Activities in Chicago

Tour Chicago's Moving Bridges with a Civil Engineer

Moving-Bridge Tour

The Loop

$20 $20

Retired Civil Engineer Jim Phillips expands on the how and why of Chicago's moving bridges during a tour by foot and water taxi

Cubs Right-Field Rooftop Seating with Food and Drinks at Down the Line Rooftop (Up to 56% Off). 17 Games Available.

Down The Line Rooftop

Down The Line Rooftop

$133.28 $59

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Clubhouse staff serve classic ballpark eats and dispense beverages to fans watching Cubs play from indoor seats or outdoor rooftop seats

$99 for a Two-Hour Electric-Boat Rental for Up to 8 - 10 from Vantage Yacht Club ($300 Value)

Vantage Yacht Club

Goose Island

$300 $99

Electric boats host up to 8 - 10 guests as they tour the Chicago River or enjoy sunset views of downtown Chicago

$325 for a Round-Trip Chicago-Cincinnati Charter Flight from Ultimate Air Shuttle ($575 Value)

Ultimate Air Shuttle

Chicago Midway Airport

$575 $325

Skip airport hassles and enjoy VIP treatment during charter flights that offer complimentary snacks and drinks

Running Tours of Downtown Chicago from Chicago Running Tours & More (Up to 55% Off)

Chicago Running Tours & More

Central Chicago

$32 $15

Professional guides lead sightseeing tours at a jogging pace during excursions that emphasize fun and learning over speed

Great Food Tour of Chicago with Six Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours

Chicago

$50 $25

Tours make six stops along Michigan Avenue, visiting the originator of deep-dish pizza and an eatery serving up Chicago-style hot dogs

10 or 20 Kickboxing and MMA Classes at Keller's Martial Arts (Up to 79% Off)

Keller's Martial Arts

Irving Park

$200 $43

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Kickboxing classes create a workout based around muay thai & boxing techniques; MMA classes blend judo, jiu-jitsu, and dirty boxing styles

Five Drop-In Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at MaZi Dance Fitness Centre (Up to 69% Off)

MaZi Dance Fitness Centre

Multiple Locations

$95 $29

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Experienced instructors lead dance-based classes designed to strengthen & tone muscles for pupils of all skill levels

Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

$14 $8

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair

$49 for $110 Groupon — Kurt Rawlins Fitness

Kurt Rawlins Fitness

Near North Side

$110 $49

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One or Six Open-Play Family Visits at Bubbles Academy (Up to 50% Off)

Bubbles Academy

Goose Island

$12 $6

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Parents bring kids age 0–6 to climb and play in a room full of toy stations, slides, tunnels, and bubbles

One- or Two-Hour Rental of a Fire Truck from FireZone (Up to 26% Off)

FireZone

On Location

$475 $350

Firefighters arrive with shiny red fire truck to celebrate a kid's birthday or ring in a parade

Admission for One or Two to Chicago Sports Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago Sports Tours

Chicago

$42 $21

Saturday sports tours explore Chicago's rich history of football, baseball, basketball, and hockey

$39 for 10 Fitness Classes or Drop-In Gym Visits at Cheetah Gym ($139 Value)

Cheetah Gym

Multiple Locations

$139 $39

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Dance-fitness, Vinyasa-yoga, and boxing classes complement solo workouts on equipment by Life Fitness and Hammer Strength

Maze Visit and Time Freak Game for Two or Four at Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier (Up to 56% Off)

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze

Near North Side

$23.98 $12

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Narrow hallways inside a 4,000-square-foot, Chicago-history-themed maze on Navy Pier

Speed-Dating Event for One or Two People from Chicago Speed Date (Up to 54% Off)

Chicago Speed Date

On Location

$37.92 $18

Increase your chances for romance during three-minute conversations with a series of potential mates

One or Three Months of Group Fitness Classes at Premier Performance and Fitness (Up to 78% Off)

Premier Performance and Fitness

$149 $39

Athletes of all levels boost their strength & flexibility in group classes, working out at their own pace & fitness level without judgement

Six Training Sessions from M.E.I. Fitness (45% Off)

Aaron Murphy Training

On Location

$750 $413

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Fitness Classes and Pilates Class at One Hundred Fitness (Up to 67% Off). Three Options Available.

One Hundred Fitness

Lakeview

$125 $49

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Dance-based cardio and stretching classes sculpt lean bodies; Pilates strengthens cores and improves flexibility

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At first sight, David Barton Gym might appear to be an art gallery or swank pad complete with pounded steel plating, leather-wrapped door handles, and weekly DJ sets, but a second glance reveals a 30,000-square-foot fitness haven overlooking the Chicago River. The designer gym is loaded with free weights, cardio machines, a group cycling studio, steam rooms, a Russian bath, and a studio for yoga class. Meet up with an experienced hardbody personal trainer and melt fat like a George Foreman grill with a barrage of pushups, sit-ups, or 20 minutes on the TV-topped elliptical machine. Renew your will from the on-site therapist from Delos Wellness and let them unkink the knots that prevent you from having the strength needed to throw a dictionary through a thicker dictionary.

