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$150 for $200 Worth 3 months of Martial Arts — Smith Institute of Martial Arts

Smith Institute Of Martial Arts

Decatur

$200 $150

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One- or Three-Month Martial Arts Membership at Pearcy's Ata Taekwondo USA (Up to 67% Off)

Pearcy's Ata Taekwondo USA

Shelbyville

$100 $39

Learn the fundamentals of Tae Kwon Do and the pillars of discipline, respect, and physical strength during one or three months of classes

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Six Weekly Classes at McNulty School of Irish Dance (Up to 51% Off). 16 Options Available.

McNulty School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

$72 $35

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

Side-by-Side ATV Tour for Two or Four at Wilstem Ranch (Up to 50% Off)

Wilstem Ranch

Paoli

$118 $59

Explore winding trails through the ranch's wooded hills and rolling pastures on a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle

Tandem Hang-Gliding Flight for One or Two from Hang Glide Chicago (Up to 42% Off)

Hang Glide Chicago

Chebanse

$299 $179

Certified instructors accompany passengers for a 2,500-foot flight during which they can steer the glider, take photos, or enjoy the view

Karaoke with Food and Drinks at Echo Karaoke and Taiwanese Grill (50% Off). Four Options Available.

Echo Karaoke and Taiwanese Grill

West Lafayette

$28 $14

Enjoy a large selection of songs in several languages while munching on food such as lamb kebabs and edamame and sipping on sake or tea

Four Rounds of Miniature Golf or Birthday Party for 13 Kids at Monster Mini Golf (Up to 72% Off)

Monster Mini Golf

Multiple Locations

$32 $15

Balls ricochet around 18 black-lit indoor holes set amid luminous murals, giant monsters, and animated props; party with golf and games

One or Three One-Hour Private Horseback-Riding Lessons at Foxton Farm Stables (Up to 52% Off)

Foxton Farm Stables

Lauramie

$45 $22

A 95-acre farm with indoor and outdoor riding arenas serves as a backdrop for lessons in Western- or English-style riding

One-Hour Pottery or Wheel Class for Two or Three-Hour Class for One at Lala Gallery & Studio (Up to 51% Off)

Lala Gallery & Studio

Lafayette

$30 $15

Drop-in projects teach pupils pottery skills to create bowls, mugs and plates; private pottery and potter's wheel lessons are also available

Birthday Party for Up to Nine Kids or Roller-Skating Package for 2 or 4 at Wheels of Wonder (Up to 62% Off)

Wheels of Wonder

Multiple Locations

$69.99 $34

Families spin around the rink in quad skates and play redemption games in the arcade; birthday parties entertain up to nine kids

10 or 20 Taekwondo Classes at Soo Kim Martial Arts (Up to 66% Off)

Soo Kim Martial Arts

Peoria

$140 $49

Instructor tailors lessons to each age group; no-pressure classes are designed to build confidence and self-defense skills

Tour with Six Tastings and a Glass of Wine or $17 for $30 Worth of Food and Wine at Illinois River Winery

Illinois River Winery

North Utica

$30 $17

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Sample more than 30 handcrafted wines from the tasting room or sip wines while touring the facility

Training Day Mud Run for One or Two at Dirt Runner (Up to 30% Off)

Dirt Runner

Marseilles

$25 $18

Runners train for larger events by scrabbling through 4 miles of mud pools, tunnels, and ravines, working to beat their time or friends

One or Two Hours of Bowling for Up to Six at Channahon Lanes and Riverfront Lanes (Up to 55% Off)

Channahon Lanes

Multiple Locations

$38 $19

Rock-It-Bowl Saturday nights get crowds going with music and flashing lights; bumpers for kids, video games, and a bar for adults

One or Two Months of Group Fitness Classes with Four Personal Training Sessions at Beyond Fitness (Up to 67% Off)

Beyond Fitness

Minooka

$190 $79

Instructors help students build tighter, healthier physiques through personal training and group fitness classes

One-Hour Horseback-Riding Lesson for Two or Four at Ashley Woods Equestrian Center (50% Off)

Ashley Woods Equestrian Center

Minooka

$80 $40

Students learn horsemanship skills during classes available at both a heated indoor arena and a lighted outdoor arena

5 or 10 Fitness Classes at Metabolic Fitness Management (Up to 59% Off)

Metabolic Fitness Management

Multiple Locations

$60 $25

Group workout classes build core strength with use of dangling TRX straps; schedule also includes boot camp and kettlebell sessions

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental and Range Balls at Ulen Country Club (Up to 62% Off)

Ulen Country Club

Center

$158 $63

Golfers roll through a par 70 course designed by William Diddle with lake, creek, and 80 bunkers

Horsemanship Class and a Riding Lesson at Hannaberry Farm (Up to 64% Off). Four Options Available.

