Events & Activities in Chicago

Spend a Day Tubing on the Tippecanoe River and Eating Tacos

River-Tubing Day-Trip

Near North Side

$69 $69

Float on the Tippencanoe River while indulging in BYO beverages before feasting on all-you-can-eat tacos and playing volleyball

Up to 55% Off Ticket to the Chicago Football Classic

Chicago Football Classic: Central State University vs. Morehouse College

Soldier Field

$24.42 $11

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Central State University and Morehouse College clash for the second time in the Chicago Classic, followed by a battle of the marching bands

Tye Tribbett – Up to 63% Off Gospel Concert

Tye Tribbett

House of Blues Chicago

$29.45 $14

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Grammy winner heralded as the "Elvis of Gospel" showcases catchy pop hooks and powerhouse vocals

Create a Thread Painting with an Embroidery Artist

Embroidery Painting Class

Chicago

$75 $75

Katie Netti teaches students to recreate a photograph using a blend of long and short stitches and colorful thread

Up to 50% Off BYOB Flower-Arranging Class

Allure Floral Design

Northwest Side

$95 $49

Learn how to make floral arrangements under the guidance of a professional while sipping your own beverages

56% Off Private Glass-Working Class for Two

Shatter Glass Group

Kilbourn Park

$340 $149

Renowned glass blower teaches private classes that caters to beginner students who seek to learn artistic technique

Up to 51% Off BYOB Abstract Painting Class

VIP Paints

Chicago

$65 $32

With emphasis in creating works of art that explore emotion through personal style, students leave class with their own abstract masterpiece

44% Off Drawing Classes

Scuola Internazionale Di Comics

West Town

$45 $25

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

Up to 63% Off BYOB Painting Class

Learning Bar

Multiple Locations

$60 $25

Instructors provide all painting materials, including 16"x20" canvas, while guests just bring drinks, snacks, and openness to learn

Up to 53% Off BYOB Painting Class at LK Art Gallery

LK Art Gallery

Bridgeport

$80 $39

Painters create their own original works with acrylics on canvas with the help of an instructor

Up to 61% Off BYOB Leather-Working Class

Vividbraille

Bucktown

$129 $59

Participants make a leather card case, phone case, wallet, or key chain and wrist cuff while sipping on beverages they bring

45% Off Recording-Studio Rental

Inmusic Recording Studio

Chicago

$275 $151

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Up to 60% Off the Great Food Tour of Chicago

Great Food Tours

Chicago

$50 $25

Tours make six stops along Michigan Avenue, visiting the originator of deep-dish pizza and an eatery serving up Chicago-style hot dogs

41% Off Kids' Open Play and Stuffed Animal at Chicago Playpen

Chicago Playpen

Bronzeville

$32 $19

Kids play inside a facility that's full of educational installations, including a grocery store, then choose a stuffed animal and an outfit

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

Up to 54% Off Speed Dating

Chicago Speed Date

On Location

$37.92 $18

Increase your chances for romance during three-minute conversations with a series of potential mates

50% Off Personal Fitness Program

Hartman Fitness

Lakeview

$70 $35

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Up to 86% Off Capoeira Classes

Grupo Capoeira Brasil Chicago

Lakeview

$100 $19

Instructor with 23 years experience teaches Brazilian martial arts classes that blend tribal dance moves with fighting techniques

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

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As a former speakeasy, Burwood Tap has learned to suck up to the local brass. The bar is filled with memorabilia, including a prominently displayed poster supporting Richard J. Daley’s candidacy for mayor. Free buffets and open-bar specials attract coeds from nearby DePaul, but locals often come here to enjoy a cold one with good company.

