Activities in Back of the Yards

50% Off Kids' and Teens Summer Day Camp

Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center

Chicago

$400 $199

Kids and Teens can learn hip-hop, conditioning, jazz, ballet, and tumbling

Up to 53% Off MMA Conditioning Classes at Mota Martial Arts

Mota Martial Arts

Bridgeport

$40 $20

Mixed-martial-arts conditioning classes help students lose weight and improve fitness levels, with classes for both beginners and veterans

52% Off Music Lessons

Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Chicago

$50 $24

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52% Off CrossFit at Mettle Fitness

Mettle Fitness

Chicago

$165 $79

Get in shape with a month's worth of intense daily CrossFit workouts

Chicago White Sox – Up to 40% Off Game & Patio Party

Chicago White Sox

Cellular Field

$57 $38

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Catch a White Sox game and a pre-game patio party with an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet and beers

Up to 62% Off Boxing or Boot-Camp Classes

Sam Colonna Boxing MMA & Fitness

McKinley Park

$100 $39

Expert boxing coach leads students through basic pugilistic moves; boot camps help guests build strength and endurance

"Living Without Love" – Up to 47% Off Theatrical Drama

"Living Without Love"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$75 $40

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Actor/writer/director Richard Gallion revives his uplifting debut fable of families and faith, featuring a star turn from singer Kymm Lewis

"Cooley High Live on Stage" – Up to 61% Off

"Cooley High Live on Stage"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$80 $40

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Theatrical adaptation of the 1975 coming-of-age film set in Chicago follows high-school pals through fun and tragedy

Up to 54% Off BYOB Painting Classes

Color Cocktail Factory

Gallery 408

$65 $32

Instructors with MFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago lead laid-back BYOB painting classes at their studio space in Pilsen

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

61% Off Discovery Dive at Learn Scuba Chicago

Learn Scuba Chicago

Multiple Locations

$75 $29

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Exploratory dives for beginners led by dive expert Captain Bob

Up to 80% Off Music-Production Workshops

The Talent Pros

Pilsen

$75 $29

Workshops cover the basics of the recording industry with insight from an experienced staff that includes a Grammy-winning producer

Up to 68% Off Fitness Classes

Personal Training by Dee

Chicago

$75 $29

60-minute classes such as boot-camps and bikini-body workouts led by a certifiedtrainer who tailors each exercise for all fitness levels

Up to 54% Off Personal Training

Perfect Fit, Inc.

Pilsen

$250 $119

Personal trainer Phil McDaniels brings a decade of fitness experience to his personal-training sessions.

Pickle Asparagus with the Manager of Edible Alchemy Co-Op

Hands-On Pickling Workshop

Pilsen

$35 $35

Andrea Mattson splits you into groups and shows you how to pickle, spice, and can a quart of asparagus

Up to 70% Off Membership at D3:Dre's Diesel Dome Fitness

D3:Dre's Diesel Dome Fitness

Bronzeville

$99 $39

Burn fat and tone muscle in group fitness classes such as circuit training, abs express and boot camps

65% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Combat Zone

Chicago

$155 $54

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Up to 49% Off at Dr. King Park & Family Entertainment Center

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Family Entertainment Center

Gresham

$24.50 $14

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Glide around the roller rink while wearing glow accessories; birthday package includes pizza, unlimited soda, and games

Up to 59% Off Kids' Open Play at Chicago Playpen

Chicago Playpen

Bronzeville

$60 $29

Kids play inside a facility that's full of educational installations, including a grocery store

Up to 50% Off Tours from Urban Kayaks

Urban Kayaks

Multiple Locations

$45 $23

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Kayaking tourists gaze upon Chicago's scenery from the Chicago River and Lake Michigan

Up to 67% Off BYOB Cruises from Carefree Boat Club

Carefree Boat Club

South of McCormick Place

$175 $69

Sail out from 31st Street Harbor to watch the sunset or admire fireworks

Up to 67% Off Boot Camp or Personal Training

5th Quarter Sports Zone

South Loop

$140 $59

Trainers help clients build muscle, burn calories, and reach their fitness goals in one-on-one or group boot-camp settings

Half Off Stand Up Paddleboard Rental

Chicago Water Sport Rentals

Chicago

$50 $25

Stand up paddleboarders can explore the wilds of Lake Michigan and enjoy the Chicago skyline

Up to 70% Off Lessons from Gil Davis Golf

Gil Davis Golf

Marquette Park

$115 $39

Fundamentals form the centerpiece of a teaching philosophy espoused by Gil Davis, an alumni of ESPN Golf Schools

Up to 64% Off a Wine Tasting at Beviamo

Beviamo

West Town

$50 $19

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Two reds, two whites, and one bubbly from across the world recommended by a wine specialist; complimentary eats

