Activities in Chicago

Cubs Right-Field Rooftop Seating with Food and Drinks at Skybox on Sheffield (Up to 41% Off)

Skybox on Sheffield

Skybox on Sheffield

$122.31 $79

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Watch a Cubs game from a three-tiered rooftop overlooking the right-field foul pole while enjoying food and craft beers

Rooftop View of a Chicago Cubs Game at Wrigley Field Rooftop Club (Up to 50% Off). 16 Games Available.

Wrigley Field Rooftop Club

Wrigley Field Rooftop Club

$141.20 $79

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Watch a Cubs game from rooftop seats overlooking Wrigley Field while enjoying unlimited beer, food, and amenities such as plasma TVs

Rooftop View of a Chicago Cubs Game with Food and Drinks at Lakeview Baseball Club (Up to 41% Off). 15 Games Available.

Lakeview Baseball Club

Lakeview Baseball Club

$109.31 $89

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

Deep-Dish-Pizza Walking Tour for Two or Four from Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours (Up to 56% Off)

Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours

Near North Side

$90 $42

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2-hour, 1.2-mile walking tour hits Pizzeria Uno, Pizzeria Ora, and Giordano's in River North to sample deep-dish pizza and learn its history

Rooftop View of Chicago Cubs Game at 3639 Wrigley Rooftop (Up to 44% Off). Nine Games Available.

3639 Wrigley Rooftop

Lakeview

$141.17 $79

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Gaze over Wrigley Field's right-centerfield wall from a luxurious rooftop as the Cubs continue to charge through the 2014 season

Rooftop Tickets with Food & Drinks for a Cubs Home Game at Wrigleyville Rooftops (Up to 51% Off). 15 Games Available.

Wrigleyville Rooftops

Multiple Locations

$170 $89

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Take in a Cubs game from the rooftop while enjoying a complete food and beverage menu; access to climate-controlled suites included

Comedy Night with Benji Brown at Castle (Up to 55% Off)

Comedy Night with Benji Brown

Castle

$53.74 $25

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Star of Wild ‘N Out and The Rickey Smiley Show and Ghana-born comedian get crowds rolling

Hand-Roll and Decorate Your Own Truffles with a Chocolatier

Chocolate Truffle-Making Class

Chocolat

$49 $49

The owner of Chocolat Uzma Sharif demonstrates how to roll chocolate truffles from scratch, incorporating spices, fruits, and liqueurs

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

Michigan Wine-County Day Trip

Chicago

$150 $79

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

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee on Saturday, September 20, at 8 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee

Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium

$27 $13.50

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PhD-holding comedian draws on academic background and PowerPoint skills to craft cerebral, PG-13-appropriate comedy sets

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

"Desperate 2"

Carver Military Academy High School

$75 $40

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

UniverSoul Circus at Washington Park on September 24–October 15 (Up to 26% Off)

UniverSoul Circus

Washington Park

$34.93 $26

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Worldly cast dazzles audiences with aerial performances, exotic animals, and hip-hop dance set to pulsating music ranging from soul to Latin

One Ticket to For the Love of Beer, a Beer-Tasting Event at Blackfinn Ameripub on Wednesday, September 24

Fall Beer-Tasting Event at Blackfinn Ameripub

Blackfinn Ameripub

$21.49 $12

3 hours of casual merriment at a sports bar in the heart of River North includes bar bites, samples of 6 fall beers, and $3 pints thereafter

Two or Four Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at OTG Boot Camp (Up to 64% Off)

OTG Boot Camp

River West

$105 $49

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Half-hour sessions filled with strength- and endurance-building kettlebell exercises

Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Autopsy Seminar

International Museum of Surgical Science

$50 $50

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

"Late Nite Catechism" at Royal George Theatre, August 9–September 21 (Up to 43% Off). 14 Showtimes Available.

