Things To Do In Chicago

An Evening with Mr. Dick Gregory or Comedy Night With Luenell at Castle on October 5 or 19 (Up to 69% Off)

An Evening with Mr. Dick Gregory or Comedy Night With Luenell

Castle

$53.74 $25

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Sets from comedy legend Dick Gregory or popular standup and actress Luenell

Demi Lovato with Christina Perri and MKTO at United Center on October 14 at 7 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Demi Lovato

United Center

$60.84 $30

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Actress and singer blends pop, R&B, and emotive lyrics on hits including "Skyscraper" and "Give Your Heart a Break"

John Leguizamo in "Ghetto Klown" at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, September 13, at 8 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

John Leguizamo in "Ghetto Klown"

The Chicago Theatre

$73.81 $44

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The magnetic and manic Leguizamo unleashes mesmerizing and hysterical tales from his career in his latest award-winning one-man show

Pontoon-Boat Rental for Up to 8 or 12 from Corporate Tailgate Boat Rental (Up to 70% Off). Six Options Available.

Corporate Tailgate Boat Rental

ESTATE Ultra Bar

$250 $99

Gas-pontoon boats cruise leisurely up and down the Chicago River on a waterfront tour; bring your own food and drinks

Two-Hour Pontoon-Boat Rental from VIP Bachelorette (Up to 65% Off). Two Options Available.

VIP Bachelorette

Estate Ultra bar

$250 $95

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Cruise the Chicago River while taking in landmarks during two-hour pontoon-boat rentals; drinks and snacks are welcome

Booze Cruise on Yacht and After Party from Yacht Party Chicago (42% Off). Four Options Available.

Yacht Party Chicago

River City Marina

$50 $29

Yacht cruises down the river and into Lake Michigan for a three-hour cruise with drinking and dancing to a DJ, followed by an after party

$40 for a 30-Minute Jet Ski Rental from Chicago Jet Ski Rentals ($80 Value)

Chicago Water Sport Rentals

Chicago

$80 $40

Jet skiers blast over Lake Michigan's waves and enjoy the Chicago skyline

Two-Day Visit for Two or Green Season Pass for Two at Randolph Street Market (Up to 50% Off)

Randolph Street Market

West Loop

$10 $5

250+ vendors collect vintage furniture, art, fashions, antiques, estate jewelry, & fancy foods to sell at seasonally themed weekend markets

Capoeira Class for Two or 10 Classes at Gingarte Capoeira Chicago (Up to 61% Off)

Gingarte Capoeira Chicago

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Exciting Brazilian martial-arts classes combine self-defense with dance; classes are taught by highly established instructors

Party or Skating for 2 or 4 at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Family Entertainment Center (Up to 49% Off)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Family Entertainment Center

Gresham

$24.50 $14

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Glide around the roller rink while wearing glow accessories; birthday package includes pizza, unlimited soda, and games

Professional Networking Event for One or Two from Chicago Professional Connexion (50% Off)

Chicago Professional Connexion

Bar Louie River North

$20 $10

Relaxed networking event connects professionals with potential employers

$49 for a Two-Week Beginners’ CrossFit On-Ramp Program at Bucktown Crossfit ($200 Value)

Chicago Elite Fitness

Chicago

$200 $49

Instructors introduce beginners to CrossFit’s training methodology and correct technique for all of the lifts and exercises

$25 for $45 Worth of Drawing Classes — Scuola Internazionale Di Comics

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

$79 for One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Mettle Fitness ($165 Value)

Mettle Fitness

Chicago

$165 $79

Get in shape with a month's worth of intense daily CrossFit workouts

10 Weeks of Acting Classes for One or Two at Dream of Passion (Up to 70% Off)

Dream of Passion

Chemically Imbalanced Theater

$250 $99

Acting classes help aspiring actors learn important skills, such as scene analysis and the Stanislavski system, and relaxation techniques

BYOB Painting Class for One, Two, or Four at Learning Bar (Up to 63% Off)

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

BYOB Painting Class for One, Two, or Four People at LK Art Gallery (Up to 53% Off)

LK Art Gallery

Bridgeport

$80 $39

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

5 or 10 Capoeira Classes at Axé Capoeira Academy (Up to 74% Off)

Axé Capoeira Chicago

Ukrainian Village

$75 $29

Instructors guide students through swift kicks, knee strikes, and other moves during classes that combine rhythm and self-defense

BYOB Leather-Working Class for One, Two, or Four at Vividbraille (Up to 61% Off)

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

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After attending boot camps for a while, Maizah's motivation fizzled and she dropped the course. But refusing to accept defeat? even if it weren't his own?The Boot Camp Guy's cofounder, Chris Brown, gave her a call and made a case. He showed her some before-and-after shots of people she'd met at the sessions before she left?and was astounded by their transformations.

"That could have been me," she kept thinking. So she headed back to class determined that this time, it would be. Months later, she'd gone from a size 16/18 down to a size 12 with extra energy to boot.

As a former Marine with 14 years of professional fitness experience and a passion for helping people reach their goals, Chris knows that boot camp isn't about the stereotypical screaming drill sergeants depicted on TV. Instead, he and his trainers employ a realistic, no-scales and no-diets philosophy and focus on supplying their students with the motivation they need. They identify each student's fitness level within moments and calibrate their workouts accordingly, pitching the signature boot-camp classes at beginner, intermediate, and expert levels. This approach seeks to get students to their own desired level of "skinny", whether that's a size two, size 14, or any other goal. The trainers further outfit their boot-camp base model with nine different tracks?with one designed to shed weight?and total-body sessions up the ante with weights, resistance bands, and mat exercises to strengthen entire physiques rather than honing in on left pinkies. They also encourage students to eat the food they enjoy, and to be mindful of which nutrients their body needs to address deficiencies and restore balance.

