Activities in Carpentersville

Two Hours of Bowling for Four or Eight with Drinks and Shoes at Liberty Lanes Bowling Center (Up to 59% Off)

Liberty Lanes Bowling Center

Carpentersville

Retro-style bowling alley; includes shoe rental and pitcher of soda or beer

$141.50 $59

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All-Day Paintball with Equipment Rentals for Up to 4, 6, or 12 from Paintball International (Up to 80% Off)

Paintball International

Paintball Explosion

Equipped with rental paintball markers and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

$92 $19

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$25 for Five Zumba or Cardio-Kickboxing Classes at Ballistic Martial Arts and Fitness ($50 Value)

Ballistic Martial Arts and Fitness

Carpentersville

Martial-arts and fitness center hosts fast-paced Zumba classes and cardio kickboxing that uses actual boxing technique

$50 $25

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All-Day Paintball Package for 4, 6, or 12 from Paintball International (Up to 85% Off)

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

$120 $19

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Snowboarding Packages or Skiing at Raging Buffalo (Up to 68% Off). Three Options Available

Raging Buffalo

Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park

Lift ticket for skiers or snowboarders; all day snowboard package for all ages, or 2 hour intro snowboard package for 12 & Under

$45 $22

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Four Weeks of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Algonquin (65% Off)

Crossfit Algonquin

Algonquin

From the merchant: Valid for one month of CrossFit, including cost of Foundations; must attend Foundations classes

$200 $70

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$40 for Four Lessons on Piano, Guitar, Drums, or Other Instruments at JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons ($88 Value)

JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons

Multiple Locations

During private, 30-minute lessons, students learn the basics of singing or their choice of string, wind, or percussion instrument

$88 $40

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10 Half-Hour CrossFit Personal Training Sessions for One or Two at K-Star Fitness (55% Off)

K-Star Fitness

Lake in the Hills

Exercisers sweat their way through intense, ever-changing functional-fitness workouts in an 8,000 sq. ft. facility open seven days a week

$500 $225

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$23 for $40 Groupon — BrushedChicago

Brushedchicago

Southwest Elgin

From the merchant: Get your creative juices flowing with step by step instruction from a local artist.

$40 $23

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One Month of Classes or 10 Classes at Chicago Unified Mixed Martial Arts Training Academy (Up to 81% Off)

Chicago Unified Mixed Martial Arts training Academy

Southwest Elgin

Kickboxing and muay thai classes both employ punching and kicking techniques while teaching students discipline and fitness

$150 $29

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Cooking Demo Dinner for One or Two at TNT Smokehouse and Provisions (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

TNT Smokehouse and Provisions

Elgin

Chefs provide hands-on cooking demonstrations, educating guests on wine pairings or how to break down a whole chicken

$90 $45

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Admission for Four Adults, or Membership for One Adult or Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Elgin History Museum

Eastside Elgin

Two floors of history exhibits reflecting Elgin’s rich past, including a collection of Elgin Watches and Elgin Road Race memorabilia

$12 $8

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Three-Hour Elgin Cemetery Ghost Hunt for Two or Four from Haunted Hometowns (51% Off)

Haunted Hometowns, Corp.

Elgin

Ghost-seekers walk through moon-lit cemeteries in the dead of night during tour as guides relate tales of local specters

$90 $45

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Chicago Bears Non-Contact Instructional Youth Football Camps, Full or Half Day Option, Ages 6-14. 25 Locations.

Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps

Multiple Locations

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Chicago Bears players team up with USA Football-certified coaches to teach skills to young players during five-day camps

$259 $240

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Six Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Weightloss Transformation (65% Off)

Weightloss Transformation

Barrington

From the merchant: Meeting in Barrington three days per week, these 45-minute sessions are just what you need to get your rear in gear!