"Late Nite Catechism"

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE

$30 $17

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Catholic nun comically pontificates on the dangers of the modern world in a participatory theater performance

Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl for One, Two, or Four on Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m. (Up to 68% Off)

Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl

Wicker Park

$27.37 $10

Costumed creepers get drink specials at Wicker Park bars, a souvenir T-shirt, a survival kit, a contest entry, and afterparty admission

Skydeck Chicago Experience for Two or Four at Willis Tower

Skydeck Chicago

The Loop

$43 $30

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Take in spectacular views of up to 4 states from the top of Willis Tower and experience The Ledge, a glass balcony 103 floors above Chicago

Individual Premium or Household Membership at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (Up to 43% Off)

Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago

$118 $69

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Membership grants year-long access to 400,000 sq. ft. of interactive exhibits, including the iconic Coal Mine, an indoor tornado, and more

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After attending boot camps for a while, Maizah's motivation fizzled and she dropped the course. But refusing to accept defeat? even if it weren't his own?The Boot Camp Guy's cofounder, Chris Brown, gave her a call and made a case. He showed her some before-and-after shots of people she'd met at the sessions before she left?and was astounded by their transformations.

"That could have been me," she kept thinking. So she headed back to class determined that this time, it would be. Months later, she'd gone from a size 16/18 down to a size 12 with extra energy to boot.

As a former Marine with 14 years of professional fitness experience and a passion for helping people reach their goals, Chris knows that boot camp isn't about the stereotypical screaming drill sergeants depicted on TV. Instead, he and his trainers employ a realistic, no-scales and no-diets philosophy and focus on supplying their students with the motivation they need. They identify each student's fitness level within moments and calibrate their workouts accordingly, pitching the signature boot-camp classes at beginner, intermediate, and expert levels. This approach seeks to get students to their own desired level of "skinny", whether that's a size two, size 14, or any other goal. The trainers further outfit their boot-camp base model with nine different tracks?with one designed to shed weight?and total-body sessions up the ante with weights, resistance bands, and mat exercises to strengthen entire physiques rather than honing in on left pinkies. They also encourage students to eat the food they enjoy, and to be mindful of which nutrients their body needs to address deficiencies and restore balance.

The fitness menu unfurls a feast of other group classes. Cycle circuits combine intensive spinning with ab work on the turf and toning dumbbell drills. Cardio-kickboxing classes blend aerobics, boxing, and martial arts. All told, they offer more than 100 classes each month from their well-stocked studio, which the staff stocks with free weights, strength-training machines, exercise balls, and resistance bands, as well as a recently added indoor obstacle course.

3037 West 111th Street
Chicago,
IL
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A nonprofit theater helmed by passionate cinephiles, Facets Cinematheque instills a love of film in its youngest moviegoers through its groundbreaking children's programs. Since establishing their first children's film exhibition series in 1975, the theater's stewards have branched out into education and outreach, introducing students to positive films and the inspiring stories behind them through channels including family film events, in-school screenings, and the Facets Kids Film Camp. They also oversee the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, which presents hundreds of films from around the globe during its annual autumn run. Though the festival caters to its smallest attendees, its scope is impressively large; welcoming over 20,000 attendees each year, the festival often offers the first screenings of award-winning fare, such as recent Academy Award winner The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

In addition to their children's programming, the theater also lights up its silver screen with indie films, award winners, foreign flicks, and documentaries. Celluloid-caretakers curate a collection of reels that seldom see screenings elsewhere in Chicago, frequently enjoying their city debut within the intimate 125-seat theater. Occasionally, production-team members or film experts join audiences immediately following the show for Q&A sessions—known as film dialogues—taking questions, exploring themes, and providing tips for removing stubborn popcorn kernels from teeth. Upcoming films can be found on Facets’ website.

Eyeballs absorb moving pictures thanks to the dual capabilities of Facets’ projection system, which handles digital and 35 mm films with equal aplomb. While the ephemeral stories fill brains with new ideas, soda and popcorn—acquirable at the old-fashioned concession stand—fill mouths with flavors that have defined every classic moviegoing experience since Orson Welles first invented the snack.

1517 W Fullerton Ave
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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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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47 W Polk St
Chicago,
IL
US

Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.

Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.

945 N State 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, while voices from the past sing out in Spread the Word! The Evolution of Gospel, a survey of Chicago-based gospel greats such as Mahalia Jackson and Thomas Dorsey. 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 East 56th Place
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.

270 Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago,
IL
US

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