ukulele, strings, piano, percussion, or voice in a wide variety of genres

$70 $29

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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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$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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Three-Week Nail-and-Beauty Course for One, Two, or Four Beginning October 14 at Dim Sum Nails (Up to 79% Off)

Dim Sum Nails

Chicago

A licensed cosmetologist and Chicago Nail School graduate instructs students on manicure, nail-art, false-eyelash & nail business techniques

$200 $65

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Groupon Technology Test Deal

Groupon Desk Calendar

Groupon

$20 $10

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10-Week Yoga Teacher Training Course, or Two Weeks of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Zen Yoga Garage (Up to 53% Off)

Zen Yoga Garage

Bucktown

Yoga teacher training focuses on Vinyasa yoga, as well as sequencing, anatomy, and philosophy; classes showcase a variety of yoga styles

$3,000 $1,999

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$189 for 32 Hours of Bartending Classes at ABC Bartending School (68% Value)

ABC Bartending School

Multiple Locations

Instructors guide burgeoning bartenders within a real bar, preparing them to mix, stir, and shake drinks for fun or professionally

$595 $189

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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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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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Two or Four 30-Minute Voice Lessons at Heart of Singing (53% Off)

Heart of Singing

Lincoln Square

Instructors impart healthy vocal technique to students in half-hour voice lessons tailored to individual goals

$80 $38

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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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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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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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$35 for $50 Toward Two Academic-Tutor Services Sessions — Tjc Tutoring Services, LLC

Tjc Tutoring Services, LLC

Redeem from Home

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

$50 $35

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Two or Four Private Piano or Drum Lessons at Guitar Chicago (Up to 54% 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 $33

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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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$99 for a Complete Cisco Certification IT Network Training Bundle from IT University Online ($3,295 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

Bundles contain hands-on exercises, multimedia presentations, and exam simulators to help students prepare for CCNA and CCNP certification

$3,295 $99

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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-Hour Couples Massage Class for Two or Four at Hands On Couples Massage (Up to 63% Off)

Hands On Couples Massage

Near North Side

Limited to just a few students, classes teach couples massage techniques to use at home

$200 $79

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4-Hour Mixology Class or 10-Hour Basics Course at A List Startenders (Up to 57% Off)

A List Startenders

Jefferson Park

Seasoned instructors impart basic mixology skills and bartending techniques using array of spirits, fruits, and herbs in classroom and bar

$159 $69

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$20 for $40 Worth of CPR and First-Aid Certification Classes — Saving Chicago CPR

Saving Chicago Cpr

Jefferson Park

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

$40 $20

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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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Beer 101 or Wine 101 Class for One, Two, or Four at Elitte Bartending School (Up to 84% Off)

Elitte Bartending School

Portage Park

Bartending school teaches the history, ingredients, and flavor profiles of beer or wine

$159 $39

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Three-Day Musical Instrument Course at The Chicago School of Guitar Making (45% Off)

Chicago School Of Guitar Making

Chicago

Course covers the proper techniques and procedures for building and repairing your instrument

$250 $138

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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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$69 for CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ IT Certification Training Bundle from Career Academy ($1,485 Value)

Career Academy

Online Deal

Online courses with video instructions help IT professionals attain certifications in networking and corporate security

$1,485 $69

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$95 for Online Personal-Training Certification from American Fitness Institute ($299 Value)

American Fitness Institute

Online Deal

Online materials allow students to set their own pace over a four-week period before testing to be certified as a personal trainer

$299 $95

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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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$29 for Three Months of 3D Guitar Lessons Online from iPerform 3D Online Guitar Lessons ($168.85 Value)

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

$168.85 $29

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$29 for a 20-Hour Online Bartending Course from Express Bartender ($79.97 Value)

Express Bartender

Online Deal

Through 12 digital lessons, students learn to mix 125 different cocktails and receive post-course job assistance

$79.97 $29

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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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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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Four Weekly 30-, 45-, or 60-Minute Private Music Lessons at American Music Institute (Up to 56% Off)

American Music Institute

Multiple Locations

Weekly one-on-one music lessons for voice or instruments including saxophone, violin, piano, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, and oboe

$120 $60

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Four Weeks of English or Math Tutoring Sessions for One or Two at Eye Level of Plainfield (Up to 56% Off)

Eye Level of Plainfield

Plainfield

Knowledgeable tutors help students master English and math concepts, improving academic performance and boosting confidence

$250 $115

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One Hour of Flight-Simulator Time or Pilot-Lesson Package at American Flyers (Up to 58% Off)

American Flyers

Dupage Airport (KDPA)

Students learn piloting skills on flight-simulation equipment before optionally hopping in the cockpit for an hour of hands-on flying

$140 $69

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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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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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$66 for Six 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Roselle School Of Music ($150 Value)

Roselle School Of Music

Roselle

Music school established in 1959 offers aspiring musicians lessons in numerous instruments, like guitar, piano, bass, drums, brass, and more

$150 $66

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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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$30 for $250 Worth of Automotive Hail Damage Repair at Hi-Tech Paintless Dent Removal

Hi-Tech Paintless Dent Removal

Des Plaines

Technicians massage out the dents and dings left by hail without damaging paint or resorting to sanding

$250 $30

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One, Three, or Six Yoga for Kids Classes on Saturdays at Mosaic Therapy (Up to 50% Off)