$180 $63

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$30 for Four Dance Classes from Flannery School of Irish Dance ($60 Value)

Flannery School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

From the merchant: Learn to Irish dance from former World Champion and Riverdance performers

$60 $30

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Tae Kwon Do Classes with Uniform at Blackhawk Tae Kwon Do (Up to 76% Off)

Blackhawk Tae Kwon Do

South Elgin

Experienced instructors teach students the Korean martial art of tae kwon do, focusing on self-defense, fitness, and self-confidence

$200 $49

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BYOB Paint 'n Sip for One, Two, or Four at Fabric, Fiber & Finds (Up to 53% Off)

Fabric, Fiber & Finds

Crystal Lake

Sip on wine or beer while following along with an artist instructor who shows students how to complete a beautiful, colorful painting

$30 $15

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"Married Alive!" at Raue Center for the Arts on February 6 or 7 at 8 p.m., or February 8 at 3 p.m. (Up to 59% Off)

"Married Alive"

Raue Center for the Arts

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Comedic musical follows a pair of newlyweds and an older married couple as they navigate the bumps and bliss of marriage

$43.50 $18

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10 or 20 Boot-Camp Classes or One Month of Unlimited Boot Camp at Superior 24/7 Health Club (Up to 71% Off)

Superior 24/7 Health Club

Crystal Lake

Shed fat and build lean muscle during challenging small-group indoor boot-camp classes that are led by a certified personal trainer

$99 $29

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Women's Boot-Camp Classes at FitChick Boot Camp (Up to 70% Off)

FitChick Boot Camp

Crystal Lake

Trainers challenge gals with indoor and outdoor fitness boot camps designed to build functional strength

$149 $49

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One Month of Dance Classes (4 per child) for One or Two Children at Summers Academy of Dance (Up to 60% Off)

Summers Academy of Dance

Crystal Lake

Experienced, enthusiastic and well-trained instructors teach children dance steps in ballet, tap, and jazz

$80 $40

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Once- or Twice-Weekly Kids' or Parent-and-Tot Swim Lessons at Catch the Wave Swim Club (Up to 59% Off)

Catch the Wave Swim Club

Crystal Lake

Instructors teach water safety, breathing, and stroke techniques to kids of all abilities

$100 $49

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10 CrossFit Classes at Stormfront Crossfit (65% Off)

Stormfront Crossfit

Crystal Lake

Can use toward six fundamental classes and four CrossFit classes.

$145 $51

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Two or Four Private Instrument or Voice Lessons at Piano Trends Music Company (Up to 61% Off)

Piano Trends Music Company

Crystal Lake

30-minute instrument or voice lessons for all ages

$63 $29

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One Month of Martial Arts Classes with Uniform or Birthday Party at AKF Martial Arts Academy (Up to 77% Off)

AKF Martial Arts Academy

Crystal Lake

Students master kyukido, judo, jiujitsu and hapkido during classes; parties are a fun way to introduce kids to martial arts

$125 $29

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Six Weekly Classes at McNulty School of Irish Dance (Up to 51% Off)

McNulty School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

Kids and adults learn the techniques of Irish dance at a school that’s been teaching the art form since 1971

$72 $35

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10 Open-Jump Sessions, Parent's Night Out, or Tween Night at Pump It Up of Crystal Lake (Up to 50% Off)

Pump It Up of Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Lauded by Parents magazine, indoor playground sprawls spacious party rooms and air-filled playthings for shoeless escapades

$80 $40

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Family Class or Group Guitar Lessons, or Private Lessons at Encore Music Academy (Up to 60% Off)

Encore Music Academy

Crystal Lake

Early childhood classes explore sound and rhythm; group guitar lessons cover the basics; private lessons for piano, violin, brass and voice

$98 $39

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Four or Six Weeks of Unlimited Kettlebell or Extreme Cage Fighter Workout Classes at MMA Underground (Up to 74% Off)

MMA Undrground

Crystal Lake

Kettlebell workouts focus on strength training for definition in the upper arms and core; cage fighting builds muscle and increases agility

$100 $29

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Ten or Twenty CrossFit Classes or One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit 815 (Up to 82% Off)

CrossFit 815

Crystal Lake

Certified trainers lead exercise routines that blend weightlifting, gymnastics & track-and-field techniques to build strength & versatility

$150 $27

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Skiing and Snowboarding at Villa Olivia (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Villa Olivia

Bartlett

Ski or snowboard down seven runs; slopes feature a quad chair lift and six rope tows, plus a ski cafe with snacks, warm drinks, and beer