Up to 51% Off Sports-Recovery Therapy

Chicago Recovery Room

Chicago

$30 $15

Pulsing compression boots help pump extra fluid from the limbs; ice baths reduce inflammation and muscle spasms

Up to 70% Off at Tejas Yoga

Tejas Yoga

South Loop

$130 $39

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Classes for yogis of all levels, including gentle yoga with its focus on breathwork, and vigorous yoga with more challenging sequences

Up to 58% Off Private Violin or Viola Lessons

MB Muzik

Chicago

$180 $75

A violinist since age seven, Marija Bubanj teaches violin and viola students basic scales, fingerings, and bowing techniques

53% Off Tomato Fight at Soldier Field

Tomato Blast at Soldier Field

Soldier Field South Parking Lot

$62.08 $29

Six-hour outdoor event includes music, cold beer, and free-for-all tomato fight at Soldier Field

60% Off at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

$25 $10

Instructors teach timing, original beats, stick control, tricks, and advanced techniques

Up to 51% Off Sail on Chicago's Only Wooden Tall Ship

Tall Ship Red Witch, LLC

Central Chicago

$70 $35

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Passengers relax on Chicago's only wooden tall ship while viewing the skyline or fireworks; Readers' Choice award winner

Up to 85% Off High-Intensity Group Fitness and Yoga Classes

Wilson Fitness Studios

Near West Side

$100 $15

High-intensity FIT Method classes challenge strength and cardiovascular fitness and Fitness After Baby classes help new mothers get fit

73% Off at 105F - Bikram Yoga Chicago

105F - Bikram Yoga Chicago

Multiple Locations

$180 $49

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Intense 90-minute Bikram yoga classes take place in a 105º room with 40% humidity; locations in Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, and South Loop

The Field Museum – Discovery Pass Plus $5 in Groupon Bucks

The Field Museum

Museum Campus

$23 $18

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Exploring ancient Egypt and staying out of the mouth of a real dinosaur are all in a day's fun at this iconic museum

65% Off Boot-Camp Classes

F.l.y Fitness Group

Chicago

$100 $35

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Up to 53% Off Outdoor Holistic Fitness Classes

Roots of Integrity

Central Chicago

$15 $7

Holistic health instructor leads groups through Yoga and Pilates inspired workouts held outdoors in Grant Park

Up to 75% Off Fitness Classes or Boot Camp

Fit-Results

Chicago

$120 $39

Boot-camp classes feature high-intensity interval training; Triple 20 classes combine rowing, cycling, and functional training

Up to 53% Off Sausage-Making Class

Westminster Hot Dog

Chicago

$105 $55

In two-hour classes, small groups create four different kinds of sausages before leaving with 3 pounds of links

Up to 82% Off Classes at CrossTown Fitness

CrossTown Fitness

Near West Side

$220 $39

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Gym celebrating its one-year anniversary features high-intensity interval workouts that include cardio, strength, speed, and balance drills

Up to 55% Off Summer Splash Rooftop Pool Party on August 23rd

Colour Me Social and Urban Fétes

FFC West Loop

$30 $15

Local DJs and live entertainment, pool games, and food and drink thrill guests 21 and older at West Loop rooftop soiree

Up to 70% Off Yoga Classes

Sat Nam Yoga Chicago

West Loop - University Village - Little Italy

$70 $29

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Eight different disciplines of yoga, including Kundalini and meditation, taught in a soothing studio with sensory garden.

The Dance Mile on Randolph Street – $10 Off

Mile-Long Dance Party

Chicago

$45 $35

Twirl and sashay your way down Randolph Street decked out in a costume or Dance Mile neon tank, then keep the fun going at an after party

Up to 50% Off for Two at Randolph Street Market

Randolph Street Market

West Loop

$10 $5

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

Up to 63% Off Rooftop VIP Anniversary Party

Social Power Hour

Chicago

$40 $20

Celebrate the company's anniversary at a rooftop party

45% Off Piano Lessons

The Art Of Piano Playing Inc.

The Loop

$200 $110

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Up to 68% Off Tango or Ballet Classes

Tango 21

Multiple Locations

$65 $22

Lifelong dancers teach the Argentine tango and ballet with step-by-step instruction for all skill levels

89% Off Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes

TrySelfDefense.com

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

International Festival of Life – Up to 51% Off

International Festival of Life

Union Park

$16.37 $10

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Third World, Luciano, and Tito Puente, Jr. headline four days of reggae, blues, and world music

Up to 51% Off a One-Day Kids' Cheer or Football Camp

Sports Gone National League

Jackson Park

$40 $20

Kids aged 4–14 learn football fundamentals or cheer training at a 90-minute Friday-night session led by elite youth & high-school coaches