Mosaic Therapy

Vernon

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

$20 $10

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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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One or Two Crime-Scene-Processing Class for One at Balanced Exposure (Up to 63% Off)

Balanced Exposure

Schaumburg

Students try crime-scene processing methods that real forensic experts use, such as developing latent fingerprints with brushes and powder

$100 $39

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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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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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$43 for $95 Groupon — Reliable Health Care Services

Reliable Health Care Services,llc

Park Forest

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

$95 $43

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The term “family environment” sometimes conjures thoughts of shrieking toddlers and floors turned into flypaper due to discarded cotton candy, but those images evaporate the moment you step into any one of Air Fitness’ three pristine facilities. Here, families work out in an exclusive social setting, as each location accepts only 150 memberships. From grandparents to gradeschoolers, members work their way toward better health on Cybex and Precor fitness equipment, overseen by a friendly staff of trainers and nutritionists. For one-on-one attention, the trainers develop personalized programs customized to each patron's fitness goals, such as losing weight, lowering their blood pressure, or looking good in a new hazmat suit.

5 East 1st Street
Hinsdale,
IL
US

Most Popular Service: Time management strategies for success

Established: 2013

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 1 person

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Pro Tip: Make an intention to be more productive. Take five minutes and write down five goals for the day.

813 North County Line Road
Hinsdale,
IL
US

The Chicago White Sox have some truly dedicated fans. In 1994, the team decided to reach out to the youngsters who worshipped their footwear. They sought to provide kids with the same conditioning and training they honed their skills with, so they started a sports-training summer camp. In a mere seven years, demand for the trainers' services necessitated that the program conduct year-round sessions in all types of sports, and the Bulls/Sox Academy was born.

Taught by the trainers who spend their life making sure that the Sox and Bulls are ready to hit the field or court, Bulls/Sox Academy's lessons bring professional techniques to aspiring athletes. Baseball programs teach functional speed movements for high-speed base stealing and help kids build the upper-body strength to knock balls out of the park and through the windshield of their least favorite neighbor's minivan. The basketball course divvies up training between shooting, skills, and defensive play. The fast-pitch softball teachers—both former professional players and longtime coaches—arm students to beat back high-velocity pitches without hurting the ball's feelings.

536 East Ave
La Grange,
IL
US

Ride Chicago and Rentaruckus are two different businesses that are bonded by their passion for promoting two-wheeled transportation. At Ride Chicago this passion manifests in a variety of classes, for which it supplies beginners with motorcycles or scooters. Once student riders are geared up, the facility’s state-certified instructors teach everything from scooter-riding basics to motorcycle licensing at controlled, off-street sites across the city and suburbs. This diverse curriculum allows people of all riding experiences to climb aboard a two-wheeler and learn safe canyon-hopping methods.

Rentaruckus’s mission is a bit more concise: get people behind the handlebars of a Honda Ruckus scooter. To do this, the staff offers rentals and organizes tours of Chicago, where swarms of the minimalist bikes buzz past the city’s historic neighborhoods and sights.

7300 West 71st Street
Bridgeview,
IL
US

Root 66 Aquaponics Garden Shop has all the accoutrements of a standard garden supply¬—USDA-certified organic seeds, pots, and organic fertilizers. But Root 66 is hardly your grandmother's general store. Its focus is hydroaquaponics, which creates a symbiotic relationship between a tank of fish and the garden on top of the tank. The sustainable method uses a system of pumps and tubes to harvest and distribute plant food from the fish tank below. The fish, in turn, are fed, sheltered, and taught to use salad forks by the plants above them.

In the shop's introductory video, founder Shawn Odneal says that hydroaquaponics is, "the future of food production and the closest I can get to self-sustainability," by "taking traditional gardening techniques and applying them in a new way." In addition to specializing in hydroaquaponics, he also strives to make gardening accessible to city dwellers with rooftop and vertical gardens.

8863 Burlington Avenue
Brookfield,
IL
US

Borrowed Earth Café

The Borrowed Earth Café is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:57 a.m. to 9:03 p.m. each day. Odd hours are just one way the raw, vegan food spot is doing things differently—and they’re renowned for the delicious results. They’ve been featured on “Check, Please!”, awarded five stars by Metromix, and earned the recommendation of the Michelin guide in 2012 and 2013. It all started in 2006, when husband and wife Danny and Kathy Living finished a 30-day detox. The program recommended spending a few days eating raw food before returning to a normal diet. For Danny and Kathy, a 'normal' diet meant a vegan diet, but they decided to try the raw food thing anyway. They loved it right away, but didn't love the 90-minute drive between them and the nearest raw vegan restaurant in Chicago. After the raw meet-up group they hosted swelled to more than 30 people, they realized that raw food was their calling and decided to open Borrowed Earth Café—a dream that came true in 2007. Today, from their spot in the heart of downtown Downers Grove, the couple dishes up a menu brimming with organic, raw flavor. Entrees range from a sweet potato quesadilla nestled in a corn-and-flaxseed tortilla to a gyro with "meat" made from savory spices, nuts, and seeds. For dessert, diners tuck into their signature vegan cheesecake and other specialties including a banana split made with almond butter, chocolate, and scoops of banana ice cream in place of the traditional steak.

970 Warren Ave
Downers Grove,
IL
US