Activities in Chicago

$17 for One Ticket to the MatzoBall Singles Mixer on December 24 at 9 p.m. ($30 Value)

MatzoBall

The MID

Jewish singles event has helped people meet and party together for the past 30 years

$30 $17

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Registration to Coed Rec League from S3 Simply Social Sports Leagues (Up to 53% Off). 14 Options Available.

S3 Simply Social Sports Leagues

Multiple Locations

Recreational coed leagues comprised of social Chicagoans meet weekly for sports, trivia, or skeeball with post-match drinks

$85 $40

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Learn the Medicinal Value of Food During a Vegetarian Cooking Class

Vegetarian Cooking Class

Pilsen

Andrea Mattson shares seasonal dishes and tricks for creating a medicinal meal out of healthy vegetarian ingredients

$35

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Two-Hour BYOB Sailing Cruise for Two or Six from Offshore Adventures Chicago (Up to 70% Off)

Offshore Adventures Chicago

Chicago

Daytime or sunset Lake Michigan cruises delight with views of the Chicago skyline; passengers can bring their own drinks and playlists

$220 $69

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$50 for a Taste of the Pedway Tour or Pedway Brunch Tour for Two from Chicago's Finest Tours ($100 Value)

Chicago's Finest Tours

The Loop

Guests enjoy food samples or a full buffet while exploring the Pedway’s network of heated tunnels and sky bridges between landmarks

$100 $50

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Culinary Fight Club – 2014 End of Year Celebration! at HUB Studio Lofts on December 29 at 6 p.m. (Up to 4% Off)

Culinary Fight Club - 2014 End of Year Celebration!

HUB Studio Lofts

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Year-end celebration of cooking challenges features local chefs, celebrities, and gourmet light bites

$52.24 $50

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Pre-Sale: Tween Stars Live! at The Patio Theater on Saturday, January 24, at 3 p.m.

Tween Stars Live

The Patio Theater

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Stars of Austin & Ally, Liv and Maddie, Jessie, iCarly, and other shows create a family-friendly variety act with comedy and Q&As

$15

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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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Naughty Little Cabaret at She-nannigan's on Select Dates, December 6–27 at 8 p.m. (Up to 33% Off)

Naughty Little Cabaret

She-nannigans

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Male and female burlesque revue dazzles with acrobatics, teasing, and titillating dance moves

$30 $20

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to National Hellenic Museum (Up to 53% Off)

National Hellenic Museum

West Town

Explore Greek culture and history inside a gorgeous 40,000 sq.-ft. limestone building filled with Greek-themed artwork and exhibits

$20 $10

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Four-Hour Inside Chicago Grand Tour by Bus for Two or Four from American Sightseeing Chicago (Up to 50% Off)

American Sightseeing Chicago

Palmer House Hilton, Ground Floor Gift Shop

A bus ferries visitors to the North and South Sides, showing them major parks, the Museum Campus, and the sights along Lake Shore Drive

$45 $25

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One-Year Family or Individual Membership to The Oriental Institute (Up to 53% Off)

The Oriental Institute

University of Chicago

Exhibit-opening invitations, free audio tours, research-library privileges, and program discounts at a museum of Middle East archaeology

$75 $35

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Walker Stalker Con 2015 at Navy Pier on February 21 or 22 at 11 a.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Walker Stalker Con 2015

Navy Pier

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The stars of “The Walking Dead” are joined by actors from horror films and fellow AMC show “Breaking Bad” during panels and events

$38 $19

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$20 for a Movie Package for Two with Drinks and Popcorn at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Up to $35.50 Value)

Gene Siskel Film Center

The Loop

See an independent, international, or classic film while sipping soda and eating popcorn at a major hub of the Chicago film community

$35.50 $20

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The Second City's Improv All-Stars or Game Night at UP Comedy Club on January 4–February 25 (Up to 40% Off)

UP! Comedy Club

UP Comedy Club

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Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier directs a cast of top improv talent; game night tosses the improv cast into a gameshow medley

$33.50 $20

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Weekday or First-Weekend Visit for One to the Chicago Auto Show (Up to 50% Off)

Chicago Auto Show

South Loop

Dream about your next ride at the nation’s largest auto show with everything the industry has to offer all in one climate-controlled place

$12 $6

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"Hitch*Cocktails" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, November 21–February 27 (Up to 40% Off)

"Hitch*Cocktails" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Annoyance Theatre

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Skilled improvisors and live jazz pianist create a feature-length thriller in the style of Hichcock using suggestions from the audience

$20 $12

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3D Golf Swing Analysis and Golf-Fitness Evaluation at Get Fit Pro (Up to 53% Off)

Get Fit Pro

Chicago

3D sensors measure golf swing efficiency and power; a functional movement assessment is applied to client’s golf swing and overall fitness.

$200 $99

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Day Trip to Michigan Wine Country with Lunch, Tastings, and Round-Trip Transportation Included (47% Off)

Michigan Wine-County Day Trip

Chicago

Visit 4 Michigan wineries and taste up to 20 wines during a 9-hour excursion with a hearty lunch and round-trip transportation included

$150 $79

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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 Pacific Northwest. 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

Brothers Aaron and Asher Gershenzon and friend James Morro grew up in the city, but always possessed a passion for the outdoors. They practiced wilderness kayaking for most of their lives before earning their American Canoe Association certifications on Lake Superior. Each of them brings dual passions for their home city and outdoor sports to the company’s guided group and private kayak trips. Guided paddles change on every outing as guides blend downtown architectural commentary and little-known Al Capone stories with tie-ins to current events. Though each guide tells different stories, often interspersed with humor, all of them focus on environmentally friendliness. Paddling trips utilize a fleet of lime-green Confluence Watersports kayaks, and staffers often wear lime-green shirts—all of which render them easily identifiable from the riverwalk, but well camouflaged in supermarket produce sections.

One guide leads six participants and prepares them with a briefing on paddling techniques, rules of the river, and assurances of the stability of their wide-river kayaks. The guides' watchful eyes and constant advice have instilled confidence in even the most unsure participants, including basketball player Andre Iguodala, who slowly grew accustomed to his kayak by the end of his session. When not guiding trips, staffers provide their single and tandem kayaks to customers who want to explore the river on their own. They extend their easygoing atmosphere to their office—nestled across the river from the Centennial Fountain's Water Arc—where picnic tables stand by the storefront, and the owners' chocolate Labrador frolics inside around a hanging hammock.

300 W 19th St.
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 creative team of framers and decorators at Foursided stocks stacks of creative greeting cards and paraphernalia. The self-described "frame nerds" do more than cultivate a collection of stationery by planting paper seeds in nearby printing presses; they also place prints and objects into frames and furnish homes with original pieces by a handful of favored artists. Staffers also buy and sell vintage flash cards, puzzle pieces, and letter tiles harvested from a variety of objects.

Owner Todd Mack has worked in framing for 20 years, and he draws on his vast experience when custom mounting a broad spectrum of pieces. Vintage and recycled frames, archival framing, and shadow boxes are a few of the options available. Mack's interest in shadow boxes makes perfect sense to visitors who take a look at his own art, which assembles found photos and objects in forms that aren't always 2-D.

On HGTV's Urban Oasis, interior designer Vern Yip ornamented a luxury apartment with prints gathered from Foursided's expansive collection. In that collection, colorful shelves of letter blocks, maps, corks, baby-doll heads, and harmonicas turn personal, nostalgic objects into stylish new decorations. Candles, jewelry, and books round out the gift selections.

5061 N Clark St
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

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