$39 $22

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One Month of Dance Classes or Ballet and Tap for Young Kids at Lisa's School of Dance Inc (Up to 59% Off)

Lisa's School of Dance Inc

Bartlett

Instructors teach correct techniques to give students a foundation in a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop

$52 $25

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10 CrossFit Classes or Three Personal-Training Sessions at CrossFit Arioch (Up to 70% Off)

CrossFit Arioch

Bartlett

Varied, scalable CrossFit workouts stay rooted in functional exercises; custom personal-training sessions focus on individual fitness goals

$125 $38

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One or Three Months of Weekly Irish Dance Classes at Mayer School of Irish Dance (Up to 56% Off)

Mayer School of Irish Dance

Gilberts

Instructors teach beginners aged 5-19 traditional Irish step dance techniques and routines

$60 $27

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4, 6, or 10 Bags of Driving-Range Balls at Marengo Ridge Golf Club (50% Off)

Marengo Ridge Golf Club

Marengo

20-stall practice range features target greens at 100, 150, and 200 yards

$30 $15

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One or Two Private Horseback Riding Lessons for Ages 7 and Up at Hawks Landing (Up to 52% Off)

Hawks Landing

Hampshire

In a one-on-one setting, a horseback riding instructor teaches students the basic fundamentals of steering and controlling a horse

$60 $29

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One or Three 60-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Platinum Farm (Up to 59% Off)

Platinum Farm

Marengo

Horseback-riding lessons can be targeted to riders of any age or ability, from novices brand new to the sport to veteran competitors

$70 $31

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Two Weeks or One Month of Unlimited Boxing Classes for Kids at Title Boxing Club (Up to 75% Off)

Title Boxing Club

Lake Zurich

Kids can increase their fitness abilities, social skills, and confidence during boxing classes

$59 $15

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$20 for $40 Groupon — Cinnamon's DanceWorks

Cinnamon's Danceworks

Lake Zurich

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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$19 for Discover Scuba Class at Chicagoland Scuba (68% Off)

Chicagoland Scuba

Lake Zurich

Discover Scuba offers a brief introduction of all the ins and outs of underwater excursions

$60 $19

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$59 for 10 Group Pilates or Yoga Classes at Yin Yang Pilates and Yoga ($140 Value)

Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga

Lake Zurich

Group mat pilates and yoga sessions help improve flexibility and fitness

$140 $59

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Four Private or Group Swim Lessons at British Swim School (Up to 52% Off)

British Swim School

Multiple Locations

Kids ages 3 months and older explore swimming and water safety under the careful supervision of trained teachers

$181 $90

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$94 for $209 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Chang Brothers Taekwondo Academy

Chang Brothers Taekwondo Academy

Hanover Park

From the merchant: Taekwondo students learn confidence, discipline, and anti-bullying in a safe environment with encouraging instructors.

$209 $94

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$11 for $44 Worth of Dance Lessons — PDC The Studio

Pdc The Studio

Hanover Park

Choose from a full range of classes, such as Baby+Mom, Ballet and Tap for ages 3–5, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop

$44 $11

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$11 for $20 Worth of Driving-Range Balls at Green Valley Golf Range

Green Valley Golf Range

Bloomingdale

Year-round driving range features 80 large stalls, 20 of which are covered and heated for winter practice sessions

$20 $11

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One or Two Months of Youth Boxing and Jiu Jitsu Classes at Total Performance Factory (Up to 67% Off)

Total Performance Factory

Hanover Park

Energetic, knowledgeable trainers teach newcomers the engaging, slimming, and strengthening techniques of boxing

$85 $29

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Exotic-Car Ride-Along or Driving Experience from Imagine Lifestyles (Up to 67% Off). Four Options Available.

