Things To Do In Chicago

Hand-Roll and Decorate Your Own Truffles with a Chocolatier

Chocolate Truffle-Making Class

Chocolat

$49 $49

The owner of Chocolat Uzma Sharif demonstrates how to roll chocolate truffles from scratch, incorporating spices, fruits, and liqueurs

Two-Hour Pontoon-Boat Rental from VIP Bachelorette (Up to 65% Off). Two Options Available.

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

Day Trip to Michigan Wine Country with Lunch, Tastings, and Round-Trip Transportation Included (47% Off)

Michigan Wine-County Day Trip

Chicago

$150 $79

Visit 4 Michigan wineries and taste up to 20 wines during a 9-hour excursion with a hearty lunch and round-trip transportation included

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

"Desperate 2"

Carver Military Academy High School

$75 $40

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

One Ticket to For the Love of Beer, a Beer-Tasting Event at Blackfinn Ameripub on Wednesday, September 24

Fall Beer-Tasting Event at Blackfinn Ameripub

Blackfinn Ameripub

$21.49 $12

3 hours of casual merriment at a sports bar in the heart of River North includes bar bites, samples of 6 fall beers, and $3 pints thereafter

Two or Four Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at OTG Boot Camp (Up to 64% Off)

OTG Boot Camp

River West

$105 $49

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Half-hour sessions filled with strength- and endurance-building kettlebell exercises

Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Autopsy Seminar

International Museum of Surgical Science

$50 $50

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

Rooftop View of a Chicago Cubs Game at Wrigley Field Rooftop Club (Up to 50% Off). 16 Games Available.

Wrigley Field Rooftop Club

Wrigley Field Rooftop Club

$141.20 $79

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Watch a Cubs game from rooftop seats overlooking Wrigley Field while enjoying unlimited beer, food, and amenities such as plasma TVs

Rooftop View of a Chicago Cubs Game with Food and Drinks at Lakeview Baseball Club (Up to 41% Off). 15 Games Available.

Lakeview Baseball Club

Lakeview Baseball Club

$109.31 $89

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Indulge in food and drinks while taking in a ballgame from a facility that mixes old-school charm with lush modern amenities

Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl for One, Two, or Four on Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m. (Up to 68% Off)

Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl

Wicker Park

$27.37 $10

Costumed creepers get drink specials at Wicker Park bars, a souvenir T-shirt, a survival kit, a contest entry, and afterparty admission

Dance Classes or Majorette or Musical-Theater Program at Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center (Up to 54% Off)

Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Adults learn dances such as Afro-Modern Fusion, hip-hop, and jazz; children learn majorette-style dancing or put on a musical

The Dinner Detective Chicago in Chicago or Schaumburg (Up to 50% Off)

The Dinner Detective Chicago

Multiple Locations

$92.09 $46

Amateur sleuths dig into delectable multi-course meals while trying to solve a mysterious murder perpetuated by disguised actors

Pumpkin or Christmas Ornaments Glass-Blowing Class for One or Two at Shatter Glass Group (56% Off)

Shatter Glass Group

Kilbourn Park

$170 $75

Renowned glass blower teaches classes where each student creates two Christmas ornaments or one pumpkin

Individual Premium or Household Membership at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (Up to 43% Off)

Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago

$118 $69

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Membership grants year-long access to 400,000 sq. ft. of interactive exhibits, including the iconic Coal Mine, an indoor tornado, and more

Chicago International Social Change Film Festival at Showplace ICON Theater on September 26–28 (Up to 51% Off)

The Third Annual Chicago International Social Change Film Festival

Showplace ICON Theater

$20 $10

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Documentaries, short films, and features delve into social injustice, discrimination, and programs that help fight both

General or VIP Admission to Latino Fashion Week (50% Off). Five Options Available.

Latino Fashion Week

Block Thirty Seven Mall

$60 $30

Celebrate national and international Latino designers with runway shows for women's clothing, menswear, and teen clothing designers

Fright Hike Halloween Bike Tour for One or Two from Bobby's Bike Hike (Up to Half Off). 19 Dates Available.

Bobby's Bike Hike

Streeterville

$49 $25

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Professional actors bring Chicago's most famous ghosts to life as groups bike through a former cemetery and other spooky sites

Day or Night Entry for Two to The Fear at Navy Pier Presents Zombie Containment. Six Options Available

Zombie Containment Haunted Attraction at Navy Pier

Near North Side

$24 $14

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Brand-new haunted attraction is an aggressive, high-scare interactive haunted house by night and a low-scare, lights-on show during the day

Skydeck Chicago Experience for Two or Four at Willis Tower

Skydeck Chicago

The Loop

$43 $30

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Take in spectacular views of up to 4 states from the top of Willis Tower and experience The Ledge, a glass balcony 103 floors above 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
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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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

Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.

Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.

945 N State St
Chicago,
IL
US

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