Things To Do In Chicago

Cooking with a Michelin-Starred Chef Class for One or Two with Conrad Gallagher Foods (Up to 48% Off)

Conrad Gallagher Foods

Chicago

Michelin starred–chef teaches home-cooks to make homemade ravioli, eggs benedict, lobster, or canapés during 3-hour themed sessions

$95 $55

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5 or 10 Fitness Classes at Wilson Fitness Studios (Up to 84% Off)

Wilson Fitness Studios

West Loop

High-intensity FIT Method classes challenge strength and cardiovascular fitness and Fitness After Baby classes help new mothers get fit

$90 $15

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Regular or R.I.P. Tickets for One or Two to 50 Shades of Grave on Saturday, October 25 (Up to 57% Off)

50 Shades of Grave

Goose Island

Massive halloween bash with costume contests and live music sprawls across five spookily decorated warehouse buildings

$85 $45

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A Nightmare on Hubbard Street - Halloween Costume Bar Crawl on Saturday, November 1 (Up to 47% Off)

A Nightmare on Hubbard Street

John Barleycorn

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Annual Halloween-themed bar crawl weaves through River North, with costume contests, drink specials, and live DJs along the way

$22.79 $12

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One or Two Golf Lessons and Practice Sessions at My Chicago Golf (Up to 56% Off)

My Chicago Golf

Central Chicago

During 60-minute lessons, golf instructors evaluate swing on video before students practice indoors on a simulator

$148 $70

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Celebrate Halloween with a View at an Adults' Costume Party

Adults' Halloween Costume Pary

Graffiti

Gaze at views of Chicago or across the room at sexy and scary costumes while sipping cocktails and vying for prizes

$21.49 $12

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General or VIP Bowloween Admission for Two at Lucky Strike Lanes (Up to 50% Off)

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Lucky Strike

Costumed bowlers ages 21 and up enjoy drink specials at Lucky Strike Lanes on Halloween

$30 $15

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Sample Barrel-Aged Spirits and Snacks from Local Vendors

Barrels & Bites

Lacuna Artist Lofts

Taste barrel-aged whiskey, rum, and vodka during a three-hour event that features food and a commemorative glass to take home

$35 $35

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$50 for an Architectural Boat Tour for Two ($84 Value). Reservation through Groupon Required.

Chicago Line Cruises

Chicago

Docent-narrated tours cover the history of Chicago's architectural innovations and how they influenced the present-day skyline

$84 $50

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One-, Two-, or Three-Day Chicago Green Festival Visit for One, Two, or Four on October 24–26 (Up to 68% Off)

Green Festivals Inc

Navy Pier

Browse 250+ eco-friendly businesses and explore a weekend of cooking demos, kids’ activities, inspirational speakers, and live music

$15 $7

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Songs for Sound – Hear the Music Tour with Jim Collins on Saturday, October 25, at 6 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

Songs for Sound - Hear the Music Tour w/ Jim Collins, Andrew Pates, and Wendell Mobley

Moonlight Studios

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Jim Collins, Andrew Pate, and Wendell Mobley use their lauded pipes and lyrics to raise awareness for cochlear implants

$85 $50

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Friday-Night, Halloween and Fireworks, or Haunted Booze Cruise from Yacht Party Chicago (42% Off)

Yacht Party Chicago

Multiple Locations

Yacht sails down Lake Michigan for a three-hour cruise with drinking and dancing, followed by an after party

$50 $29

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"A Bright Room Called Day" at Chemically Imbalanced Theater on November 7, 8, or 9 (Up to 42% Off)

"A Bright Room Called Day"

Chemically Imbalanced Theater

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Artists in 1930s Germany fail to take action against a rising dictatorship, while a woman in 1980s America struggles with a similar dilemma

$33.04 $19

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Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players – cp2 at Jazz Showcase on November 3 at 8 p.m. Up to 40% Off)

