Sports in Chicago

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

Sunset Kayaking with Bonfire Cookout

Sunset Kayaking on Chicago River

Kayak Chicago

$69 $69

Learn about Chicago architecture in a two-hour sunset tour down the Chicago River, followed by dinner and s'mores around a campfire

50% Off Kayak or Paddleboard Rental

Kayak Chicago

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

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Kayaks ferry one person across Lake Michigan's undulating waters; standup paddleboarders glide across the lake on weekdays

60% Off Fencing Classes at Lincoln Square Fencing

Lincoln Square Fencing

Ravenswood

$62.50 $25

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

Groupon Desk Calendar

Groupon

$20 $10

57% Off Entry to the Run Against Traffick 5k

Traffick Free

Diversey Harbor

$35 $15

3.1-mile run along Diversey Harbor raises awareness against human trafficking in Chicago

50% Off Historic Kayak Tour from Wateriders Kayak Tours

Wateriders

Riverwalk

$130 $65

Guides spin true tales of Windy City history and architecture; the gritty underbelly takes center stage in the Ghosts and Gangsters tour

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

50% Off Bike Tune-Up at Bobby's Bike Hike

Bobby's Bike Hike

Bobby’s Bike Hike Chicago

$70 $35

Be prepared to take advantage of sunny days with a bike tune-up that ensures your ride is safe and smooth

Up to 50% Off Basketball Camp and T-shirt

DATSWZUP Basketball

Dooley Park

$50 $25

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

Up to 66% Off Kids' and Adult's Martial Arts Classes

EKF Martial Arts

Andersonville

$130 $49

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

53% Off Bike Tune-Up

Lakeshore Bike

Multiple Locations

$75 $35

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Techs bolster bicycle health through tune-up that includes wheel truing and frame cleaning

Up to 55% Off Kids' Swordplay Classes at Forteza Fitness

Forteza Fitness

Ravenswood

$110 $55

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

Up to 78% Off Martial-Arts Classes

The Warrior Institute of Chicago

The Warrior Institute of Chicago

$179 $39

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

Up to 77% Off Golf Lessons

Chicago Style Golf

West Town

$126 $29

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Boutique golf shop offers private and group golf lessons that improve a golfer's swing

50% Off at Ultimate Kicks Tae Kwon Do

Ultimate Kicks Tae Kwon Do

Chicago

$70 $35

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

Up to 79% Off Kid's and Adult Martial Arts Classes

Keller's Martial Arts

Avondale

$235 $50

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

Up to 88% Off Golf Lessons at Golf in Motion

Golf in Motion

Multiple Locations

$240 $29

Golfers choose 2 or 3 video lessons, including swing evaluations and putting lessons

Up to 75% Off Martial Arts Classes

Shinjinkai, The Japanese Martial Arts Society

Lakeview

$75 $19

Instructors guide students of all levels through martial arts classes such as youth aikido, weapons classes and modern martial arts

Select Local Merchants

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.

111 East Lake Shore Drive
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 while studying under Grand Master Fred Degerberg, a pioneer of mixed martial arts. 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

Northside Mixed Martial Arts acquaints all willing students—most of whom have never sparred or grappled—with the proven combat techniques of Gracie jiu-jitsu, submission wrestling, muay thai kickboxing, and MMA in a supportive and secure environment. The center's squad of expert coaches includes Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion and Gracie-trained black belt Misho Ceko, as well as two-time Golden Gloves boxer Ivelin Tzontchev. By showcasing strikes and holds from across the martial-arts spectrum, classes instill a base of knowledge from which guests can improvise and adapt to subdue much larger opponents, such as street toughs, hooligans, and rabid Big Birds. The gym rounds out its class roster with personal-training services and women's self-defense boot camps, and beckons to passersby a mere four blocks away from the Fullerton CTA stop.

1363 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

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

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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