Things To Do In Chicago

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre on February 5–March 1 (Up to 40% Off)

Blue Man Group

Briar Street Theatre

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Acclaimed trio specializes in multimedia theatrical shows that combine music and comedy with unconventional percussion and colorful visuals

$77.75 $47

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Make a Glass Paperweight with a Glassblowing Artist

Glassblowing Class

Talisman Custom Art Glass

Artist Sharon Gilbert helps you shape a gleaming paperweight from hot molten glass

$75

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Improv or Scripted Comedy for One, Two, or Four at Under the Gun Theater (Up to 50% Off)

Under the Gun Theater

Lakeview

Improv inspired by video confessions, card games, and online dating, solo shows about romance, and other innovative forms of stage comedy

$12 $8

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$50 for a Taste of the Pedway Tour or Pedway Brunch Tour for Two from Chicago's Finest Tours ($100 Value)

Chicago's Finest Tours

The Loop

Guests enjoy food samples or a full buffet while exploring the Pedway’s network of heated tunnels and sky bridges between landmarks

$100 $50

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$8 for a Movie and Popcorn for Two at Brew & View ($14 Value)

Brew & View

Lakeview

An evening of recently released titles as well as cult, classic, and underground favorites in the Vic Theatre

$14 $8

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Nikki Glaser on January 8–9, Ian Karmel on January 22–23, or Chris Gethard on January 29–30 (Up to 38% Off)

Nikki Glaser, Ian Karmel, or Chris Gethard

UP Comedy Club

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See MTV comic Nikki Glaser, Chelsea Lately’s Ian Karmel, or the star of The Chris Gethard Show

$27.50 $17

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BYOB Sushi-Making Class for One, Two, or Four from Roll Sushi Roll (Up to 60% Off)

Roll Sushi Roll

Multiple Locations

Guests sip on BYOB tipples as master chefs impart the skills to create their own sushi rolls

$60 $25

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The Hilton Chicago New Year's Eve Gala on Wednesday, December 31 (Up to 37% Off)

The Hilton Chicago New Year's Eve Gala

Hilton Chicago

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Ring in 2015 with a formal gala complete with a buffet, champagne, live entertainment, and friendly casino-style games

$187.98 $145

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$39 for a Two-Hour Wednesday-Night Fireworks Cruise from Island Party Boat ($75 Value)

Island Party Boat

Chicago

Take in fireworks lighting up the Chicago skyline on an island-themed 50-foot boat equipped with a sundeck, lounge, and premium sound system

$75 $39

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Candy Making with Professional Results Class for One or Two at Cakewalk Chicago (Up to 50% Off)

Cakewalk Chicago

Beverly

Instructors teach students candy-making techniques such as melting, dipping, decorating, using molds, and making filled candies

$55 $32

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Culinary Fight Club – 2014 End of Year Celebration! at HUB Studio Lofts on December 29 at 6 p.m. (Up to 4% Off)

Culinary Fight Club - 2014 End of Year Celebration!

HUB Studio Lofts

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Year-end celebration of cooking challenges features local chefs, celebrities, and gourmet light bites

$52.24 $50

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Pre-Sale: Tween Stars Live! at The Patio Theater on Saturday, January 24, at 3 p.m.

Tween Stars Live

The Patio Theater

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Stars of Austin & Ally, Liv and Maddie, Jessie, iCarly, and other shows create a family-friendly variety act with comedy and Q&As

$15

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to National Hellenic Museum (Up to 58% Off)

National Hellenic Museum

West Town

Explore Greek culture and history inside a gorgeous 40,000 sq.-ft. limestone building filled with Greek-themed artwork and exhibits

$20 $9

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Bowling-League Registration for an Individual or a Team from Players Sport & Social Group (40% Off)

Players Sport & Social Group

Seven Ten Lounge & Lanes

Coed bowling teams play each other at Seven Ten Lounge & Lanes

$99 $59

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Four-Hour Inside Chicago Grand Tour by Bus for Two or Four from American Sightseeing Chicago (Up to 50% Off)

American Sightseeing Chicago

Palmer House Hilton, Ground Floor Gift Shop

A bus ferries visitors to the North and South Sides, showing them major parks, the Museum Campus, and the sights along Lake Shore Drive

$45 $25

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One-Year Family or Individual Membership to The Oriental Institute (Up to 53% Off)

The Oriental Institute

University of Chicago

Exhibit-opening invitations, free audio tours, research-library privileges, and program discounts at a museum of Middle East archaeology

$75 $35

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Lisa Lisa and Coro at The Portage Theater on Saturday, December 27, at 7 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Lisa Lisa and Coro

The Portage Theatre

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Innovator of the freestyle scene and singer of “Can You Feel the Beat” joins Miami Vice actor and voice behind “Where Are You Tonight”

$25 $15

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Naughty Little Cabaret at She-nannigan's on Select Dates, December 6–27 at 8 p.m. (Up to 33% Off)

Naughty Little Cabaret

She-nannigans

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Male and female burlesque revue dazzles with acrobatics, teasing, and titillating dance moves

$30 $20

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Wendy Whelan: "Restless Creature" at Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Wednesday, January 21 (Up to 50% Off)

Wendy Whelan: "Restless Creature"

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

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Acclaimed ballerina joins other accomplished artists for an evening of original contemporary duets

$25 $12.50

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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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1300 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago,
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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
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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 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago,
IL
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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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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
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