Sightseeing in Fulton River District

Up to 38% Off from Weird Chicago Tours

Weird Chicago Tours

Near North Side

$60 $39

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Travel by bus to the former crime scenes, red-light districts, gangster hangouts, or ghost-sighting spots of Chicago's storied past

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

50% Off Deluxe Wine Tour for Two or Four

Windy City Wine Tours

Near North Side

$800 $398

Groups up to 10 tour midwest wineries while learning the history and bakground of each vineyard and its wine

Up to 52% Off True Crime and City Highlights Tour Bundle

Chicago Prime Tours

Chicago

$66 $34

Hear the stories of John Dillinger, John Wayne Gacy. and H.H. Holmes during crime tour, and visit Willis Tower and other sites on city tour

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

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Inside Chicago Walking Tours

On Location

$20 $10

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

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Chicago Sports Tours

Chicago

$42 $21

Saturday sports tours explore Chicago's rich history of football, baseball, basketball, and hockey

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Chicago Crime Tours

Chicago

$79.90 $38

Learn about more than 100 years of Chicago’s crime history in a 90-minute tour of famous crime scenes and landmarks

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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

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Chicago

$25 $13

Cruises aboard a yacht with dance floors and bars provide brilliant evening views of the Chicago skyline

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The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

Lizzie McNeills Irish Pub

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

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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

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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

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BUCKit List Events

Multiple Locations

$80 $39

Three-person teams go head-to-head in seven-week arcade tournament with one week of playoffs

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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

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

Up to 33% Off a Sailing Tour on Tall Ship Windy

Tall Ship Windy

Navy Pier

$30 $20

A 148-foot-long, traditional four-masted schooner sails throughout Lake Michigan for about 75 minutes

Up to 51% Off Grass Skirts & Hawaiian Shirts Bar Crawl

Grass Skirts & Hawaiian Shirts Bar Crawl

Multiple Locations

$25 $13

Tour Southport Avenue bars wearing Hawaiian shirts, leis, and grass skirts during a Hawaiian-themed bar crawl; catered lunch buffet included

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Ultimate Barcrawl Challenge

Deuce's

$15 $8

Goldfish races, relay races, and other drinking games are held at four Wrigleyville bars

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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

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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

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Waxwing Puzzle Co.

Logan Square

$40 $20

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Players take part in a role-playing event that is set in the prohibition era and pulls from mob folklore

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Quincy Street Distillery

Riverside

$44 $22

60- to 90-minute tour of a distillery that produces 12 artisanal, small-batch spirits; each guest brings home a Glencairn glass

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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

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Chicago Helicopter Express

Wheeling

$360 $199

Helicopters cruise 800 feet above the Chicago skyline past such famed sights as Willis Tower, Wrigley Field, and Navy Pier

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Bachman Aero

Schaumburg

$295 $149

The 30-minute helicopter flying lesson puts students in control of the craft at 500 feet with instruction from a FAA Certified Pilot

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Gauntlet Warbirds

Sugar Grove

$440 $259

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A seasoned flight instructor leads a 40-minute joy ride aboard an Extra 300L aerobatic plane or a T-6 Texan warplane

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New Zealand is a country of stark contrasts: it has glaciers and volcanoes, black sand beaches and boiling mud pools, cascading waterfalls and spouting geysers. It is otherworldly and fantastical enough here that director Peter Jackson adopted New Zealand as the filming location for Middle-earth, the mythical land found in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Nearly 2,000 miles northeast in the heart of the South Pacific are the pristine Cook Islands, awash in tropical scenery. Whether you want to sightsee or go on an adventure, you're in charge of your own itinerary on this 10-day, 8-night trip through New Zealand and the Cook Islands. To find out all the destination possibilities for your itinerary, click here. Thursday: Travelers take off from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on an Air New Zealand flight. On Friday, you’ll have your passport stamped by Father Time before he permits you to cross the International Date Line. Saturday–Thursday: Planes touch down in Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday morning. After collecting baggage and going through customs, passengers board a shuttle bus that whisks them to the rental-car depot. From here, you have seven days on your own to explore New Zealand's North Island. The tour company can provide you with a self-drive itinerary based on your interests, or you can craft your own. The spewing geysers and bubbling mud pools of Rotorua are highlights of North Island. It’s also worth it to visit Mount Tarawera volcano, the mountain-framed Lake Taupo, and Auckland's Sky Tower, the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. To pump up the adrenaline, you can skydive, bungee jump, whitewater raft, and even zorb—an extreme sport invented in New Zealand in which a person rolls down a hill inside an inflatable ball. And at the southern tip of North Island lies Wellington, the country's capital and home to Te Papa, the country's national museum. Each night, travelers can flash the Golden Chain New Zealand motel pass to check in at one of the motel's locations for the night.Friday: After heading back to Auckland, you’ll drop off your rental car at the airport and catch an Air New Zealand flight to Rarotonga in the evening.Thursday–Friday: Because the plane crosses the International Date Line, travelers will gain a day back and will land on the Cook Islands for their second consecutive Thursday. This is the part of the trip to relax and unwind; you can spend the following two days snorkeling, kayaking, and exploring the tropical lagoon that surrounds the Muri Beach Club Hotel.Saturday: Air New Zealand flights depart from Rarotonga for Los Angeles or San Francisco. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

