Activities in Chicago

Dehydrate, Can, and Freeze Food with an Herbal Alchemist

Intro to Canning Class

Eco Collective

Andrea Mattson teaches students the basics of water-bath canning, dehydrating, freezing, and pickling before the long winter

$40 $40

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$2 $1

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Two-Day Visit for Two or Green Season Pass for Two at Randolph Street Market (Up to 50% Off)

Randolph Street Market

West Loop

250+ vendors collect vintage furniture, art, fashions, antiques, estate jewelry, & fancy foods to sell at seasonally themed weekend markets

$10 $5

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Rooftop View of Foo Fighters Concert at Wrigley Field with Food and Drink on Saturday, August 29 (Up to 44% Off)

Foo Fighters

1048 Sky Lounge and Rooftop

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Watch the Foo Fighters play their massive hits and new material inspired by a cross-country road trip while enjoying barbecue and drinks

$301.28 $169

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Beyond the Score with Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Center

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Pianist Yuja Wang explores Ravel; multimedia Boulez celebration

$92 $41

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Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players – cp2's "Feel the Beat!" at City Winery on Sunday, November 9 Up to 40% Off)

"Feel the beat!"

City Winery

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Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players – cp2 present an afternoon of American Ragtime, Argentine tango, and Hungarian folk

$20 $12

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Bowling-League Registration for an Individual or a Team from Players Sport & Social Group (40% Off)

Players Sport & Social Group

Seven Ten Lounge & Lanes

Coed bowling teams play each other at Seven Ten Lounge & Lanes

$99 $59

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"A Bright Room Called Day" at Chemically Imbalanced Theater on November 7, 8, or 9 (Up to 42% Off)

"A Bright Room Called Day"

Chemically Imbalanced Theater

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Artists in 1930s Germany fail to take action against a rising dictatorship, while a woman in 1980s America struggles with a similar dilemma

$33.04 $19

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General or VIP Bowlloween Admission for Two at Lucky Strike Lanes (Up to 50% Off)

Bowlloween

Lucky Strike

Costumed bowlers ages 21 and up enjoy drink specials at Lucky Strike Lanes on Halloween

$30 $15

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"Desperate 2" at Carver Military Academy High School on November 8 or 9 (Up to 47% Off)

"Desperate 2"

Carver Military Academy High School

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Award-winning singers star in world-premiere drama exploring themes of family, love, and faith

$75 $40

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"This Business Is Murder" for Two at Harold Washington Cultural Center on Friday, November 7 (Up to 73% Off)

"This Business is Murder"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

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When it comes to the murder of candy magnate Sir Alan Sweetener, everyone—including his family—has motive and means

$150 $40

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Explore the Kinetics of Chicago's Massive Moving Bridges

One-Hour Bridge Lift Tour

Near North Side

Walk along the Chicago River with a retired civil engineer who explains the history and architecture of the city's movable bridges

$15 $15

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Three-Hour Walking Food Tour for One or Two from Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago (Up to 41% Off)

Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago

Multiple Locations

Local guides talk about the architecture and history of River North or Wicker Park while stopping at places such as Xoco and Antique Taco

$55 $34

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Comedy Night with Damon Williams and Friends at Castle on November 16 at 7 p.m. (Up to 55% Off)

Comedy Night with Damon Williams and Friends

Castle

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Nationally headlining comic who appears on the Tom Joyner Morning Show returns to his hometown for a showcase with fellow funny pals

$22.09 $10

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Kids Soccer Training with Current MLS Professionals Program at Kick It Right (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Kick It Right

Rauner YMCA

Children 7–12 learn sportsmanship, ball control, footwork, and offensive and defensive skills during practices and scrimmages

$150 $75

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5 or 10 Hula-Hooping from Cindy Huston (Up to 54% Off)

Cindy Huston

Ganesha Yoga and Adventures in Fitness

Learn basic hula-hooping techniques, such as hooping at the waist and above the head

$90 $45

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Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Autopsy Seminar

International Museum of Surgical Science

The founder of the Autopsy Center of Chicago fields questions about death and the body during a slideshow

$50 $50

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Tour by Bus for Two or Four from Chicago Crime Tours (Up to 53% Off)

Chicago Crime Tours

Chicago

Learn about more than 100 years of Chicago’s crime history in a 90-minute tour of famous crime scenes and landmarks

$79.90 $38

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Standup Show at UP Comedy Club (Up to 38% Off)

UP Comedy Club

Near North Side

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Nick Thune, Moshe Kasher, Todd Glass, and other regulars on the club circuit take the stage at The Second City’s standup venue

$27.50 $17

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Historic spacecraft, fragments of far away worlds, and maps of the galaxy make outer space seem completely within reach. That's the magic of The Adler Planetarium. From the moment visitors pass through the Clark Family Welcome Gallery?a portal of aluminum tubing, fabric, and video projections?they embark on a journey through space, time, and imagination.