Chicago Architecture Foundation – $13 for a "Must-See Chicago" Tour

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago

$20 $13

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Stroll past such Chicago icons as the Art Institute, Willis (Sears) Tower, Wrigley Building, Chicago Theatre, and John Hancock Center

Up to 47% Off Loop Interior Architecture Tour for Two

Chicago Detours

Chase Tower

$52 $29

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Featured in the Chicago Reader, guides lead groups through architecturally striking interiors and share photos and videos via iPads

Up to 26% Off Firetruck Rental

FireZone

On Location

$475 $350

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

43% Off Personal Training

Physique Training

Online Deal

$30 $17

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Up to 55% Off Personal Training

Max Fitness Coach

On Location

$200 $95

Former college track and field athlete helps clients tone muscles and torch calories during personal-training sessions

69% Off Two Single Drop-In Dance Classes

Woman Untamed With Rashida Khanbey

On Location

$35 $11

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45% Off Personal Training

Aaron Murphy Training

On Location

$750 $413

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Up to 78% Off at Premier Performance and Fitness

Premier Performance and Fitness

On Location

$149 $39

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

Up to 67% Off Coed Sports Leagues

Cities and Sports

Online Deal

$749 $249

Socialize and compete alongside new friends during recreational sports leagues

65% Off Fitness Classes

Knockout Fitness

Redeem from Home

$150 $53

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76% Off Personal Training

Simple Online Fitness

Redeem from Home

$360 $86

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76% Off Wine Tasting from Wines for Humanity

Wines for Humanity

Redeem from Home

$250 $59

Professional wine adviser teaches guests to discern distinctive notes in seven exclusive vintages and pair them with appropriate dishes

44% Off Circus-Arts Classes

Circus Kazoo Llc

Redeem from Home

$120 $67

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94% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Go2Karate Chicago

On Location

$324 $20

Students don uniforms for classes in karate, tae kwon do, or krav maga

65% Off Personal Training

Gideon's Training

Redeem from Home

$170 $59

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Up to 55% Off Chicago Architecture Walking Tour

Inside Chicago Walking Tours

On Location

$20 $10

A former teacher and improv comedian offers a slice of Chicago architecture during engaging walking tour

83% Off Online Guitar Lessons

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

$168.85 $29

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

51% Off Electric Bike Tour

WanderBikes

Buckingham Fountain

$100 $49

Electric bikes lead groups through Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, and along lakefront on guided tours of Chicago landmarks

Up to 49% Off Vintage Pop-Up Carnival

Remember Summer- A Vintage Pop-Up Carnival

Ignite Glass Studios

$69.18 $35

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Vintage carnival games, Etsy gifts, and a brass band carry visitors back to a simpler time while raising funds for a nonprofit

Up to 50% Off Chicago History Tour

Chicago's Finest River Walk Tour

The Loop

$40 $20

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Pedway's heated tunnels and sky bridges ferry guests between landmarks; tragedies tour examines Great Chicago Fire among other events

65% Off Beginner Argentine Tango Lessons

312 Movement

Near West Side

$60 $21

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Chaka Khan – Up to 25% Off Benefit Concert

An Evening With Chaka Khan

Chicago Theatre

$73.31 $55

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10-time Grammy winner behind "Tell Me Something Good" raises funds for a nonprofit with Syleena Johnson and comic Damon Williams

Up to 53% Off Surfset Fitness Class

Moirai Health and Fitness

Multiple Locations

$35 $17

Total body workout mimics surfing to burn fat, build core muscle, and improve balance and flexibility

Up to 59% Off Music Lessons at Guitar Cities

Guitar Cities

Chicago

$80 $33

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Guitar, bass, ukulele, drum, and piano lessons from professional recording artists and touring musicians in Chicago’s Loop

Up to 52% Off One-Day Passes to Techweek Chicago

Techweek Chicago presented by Microsoft

Merchandise Mart

$25 $12

After a day of attending illuminating talks and browsing a huge product expo, attendees cut loose at Bar Techweek happy hours and parties

67% Off Sailing Lesson

Go Sailing Chicago

Multiple Locations

$300 $99

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Experienced captains instill proper seamanship & teach beginners fundamental sailing skills in lessons on Lake Michigan

Up to 54% Off Private Music Lessons

Guitar Chicago

The Loop

$70 $33

Instrumentalists train pupils of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level; students can pick a song to learn

Up to 78% Off from TikiBoat Chicago

TikiBoat Chicago

Monroe Harbor

$1,799 $399

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36-foot party barge with water slide ferries guests onto Lake Michigan and Chicago River; amenities include stereo, grill, and full bathroom

67% Off Two-Hour BYOB Private Sailing Trip or Sailing Class

SeaBreeze Charter

Central Chicago

$120 $50

On a 36-ft. boat, passengers groove to tunes from their iPod and feast on BYO food and drinks; expert instructors teach basic sailing skills