520 W Erie St
Chicago,
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The fun-loving founders of the Candy Crush Crawl are determined to correct a glaring oversight at most bar crawls: no candy. To remedy this, they gather revelers for a sweet-stuffed jaunt down Clark Street in Wrigleyville designed to celebrate local watering holes and loads of candies—10,000 pounds to be specific. The Valentine's crawl, themed "Find Your Crush", makes stops at various neighborhood institutions, including Old Crow Smokehouse, Rebel Bar & Grill, Vines on Clark, and the Cubby Bear throughout the day. Drink specials and awe-inspiring candy displays, from jelly-bean-filled swimming pools to gooey chocolate fountains, await guests at each bar. Nylon backpacks provided with each ticket help participants stow extra sweets such as chocolate bars, lemon heads, and gummy bears. Guests are encouraged to wear outlandish costumes, as prizes will be distributed at the end of the night.

770 N. Halsted Street, Suite 306
Chicago,
IL
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A shark preserved in formaldehyde in a vitrine won't fit in your living room, but abstract loops dripping in brilliant colors and picture-perfect sketches of Old World streets from Ugallery.com's online art marketplace will. Choose works from more than 300 emerging artists, each handpicked by a committee of art experts. Only about 25% of applicants are deemed worthy by Ugallery.com's curator panel. The average age of the selected artists is 26, meaning they're experienced craftspeople who are just embarking on their careers. Ugallery.com also has a forum where buyers can speak directly with the artists, so you can demand explanations of enigmatic titles.

600 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago,
IL
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Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago introduces tourists and locals to the Windy City's thriving food scene via deep-dish pizzas, hot dogs, and ethnic cuisine. Two neighborhoods in particular brim with famous restaurants and hidden eateries: Wicker Park and River North.

On their streets, Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago's local guides lead groups on walking explorations, pausing frequently to taste everything from cupcakes to Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless's Mexican cuisine. Food stands at the crossroads of each neighborhood's culture, and the guides use it as a jumping off point to discuss local history and architecture. They might spin tales of how Wicker Park was once a hotbed of European immigration or how River North accumulated a wealth that would make John D. Rockefeller's piggy bank tremble with envy.

222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago,
IL
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At this month's multimedia "Groupon Presents" showcase, the Chicago Artists' Coalition's gleaming white rafters rumble to the galvanizing beats of Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross while mesmerizing artwork by Jason Brammer fuses with moves from an improvised dance trio. The aural brainchild of 24-year-old producer Dexter Tortoriello, Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross possesses a melancholy texture that pulses with danceable energy. On his latest EP, Blow, Tortoriello interweaves ethereal vocals and live instrumentation with the grind of old drum machines and broken synthesizers, adding an element of anachronism to modern style like a robot wearing a monocle. The performance will be complemented by a video of beautifully synchronized visuals, courtesy of artist Alan Jensen. Mixed-media canvases by Brammer further feed into the evening's connection of old and new, juxtaposing future worlds with salvaged hardware and antique fixtures from a time long forgotten. An interpretive dance trio led by improvisational artist JulieAnn Graham rounds out the jubilee with graceful movement and rousing choreography. Throughout the night, guests can venture to Aftermath, the current art exhibition featuring six Bolt residents' interpretations of life following a catastrophic event, or visit the open bar to fill their glasses or chain-mail gloves with bubbly pours of Blue Moon and Peroni provided by Miller/Coors and champagne provided by Wirtz Beverage. Valet parking is available for $10.

217 N Carpenter St
Chicago,
IL
US

The Great Urban Race is a one-day event pitting teams of two against one another in a race combining physical challenges, scavenger hunts, and puzzles. Up to 700 twosomes will traverse 4 to 8 miles of Toronto terrain on foot and by public transportation as they solve 12 challenging clues in a fun quest to reach the finish line first. Sample clues and challenges from past Great Urban Races include charades, bubble-gum chewing, pig Latin deciphering, bicycle races, and word scrambles, making this race ideal for competitive eaters and cryptographers alike. Teams are encouraged to dress up in matching outfits, and prizes will be awarded for best costume. Prizes are also given for race results, with $300 going to first place, $200 to second place, and $100 to third place. The top 25 teams will qualify for the National Championship in New Orleans in November, with the top three teams receiving free entry. Each participant gets a T-shirt and postrace refreshments of fruit, granola bars, and a run through a Perrier sprinkler. Read over the rules and FAQs for more information.

320 W Ohio St
Chicago,
IL
US

Fulton River District Scene