Sports in Chicago


$39 for The Glo Run 5K with Energy Upgrade on Saturday, May 2 ($65 Value)

The Glo Run

Soldier Field

Nighttime 5K fun run through a safari-themed course is enhanced by DJ’d dance music; entry comes with a neon T-shirt and accessories

$65 $39

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Kayak Tours from Urban Kayaks (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Urban Kayaks

Multiple Locations

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

$130 $65

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Architectural History Tour from Kayak Chicago (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Kayak Chicago

Kayak Chicago

Kayakers follow a guide down the Chicago River, passing the city’s many architectural landmarks

$65 $35

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$25 for One Month of Friday Evening Basketball Camp plus T-Shirt from DATSWZUP ($50 Value)

DATSWZUP Basketball

Dooley Park

Basketball camp run by Norrice Quarles pays equal mind to basketball fundamentals, physical fitness, and skills such as reading

$50 $25

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Adult Co-Ed Indoor Turf Soccer League on Saturday or Sunday from Chicago Sport and Social Club (Up to 50% Off)

Chicago Sport and Social Club

North Center

Warm up this winter with six weeks of fun, social soccer games inside the Chicago Fire’s state-of-the-art indoor turf facility

$140 $70

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Six Weeks of Kid's Classes or One-Month of Unlimited Adult Classes at Keller's Martial Arts (Up to 79% Off)

Keller's Martial Arts

Avondale

Instructors teach a wide array of martial arts, including MMA, kickboxing, Olympic-style tae kwon do, and Aikido

$235 $50

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$63 for $350 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Freddie's Modern Kung Fu

Freddie's Modern Kung Fu

Rogers Park

From the merchant: Receive training in self-defense survival skills, combined with strength, cardio, flexibility, and meditation training.

$350 $63

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Two Fencing Classes for One or Two at Lincoln Square Fencing (60% Off)

Lincoln Square Fencing

Lincoln Square Fencing Chicago

USA Fencing Association member club teaches foil or saber classes to youth, adults, or competitive fencers

$62.50 $25

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$48 for $95 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — slayers mma academy

Slayers Mma Academy

Far South Chicago

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

$95 $48

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$45 for $99 Groupon — Lily Lau Kung Fu / Golden Eagle

Lily Lau Eagle Claw Kung Fu

West Rogers Park

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

$99 $45

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$31 for $70 Groupon — ChampYon Taekwondo USA

Champyon Taekwondo Usa

Champyon Taekwondo Usa

From the merchant: Students learn the basics during two trial classes; uniform included

$70 $31

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Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, MMA, and Taichi Classes at EKF Martial Arts (Up to 62% Off)

EKF Martial Arts

Andersonville

Learn Kung Fu from Mortal Kombat’s real-life Kung Lao, Anthony Marquez, or blend martial arts styles in MMA classes

$65 $29

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One or Three Months of Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Chicago Combat MMA (Up to 73% Off)

Chicago Combat MMA

Multiple Locations

Kids get fit and learn discipline during martial arts classes designed just for them

$120 $39

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One or Two Months of Kids' Swordplay Classes at Forteza Fitness (Up to 55% Off)

Forteza Fitness

Ravenswood

Kids' swordplay classes instill confidence and discipline in students while engaging their minds and bodies

$110 $55

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One or Two Months of Tae Kwon Do Classes at Ultimate Kicks Tae Kwon Do (50% Off)

Ultimate Kicks Tae Kwon Do

Ultimate Kicks Tae Kwon Do

In a brightly decorated studio, experts lead students aged 4 and older in traditional and Olympic-style tae kwon do

$70 $35

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$105 for $300 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — BSI Group Inc

Bsi Group Inc/ Bei Shaolin Institute Chicago

Chicago

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

$300 $105

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$30 for $120 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Mata Leon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Mata Leon Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Chicago

From the merchant: Group martial-arts classes available for kids and adults at all levels of experience.

$120 $30

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes at The Warrior Institute of Chicago (Up to 78% Off)

The Warrior Institute of Chicago

The Warrior Institute of Chicago

Classes help children develop basic coordination skills and learn self-confidence, and help adults tone their bodies and learn self-control

$179 $39

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$54 for $120 Wroth of Services at Stagen's Martial Arts