  • Eye Catcher: Earth's neighbors and one massive yellow sun hang overhead in Our Solar System, which also includes a fragment of a meteorite and a replica of the Mars rover. The Adler is the only place where visitors can touch a piece of the Moon, Mars, and three different asteroids under one roof.
  • Permanent Mainstay: The Historic Atwood Sphere, Chicago's oldest planetarium, where guests can step under a steel dome to view the night sky as it appeared in 1913 thanks to 692 drilled holes.
  • Hands-On Experiments: In The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, you can send yourself digital postcards from across the universe; it'll only take four hours for one to arrive from Neptune, but be prepared to wait 2.5 million years for one to arrive from the Andromeda galaxy.
  • Hidden Gem: The Space Visualization Lab introduces guests to cutting-edge research that astronomers use to convey the vastness of space or the size of the castle they want to build on the moon.
  • Don't Miss: The live planetarium show, Destination Solar System, blends a sci-fi plot with real science as it journeys to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn's moon Titan.
  • Special Programs: Every third Thursday of the month, Adler After Dark lets amateur astronomers 21 and older spend the evening gazing at the stars with cocktails in hand.

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How an Adler Planetarium scientist and "Lalaloopsy" TV writer propelled their audience across the solar system.
1300 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago,
IL
US

Chicago might be far from any ocean, but that obstacle didn't stop it from pioneering the first permanent inland saltwater aquarium in the country. Thanks to civic leader John G. Shedd’s drive and contribution of $3 million paid for nearly a million gallons of seawater transported by rail from Florida’s coast, by 1930 the city hosted exhibits large enough to accommodate a wide variety of marine species–sea mammals as well as fish.

Today, Shedd’s dream continues to thrive with the aquarium’s scores of undersea creatures—from sharks and dolphins to vibrant sea cucumbers—showcased in educational, eye-catching exhibits. The permanent collection spirits visitors from the Great Lakes to the Amazon River to the waters of the Arctic Circle. The resident critters often share their turf with temporary guests such as sea jellies and stingrays, who fill dramatic special exhibits.

The most exciting animal encounters, however, may come via the year-round aquatic show. Trainers demonstrate the natural behaviors of sea lions, dolphins, and even beluga whales. They have some four-legged company, too: a trio of rescue dogs often appear alongside their finned adoptive family, demonstrating how learning through positive reinforcement transcends boundaries between species.

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Five Reasons to Visit (or Revisit) the Shedd Aquarium's Jellies Exhibit

Here’s why these lovable blobs are worth a first, second, or even fifth visit.
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago,
IL
US

Beginners and seasoned yogis alike are welcome at 105F - Bikram Yoga Chicago. Here, instructors lead classes that are designed to lure students to their limits, providing a demanding physical challenge for all skill and fitness levels. Each of the three studio locations contains a practice room that is heated to 105 degrees with 40%?45% humidity, creating a sweat-inducing, tropical setting that aids practicers by loosening their muscles as they sink into each stretch.

The 90-minute classes all follow the same sequence: two breathing exercises and 26 standing and seated asanas, which use deep twists and bends to methodically work organ systems and muscle groups throughout the entire body. Instructors slowly guide students into poses and ensure that they can perform each asana at a level that safely challenges their limits. Continued practice can help yogis hone their strength and endurance while also learning to maintain a greater sense of focus and mind-body awareness, even in the face of physical distractions like another student's Sudoku puzzle back tattoo.


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Yes, Yoga Is a Sport
And Gianna Purcell is the reigning champion. Follow her journey to the top from her very first class at 105F in Chicago.

2736 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

Today, millions of people live and thrive among the streets and skyscrapers of Chicago, but at one time the bustling metropolis had only one resident?namely, the city's apocryphal, somewhat legendary founder, Jean Baptist Point DuSable. A Haitian of French and African descent, DuSable was the first of Chicago's great African Americans, a company that includes the city's first black mayor, Harold Washington. In one of the DuSable Museum's standing exhibits, the Thomas Miller mosaics, portraits of DuSable and Washington peer out along with eight of the founding members of the museum?a constellation of lodestars reminding visitors to maintain Chicago's diverse heritage.

While the mosaics incorporate the museum's own story, other exhibits examine African American achievements of all kinds. Red, White, Blue & Black, for instance, examines the contributions of black men and women in the armed forces. In A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story, visitors explore the nuances of the momentous campaign through memorabilia and more than 150 mayoral artifacts. An animatronic likeness of Mayor Washington himself even steps in to relay stories and first-hand accounts made possible by animatronic robots' ability to travel through time. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the museum also hosts musical performance, film festivals, and book signings that introduce members to more aspects of African American history, including the scholars who continue to uncover it.

740 E 56th Pl.
Chicago,
IL
US

The exposed-brick walls of Iron Cycles speak to the straightforwardness of its employees, who prefer to focus on riding, not attitude. This judgment-free approach leads to unbiased treatment for every cycle. The staffers treat well-worn heirlooms with the same degree of care and dignity as they do snazzy titanium builds or a custom-crafted commuter. Perhaps their respect for bike diversity stems in part from their disparate cycling backgrounds: founder Brandon is an off-road racer, Ben was a bike messenger, and Steve has more than 25 years of both pedaling and mechanic experience.

Regardless of the bike brand or model, each of the shop’s services adheres to the mission of safer, savvier trips. Repairs address basic adjustments as well as complete overhauls, furnishing customers with new saddles, kickstands, and even handmade tires imported from overseas. The staffers oversee fitting sessions that fine-tune parts to suit the bike's function and the owner's body type. They can also build custom cycles that correspond to clients' goals, whether they want a frame that can hit high speeds or wheels that can store several decks of playing cards at once.

3136 W Montrose 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 LaSalle St.
Chicago,
IL
US

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