The fitness menu unfurls a feast of other group classes. Cycle circuits combine intensive spinning with ab work on the turf and toning dumbbell drills. Cardio-kickboxing classes blend aerobics, boxing, and martial arts. All told, they offer more than 100 classes each month from their well-stocked studio, which the staff stocks with free weights, strength-training machines, exercise balls, and resistance bands, as well as a recently added indoor obstacle course.

3037 West 111th Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Beginners and seasoned yogis alike are welcome at 105F - Bikram Yoga Chicago. Here, instructors lead classes that are designed to lure students to their limits, providing a demanding physical challenge for all skill and fitness levels. Each of the three studio locations contains a practice room that is heated to 105 degrees with 40%?45% humidity, creating a sweat-inducing, tropical setting that aids practicers by loosening their muscles as they sink into each stretch.

The 90-minute classes all follow the same sequence: two breathing exercises and 26 standing and seated asanas, which use deep twists and bends to methodically work organ systems and muscle groups throughout the entire body. Instructors slowly guide students into poses and ensure that they can perform each asana at a level that safely challenges their limits. Continued practice can help yogis hone their strength and endurance while also learning to maintain a greater sense of focus and mind-body awareness, even in the face of physical distractions like another student's Sudoku puzzle back tattoo.


Groupon Guide to Chicago

Yes, Yoga Is a Sport
And Gianna Purcell is the reigning champion. Follow her journey to the top from her very first class at 105F in Chicago.


My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic

E! News anchor and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic was born in Italy but she has strong ties to Chicago?namely, her husband Bill, the Trump-approved entrepreneur and restaurateur behind RPM Italian. In the My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic collection, the star of Giuliana & Bill gives the scoop on her favorite local spots to get glammed up, be entertained in style, and even shop for Bill.

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47 W Polk St
Chicago,
IL
US

Beginners and seasoned yogis alike are welcome at 105F - Bikram Yoga Chicago. Here, instructors lead classes that are designed to lure students to their limits, providing a demanding physical challenge for all skill and fitness levels. Each of the three studio locations contains a practice room that is heated to 105 degrees with 40%?45% humidity, creating a sweat-inducing, tropical setting that aids practicers by loosening their muscles as they sink into each stretch.

The 90-minute classes all follow the same sequence: two breathing exercises and 26 standing and seated asanas, which use deep twists and bends to methodically work organ systems and muscle groups throughout the entire body. Instructors slowly guide students into poses and ensure that they can perform each asana at a level that safely challenges their limits. Continued practice can help yogis hone their strength and endurance while also learning to maintain a greater sense of focus and mind-body awareness, even in the face of physical distractions like another student's Sudoku puzzle back tattoo.


Groupon Guide to Chicago

Yes, Yoga Is a Sport
And Gianna Purcell is the reigning champion. Follow her journey to the top from her very first class at 105F in Chicago.


My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic

E! News anchor and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic was born in Italy but she has strong ties to Chicago?namely, her husband Bill, the Trump-approved entrepreneur and restaurateur behind RPM Italian. In the My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic collection, the star of Giuliana & Bill gives the scoop on her favorite local spots to get glammed up, be entertained in style, and even shop for Bill.

Shop the Collection


2736 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

The embodiment of the neighborhood pub, the aptly named Burwood Tap sits on the corner of Burling and Wrightwood, and has welcomed patrons for nearly 70 years. It’s one of the few bars in town that opened on December 5, 1933¬–which Chicagoans recognize as the end of Prohibition. It’s corner-of-the-block location means plenty of locals stop in for a cold one after work, but the crowd also diversifies with college students from nearby DePaul University, who often stop in to take advantage of open-bar specials. No neighborhood haunt would be complete without some memorabilia, which the Burwood Tap has in spades. While scanning the bar from black-and-white-checkered floor to ceiling, visitors can spot items such as a deer head, an old tuba, and a Richard J. Daley campaign poster. A big reason for the bar’s charm is because the same family is now in its third generation of ownership, helping to ensure that things at Burwood Tap remain as steady as a cat’s appetite for human brains. Also, rumor has it that Leroy Brown was a regular here back in the day–the same man who’s the subject of the song “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce. To soak up pours, patrons can belly up to the bar and fill up with free buffet food offered on select nights, including endless stores of mac ‘n’ cheese, wings, and meatballs. Brains power up for trivia on Wednesdays, while those hoping to score can show up Thursday nights for raunchy bingo. Doling out further merriment, the pub houses seven flatscreen TVs, a pool table, and complimentary all-you-can-eat popcorn within its cozy, wood-paneled confines.

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 South Halsted Street
Chicago,
IL
US

The exposed-brick walls of Iron Cycles speak to the straightforwardness of its employees, who prefer to focus on riding, not attitude. This judgment-free approach leads to unbiased treatment for every cycle. The staffers treat well-worn heirlooms with the same degree of care and dignity as they do snazzy titanium builds or a custom-crafted commuter. Perhaps their respect for bike diversity stems in part from their disparate cycling backgrounds: founder Brandon is an off-road racer, Ben was a bike messenger, and Steve has more than 25 years of both pedaling and mechanic experience.

Regardless of the bike brand or model, each of the shop’s services adheres to the mission of safer, savvier trips. Repairs address basic adjustments as well as complete overhauls, furnishing customers with new saddles, kickstands, and even handmade tires imported from overseas. The staffers oversee fitting sessions that fine-tune parts to suit the bike's function and the owner's body type. They can also build custom cycles that correspond to clients' goals, whether they want a frame that can hit high speeds or wheels that can store several decks of playing cards at once.

3136 W Montrose Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

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