Up to 66% Off Yoga and Fitness Classes

Bend Yoga & Movement Studio

1819 W Grand, Suite 201

$130 $49

Seasoned instructors lead a variety of classes ranging from restorative yoga to Zumba to power Pilates

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Chicago Indoor Sports' full-size field has enough turf to make a cow's spots turn green with envy. But that same animal would be disappointed if it took a bite. The surface is actually a carefully designed, imitation grass made of millions of tiny rubber pallets and a crushed stone base, which helps absorb shock. That last feature is key, since the indoor play area supports crowds of running athletes during competitive or casual games of soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and ultimate frisbee. The field is also home its own youth and adult soccer leagues, such as Liga Latino Americana.

Throughout many of their services, Chicago Indoor Sports places special emphasis on children. During their SoccerTots and SoccerTouch programs, instructors use soccer as a way to build motor skills and encourage mental development. Meanwhile, an arcade and three giant inflatables give kids a break from sports.

3900 S Ashland Ave
Chicago,
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It's no secret that street food requires lots of creativity: not only are people working in smaller spaces without the furnishings of a full kitchen, but they're hoping their food will stand out amid Chicago's many food trucks and street vendors. StreetFood Artistry celebrates their creativity, inviting hundreds of mobile food artisans to show off their culinary treasures in one convenient space. In that same spirit, the culturally conscious affair also gives visibility to local artists—whose work will be on display—and musicians, including DJ Alvin Black III, who will perform throughout the day. General admission include non-alcoholic beverages and access to the entertainment.

But StreetFood Artistry is more than just one annual event. The not-for-profit corporation was founded by Patrice N. Perkins, an attorney who works with creative-minded entrepreneurs. This year, she's introducing Stand Out Creative, an initiative that will help support one of SFA's participants: one participant will win a financial award to help grow their brand and will be set up with 50 hours of pro bono legal services. The winners will be chosen in part by fan-favorite votes at the event.

1029 West 35th Street
Chicago,
IL
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Located within the Bridgeport Art Center, Wet Paint Chicago offers instructional art classes in a social setting. In the evenings, BYOB art classes invite adults to congregate, paint, sip on beverages, and mingle as they equip themselves with provided brushes, aprons, and materials. Meanwhile, afternoon classes invite students of all ages to paint in family-friendly sessions.

1200 W 35th St.
Chicago,
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Chicago Boxing Club enhances strength, endurance, and self-control through invigorating boxing, wrestling, muay thai, and jujitsu classes led by professional instructors. More than 3,000 square feet of training space houses all the necessary equipment to complete full-body workouts, and professional trainers work to instill proper training techniques in students or bitter discarded teddy bears. Cardio machines and weights surround the facility's two championship boxing rings, where students hone speed and self-defense methods in boxing classes or tactical leverage maneuvers in jujitsu classes. Muay thai classes fine-tune flexibility and balance with fast, high-kicking techniques, and youth boxing classes keep kids in shape during off-seasons from writing symphonies or defeating chess robots.

3508 S Halsted St
Chicago,
IL
US

Now in its fifth year, the Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival has become a celebration of art both homegrown and on loan from the rest of country. As you stroll around the fest, handcrafted items from more than 80 area artists vie for attention, with many up for accolades later in a juried art competition. The festivities run from noon to 10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and each day the main stage features a diverse lineup of live music from Chicago and throughout the country. The schedule includes The Giving Tree, an Americana rock band that has opened for The Avett Brothers, and former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page.

2221 West 43rd Street
Chicago,
IL
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It might be called the Windy City RibFest, but the bosses of sauce who tend to the festival's barbecue come from all over the world. For five years running, these award-winning ribbers have been filling fest-goers with sauce-slathered ribs, frothy brews, and traditional sides, such as baked beans, coleslaw, and another helping of ribs. Tucked between the Aragon Ballroom, the Riviera, and the Green Mill, this year's RibFest welcomes local luminaries such as grillmaster Tom Ferguson, whose Chicago BBQ Company is a perennial favorite at the fest. Out-of-towners are also well-represented. Joey Sutphen of Texas Thunder BBQ whips up batches of his family's nationally known ribs, and Paul MacKay from Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ shares the piquant flavors of his native Sydney. As chefs from Porky Chick's and Famous Daves sizzle up their trademark slabs, local bands such as the funked out vocalists of Suénalo, the Top 40 cover band Hello Weekend, and Dave Matthews–mimickers Trippin' Billies keep crowds sufficiently entertained.

Groupon Guide to Chicago

Groupon Guide rounded up some of the best barbecue joints in the country. See who made the cut.

2221 West 43rd Street
Chicago,
IL
US

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