My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic

E! News anchor and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic was born in Italy but she has strong ties to Chicago?namely, her husband Bill, the Trump-approved entrepreneur and restaurateur behind RPM Italian. In the My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic collection, the star of Giuliana & Bill gives the scoop on her favorite local spots to get glammed up, be entertained in style, and even shop for Bill.

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600 W Chicago Ave.
Chicago,
IL
US

"Life takes life out of you. Yoga puts it back." Amy Treciokas, founder of Yoga Now, lives by these words. In high school, Treciokas—already a fledgling yoga practitioner—was drawn to the savasana relaxation pose because it "was a great time for a nap." After being reintroduced to yoga as an adult, she truly fell in love. A consuming passion for the energizing and stress-relieving practice of yoga led her to spend three years in India to learn at the feet of yogis in Mysore, an intensive period of study that helped her to obtain authorization to teach Ashtanga yoga. Not long after she was authorized, Treciokas founded Yoga Now.

Yoga Now's studio evidences a commitment to sustainable-living practices, including bamboo flooring, eco-friendly insulation, and energy-efficient lighting powered by giant hamster wheels. Students practice yoga on rubber mats and sustainable cork blocks, or they relax their muscles by lounging in the complimentary sauna and steam room or indulging in one of nine massage modalities that are available seven days a week. An extensive team of teachers and healers helps to fill out a class schedule that spans from early morning to night.

742 N La Salle Dr
Chicago,
IL
US

Visitors to CrossFit Chicago don't find a gym's typical treadmills and weight machines. Instead, upon arrival at the 11,000-square-foot facility, they're greeted by barbells, pull-up bars, rowers, and medicine balls. The knowledgeable, passionate staff of coaches oversees this blend of old-fashioned equipment and new-school exercise theory, drawing from a diverse array of experiences and qualifications as they go. Owner Rudy Tapalla might use motivational techniques learned during his time as a USMC Sergeant, and lead coach Sara Cook might incorporate mastery of specific CrossFit components such as gymnastics, Olympic lifting, and nutrition during her women-specific workouts.

Equipped with space, exercises, and guidance, trainees transform their bodies with constant, varied movement, such as swinging kettlebells, leaping onto boxes, and flipping tractor tires. Specialized programs, such as women's only sessions or kids' classes, build strong bonds between participants while promoting healthy lifestyles full of rigorous activity.

1444 W Willow St
Chicago,
IL
US

Growing up, Timothy Suh learned that strength could take several forms. His father was a tae kwon do master who helped inspire a lifelong passion for martial arts. His mother waged a two-year battle with cancer, and her passing prompted Timothy to study alternative medicine. Today, he combines these strengths to aid other cancer patients with their pain, linking his acupuncture treatments with tai chi and yoga practices.

The symbiotic relationship between Timothy's specialties underlines Alternative Health Group's primary mission: balance. All his staffers also boast complementary disciplines. For example, licensed massage therapist Danielle Pacific teaches restorative yoga poses to her massage clients, which they can assume at home for further relief or on the sidewalk to bend the rules of hopscotch. This holistic approach allows the team to bring Eastern and Western influences together and to address root causes of symptoms rather than just the symptoms themselves. With personalized acupuncture sessions, clinical massage, herbal remedies, and classes in yoga and tai chi, they strive to recalibrate bodies and minds from all angles.

1834 W North Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Located in Chicago's Gold Coast, Indigo Studio's nationally and internationally trained instructors combine dance, cardio, and yoga in a wide array of classes. The studio was where Bootcamp Ballerinas started, which was featured in SELF magazine. The various courses focus on strengthening students and improving cardio, while ballet barre-based classes tone legs and glutes. Click here to view the schedule. The classes are high energy cardio and use dynamic routines that incorporate elements from bootcamp to help burn fat. Indigo Studio offers a variety of classes, ensuring that students of all skill levels achieve their fitness goals.


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213 W Institute Pl
Chicago,
IL
US

When entrepreneur Harold Pierce opened the first Harold’s Chicken Shack on Chicago’s South Side in 1950, his chefs fried chicken as it was ordered, filling customers' empty hands with baskets of fresh, piping-hot chicken in 12–15 minutes. Today, the chain of 62 restaurants peppered across the Midwest and Southwest continues the old tradition of rewarding patience with astonishingly delicious chicken. The long-standing shop specializes in a simple order—breaded chicken fried in a rich mix of vegetable oil and beef tallow for a home-cooked flavor. Chefs prep the chicken Chicago style by pouring a dash of sauce over the basket, which soaks into the white bread and crinkle fries that come with every order. Marked with the famed emblem of a cook chasing a chicken with a hatchet, the restaurant has saturated the city’s consciousness, earning a mention in Tucker Max’s I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, an appearance in Kanye West’s music video Through the Wire, and its own chicken hologram projected over the skyline. Serious Eats sums up citywide sentiment for the chain: "When the words 'fried chicken' are uttered in Chicago, it’s a fair bet that the name Harold’s Chicken Shack will usually follow."

1134 W Washington Blvd
Chicago,
IL
US

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