Stagen's Martial Arts

Belmont Central

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

$120 $54

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USA Karate Federation Hall of Fame honoree and four-time Panamerican Karate champion John Fonseca teams up with three-time world karate champion Elisa Au Fonseca and a cadre of talented instructors to lead their charges through martial-arts and fitness classes that strengthen minds and bodies. Though the martial-arts program mainly focuses on shotokan and shito-ryu karate, the sensei also offers aikido, judo, Gracie jujitsu, muay thai kickboxing, and wing tsun classes. Bushy-tailed neophytes start at the beginning, learning the basics of their chosen form, whereas advanced students delve into such mind-focused arenas as chi energy training and personally apologizing to every punching bag they have ever hurt. Instructors also lead fitness-centered sessions that build muscle and burn calories. Cardio-kick classes merge elements of martial-arts, boxing, and aerobics to form an ever-changing cardiovascular workout infused with heart-pumping kicks and punches. Boot-camps delve athletes even deeper into whole-body fitness by challenging them to nonstop military-style drills for a full 45 minutes, or approximately the time it takes to jump rope through an entire episode of Magnum, P.I..
2440 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago,
IL
US
Gliding across Lake Michigan, the sailing party watches the sun sink beneath the Chicago skyline. As the last rays fade from view, the city's skyscrapers throw their light onto the lake's surface. The captain steers the ship past Grant Park and Millennium Park, and then veers out toward Navy Pier, where the ship's passengers find a prime viewing spot for the Saturday-night fireworks show. In addition to charters like these, the captains of Go Sailing Chicago—all holding US Coast Guard Master Captain licenses and certifications from the American Sailing Association and US Sailing—furnish beginner through advanced sailors with sailing gloves and life jackets before leading hands-on instruction in proper seamanship. Launching from DuSable and Monroe Harbor, and sometimes other points along the lakeshore, Go Sailing Chicago's four-boat fleet meets or exceeds the safety standards set down by the USCG and the most persnickety of ship-in-a-bottle builders.
3600 North Recreation Drive
Chicago,
IL
US
Born in Bulgaria in 1959, fencer Hristo Etropolski soon traded his rattle for a saber, competing twice in the Olympic Games—including a fifth-place finish in 1980—and earning medals in two World Championships. After settling down in 2005, Hristo founded Midwest Fencing Academy, where, as head coach, he draws on almost 40 years of competition and teaching experience to sharpen students’ sparring skills. Of his past protégés, one received a gold medal in the Junior World Cup, and many have secured fencing scholarships at Ivy League universities, where their mighty swords reign undefeated against opponents' puny pens. Midwest Fencing Academy specializes in the lightest of fencing's three weapons, the saber, whose required speed and quick thinking puts students' hearts and reflexes to the test, building discipline and good sportsmanship. The facility boasts five regulation strips, four of which are wired with electronic scoring, and includes a large viewing space for friends or parents to shout French translations of witty retorts from the sidelines.
6100 N Cicero Ave
Chicago,
IL
US
Long before the UFC turned mixed martial arts into a caged spectacle, Kensho Martial Arts founder Roger Luri was melding myriad fighting styles into a coherent method of self-defense. Thirty years of teaching martial arts have shown him that, in a self-defense situation, trained fighters will resort to whatever moves and faked tuberculosis symptoms come the easiest. Instead of inculcating a rigid structure for kicks and punches, he devised a technique that allows students to draw from multiple influences. These include disciplines such as karate, kickboxing, jujitsu, and Western boxing. Luri built his self-defense technique from his broad experience scrapping in multiple styles. In the 1980s, the seventh-degree black belt developed an iron grip over judo and kickboxing. Since then, Luri has developed mastery over Thai and French boxing, for which he received the Silver Glove from the French Federation of Boxe Francaise Savate.
1366 North Cleveland Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US
Martial-arts expert and exercise guru Prentiss Rhodes fills the minds and fists of his students with wisdom and humility through martial-arts training and kettlebell classes. After working in chiropractic rehabilitation clinics training pro athletes, Prentiss went on to master martial arts such as hapkido, haganah, and tactical knife fighting. Prentiss is fascinated by the functional movements of the body and has worked with students with many medical conditions, from MS to stroke. Prentiss incorporates all aspects of fitness into his practice, stressing not just strength but also mobility and flexibility, which come in handy during arm-wrestling tournaments to determine who will be the new county treasurer.
538 N Western Ave
Chicago,
IL
US
A 30-foot sailboat floats across Lake Michigan. It churns through water twinkling with reflections of moonlight, stars, and the Chicago skyline. Suddenly, fireworks shoot into the air, painting the sky above Navy Pier in blooms of red and blue. The USCG–licensed and certified captains at 3rd Coast Cruising create moments like these during private charters and sightseeing tours. They also spend their days leading hands-on lessons that let sailors discover keelboarding or tackle more advanced conditions such as heavy-weather sailing. Launching from the giant wine bottles in DuSable Harbor, 3rd Coast Cruising's fleet also beckons potential captains to compete in sailboat races.
E Lower Randolph St. and N Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago,
IL
US

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