Things To Do In Chicago


$39 for One Ticket to Taste of the Gold Coast ($60 Value)

Taste of the Gold Coast

FFC

Come see what some of the Gold Coast’s most popular restaurants are cooking with tastings and local brews

$60 $39

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Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Autopsy Seminar

Near North Side

The founder of the Autopsy Center of Chicago fields questions about death and the body during a slideshow

$39

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Murder-Mystery Dinner Show for One, Two, or Four on February 13–14 at AFC Center (Up to 53% Off)

AFC Center Dinner & Show

Chicago

The dinner show encourages audience members to use their sleuthing skills to solve the crime: a murder in a church

$50 $25

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String Together a Beaded Bracelet in a BYOB Jewelry Class

BYOB Jewelry-Making Class

Logan Square

Art teacher Katie Netti helps you craft your own bracelet using colorful findings and beads made of metal, glass, and other materials

$30

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$44 for a BYOB Mosaic Jewelry Workshop for One at The Chicago Mosaic School ($90 Value)

The Chicago Mosaic School

North Center

Professionally trained mosaic artists introduce novices to mosaics materials, composition, cutting & laying out tesserae in a fun project

$90 $48

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$179 for a Boating Handling and Safety Class from Freedom Boat Club ($325 Value)

Freedom Boat Club

Uptown

This seven-hour class teaches you all the ropes to feel confident piloting a vessel on the open water

$325 $179

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$150 for $300 Worth of Services at 4 Moore Studios

4 Moore Studios

Chicago

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

$300 $150

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$395 for a Round-Trip Chicago-Cincinnati Charter Flight from Ultimate Air Shuttle ($575 Value)

Ultimate Air Shuttle

Chicago Midway Airport

Skip airport hassles and enjoy VIP treatment during charter flights that offer complimentary snacks and drinks

$575 $395

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10 or 20 Kickboxing and MMA Classes at Keller's Martial Arts (Up to 79% Off)

Keller's Martial Arts

Irving Park

Kickboxing classes create a workout based around muay thai & boxing techniques; MMA classes blend judo, jiu-jitsu, and dirty boxing styles

$200 $43

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$99 for a Two-Hour Kids' Party with Host, Setup, and Clean Up at Bright Smiles Party Suite ($235 Value)

Bright Smiles Party Suite

Chicago

Kids celebrate their birthdays in style with two-hour parties that include a host to help supervise as well as run setup and cleanup

$235 $99

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BYOB Painting Class on Artist Board or Glass for One, Two, or Four at The Black Couch Studio (Up to 58% Off)

The Black Couch Studio & Gallery

West Logan Square

Artist collective that promotes creativity and supports the local community teaches folks how to paint in laid-back BYOB classes

$50 $25

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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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5 or 10 Baby Bundle Ballet Classes at Dancers R US Academy (Up to 56% Off)

Dancers R US Academy

Chicago

30-minute post-natal classes help new moms get fit while bonding with their babies

$45 $22

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2 or 4 Months of Kids' Irish-Dance or 5 Parent-Tot Classes at Dennehy School of Irish Dance (Up to 61% Off)

Dennehy School of Irish Dance

Beverly

Renowned Irish dance school teaches kids signature moves from the Emerald Isle; weekly classes are taught in the heart of Beverly

$100 $49

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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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$53 for $150 Worth of Personal Training — Susan Wilson CPT/ET

Susan Wilson Cpt/et

Rogers Park

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

$150 $53

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One or Three 60-Minute Personal-Training Sessions at Evolution Personal Training (Up to 56% Off)

Evolution Personal Training

Lincoln Square

One of six certified trainers develops and implements a custom workout plan based on clients’ goals and needs, motivating them all the while

$75 $38

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Open Roller-Skating with Skate Rentals for Two or Four at The Rink (Up to 53% Off)

The Rink

Far South Chicago

A classic hardwood-maple roller-skating rink eschews inline skates for traditional skates with two rows of wheels

$20 $10

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Historic spacecraft, fragments of far away 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 a meteorite and a replica of the Mars rover. The Adler is the only place where visitors can touch a piece of the Moon, Mars, and three different asteroids under one roof.
  • 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 discuss with visitors one-on-one 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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How an Adler Planetarium scientist and "Lalaloopsy" TV writer propelled their audience across the solar system.
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

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

For every color in Roscoe’s Tavern & Café rainbow-striped logo, there’s a reason to visit the multi-faceted bar. During warmer months, a quaint sidewalk café sits outside the entryway. The interior is spacious enough to accommodate pool tables, a dance floor, live-band karaoke, and a regular schedule of drag shows and other events. Of course, the real draw is the bar’s well program—more accurately called a “drink well” program, as it promises higher-quality well vodka, whiskey, rum, gin, and tequila. It’s helped Roscoe’s earn a spot on Out magazine’s list of “The 50 Greatest Gay Bars in the World.”

With 25-year-old roots in Boystown—the wooden Indian in the doorway is a neighborhood mainstay—the staff at Roscoe’s has a vested interest in helping the surrounding community to thrive. They work with local businesses and charities, including Dance for Life Chicago, a performance-based non-profit that boosts awareness and raises funds for HIV and AIDS care, education, and prevention. The staff also helps patrons register to vote and join neighborhood associations so that they can make their voices heard without having to train a flock of really loud parrots.

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3356 North Halsted Street
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 Pacific Northwest. 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 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago,
IL
US

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