Kids Activities in Back of the Yards

Music-Production 101 Class or One Full-Day Boot Camp at The Talent Pros (Up to 80% Off)

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

Get Me Bodied Summer Weigh In at Lacuna Lofts on Saturday, August 16 (Up to 50% Off)

Get Me Bodied Summer Weigh In

Lacuna Lofts

$22.09 $11

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Wellness expo features fitness classes, healthy snacks, low-calorie cocktails, and massage therapy

5 or 10 Kids' Open-Play Sessions at Chicago Playpen (Up to 59% Off)

Chicago Playpen

Bronzeville

$60 $29

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

Three, Five, or Seven Private Violin or Viola Lessons at MB Muzik (Up to 58% Off)

MB Muzik

Chicago

$180 $75

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

One Private 30-Minute Drum Lessons with DVD at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons (60% Off)

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

$25 $10

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

$110 for Piano Lessons ($200 Value) — The Art of Piano Playing

The Art Of Piano Playing Inc.

The Loop

$200 $110

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

$67 for $120 Worth of Circus-Arts Classes — Circus Kazoo

Circus Kazoo Llc

Redeem from Home

$120 $67

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

$29 for Three Months of 3D Guitar Lessons Online from iPerform 3D Online Guitar Lessons ($168.85 Value)

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

Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drum, or Piano Lessons at Guitar Cities (Up to 59% Off)

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

Two or Four Private Piano or Drum Lessons at Guitar Chicago (Up to 54% Off)

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

Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to Half Off)

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

$24 $12

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Artifacts and digitized recordings detail the history of radio and television; interactive station lets visitors anchor their own newscasts

Bowling with Shoe Rental for 2, 5, or 10 from Chicagoland Bowling (Up to 57% Off)

Chicagoland Bowling

Multiple Locations

$28 $12

Hour-long game at your choice of 10 Chicagoland Bowling member centers

Maze Visit and Time Freak Game for Two or Four at Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier (Up to 56% Off)

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze

Near North Side

$23.98 $12

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Narrow hallways inside a 4,000-square-foot, Chicago-history-themed maze on Navy Pier

5, 10, or 20 Open Jumps or Classic Weekday Birthday Party Package for 25 at Pump It Up (Up to 48% Off)

Pump it Up

Goose Island

$60 $35

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Kids' imaginations run wild as they explore, bounce & burn energy at vibrantly colored bouncy houses, slides & inflatables.

One or Six Open-Play Family Visits at Bubbles Academy (Up to 50% Off)

Bubbles Academy

Goose Island

$12 $6

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Parents bring kids age 0–6 to climb and play in a room full of toy stations, slides, tunnels, and bubbles

Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

$14 $8

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair

Admission for Two or One-Year Individual or Family Membership (50% Off)

International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

$30 $15

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More than 600 art pieces and 7,000 medical artifacts—including a working iron lung—trace the advancement of surgery throughout history

Karaoke, Spa, or Knight-Themed Party for Eight Kids at Young Royal Parties (Up to 53% Off)

Young Royal Parties

Bucktown

$205 $99

Kids can sing together with karaoke, feel pampered with mini spa treatments, or pretend to be a noble knight with themed parties

$29 for Two Adult Sports-Acrobatics Classes at MSA & Circus Arts ($60 Value)

MSA & Circus Arts

Logan Square

$60 $29

Learn floor-tumbling moves, such as bounces, flips, and handstands, and jump on a regulation-sized trampoline equipped with safety lines

Zoovies Movie Screening with Optional Parking at Lincoln Park Zoo (Up to 63% Off). Three Dates Available.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago

$49 $19

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Take in a popular movie with drinks, pizza, popcorn, and candy in the heart of the historic Lincoln Park Zoo while surrounded by animals

General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (Half Off)

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Far South Chicago

$50 $25

Museum celebrates the victories of the nation's first African-American labor unions and the history of African-American railroad workers

