Activities in Chicago


Rooftop Tickets to the Zac Brown Band at Wrigley Field on Friday, September 11 (Up to 44% Off)

Zac Brown Band

Skybox on Sheffield

Indulge in lush modern amenities while enjoying the Grammy-winning country act behind hits such as “Chicken Fried” and “Sweet Annie”

$177.26 $99

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Rooftop View of Cubs Game All Inclusive at Lakeview Baseball Club (Up to 45% Off). Multiple Options.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds

Lakeview Baseball Club

Indulge in food and drinks while taking in a ballgame from a facility that mixes old-school charm with lush modern amenities

$142.36 $79

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McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games at United Center on April 1 (30% Off). Two Seating Options.

McDonalds All American High School Basketball

United Center

The nation’s top basketball players collide in the 38th McDonald’s All American Games, an annual showcase of high school hoops stars

$12.46 $8.72

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Zorb-Ball Rolls for Two or Four with Group Photo and Keepsake Souvenir from Freeballin USA (50% Off)

Freeballin USA

Plp Of Illinois

Two or four rollers each separately ride in one quality-built, safe ball

$60 $30

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"Speakeasy" Social Game Experience for One, Two, Four, or Eight at Waxwing Puzzle Co. (Up to 57% Off)

Waxwing Puzzle Co.

Waxwing Puzzle Company

Players take part in a role-playing event that is set in the prohibition era and pulls from mob folklore

$40 $20

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Make Your Valentine Argentine Pastries with an Artisan Baker

Argentinian Pastry Class

Lucila's Homemade

Lucila Giagrande reveals how to make authentic “alfajores”—Argentine cookies filled with rich dulce de leche—in time for Valentine’s gifting

$48

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The Legends of House Music at The Portage Theater on Saturday, January 17 (Up to 50% Off)

The Legends of House Music

The Portage Theater

Jungle Brothers, Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, and a lineup of the city’s top DJs join in this dance-fueled celebration of Chicago house music

$50 $25

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Cubs Game Rooftop Seating at Wrigley Rooftop with All-Inclusive Food & Drink (Up to 53% Off). 10 Games Available.

Wrigley Rooftop

Sky Lounge at Wrigley Rooftop

Clubhouse staff serve eats and dispense beverages to fans watching the Cubs play from indoor seats and outdoor rooftop executive seats

$156 $79

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Burlesque Lessons for Two, Four, or Six, or an Eight-Week Burlesque Course for One at Vaudezilla (Up to 57% Off)

Vaudezilla

Chicago

Classes in artful vaudevillian dance led by a company that has hosted more than 200 shows in Chicago

$130 $59

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Professional Wrestling Fantasy Seminar at Chicago Combat MMA (71% Off). Four Dates Available.

Chicago Combat MMA

Chicago Combat MMA

Learn how to wrestle like the pros during this fantasy seminar

$390 $115

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$179 for a Boating Handling and Safety Class from Freedom Boat Club ($325 Value)

Freedom Boat Club

Uptown

This seven-hour class teaches you all the ropes to feel confident piloting a vessel on the open water

$325 $179

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$99 for a Two-Hour Kids' Party with Host, Setup, and Clean Up at Bright Smiles Party Suite ($235 Value)

Bright Smiles Party Suite

Bright Smiles Party Suite

Kids celebrate their birthdays in style with two-hour parties that include a host to help supervise as well as run setup and cleanup

$235 $99

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Two One-Hour Tango Lessons for One or Two or Private Lesson for Up to Two at Chicago Tango Club (Up to 59% Off)

Chicago Tango Club

Chicago Tango Club

Students learn the intricacies of the Argentine tango from an instructor with competitive experience; large, air-conditioned studio

$30 $15

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$45 for Eight-Week Group Lesson at Sway Dance ($95 Value)

Sway Dance

Sway Dance

Students can elect to learn ballroom, Latin, and swing dance styles, and may register with or without a partner

$95 $45

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Candy Making with Professional Results Class for One or Two at Cakewalk Chicago (Up to 50% Off)

Cakewalk Chicago

Cakewalk Chicago

Instructors teach students candy-making techniques such as melting, dipping, decorating, using molds, and making filled candies

$55 $32

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$53 for $150 Worth of Personal Training — Susan Wilson CPT/ET

Susan Wilson Cpt/et

Rogers Park

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

$150 $53

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One or Three 60-Minute Personal-Training Sessions at Evolution Personal Training (Up to 56% Off)

Evolution Personal Training

Lincoln Square

One of six certified trainers develops and implements a custom workout plan based on clients’ goals and needs, motivating them all the while

$75 $38

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12 or 24 HIIT Bootcamp Classes at Renita Fitness (Up to 71% Off)

Renita Fitness

Renita Fitness

Students intensely exercise in short bursts that help burn fat and improve athletic capacity

$75 $31

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Four-Week Ballroom, Latin, or Swing Dance Classes for One or Two at May I Have This Dance (Up to 51% Off)

May I Have This Dance

May I Have This Dance

Instructors coach individuals or couples through the tenets of social dancing for ballroom, latin, or swing dance classes