Imagine Lifestyles

Sears Centre Arena

Ride shotgun while a professional takes the wheel, or drive yourself during multiple high-speed laps in an exotic car

$249.99 $99

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$125 for $250 Worth of Personal Fitness Programs at HD Fitness

HD Fitness

Hoffman Estates

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

$250 $125

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10 Introductory CrossFit Classes or One Month of CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Xyston (Up to 69% Off)

Crossfit Xyston

Hoffman Estates

High-intensity, ever-changing fitness routines enhance functional fitness with a combination of strength training, cardio, and gymnastics

$125 $39

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$19 for One Private and One Group Dance Lesson at Fred Astaire Dance Studios ($135 Value)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Multiple Locations

Studio cofounded by Fred Astaire trains students with a curriculum that breaks social dances down into easily combined components

$135 $19

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Three or Six Open-Play Outings at Kids Club Party and Fun (Up to 50% Off)

Kids Club Party and Fun

Schaumburg

Kids frolic in small houses, mini cars, and cushioned playhouses as parents sink into comfy couches and sip on coffee or tea

$30 $16

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$49 for a DEXA Bone Density Scan at OsteoStrong of Chicago ($250 Value)

OsteoStrong of Chicago

Schaumburg

Clients boost joint and bone strength with DEXA bone density scans, strengthening sessions, and whole-bdy vibrations

$250 $49

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$59 for One Month of Unlimited Boxing or Kickboxing Classes with Hand Wraps at TITLE Boxing Club ($183 Value)

TITLE Boxing Club

Multiple Locations

Master proper form for jabs, crosses, and hooks—the boxer’s basic punches—before toning up with an intense core workout

$183 $59

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10 or 15 Yoga, Barre and Fitness Classes at Health First Wellness Center (81% Off)

Health First Wellness Center

Schaumburg

Tone muscles in a variety of yoga classes and fitness classes including barre and Zumba

$150 $29

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$149 for a Helicopter Flying Lesson and Flight from Bachman Aero ($295 Value)

Bachman Aero

Schaumburg

The 30-minute helicopter flying lesson puts students in control of the craft at 500 feet with instruction from a FAA Certified Pilot

$295 $149

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5 or 10 Bounce-House Play Passes at Pump It Up (Up to 51% Off

Pump It Up

Schaumburg

Kids scramble and jump through bounce houses and coast down inflatable slides during five or 10 play sessions

$40 $20

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Five or Ten Brazilian Jiujitsu Classes at LCCT Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Up to 71% Off)

LCCT Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Schaumburg

Three-time IBJJF world champion Luiz Claudio and his team instruct students of all levels in the art of Rickson Gracie Jiujitsu

$100 $35

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Three Games of Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Glowgolf (Up to 55% Off)

Glowgolf

Multiple Locations

Luminescent golf balls, lit-up putters, neon obstacles, and incandescent walls illuminate players negotiating tricky glow-themed landscapes

$16 $8

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5 or 10 Drop-In Play Sessions, or a 90-Minute Firefighter Birthday Party for Up to 14 at FireZone (Up to 66% Off)

FireZone

Schaumburg

Hands-on activities in a firehouse-themed activity center with real firefighters teach safety skills and fuel imaginations

$45 $17

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Three or Five Fitness Classes with Strength Screening at Back in Line Chiropractic Gym (Up to 59% Off)

Back in Line Chiropractic Gym

Schaumburg

Held 5 days a week, each full-body fitness class also focuses on an additional specific body area, such as leg strength or cardio health

$80 $39

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10 or 20 Boot Camp Classes at Nate's Premium Athletes (Up to 79% Off)

Nate's Premium Athletes

Schaumburg

Fitness classes, full-body boot-camp workouts, and sport-specific training led by trainers who all have exercise-science degrees

$150 $39

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Four or Six Weeks of Classes for Kids at Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Up to 70% Off)

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Schaumburg

Schaumburg

Instructors put an emphasis on anti-bullying and self-defense in jiu-jitsu classes

$184 $59

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$20 for an All-Day Game Pass for One to GameWorks ($45 Value)

GameWorks

Schaumburg

Full day of unlimited access to hundreds of interactive games

$45 $20

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Five Boot-Camp Classes or One Month of Unlimited Boot Camps at TrainMSP.com (Up to 72% Off)

Trainmsp

Schaumburg

Boot camps challenge clients with body-weight exercises and cardiovascular movements

$50 $18

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Fitness Assessment and Customized Workout Plan at Mor Results Personal Training (65% Off)

Mor Results Personal Training

Schaumburg

From the merchant: Mor Results listens to your goals and then creates a plan to help you achieve them. We make sure you get what you want.