$64 for 30 Minutes of WhirlyBall or Laser Tag for Up to 10 Players at WhirlyBall ($150 Value)

WhirlyBall

Multiple Locations

$150 $64

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Zip around courts in a bumper car, tossing wiffle balls with plastic scoops through goals, or slink through neon laser-tag arenas

$15 for One Hour of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Up to Six at Fireside Bowl (Up to $48 Value)

Fireside Bowl

Logan Square

$48 $15

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Guests to this 1940s bowling alley vie for the highest score while surrounded by vintage decor and modern scoring systems

Bowling Package for Five at Diversey River Bowl - Two Options Available (Up to 61% Off)

Diversey River Bowl

Bucktown

$82 $32

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Laser-light shows and upbeat tunes add entertaining elements to bowling outings; onsite pizzeria also serves burgers and pasta

60-Minute Batting-Cage Sessions at Bash Sports Academy (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

BASH Sports Academy

Avondale

$150 $72

12,000 sq. ft., fully turfed indoor facility houses five cages for practicing swings year-round

$10 for 15 Batting-Cage Tokens at Sluggers World Class Sports Bar ($20 Value)

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar

Lakeview

$20 $10

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Just steps away from the legendary Wrigley Field, amateurs can practice their swings in the bar’s batting cages

Entry to Urban Scavenger Hunt for Two or Four from CityScape Adventures (Up to 61% Off)

CityScape Adventures

Cubby Bear

$100 $40

Five-hour scavenger hunt takes participants through 12 challenges that encourage them to explore the city while testing their mettle

Amusement-Park Package for Two or Four from Haunted Trails Amusement Park (53% Off)

Haunted Trails Amusement Park

Multiple Locations

$57 $27

Pizza helps fuel romps through a game area and visits to two attractions, which include mini golf and go-karts, plus laser tag at Joliet

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

5 or 10 Play Passes or Birthday Party for 20 with Snacks and Goody Bags at Peekaboo Playroom (Up to 51% Off)

Peekaboo Playroom

Oak Park

$50 $25

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Kids socialize as they play with toys and costumes during open play or enjoy a private party with tasty snacks, drinks, and one craft

Visit for Two, Four, or an Entire Family to the Swedish American Museum (50% Off)

Swedish American Museum

Edgewater

$8 $4

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Three stories of exhibits explore the struggles and triumphs of Chicago's Swedish immigrants, including through hands-on kids' activities

Six Open-Play Sessions at Jump!Zone (Up to 42% Off). Six Locations Available.

Jump!Zone

Multiple Locations

$60 $35

Kids bounce across massive inflatable arenas, slides, and obstacle courses

Five Weeks of Bagpipe or Drum Lessons with Rentals at Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming

Irish American Heritage Center

$145 $69

In groups of up to five, students hone playing and practice technique and learn about the culture of drums or Scottish bagpipes

$33 for Three Private Guitar or Piano Lessons or Two Vocal Lessons at The Ultimate School of Guitar (Up to $72 Value)

The Ultimate School of Guitar

Berger Park Cultural Center

$72 $33

Basic to advanced lessons in guitar, piano, and vocals taught by talented instructors with educational and practical experience

Miniature Golf for Two or Four at Novelty Golf & Games (Up to 50%)

Novelty Golf & Games

Lincolnwood

$20 $10

10-foot-tall chickens, giant fiberglass shoes, and Frankenstein heads tower over two classic, 18-hole mini-golf courses

Indoor Amusement-Center Visit for One or Two with Tokens, Pizza, and Drinks at Go Bananas (Up to 63% Off)

Go Bananas

Norridge

$32.46 $12

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Bumper cars, a bounce castle, a mini roller coaster, and abundant arcade games enthrall youngsters in between bites of personal pizza

5 or 10 Weekday or Weekend Open-Play Passes at Jump N' Jam Playland (Up to 58% Off)