$50 $25

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  • The Chicago Theatre
    The beaming vertical letters of "C-H-I-C-A-G-O" ascend six stories high on a sign that seems to be the establishing shot for any movie set in the Windy City. Tourists and natives often stand outside snapping pictures of the marvelous marquee, where the biggest names in music, theatre, and comedy are writ large under a miniature replica of Paris's Arc de Triomphe. The Parisian aesthetic continues inside The Chicago Theatre?s grand lobby, which recalls the Royal Chapel at Versailles with its gallery promenades. The staircase ascending to the Grand Balcony resembles that of the Paris Opera House, rounding out a French Baroque architecture that would cause Louis XIV to do a spit-take. Inside the seven-story-high, 3,600 seat auditorium, terra-cotta tiles, crystal chandeliers, and luxurious drapes give audiences visual overtures before every show. As vital to Chicago as hot dogs and mustard fire hoses, The Chicago Theatre was America's first munificent movie palace upon its 1921 unveiling, where it was declared "The Wonder Theatre of the World." Beyond its silver screenings, the theatre became a beacon for live entertainment, as artists such as John Phillip Sousa, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman filled its first 40 years with oompah and swing. After a multi-million dollar restoration in 1986, the landmark venue remains the heart of art in the city, attracting the world's most popular entertainers to its stage almost every evening of the year.
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    175 North State Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Jazz Institute of Chicago
    When a group of jazz club owners, musicians, writers, and fans founded the Jazz Institute of Chicago in 1969, the goal was to find new audiences for all forms of jazz. To achieve that, the nonprofit institute's programming has taken on many forms itself, in its performances and educational resources alike. Since 1979, for instance, the institute has planned the Chicago Jazz Festival, a Labor Day weekend gathering of Chicago jazz musicians as well as national and international acts. The JazzCity concert series, established in 1997, collaborates with the Chicago Park District to bring new jazz to neighborhoods through the city. Meanwhile, at the NextGenJazz program, young musicians are given residencies at the Drake Hotel, where they can refine their skills and dedicate tunes to their all-time favorite bellhops. Besides showcasing jazz through live concerts, the institute helps nurture the next wave of jazz talent with its Jazz Links program. Since 2003, Jazz Links has hosted monthly student jam sessions and even enlisted students to perform at venues like Millenium Park. Jazz Links has likewise assisted more seasoned musicians and instructors with opportunities such as public high school residences and a summer camp for jazz band teachers.
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    11 E Hubbard St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Trapeze School New York in Chicago
    Though typically only a wistful dream of humans and ostriches, spending a day soaring through the air becomes a reality at Trapeze School New York in Chicago (TSNY Chicago). One of six locations across the country, TSNY Chicago educates participants of all levels in the art of flying through group trapeze sessions. The aerial academy also dapples its schedule with lyra, tightwire, trampoline, conditioning, and acrobatics classes, allowing students to have fun and eat unlimited servings of cloud while getting in shape. Explore Edgewater Groupon has partnered with the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce to offer this special collection from Edgewater merchants. The North Side neighborhood is home to one-of-a-kind shops such as Edgewater Workbench, where customers create custom gifts with 3D printing and laser cutting, and pioneering restaurants such as Uncommon Ground, home of the country?s first certified organic rooftop garden. Shop the full collection.
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    3158 Lakefront Trail
    Chicago, IL US
  • Golfer's Paradise
    Golfer’s Paradise’s friendly golfing confines foster year-round golfing within the indoor hitting stalls of their AboutGolf simulators. Using real clubs, players pulverize orbs into an immense screen that utilizes 3-D graphics to vividly emulate the immaculate greenery, calculated topography, and yellow-brick cart paths of some of the world’s most famous courses. Golfers can trace powerful drives into the windswept, simulated stratosphere of St. Andrews Old Course or evade the treacherous water hazards at Michigan’s Robert Trent Jones–designed course, The Heather. Along with technology that ensures each shot travels in a realistic manner, the simulators boast advanced swing-tracking sensors that collect data and even offer advice to correct unsound swings. A staff of PGA-certified instructors oversees Golfer's Paradise's two executive-style lounges, offering expert advice to help transform swing imbalances into trustworthy motions. Pupils benefit from the instructors' hard-won wisdom combined with the computer-generated feedback of the simulators, which reveals detailed results of the position of one's clubface at impact and the effects of sweaty-palm syndrome.
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    1841 N Major Ave.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Chicago Detours
    Founder Amanda Scotese, an avid traveler and freelance writer for Rick Steves's renowned travel guides, delegates sure-footed guides to lead sightseers to iconic landmarks and down the back alleys and lesser-known nooks of the Windy City. Tours probe the ins and outs of the Chicago's neighborhoods, such as the Loop, where they fill eyes with the sights of world-renowned architecture and minds with the secrets of the Pedway, an underground walkway that connects buildings throughout the business district with the Ninja Turtles' lair. The Historic Chicago Bar Tour, born of Chicago Detours' desire to spread knowledge of the city's entertainment history, takes tour-goers to three historic bars in an exploration of how the city had fun. Private group Jazz, Blues & Beyond tours explore historic neighborhoods on the North and South sides, and include diversions such as harmonica lessons from a bona fide blues blower. Chicago Detours also offers private-group tours for birthdays, family reunions, and corporate team-building exercises. Private group tour options also include Meat History of Fulton Market and Chicago Neighborhoods and Cultural Diversity.
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    10 S Dearborn St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Union Park
    Sit back with a burger and fries at Union Park, a relaxed spot serving American cuisine. The menu at Union Park does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Follow the game or the news from the TVs in the bar. Got kids? No problem at Union Park! The restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together. If space is what you're looking for, Union Park has plenty of room for larger parties. Warm weather brings out Union Park's highly coveted patio seating. Stay connected at no cost thanks to Union Park's wifi. If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation. Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally. Catering services are also available. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant. Chow down at Union Park without blowing your budget — meals here usually cost less than $15.
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    228 S Racine Ave
    Chicago, IL US

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