Hannaberry Farm

Crete

$125 $49

Introductory class covers grooming and horsemanship; riding lesson teaches English-style riding and dressage fundamentals

5 or 10 Open-Play Sessions at FunFlatables (Up to 56% Off)

FunFlatables

Multiple Locations

$80 $35

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Indoor playgrounds house colorful, air-filled obstacle courses, slides, and bounce castles

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

$300 $20

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$35 for Five Yoga Classes at Essence of Life ($75 Value)

Essence of Life

Shorewood

$75 $35

Regular and hot yoga classes encourage students of all abilities to develop strength, flexibility, and overall well-being

10 or 20 Drop-In Fitness Classes at Elixir Group Fitness Clubs (Up to 60% Off)

Elixir Group Fitness Clubs

New Lenox

$120 $48

Get fit in fun, upbeat group fitness classes that includes Les Mills Pump, Combat, Attack, TRX, Boot Camps, and Zumba Dance!

$8 for $15 Worth of Skateboarding — Drop In Skatepark

Drop In Skatepark

New Lenox

$15 $8

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$10 for $40 Worth of Personal Fitness Program — Pulse Training Systems

Pulse Training Systems

New Lenox

$40 $10

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30- or 60-Minute Batting-Cage Session at Pastime Sports Academy (Up to 50% Off)

Pastime Sports Academy

New Lenox

$20 $10

Iron Mike pitching machines can be controlled to throw different speeds at different angles for baseball and softball players all all levels

$38 for $85 Worth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kids Classes at University of Ground Fighting

University Of Ground Fighting

New Lenox

$85 $38

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Two Weeks or One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Crossfit Rua (Up to 63% Off)

Crossfit Rua

Frankfort

$48 $20

Instructors aid others in burning calories with a system of intense functional exercises designed to prep for all physical activities

$39 for One Month of Kids' Kung Fu Classes at Strike Back Fitness ($80 Value)

Strike Back Fitness

Frankfort Square

$80 $39

Martial-arts instructors build kids' confidence, self-respect, discipline, and determination during kung fu classes for ages 7–12

Yakov Smirnoff at Rialto Square Theatre on Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m. (Up to 41% Off)

Yakov Smirnoff

Rialto Square Theatre

$47.25 $28

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Soviet-born comedy icon who found fame comparing the US with the USSR is still yukking it up with society-deconstructing wordplay

Super-Speedway Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 60% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Chicagoland Speedway

$129 $64

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

Exotic-Car Driving Experience or Ride-Along from Adventure Supercars (Up to 51% Off). 14 Options Available.

Adventure Supercars

Autobahn Country Club

$99 $49

Customers experience driving a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, BMW, or McLaren themselves around a track

Blackened: Metallica Tribute Plus a Drink at Mojoes on Friday, October 3, at 9 p.m. (Up to 54% Off)

Blackened

Mojoes

$17.30 $8

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Chicago-based Metallica tribute takes the stage after tributes to Down and Stone Temple Pilots

Choose an Exotic Supercar to Ride-Along or Drive on a Professional Racetrack (Up to 59% Off)

Xtreme Xperience

Autobahn Country Club

$239 $99

Test drive exotic cars like a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, Audi, and more at high speeds on a professional racetrack

Low-Impact Open-Play Paintball Package for Two, Four, or Eight at CPX Sports (Up to 74% Off)

CPX Sports

Joliet

$95 $25

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Combatants wage a paintball war on 15 themed fields with new Low Impact markers, 250 paintballs per person, and protective face masks

Two, Four, or Six Boxing Personal Training Sessions at Round One Boxing and Fitness Center (Up to 78% Off)

Round One Boxing and Fitness Center

Joliet

$180 $49

Boxing Trainer helps clients beef up their skills in the ring with personal training sessions