Jump N' Jam Playland

Calumet City

$40 $19

Inflatable bounce houses, jungle gyms, slides, obstacle courses, and basketball courts

Admission for 2, 4, or 6 to Barn Dance on Saturday, Sept. 6 at The Children's Farm at The Center (Up to 54% Off)

The Children's Farm at The Center

Palos Park

$16 $8

Families dance to the strains of a live band at farm festival with marshmallow bonfire and and hayrides

One or Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Evolution Music (Up to 67% Off)

Evolution Music

Orland Park

$20 $10

A skilled guitarist helps students of all experience levels master chords, solos, and other techniques

Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons from Parker Music (67% Off)

Parker Music

House-Calls and Studio Lessons

$60 $20

Seasoned instructor, Ben Parker, provides house-call or studio lessons for guitar, bass, ukulele, and music theory

Arcade Outing with 100 Tokens and a 14-Inch Single-Topping Pizza at Kiddie Kingdom (Up to 55% Off)

Kiddie Kingdom

Niles

$33.70 $15

Entertainment facility houses platefuls of hand-tossed pizza, more than 62 arcade games, and a miniature carousal

Bowling, Billiards, and Shoe Rentals at Kings (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Kings

Rosemont

$40 $19.99

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20 bowling lanes and 5 billiards tables; retro decor updated with colored lights and more than 50 high-def TVs and projectors

18 Holes of Black-Light Mini Golf for Two or Four with Optional Deluxe Package at Space Golf (Up to 50% Off)

Space Golf

Orland Park

$19 $10

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Mini-golf course with iridescent aliens and black-light-bathed lunar landscapes is bolstered by 3-D glasses and laser blasters

One 60-Minute Private Guitar Lesson with Family Member or Friend from Eric Mantel ($45 Value) 

Eric Mantel

Matteson

$45 $22.50

A guitar instructor for more than three decades, Eric Mantel teaches students myriad techniques with inspiration from guitar greats

Four Weekly 30-, 45-, or 60-Minute Private Music Lessons at American Music Institute (Up to 56% Off)

American Music Institute

Multiple Locations

$120 $60

Weekly one-on-one music lessons for voice or instruments including saxophone, violin, piano, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, and oboe

Ice-Skating Outing for Two or Four at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville (Up to 53% Off)

The Edge Ice Arena

Multiple Locations

$32 $15

Ice arena hosting Chicago Steel’s home games sprawls across three indoor ice-skating rinks, two of which are regulation-size

$29 for Two 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Terra Sounds ($80 Value)

Terra Sounds

Glenview

$80 $29

Students can practice instruments including guitar, piano, drums, violin, or voice or study techniques such as songwriting or improvisation

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Elmhurst

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Mind Reading Show at The Bar Below on September 4–24 or October 1 at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Mark Toland

The Bar Below

$25 $12

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Mark Toland blends fast-paced humor with mind reading and sideshow stunt capabilities for an unforgettable night of entertainment

Chicago Pet Show BOGO for Two at Darien Sportsplex on September 6–7 (Up to 50% Off)

Chicago Pet Show

Darien Sportsplex

$14 $7

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Current or potential pet owners attend two days of demonstrations, seminars, and games from pet-friendly retailers and rescue groups

Two, Four, or Six Go-Kart Rides and Rounds of Miniature Golf at Jus-Fun Amusements in Villa Park (50% Off)

Jus-Fun Amusements

Villa Park

$24 $12

Family amusement park with multicolored go-karts and 18 holes of miniature golf

Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at North Shore Music Institute (Up to 62% Off)

North Shore Music Institute

Northfield

$70 $29

Lessons for students aged 6–adult teach techniques for the guitar, ukulele, strings, piano, percussion, or voice in a wide variety of genres

$69 for Four 30 Minute Private Music Lessons $140 — Northfield School of Music

Northfield School Of Music

Northfield

$140 $69

Students can choose from drums, guitar, voice, violin, or piano lessons

$29 for Three Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Up to Six at Suburbanite Bowl ($96 Value)

