Things To Do In Chicago

Up to 53% Off Bowling for Two at Waveland Bowl

Waveland Bowl

North Center

$40 $19

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Pairs enjoy a classic, 50-year-old alley equipped with 40 state-of-the-art lanes, computerized scoring, and billiards tables

53% Off Jet-Ski Tour from Jet Ski Chicago

Jet Ski Chicago

North Avenue Beach

$95 $45

Fueled-up jet skis zip across the waters of North Avenue Beach; each jet ski can fit two people

51% Off Electric Bike Tour

WanderBikes

Buckingham Fountain

$100 $49

Electric bikes lead groups through Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, and along lakefront on guided tours of Chicago landmarks

Up to 51% Off Flyboard Experience from Rocketman

Rocketman

North Avenue Beach

$150 $75

Water-propelled flyboards allow the wearer to hover up to 30 ft. above the surface of lakes and bays

Spend a Day Tubing on the Tippecanoe River and Eating Tacos

River-Tubing Day-Trip

Near North Side

$69 $69

Float on the Tippencanoe River while indulging in BYO beverages before feasting on all-you-can-eat tacos and playing volleyball

67% Off a Two-Hour Electric-Boat Rental

Vantage Yacht Club

Goose Island

$300 $99

Electric boats host up to 8 - 10 guests as they tour the Chicago River or enjoy sunset views of downtown Chicago

52% Off a Party Cruise on a Yacht

Party Cruise Chicago

South Loop

$104 $50

Three-hour cruises include two drinks from a full cash bar, DJ music, and a complimentary dinner with chicken, pasta, and rolls

Up to 70% Off a Pontoon-Boat Rental

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

Half Off Jet Ski Rental from Chicago Water Sport Rentals

Chicago Water Sport Rentals

Chicago

$80 $40

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

Up to 65% Off a Pontoon-Boat Rental

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

Up to 50% Off for Two at Randolph Street Market

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

Up to 60% Off Chocolate Tour of Chicago

Great Food Tours

Chicago

$50 $25

Sample Aztec chocolate drinks, cupcakes, truffles, and chocolate donuts during two-hour chocolate tour along the Magnificent Mile

Up to 61% Off at Gingarte Capoeira Chicago

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

Up to 53% Off Jet Ski Rental

Premium Luxury Rentals

Chicago

$50 $27

Single riders or twosomes can go for a spin out on the water atop a rental jet ski

Up to 49% Off at Dr. King Park & Family Entertainment Center

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

Up to 55% Off Arcade Tournament League

BUCKit List Events

Multiple Locations

$80 $39

Three-person teams go head-to-head in seven-week arcade tournament with one week of playoffs

Up to 57% Off Social Game Experience

Waxwing Puzzle Co.

Logan Square

$40 $20

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Players take part in a role-playing event that is set in the prohibition era and pulls from mob folklore

50% Off Deluxe Wine Tour for Two or Four

Windy City Wine Tours

Near North Side

$800 $398

Groups up to 10 tour midwest wineries while learning the history and bakground of each vineyard and its wine

50% Off Professional Networking Event

Chicago Professional Connexion

Bar Louie River North

$20 $10

Relaxed networking event connects professionals with potential employers

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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

You could film a training montage for pretty much any type of sports movie at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness. Built on 3.5 acres in Lincoln Park and spanning 185,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor sport and fitness space over four levels, the sprawling fitness center encompasses two swimming pools, a quarter-mile indoor running track, courts for basketball and squash, and four fully-equipped locker rooms. Avid tennis players of all levels and ages can take advantage of the eight indoor and three outdoor tennis courts with private instruction from U.S. and Euro tour pros, or try their alternate swing with recreational and competitive paddle tennis programs.

To complement these areas, fitness instructors lead cardio classes such as cycling, kickboxing, and Zumba, and core-strength classes, including yoga and Pilates reformer classes. Those looking for an advanced group fitness workout can check out Marcelo Ehrhardt's Athlete Zone class, which includes plyometrics, strength, cardio, and flexibility training. The fitness center also hosts workouts in the pool, where kids learn to swim and competitive swimmers learn to avoid dissolving into foam. Passes grant access to the facility's advanced fitness tools, such as the body composition analyzer Inbody 520 and the function movement screen (FMS), used by pro sports teams to identify the body's movement imbalances and asymmetries.

Lakeshore Sport & Fitness gives exercisers ample reasons to stick around after their workouts end. During the summer, the rooftop boasts outdoor yoga classes and the restaurant Harvest, which offers seasonal dishes, craft beers, and cocktails. All year, the 1320 Market serves healthy smoothies and meals, while the onsite spa rewards muscles for their hard work with acupuncture and several types of massage. The club's childcare services and child classes and camps let parents enjoy these extended stays as well.

1320 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Today, millions of people live and thrive among the streets and skyscrapers of Chicago, but at one time the bustling metropolis had only one resident—namely, the city's apocryphal, somewhat legendary founder, Jean Baptist Point DuSable. A Haitian of French and African descent, DuSable was the first of Chicago's great African Americans, a company that includes the city's first black mayor, Harold Washington. In one of the DuSable Museum's standing exhibits, the Thomas Miller mosaics, portraits of DuSable and Washington peer out along with eight of the founding members of the museum—a constellation of lodestars reminding visitors to maintain Chicago's diverse heritage.

While the mosaics incorporate the museum's own story, other exhibits examine African American achievements of all kinds. Red, White, Blue & Black, for instance, examines the contributions of black men and women in the armed forces, while voices from the past sing out in Spread the Word! The Evolution of Gospel, a survey of Chicago-based gospel greats such as Mahalia Jackson and Thomas Dorsey. In A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story, visitors explore the nuances of the momentous campaign through memorabilia and more than 150 mayoral artifacts. An animatronic likeness of Mayor Washington himself even steps in to relay stories and first-hand accounts made possible by animatronic robots' ability to travel through time. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the museum also hosts musical performance, film festivals, and book signings that introduce members to more aspects of African American history, including the scholars who continue to uncover it.

740 East 56th Place
Chicago,
IL
US

As a former speakeasy, Burwood Tap has learned to suck up to the local brass. The bar is filled with memorabilia, including a prominently displayed poster supporting Richard J. Daley’s candidacy for mayor. Free buffets and open-bar specials attract coeds from nearby DePaul, but locals often come here to enjoy a cold one with good company.

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

At first sight, David Barton Gym might appear to be an art gallery or swank pad complete with pounded steel plating, leather-wrapped door handles, and weekly DJ sets, but a second glance reveals a 30,000-square-foot fitness haven overlooking the Chicago River. The designer gym is loaded with free weights, cardio machines, a group cycling studio, steam rooms, a Russian bath, and a studio for yoga class. Meet up with an experienced hardbody personal trainer and melt fat like a George Foreman grill with a barrage of pushups, sit-ups, or 20 minutes on the TV-topped elliptical machine. Renew your will from the on-site therapist from Delos Wellness and let them unkink the knots that prevent you from having the strength needed to throw a dictionary through a thicker dictionary.

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

600 W Chicago Ave.
Chicago,
IL
US

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