Single-Day Admission for Two or Four or Family Membership at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joliet

$12 $6

History museum mines the past of the town of Joliet, its people, and how their stories relate to the whole of American history

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

Music Lessons by Maggie

Joliet

$90 $41

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

3-, 8-, or 11-Lap Stock-Car Race Experience from Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure (Up to 50% Off)

Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure

Chicagoland Speedway

$195 $99

Passengers ride in Sprint Cup stock cars for three laps, take the wheel for eight laps, or do both at the Texas Motor Speedway

Amusement-Park Package for Two or Four from Haunted Trails Amusement Park (53% Off)

Haunted Trails Amusement Park

Multiple Locations

$57 $27

Pizza helps fuel romps through a game area and visits to two attractions, which include mini golf and go-karts, plus laser tag at Joliet

Bowling with Shoe Rental, Pizza, and Beer for Up to 6 or 12 People at Lakewood Bowl (Up to 53% Off)

Lakewood Bowl

Richton Park

$69.49 $34

This family-friendly bowling center has updated lanes, an on-site bar and grill, and a barbershop located inside

BYOB Painting Party for Two or Four at Colorful Canvas Art Parties (Up to 54% Off)

Colorful Canvas Art Parties

Richton Park

$70 $35

A local painter guides participants in painting a featured piece; paint brushes, acrylic paint, easels, canvases, and aprons are provided

Six Open-Play Sessions at Jump!Zone (Up to 42% Off). Six Locations Available.

Jump!Zone

Multiple Locations

$60 $35

Kids bounce across massive inflatable arenas, slides, and obstacle courses

$49 for One Month of Martial Arts Classes with Uniform at Family Martial Arts ($204 Value)

Family Martial Arts

Mokena

$204 $49

Instructors professionally trained in styles such as Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido teach kids and adults during classes

$39 for 10 Yoga or Pilates Classes at Mindful Movements Health & Fitness Studio ($100 Value)

Mindful Movements Health & Fitness Studio

Mokena

$100 $39

Inviting studio’s Pilates classes tone cores, yoga classes quiet minds, and total-body-toning classes build full-body strength and endurance

One or Three Months of Unlimited Women’s Kickboxing Classes at Randori Jiu-Jitsu (71% Off)

Randori Jiu-Jitsu

Randori Jiu-Jitsu

$99 $29

Women learn muay Thai moves and other techniques during kickboxing classes that integrate self-defense tactics into intense workouts

One Month of Acting, Modeling, and Dance Classes at FieldCrest School of Performing Arts (Up to 73% Off)

FieldCrest School of Performing Arts

Park Forest

$75 $29

Acting classes teach pantomime, improv, modeling, catwalk strides; dance lessons include ballet, tap, hip hop, and jazz

Roller Skating, Laser Tag, and Arcade Tokens for Two, Four, or Eight at Family Fun Zone (Up to 71% Off)

Family Fun Zone

Crest Hill

$36 $15

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Visitors conquer arcade games, storm the laser-tag arena, and roll around the skating rink under colorful lights

18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Prairie Bluff Public Golf Course (Up to 50% Off)

Prairie Bluff Public Golf Course

Lockport

$120 $65

Rounds for two or four on a par-72, bent-grass course stretches across nearly 240 acres with 10 water hazards and 40+ bunkers

$54 for $90 Worth of Music Lessons — My Violin Studio

My Violin Studio

Brownsburg

$90 $54

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at Hip Fitness (60% Off)

Hip Fitness

Brownsburg

$50 $20

Certified instructors lead groups through body-sculpting schedule of cardio, yoga, Pilates & spinning workouts in massive studio

Two Weeks of Unlimited Yoga Classes at The Hart Wellness Center (70% Off)

The Hart Wellness Center

Flossmoor

$84 $25

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

Eric Mantel

Matteson

$45 $22.50

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

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The "Amara" in Amara Yoga & Arts is a shortened version of "Amaranth," which alludes to a mythological flower that never dies. Studio co-owners Theresa Brandabur and Kathryn Fitzgerald believe that yoga brings people a step closer to that immortal flower, healing their bodies and restoring peace to their minds.

