Things To Do In Chicago


Classic Architecture/Historical Kayak Tour or Shady Chicago Kayak Tour for Two or Four from Wateriders (50% Off)

Wateriders Kayak Tours and Rentals

Riverwalk

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

$130 $65

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St. Patrick's Day Festival for Two on Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

St. Patrick's Day Festival

Irish American Heritage Center

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Chicago- and Ireland-based music-and-dance groups perform amid food, arts, and crafts after the Saint Patrick’s Day parade

$30 $15

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St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl for Two or Four on March 13–17 from PubcrawlsChicago.com (Up to 56% Off)

Pub Crawl

Roadhouse 66

Three-day pub crawl celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with specials on domestic drafts and bottles, wells cocktails, and Irish whiskey shots

$40 $18

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Plan a Room Makeover with an Interior Decorator

BYOB Interior Design Class

Lincoln Square

Interior decorator Kandy Christensen shares design principles from proportion to color mixing and gives specific space-revamping advice

$25

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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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Rooftop View of AC/DC Concert at Wrigley Field with Food and Drink on September 15 at 7:30 p.m (Up to 47%Off)

1048 Sky Lounge and Rooftop

1048 Sky Lounge

Legendary rock-and-rollers fill Wrigley Field with the pure adrenaline of hits such as “Back in Black” and “Highway to Hell” and new tracks

$301.28 $159

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Introductory Lampworking Glass Class for One or Two at Everlasting Fire Studio (50% Off)

Everlasting Fire Studio

Chicago

Glass studio in Lincoln Square offers intro class that teaches students the art of melting glass in a flame

$80 $40

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10, 20, or One Month of Unlimited Yoga and Fitness Classes at Creative Motion Chicago

Creative Motion Chicago, LLC

Creative Motion Chicago

Creative fitness classes for all levels, including core Vinyasa, yoga basics, Vinyasa Glow, dance, pilates, and bootcamp

$100 $35

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Movie for Two or Four with Popcorn and Drinks at The New 400 Theater (Up to 39% Off). Four Options Available.

New 400 Theaters

The New 400 Theater

Four screens in a renovated 1912 vaudeville venue show first-run blockbusters as patrons sip soda or well drinks

$34.50 $22

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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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10 or 20 Kickboxing and MMA Classes at Keller's Martial Arts (Up to 88% 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 $26

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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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Two One-Hour Tango Lessons for One or Two or Private Lesson for Up to Two at Chicago Tango Club (Up to 59% Off)

Chicago Tango Club

Chicago Tango Club

Students learn the intricacies of the Argentine tango from an instructor with competitive experience; large, air-conditioned studio

$30 $15

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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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$45 for Eight-Week Group Lesson at Sway Dance ($95 Value)

Sway Dance

Sway Dance

Students can elect to learn ballroom, Latin, and swing dance styles, and may register with or without a partner

$95 $45

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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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  • Roscoe's
    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. **Groupon Celebrates Pride Month** Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives. At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage. This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.
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    3356 North Halsted Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Bijan's Bistro
    Long after most of the Near North Side's restaurants and bars have locked their doors, Bijan's Bistro’s kitchen keeps on cooking. A beacon for late-night crowds, the eatery serves a late-night menu until at least 3 a.m. six nights a week. Although, befitting the restaurant's bistro moniker, the chefs aspire to create more than your average bar fare. The twilight menu seeks inspiration from cuisine across the globe, presenting diners with dishes such as guacamole and charred tomato-jalapeño salsa, wok-seared edamame with smoked sea salt, and a seemingly simple house salad that the Chicago Reader nonetheless lauded as, "outstanding." Even the regular dinner menu seems unwilling to commit to one style of cuisine, opting instead to include comfort foods from virtually every time zone. American classics such as meatloaf or macaroni and cheese with apple wood-smoked bacon might seem out of place alongside the roasted duck a l'orange and the Moroccan couscous tagine; however, this variety simply ensures that virtually everyone can find a dish that intrigues their palate. Centerstage Chicago praised this commitment to inclusivity,noting that, "like a good friend, Bijan's is there for you 365 days a year at almost any hour of the day." With its high ceilings, rich wood tones, and ample lighting, the bistro's dining room adds to that air of warm intimacy. White linens dress the handful of tables that help fill the room, although the stool-lined bar allows patrons to settle in a bit more casually. During the warmer months, the restaurant opens its sidewalk seating section to the public, encouraging diners to enjoy their meals while keeping an eye out for their favorite manhole cover.
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    663 N State St
    Chicago, IL US
  • The Burwood Tap
    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.
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    724 West Wrightwood Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Bikram Yoga College of India-Chicago
    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.
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    2736 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Dusable Museum of African American History
    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. 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.
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    740 E 56th Pl.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Chinatown
    Brothers Aaron and Asher Gershenzon and friend James Morro grew up in the city, but always possessed a passion for the outdoors. They practiced wilderness kayaking for most of their lives before earning their American Canoe Association certifications on Lake Superior. Each of them brings dual passions for their home city and outdoor sports to the company?s guided group and private kayak trips. Guided paddles change on every outing as guides blend downtown architectural commentary and little-known gangster stories with tie-ins to current events. Though each guide tells different stories, often interspersed with humor, all of them focus on environmentally friendliness. Paddling trips utilize a fleet of lime-green Confluence Watersports kayaks, and staffers often wear lime-green shirts?all of which render them easily identifiable from the riverwalk, but well camouflaged in supermarket produce sections. Up to four guides lead groups of 15 kayaks or less and prepares them with a briefing on paddling techniques, rules of the river, and assurances of the stability of their wide recreation kayaks. The guides' watchful eyes and constant advice have instilled confidence in even the most unsure participants, When not guiding trips, staffers extend their easygoing atmosphere to their office?nestled across the river from the Centennial Fountain's Water Arc?where the storefront lies amidst the bustling city that surrounds it. Inside the shop, the owners' much-beloved pooches frolic around a hanging hammock.
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    300 W 19th St.
    Chicago, IL US

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