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Jazz Showcase

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The Chicago Philharmonic’s jazz chamber ensemble dives into the work of one of its own: composer and saxophonist Jim Gailloreto

$20 $12

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Latino Comedy Night Starring Gina Brillon at Castle on November 9 at 7 p.m. (Up to 55% Off)

Latino Comedy Night starring Gina Brillon

Castle

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Popular New York comedian seen on Comedy Central and in The Fluffy Movie scores huge laughs in a chic nightclub

$22.09 $10

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"Desperate 2" at Carver Military Academy High School on November 8 or 9 (Up to 47% Off)

"Desperate 2"

Carver Military Academy High School

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Award-winning singers star in world-premiere drama exploring themes of family, love, and faith

$75 $40

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One Adult or Child Discovery Pass to The Field Museum (Up to 31% Off)

The Field Museum

Central Chicago

Explore ancient Egypt, see SUE the T. rex, and get access to temporary exhibitions exploring subjects like biomechanics

$18 $12.50

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"This Business Is Murder" for Two at Harold Washington Cultural Center on Friday, November 7 (Up to 73% Off)

"This Business is Murder"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

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When it comes to the murder of candy magnate Sir Alan Sweetener, everyone—including his family—has motive and means

$150 $40

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Create a Custom Vase from Reclaimed Glassware

BYOB Vase-Decorating Class

Albany Park

Craft expert Jennifer Dey helps you turn an empty glass container into a shabby-chic vase during a two-hour, BYOB workshop

$35 $35

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Historic spacecraft, fragments of faraway worlds, and maps of the galaxy make outer space seem completely within reach. That's the magic of The Adler Planetarium. From the moment visitors pass through the Clark Family Welcome Gallery?a portal of aluminum tubing, fabric, and video projections?they embark on a journey through space, time, and imagination.

  • Eye Catcher: Earth's neighbors and one massive yellow sun hang overhead in Our Solar System, which also includes a fragment of meteorite and a replica of the Mars rover.
  • Permanent Mainstay: The Historic Atwood Sphere, Chicago's oldest planetarium, where guests can step under a steel dome to view the night sky as it appeared in 1913 thanks to 692 drilled holes.
  • Hands-On Experiments: In The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, you can send yourself digital postcards from across the universe; it'll only take four hours for one to arrive from Neptune, but be prepared to wait 2.5 million years for one to arrive from the Andromeda galaxy.
  • Hidden Gem: The space visualization lab introduces guests to cutting edge research that astronomers use to convey the vastness of space or the size of the castle they want to build on the moon.
  • Don't Miss: The live planetarium show, Destination Solar System, blends a sci-fi plot with real science as it journeys to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn's moon Titan.
  • Special Programs: Every third Thursday of the month, Adler After Dark lets amateur astronomers 21 and older spend the evening gazing at the stars with cocktails in hand.

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1300 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago,
IL
US

Before moving to Chicago, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh began their culinary careers in New York as a way to support themselves while they looked for work as actors. It wasn’t their acting that brought the duo to stardom, however. Against odds of 10,000 to 1, they sent a tape into the Food Network and, to their surprise, became the first-ever winners of the Next Food Network Star contest, landing their own show on the cable channel. That success enabled them to grow their catering business’s small café into a full-fledged restaurant serving up brunch, lunch, and dinner.

"Our focus is on what we love, which is mid-century food and the American culture of dining, and that kind of collective memory we have . . . taking those recipes and updating them for a modern palate," Steve says. For example, they top sweet potatoes with black-thyme-pepper marshmallows and create corn dogs with rabbit sausage in red-velvet butter. Steve says that they love creating conversation at their tables, especially as guests reminisce about memories evoked by dishes such as tuna noodle casserole and their Hearty mac ‘n’ cheese. "For Dan and I, that's a major part of the dining experience," he says. "If we can get their heads moving as well as their mouths, we feel pretty successful." Their efforts have paid off. "The duo is making magic by keeping it simple," said Phil Vettel in a review on WGN. "There's at least one wow ingredient on every plate. A simple burger is brightened with triple-cream cambozola cheese, sugar-cured bacon, and garlic aioli. Bacon-wrapped shrimp arrives on a pile of wonderful white cheddar grits . . . It's fun and delicious."