$105 $37

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$50 for $100 One Month of Childrens Martial Arts at Striking Arts Academy

Striking Arts Academy

Wauconda

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

$100 $50

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Silver Lotus Yoga (Up to 52% Off)

Silver Lotus Yoga

Wauconda

Instructors teach a variety of yoga styles including classes for expecting mothers, beginners & students that require a chair for assistance

$70 $35

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10 or 20 Kickboxing or Nit-Chi Classes at Gangi Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 66% Off)

Gangi Martial Arts & Fitness

Wauconda

Nit-chi classes are rooted in the signature Gangi kung fu method, which blends yoga-inspired conditioning with martial-arts combat

$100 $39

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One, Three, or Five Private 30-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Diamond Edge LLC in Wauconda (Up to 55% Off)

Diamond Edge LLC

Wauconda

Lessons with successful, lifelong equestrian start beginners out with riding basics; lessons also help experienced riders hone their skills

$40 $19

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$19 for $35 Worth of Bicycle Rental — Main Street Outfitter

Main Street Outfitter

Wauconda

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

$35 $19

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10 Weeks of Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Jai Yoga Studio (Up to 58% Off)

Jai Yoga Studio

Palatine

Instructors lead a variety of yoga classes—including gentle, therapeutic, and Vinyasa—for students of all levels

$99 $49

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$25 for $50 Groupon — The Edge Dance Academy

The Edge Dance Academy

Palatine

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

$50 $25

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Roller Skating and Skate Rental for Two or Four or Family Outing Package at Orbit Skate Center (Up to 50% Off)

Orbit Skate Center

Palatine

Chicagoland’s largest skate rink with a half-acre of wood floors hosts open-skate sessions with DJs; family package includes pizza and soda

$22 $12

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10 or 15 Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Powered By Ivan Training Systems (Up to 88% Off)

Powered by Ivan Training Systems

Rolling Meadows

Former Division I soccer athlete tailors workouts to weight loss or boosting athletic performance with TRX, kettlebells, and battle ropes

$300 $39

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2-Month Membership with Optional Personal Training, Fitness Classes, or Both at Anytime Fitness Roselle (Up to 77% Off)

Anytime Fitness Roselle

Roselle

Personal trainers, boot-camp classes, and an array of cardio and strength equipment toughen physiques inside a 24-hour gym

$122 $59

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Five or 10 Classes from Elite Fitness Training (Up to 71% Off)

Elite Fitness Training

Roselle

Weight training, boot camps, and circuit training are specialties for the staff at this center, which welcomes any and all fitness goals

$100 $29

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Cooking Class for 1, 2, or 4, or Cooking or Team-Building Class for 10 at Cooking Skills Academy (Up to 53% Off)

Cooking Skills Academy

Design First Studio

More than 20 classes include 15-minute pasta dishes, cooking with wine, and parmesan-encrusted chicken; Iron Chef event aids team building

$80 $39

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5, 10, or 15 40-Minute Power Workout Sessions at Cross Kicks Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Cross Kicks Fitness

Roselle

During 40-minute sessions, trainers weave elements of cross-training, boxing, and kickboxing into muscle-toning, calorie-burning workouts

$112 $39

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When he shuts up his workshop at the North Pole after another successful holiday season, Santa Claus doesn't simply hibernate until next December. Instead, he packs up his sleigh and heads to his summer home at the Fox River Valley's Santa's Village Azoosment Park. Open from May to October, the wonderland greets guests with three separate amusement experiences. The fun begins in Santa's Village, where quaint alpine building and expertly manicured pathways awaken feelings of nostalgia in hearts young and old. There, visitors can zoom down the original Santa's Tree House Slide, hitch a ride on the Kringle Convoy, or snap a picture at a recreation of Santa's North Pole home. They can also tap into the amusement rides including the antique carousel, the Tilt-A-Whirl, and Dracor the Dragon's Coaster.

A renowned lover of animals, Santa has also filled his park with a menagerie of creatures both familiar and exotic. After visiting Rudolph and company at Reindeer Ridge, visitors can grab a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh on their way to see the denizens of Parakeet Paradise, Tortoise Island, or Old MacDonald's Farm and Petting Zoo. In addition to grabbing up-close peeks of everything from a red-tailed boa to a fennec fox, visitors can also take in an exotic animal show that educates audience members about the park's wild residents.