Their students tend to agree. Natural light filters in through the tall windows of the Urbana studio, illuminating these students as they work through challenging Vinyasa poses and gentler Hatha movements. Amara Yoga & Arts also offers a revolving calendar of yoga classes, including restorative, gentle, Hot and Power Flow, as well as Ashtanga.

300 S Broadway Ave
Urbana,
IL
US

Illinois Skydiving Center trains aspiring daredevils through a trio of tandem, static-line, and accelerated-free-fall classes. AFF classes teach solo skills under the direction of instructors and coaches who jump with you, teaching stability and proper deployment skills. Static-line progression jumps prepare sky mavens for the pressures of a solo career with an ascending series of jumps that impart the art of free fall. During tandem jumps, students are strapped to a certified instructor who pulls the cord and directs the movements of parachute as guests take in breathtaking views of the landscape, local tributaries, and central-state volcanoes before feet land safely on the ground.

1962 County Road 2500 N
Thomasboro,
IL
US

In 1954, Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio, Bill Haley & His Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock," and Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In Movie Theatre screened its first film. Over the next decades, it survived the skyrocketing popularity of cable television and even a tornado, but eventually closed in the 1980s. The projectors weren't powered down for long?in 1989, Mike Harroun saw an opportunity to create a place that combined the nostalgic vibe of a 1950s drive-in with the technology of a modern cinema.

These days, sunset is the cue for ultra high-definition digital projectors to whir to life and FM stereo transmitters to broadcast digital 5.1 surround sound into visitors' vehicles. The two screens change their feature films throughout the season, ensuring that crowds can catch first-run summer blockbusters before the explosions become covered with brown spots. Guests may bring their own food for a small fee, or order from a menu featuring piping-hot popcorn, giant dill pickles, and third-pound Black Angus burgers straight from the grill. That combination of old-fashioned entertainment and new-fangled equipment has won the theater plenty of press, including a spot on USA Today's list of the country's 10 best drive-ins.

1175 S Sangamon Ave
Gibson City,
IL
US

As the prop engine murmurs and the plane reaches its cruising altitude, there's a moment when one of two things happens. Either your stomach drops, even before the rest of your body does, or a calming sensation takes over and a moment of zen occurs. Regardless of how you react to the anticipation of jumping out of the plane, the actual experience of flying is worth the uncertainty. As soon as you emerge from the aircraft, you'll enter an exhilarating free fall before deploying a parachute and gliding safely back to land, finally proving to your middle school sweetheart that you are, in fact, not a bird.

The certified instructors at Illinois Skydiving Center can fly with beginners during tandem jumps or train students to skydive on their own through programs that teach safety, jumping techniques, and parachute deployment. Flights can also be recorded so that students return home with a DVD copy of their flights.

1650 W Ottawa St.
Paxton,
IL
US

Looking for a fresh turn in their respective careers, Joe and Dawn Taylor planted the first grapes at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in 2002. In 2007 they opened the winery, where they sell their wines and swap stories with visitors. Amid 10 acres of expansive grapevines, a timber-frame barn houses the winery and tasting room. While sipping Sleepy Creek's varietals, guests can browse the gift shop, peruse the upstairs art gallery, and sample local cheeses from Ludwig Farmstead Creamery and Ropp Jersey Cheese. Above the winery, bed-and-breakfast-style accommodations allow visitors to relax amid the countryside and eavesdrop on rumors spreading through the grapevines outside.

8254 E 1425 North Rd
Fairmount,
IL
US

Chris and Pam Schmick had spent six months cleaning out the scrap metal from their abandoned silos and just finished drilling thousands of holes in its walls. With little time to spare, they prepared for their climbing gym's grand opening on September 2, 1995—a date on which they had already agreed to hold a regional JCCA competition. The effort they've expended in the nearly 20 intervening years shows: today, climbers scramble on top ropes, lead ropes, and more than 20,000 square feet of lava-free climbing surface.

Instructors prepare visitors to surmount the gym's features in a range of classes, such as Rock Gym 101, which is an introduction to top-rope climbing that covers climbing safety, basic technique, and equipment. Once climbers are equipped with gear from the pro-shop, staff shows them around a multi-level bouldering cave, a main climbing area with 30-foot walls shaped by arêtes, cracks, and waves, and the building's five original silos. Elsewhere inside the gym, six auto-belays safely cradle visitors who wish to climb without taking a class.

1304 W Washington St
Bloomington,
IL
US