Suburbanite Bowl

Westmont

$96 $29

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Groups of up to six hit pins on one of 32 lanes, moonwalking in rental shoes around alley built in 1957

5 or 10 Pop-In Playtime Sessions at Pump It Up (Up to 51% Off)

Pump It Up

Elmhurst

$40 $20

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Kids run, leap, and launch down colorful inflatable slides in a supervised indoor play area

Two Hours of Bowling with Shoes for Up to Six People at Stardust Bowl II or Stardust Bowl III (Up to 56% Off)

Stardust Bowl II and Stardust Bowl III

Multiple Locations

$61 $27

Groups of up to six people can bowl an unlimited number of games over the course of two hours

Bowling with Shoe Rental, Pizza, and Beer for Up to 6 or 12 People at Lakewood Bowl (Up to 53% Off)

Lakewood Bowl

Richton Park

$69.49 $34

This family-friendly bowling center has updated lanes, an on-site bar and grill, and a barbershop located inside

5 or 10 Open-Play Sessions at FunFlatables (Up to 56% Off)

FunFlatables

Multiple Locations

$80 $35

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Indoor playgrounds house colorful, air-filled obstacle courses, slides, and bounce castles

Roller Skating with Skate Rentals for Two, Four, or Six at Lombard Roller Rink (Up to 52% Off)

Lombard Roller Rink

Lombard

$24 $12

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Fun and inventive approaches to roller skating, including Family Night, 21+ events, and sessions set to the tune of R&B or organ music

$18 for Nickel City Family Entertainment Center Visit for Four with Pizza, Pop, and Gameplay ($31.99 Value)

Nickel City

Northbrook

$31.99 $18

Share a large pizza and pitcher of soda between turns on 100+ nickel-operated video and redemption games

Ice-Skating Admission and Skate Rental for Two or Four at Seven Bridges Ice Arena (Up to 53% Off)

Seven Bridges Ice Arena

Woodridge

$20 $10

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Sports arena with one Olympic-size ice rink, one NHL-size ice rink, and a multisport turf field on the second floor

Open Skate with Skate Rental for Two or Four or Ice-Skating Lessons at Midwest Training and Ice Center (Up to 47% Off)

Midwest Training and Ice Center

Midwest Training and Ice Center

$16 $9

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Olympic-sized ice arena hosts open-skate sessions or four weeks of lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skaters

5, 10, or 20 Open-Jump Visits at Pump It Up (Up to 53% Off)

Pump It Up

Lisle

$40 $20

Kids jump inside bounce-houses, zoom down inflatable slides, and race through obstacle courses at an indoor playground

$15 for a One-Hour Bowling Outing for Four with Shoe Rental at Fox Bowl ($39 Value)

Fox Bowl

Wheaton

$39 $15

Bowling alley with onsite pizza kitchen and 10-foot video screen hosts groups of four for 60 minutes of pin-crushing revelry

$28 for $60 Worth of Music Lessons — Devine Music Studio

Devine Music Studio

Glen Ellyn

$60 $28

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

Ice Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Rocket Ice Arena (Up to 58% Off)

Rocket Ice Arena

Bolingbrook

$18 $8

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Skaters of all levels hone their moves during open skates while supporters cheer them on from lodge with fireplace, free WiFi & café

Full-Day Waterpark Visit for Two, Four, or Six at The Oasis Water Park (50% Off)

The Oasis Water Park

The Oasis Water Park

$18 $9

Public water park's three zones—'Cuda Cove, Mango Bay, and Otter Island—host watery fun with slides, sprayers, leisure pool, and lap pool

Three or Six Groupons, Each Good for One Open-Play Session at Kids Town (Half Off) 

Kids Town

Wheaton

$10 $5

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Colorful themed playrooms delight youngsters as caregivers look on or relax in lounges