724 West Wrightwood Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

During her rotations as a pastry chef in culinary school, Uzma Sharif caught the eye of her head chef by drizzling chocolate with the same technique she used to decorate hands with henna. “You’re going to be a great success with that someday,” he predicted. The roots of her talents as a chocolatier go back even deeper, however. In Pakistan, her pastry-chef grandfather was well known for his delicate pink macaroons, and her mother and seven aunts each inherited their father’s baking skills. In January 2011, Uzma followed in her family members' footsteps, founding her own shop to purvey her hand-crafted chocolate creations as Chocolat Uzma Sharif.

These confections brim with unexpected ingredients, such as candied rose petals, Kashmiri chai, and cardamom, or glow with floral colors, such as the pinks and blues on the ombre butterflies that are Uzma's current favorite. The chocolatier handpicks the ingredients that go into her sweet creations, choosing all-natural, organic options when possible. Focused on perfecting a small selection of goods, she makes her chocolates in small batches and packages them in eco-friendly boxes she’s designed herself.

During chocolate classes at her Pilsen kitchen, Uzma teaches students about the origins of raw chocolate and the science behind making a bar with the right sheen and snap. Uzma also shares methods for choosing good chocolate from store shelves, starting with deciphering the percentages on the label and asking it whether it’s been naughty or nice.

1823 S Halsted St.
Chicago,
Illinois
US

There’s no Jerry at Jerry’s. Owners Mark Bires and Mindy Friedler chose the moniker as an homage to Jerry Garcia, whose freewheeling spirit they evidently share, given that they’ve traveled the country sampling sandwiches ranging from Chicago's italian beefs to Philly's cheesesteaks, from New Orleans's po boys to New England’s lobster rolls. It’s easy to see the influence of their journeys on the eatery’s menu, a staggering array of more than 100 regional and ethnic sandwiches that could make a magic 8 ball cloud over from indecision. Root-beer-glazed ham, beef tenderloin, and fried tofu are but a few of the sandwiches’ centerpieces, their flavors accented by offerings such as fried green tomatoes and grilled asparagus. Diners can also customize their own creations from a board filled with meats, veggies, and 10 different bread options. Hand-formed burgers, rustic-cut fries, and decadent desserts add weight to the menu like an extra stripe adds weight to a zebra. At the eatery's bar, diners scan rows of roughly 200 American craft beers accessible by bottle or tap, and they savor a selection of 70 American whiskeys. When the digital jukebox needs a break, Jerry's hosts live music, the catchy tunes of which slither through door cracks and out to the outdoor dining area.

1938 W Division St
Chicago,
IL
US

One of the few downtown bars to survive the Great Chicago Fire, the Green Door Tavern has also spent time as a grocery store and Italian restaurant. Before heading inside, take a peek from across the street. You might be surprised to notice that the bar’s wooden frame leans visibly to the right.

678 North Orleans Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Marge’s Still operated as a speakeasy during Prohibition; bathtub gin was brewed upstairs and served in the cellar below. The only relic that remains from those lean days is the antique wooden bar, which now hosts hearty plates of pan-seared tuna, baby back ribs, and duck l’orange.

1758 North Sedgwick Street
Chicago,
IL
US

At Tango Che Productions, couple Daniel Noce and Ramona Nita share lifetimes of experience through instruction and foster a strong Argentine tango community with milonga parties. Noce hails from Argentina, where he earned a bachelor's degree in his country's native dances, including tango, before joining the Ballet of the University of Argentina and studying under tango luminaries Rodolfo Dinzel. Nita pointed her feet toward tango at age 12, when she earned a dance scholarship and pair of spring-loaded heels that launched her career as an instructor and performer of Latin and ballroom styles. In 2005, she met tango by way of Noce, and the two have since showcased their passionate embrace and deft footwork as members of the Otero Dance Company.

The pair teaches private and group tango lessons together, imparting the intricacies of leading and following through their own bodies and trails of rose petals they use to mark choreography. During weekly Friday night milongas, a seasoned tango DJ draws couples to the dance floor for a night of traditional dancing. In addition to putting on professional performances for cultural and corporate events, the staff hosts dance-laden on-site wedding receptions for up to 60 people.

5602 N Ridge Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

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