Things To Do In Chicago


Afternoon Ski & Night Tubing at Sunburst & After-Party with Drinks & Round-Trip Transportation (Up to 34% Off)

SideTour - Leisure

Cannonball Adventures

Enjoy an afternoon of skiing and access to 16 tubing lanes during an adrenaline-soaked night of drinks and dancing

$149 $99

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Admission for 1, 2, or 4 to the CHIRISH Food & Beverage Crawl (Up to 46% Off)

SocialTechPop

Chicago

Guests don green attire and dine and drink at over 10 local pubs and restaurants in Wicker Park

$35 $20

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Tool, Sublime, DMB, and Guns N Roses Tributes at The Cubby Bear February 13–March 7 (Up to 50% Off)

Cubby Bear 2012

The Cubby Bear

Tribute shows pay homage to bands including Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Van Halen, and more

$10 $5

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Craft a Custom Cup, Bowl, or Paperweight with a Glassblower

Glass-Blowing Class

Humboldt Park

Working one-on-one with a professional glassblower, you’ll shape molten glass into a colorful cup, bowl, or paperweight

$65

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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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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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$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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$45 for 10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center ($120 Value)

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center

Non-profit studio in business since 1972 teaches classes that blends yogic philosophy with breathing, guided relaxation, and asanas

$120 $45

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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
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.
3356 North Halsted Street
Chicago,
IL
US
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.
663 N State St
Chicago,
IL
US
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.
724 West Wrightwood Avenue
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. 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 E 56th Pl.
Chicago,
IL
US
The fresh, homey fare at Act One harkens back to traditional pub cooking while incorporating some nouveau cuisine elements. No need for those with special dietary needs to miss out on Act One — the restaurant has plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu. Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. Parents, bring your kids along to Act One, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. The perfect place for a large party, Act One will comfortably host your friends and family. On warmer days, you can take advantage of Act One's al fresco patio seating. Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive. Show up in sneakers or a suit at Act One, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig. Patrons have the option of feeding the meter at the nearby street parking or taking advantage of the restaurant's valet service. Or, if you prefer, leave the car at home and catch public transportation at nearby stop Morse (Red). You can take it easy on your wallet at Act One — prices are generally less than $30 per person. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
1330 W Morse Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

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