Three Games of Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Glowgolf (Up to 55% Off)

Glowgolf

Multiple Locations

$16 $8

Luminescent golf balls, lit-up putters, neon obstacles, and incandescent walls illuminate players negotiating tricky glow-themed landscapes

Mini-Golf Package for 2 or 4 Adults, or Birthday Party for Up to 12 Kids at Wilderness Falls (Up to 51% Off)

Wilderness Falls

Bolingbrook

$24 $12

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Two mini-golf courses feature rugged obstacles and a 35 ft. waterfall; kids’ party also includes arcade tokens and food

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As the keyboardist in '80s cover band Sixteen Candles, Scott Barbeau knows how to handle a Michael Jackson cover, an electrifying keyboard solo, and a crowd of screaming fans. At UpBeat Music and Arts, he shares his expertise with youngsters, emphasizing a mix of music fundamentals and fun. HIs private and group classes impart skills for piano and guitar, covering areas from musical theory and ear training to the joys of taking control of a crowd without even knowing hypnotism.

4318 Irving Avenue
Chicago,
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Mike Semerau and the instructors at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons have a trick up their sleeve. In addition to in-person tutelage, they provide professional pre-recorded take-home videos of proper drumming techniques for students to refer to while practicing. This kind of constant visualization and repetitive watching is what the instructors claim makes their students so successful as they drill new techniques such as double bass, ostinatos, and stick control. During lessons, teachers also cover subjects such as soloing, learning a student?s favorite song, creating original beats and fills, and teaching yourself. Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons has a play-along machine stacked with more than 1,000 songs, all of which have no drum track so that students can provide their own percussion and experience the sensation of playing and keeping time with other instruments.

3756 Washtenaw Ave.
Chicago,
IL
US

The National Museum of Mexican Art features more than 7,000 artworks that span a timeline from ancient Mexico to modern-day masterpieces. As the country’s only Latino museum accredited by the American Association of Museums, it aims to provide a view into the richness of Mexican culture through programs and exhibitions that explore issues of social justice in local communities. Twenty of its exhibitions have toured the country, and its resumé includes The African Presence in Mexico and Frida’s Contemporaries: Women Artists of Modern Mexico. In addition to visual art, the museum’s cultural programs also display a range of other art forms including music, dance, and theater, and its annual Sor Juana Festival honors the accomplishments of Mexican women.

1852 W 19th St
Chicago,
IL
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At Chicago Playpen, the staff seeks to educate kids through engaging activities that feel more fun than didactic. Kids can investigate city-themed installations modeled after familiar locations, including the grocery store, where kids learn counting, sorting, and social skills while shopping or restocking. Certified teachers also lead regular classes that cover subjects such as eco-crafts and creative movement.

908 East 47th Street
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

In the middle of a tour, a young woman began arguing with her mother, causing the guide to quietly usher the rest of the group away from the quarreling family members. Even if they had stayed, the other tour participants would have only heard half the dispute. That's because the mother was dead. At Chicago Ghost Investigations, instances like these in which guests are confronted by spirits of their past are jokingly referred to as Bring Your Own Ghost moments. Owner Brian is all too familiar with these types of encounters, experiencing one himself while serving with the US Army's 101st Airborne Division. While shivering in a foxhole, Brian suddenly found himself looking down at his body from above. Beside him stood his deceased grandfather, donning a tuxedo and red bow tie.

Brian has been fascinated with ghosts ever since, sharing his passion during each paranormal encounter at Chicago Ghost Investigations. During an introductory session, he supplies guests with a bag of ghost hunting equipment, including divination rods, thermal indicators. Along with these tools, Brian and his fellow guides teach participants methods for communicating with the dead. From there, newly christened ghost hunters seek out spirits inside a warehouse once used by Al Capone, which NBC New York now calls the "spookiest place in Chicago."

500 West Cermak Road
Chicago,
IL
US

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