Dan heads the kitchen, while Steve forges many of the signature cocktails, aiming to discourage the intimidation that often surrounds craft cocktails. He and Dan even authored a book whose 200+ drink recipes include every cocktail made at Hearty, proving that everyone can make the drinks at home. Steve's even been known to chat up tables in hopes of introducing them to a new drink. "It's amazing, the amount of people who don't think they drink gin—so I have to force them," Steve says. "Once you have a gin that is different than that gin that you drank in the 1980s that was so harsh and juniper-heavy, once you're having one of these new American gins along with just simple fresh citrus and the other spirits… you understand what the fuss is about." He's also curated an exclusively American wine list with bottles from unexpected sources—including Dr. Frank's Salmon Run rkatsiteli from the Finger Lakes in New York, which he calls "floral and highly acidic . . . Everybody loves it."

3819 N Broadway St
Chicago,
IL
US

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

A nonprofit theater helmed by passionate cinephiles, Facets Cinematheque instills a love of film in its youngest moviegoers through its groundbreaking children's programs. Since establishing their first children's film exhibition series in 1975, the theater's stewards have branched out into education and outreach, introducing students to positive films and the inspiring stories behind them through channels including family film events, in-school screenings, and the Facets Kids Film Camp. They also oversee the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, which presents hundreds of films from around the globe during its annual autumn run. Though the festival caters to its smallest attendees, its scope is impressively large; welcoming over 20,000 attendees each year, the festival often offers the first screenings of award-winning fare, such as recent Academy Award winner The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

In addition to their children's programming, the theater also lights up its silver screen with indie films, award winners, foreign flicks, and documentaries. Celluloid-caretakers curate a collection of reels that seldom see screenings elsewhere in Chicago, frequently enjoying their city debut within the intimate 125-seat theater. Occasionally, production-team members or film experts join audiences immediately following the show for Q&A sessions—known as film dialogues—taking questions, exploring themes, and providing tips for removing stubborn popcorn kernels from teeth. Upcoming films can be found on Facets’ website.

Eyeballs absorb moving pictures thanks to the dual capabilities of Facets’ projection system, which handles digital and 35 mm films with equal aplomb. While the ephemeral stories fill brains with new ideas, soda and popcorn—acquirable at the old-fashioned concession stand—fill mouths with flavors that have defined every classic moviegoing experience since Orson Welles first invented the snack.

1517 W Fullerton Ave
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.


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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

Chicago might be far from any ocean, but that obstacle didn't stop it from pioneering the first permanent inland saltwater aquarium in the country. Thanks to civic leader John G. Shedd’s drive and contribution of $3 million paid for nearly a million gallons of seawater transported by rail from Florida’s coast, by 1930 the city hosted exhibits large enough to accommodate a wide variety of marine species–sea mammals as well as fish.

Today, Shedd’s dream continues to thrive with the aquarium’s scores of undersea creatures—from sharks and dolphins to vibrant sea cucumbers—showcased in educational, eye-catching exhibits. The permanent collection spirits visitors from the Great Lakes to the Amazon River to the waters of the Arctic Circle. The resident critters often share their turf with temporary guests such as sea jellies and stingrays, who fill dramatic special exhibits.

The most exciting animal encounters, however, may come via the year-round aquatic show. Trainers demonstrate the natural behaviors of sea lions, dolphins, and even beluga whales. They have some four-legged company, too: a trio of rescue dogs often appear alongside their finned adoptive family, demonstrating how learning through positive reinforcement transcends boundaries between species.

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Five Reasons to Visit (or Revisit) the Shedd Aquarium's Jellies Exhibit

Here’s why these lovable blobs are worth a first, second, or even fifth visit.
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago,
IL
US

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