Always in the holiday spirit, the park welcomes groups looking to add a spark to reunions, birthday, or group outings. This accommodating spirit even extends to the park's rule book: parking is free, and picnic baskets are encouraged.

601 Dundee Ave.
East Dundee,
IL
US

Village Vintner Winery & Brewery poses a gastronomic triple threat, operating as not just a restaurant and winery, but also a fully functioning brewery. A battalion of stainless-steel machinery ferments the hand-selected wheat and barley that make up the vanilla-cream ale, the German-style hefeweizen, and the Vintner Hop Rocket, an 8.2% ABV varietal culminating from six types of hops and mad, mad science. At the tasting bar, guests can sample these brewery end products, along with Village Vintner’s expansive selection of homemade red, white, and fruit wines. The main restaurant area houses a wood-fired pizza oven, which bakes the pesto pizzas and smoldering baby back ribs that complement potables.

A spirit of good-natured fun permeates the copper-hued premises, as evidenced by a free monthly wine and mug club. Live music is a common occurrence on Friday nights, and Wednesdays star Chef Rob’s pork special.

2273 Randall Road
Carpentersville,
IL
US

A bowler since the age of 5, owner Jerry Morano spent his formative years watching his dad bowling with the guys. At the age of 20, Morano bowled his first perfect game and over his professional bowling career played a total of 26 perfect games and won five Professional Bowling Association regional titles. During that time, he was working for a major auto company and it was his dream to retire and own his own alley someday. That dream came true when he bought Liberty Lanes Bowling Center in 2008.

Morano quickly fell in love with the bowling alley’s 24 retro-style wooden lanes. As families and friends send balls careening toward the pins, an automatic Brunswick Frameworx system keeps score impartially and refrains from remarking on each bowler’s form. Between frames, bowlers can refuel at the snack bar, which serves french fries, pizza, and chicken fingers. At the bar, patrons can pair 16-ounce cans of Schlitz with games on three pool tables and two electronic dart machines.

115 Lw Besinger Dr
Carpentersville,
IL
US

Paintball Explosion began when a group of paintball fanatics decided to make their dreams a reality and set about designing eight different fields of movie-set quality. Located just a 40-minute drive outside of Chicago, the real-life fantasy land they created includes the sci-fi-inspired, concrete environs of Code Black Field as well as the abandoned amusement-park setting of Biohazard Field.

The expansive facility also sports indoor and outdoor speedball fields for adrenaline-fueled fastness. Between matches, gamers can prepare at heated buildings with locker rooms and showers. With an onsite sports bar and grill, Paintball Explosion makes the paintball haven a place where enthusiasts can discuss the forces of velocity, wind resistance, and the physics of splatter.

601 Dundee Ave
East Dundee,
IL
US

Raging Buffalo's adrenaline junkies have turned their athletic addiction into a successful enterprise by offering snowboarding and wakeboarding lessons to beginners and experienced riders. In the summer, their instructors take to the wake for lessons that start at the wakeboard school?open since 2001?before taking students on 15-minute riding sessions. When winter comes, the instructors dry-dock their boards in local bear caves and show students how to navigate the drifts with snowboard lessons at their ski park, which opened in 1992. Additionally, Raging Buffalo plays host to a variety of events, from rail jams to USASA competitions.

265 N Western Ave
Carpentersville,
IL
US

The CAKE Village aims to immerse children of all ethnic backgrounds in the diverse arts, cultures, and languages of Africa. Kids can both make believe and make something creative at the center?there's a play kitchen where they can whip up pretend meals, brush glazes of their choice onto pottery, or make masks and learn the basics of the Yoruba language. Whatever the kids choose, this center?an acronym for Culture for Africa for Kids Everywhere?has a team of multicultural educators to nurture them along the way.

In the 3,000 square-foot-plus space, includess a Mini Village that has a stage decorated as an African palace, where kids can try out traditional musical instruments and theatrical performance, or just practice crowd-surfing. Elsewhere, there's a wardrobe of dress-up clothes, a pretend grocery store and fruit stand, and a series of thatched huts.

611 E Main St.
East Dundee,
IL
US