Sightseeing in Darien

Historic-Home Twilight Tour plus Wine for One, Two, or Four at Pleasant Home Foundation (Up to 43% Off)

Pleasant Home Foundation

Oak Park

One of the earliest examples of Prairie School Architecture, visitors get the opportunity to check it out at night while sipping wine

$30 $19

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Two or Four Tickets to a Tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio or Frederick C. Robie House (50% Off)

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Multiple Locations

Guided tour of one of two local architectural marvels that stand as seminal works in Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary career

$34 $17

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40-Minute Ride in a Extra 300L Stunt Airplane or T-6 Texan Trainer Warplane from Gauntlet Warbirds (41% Off)

Gauntlet Warbirds

Aurora

A seasoned flight instructor leads a 40-minute joy ride aboard an Extra 300L aerobatic plane or a T-6 Texan warplane

$440 $259

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Single-Day Admission for Two or Four or Family Membership at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joliet

History museum mines the past of the town of Joliet, its people, and how their stories relate to the whole of American history

$12 $6

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Wine and Cheese Tour of Chicago with 12 Tastings and Pairings from Great Food Tours (Up to 58% Off)

Great Food Tours

Near North Side

Stroll along the Magnificent Mile and through the Gold Coast as you sample 12 bites of cheese paired with sips of wine

$100 $49

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Take in Chicago's Best Holiday Lights on a BYOB Trolley

BYOB Holiday Trolley Tour

Matilda's

Climb aboard a vintage trolley and marvel at some of the Windy City’s cheeriest holiday sights while sipping on BYO beverages

$65 $45

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Fireball Santa Crawl for One, Two, or Four with Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, December 20 (Up to 51% Off)

Fireball Santa Crawl

Chicago

Start the day at Bar Louie with an egg and sausage buffet, then hit up four other watering holes for specials on Fireball shots and beer

$20 $12

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to National Hellenic Museum (Up to 53% 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 $10

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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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$12 for a Two-Hour Guided Walking Tour from the Chicago Architecture Foundation ($20 Value)

Chicago Architecture Foundation

CAF Shop & Tour Center

Stroll past Chicago icons designed by renowned architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Gehry

$20 $12

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$24 for a Chicago History Tour in the Pedway for Two from Chicago's Finest Tours (Up to $50 Value)

Chicago's Finest Tours

The Loop

The Pedway’s network of heated tunnels and sky bridges ferries guests between landmarks; choose one of three 2.5-hour tours

$50 $24

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$69 for a Segways at Sunset Tour for Two from Bike and Roll Chicago (Up to $138 value)

Bike and Roll Chicago

Millennium Park

Easily maneuverable segway vehicles traverse the lakefront for views of the Chicago skyline, parks, and lakeside museums

$138 $69

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Chicago Pizza Walking Tour for Two or Four from Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours (Up to 54% Off)

Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours

Near North Side

2-hour, 1.2-mile walking tour hits several pizzerias like Pizzeria Uno and Giordano’s in River North to sample pizza and learn its history

$90 $44

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Architecture Tour by Boat for Two Adults from Shoreline Sightseeing

Shoreline Sightseeing

Multiple Locations

75-minute tours explore the history of more than 40 architectural landmarks while cruising down the branches of the Chicago River

$71.12 $49

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Tour by Bus for Two or Four from Chicago Crime Tours (Up to 49% Off)

Chicago Crime Tours

Chicago

Learn about more than 100 years of Chicago’s crime history in a 90-minute tour of famous crime scenes and landmarks

$79.90 $42

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One-Year Membership to DuSable Museum of African American History (50% Off). Four Options Available.

DuSable Museum of African American History

Washington Park

Examine tales and artifacts of African American history with studies of African nations, murals, and even an animatronic Harold Washington

$60 $30

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Walking Tour from WendyCity (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

WendyCity

Multiple Locations

Tour the Mag Mile and learn some of its history during a relaxed walk before the stores open

$50 $25

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Arcade/Bar Tournament League from BUCKit List Events - Individual or Team Registration (Up to 55% Off)

BUCKit List Events

Multiple Locations

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

$80 $39

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Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (56% Off)

International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

More than 600 art pieces and 7,000 medical artifacts—including a working iron lung—trace the advancement of surgery throughout history

$30 $14

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Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at railroad workers during WWI

$14 $8

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General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Far South Chicago

Museum celebrates the victories of the nation’s first African-American labor unions and the history of African-American railroad workers

$50 $25

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Running Tours of Downtown Chicago from Chicago Running Tours & More (Up to 55% Off)

Chicago Running Tours & More

Central Chicago

Professional guides lead sightseeing tours at a jogging pace during excursions that emphasize fun and learning over speed

$32 $15

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Eat Hyde Park or Sweet Hyde Park Tour for 1, 2, or 4 from A Taste of Hyde Park Walking Tours (Up to 56% Value)

A Taste of Hyde Park

Multiple Locations

Guests sample hot dogs at Bergstein’s NY Deli, samosas at Rajun Cajun, and fudge at Kilwin’s

$50 $25

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$58 for a Ghost Investigation Tour for Two from Chicago Ghost Investigations ($116 Value)

Chicago Ghost Investigations

Pilsen

After a crash course in ghost hunting, small teams use tools to explore and communicate with ghosts of Al Capone’s underworld

$116 $58

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Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

Artifacts and digitized recordings detail the history of radio and television; interactive station lets visitors anchor their own newscasts

$24 $12

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$37 for a Two-Hour Segway Tour of Downtown Chicago from Segway Experience of Chicago (Up to $65 Value)

Segway Experience of Chicago

The Loop

Atop a latest-generation Segway PT, guests coast past Buckingham Fountain and Millennium Park, occasionally pausing for photo ops

$65 $37

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"Speakeasy" Social Game Experience for One, Two, Four, or Eight at Waxwing Puzzle Co. (Up to 57% Off)

Waxwing Puzzle Co.

Lincoln Square

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

$40 $20

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Admission for 2 or 4, or One- or Two-Year Family Membership to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Up to 55% Off)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Lincoln Park

Nature museum hosts living and educational exhibits on the natural world including a butterfly haven and a native prairie.

$18 $10

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Geneva Lake Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 50% Off)

Geneva Lake Museum

Lake Geneva

Museum fills historic Power & Light building and replicates Lake Geneva Main Street of late 19th and early 20th centuries

$14 $7

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$149 for a Helicopter Flying Lesson and Flight from Bachman Aero ($295 Value)

Bachman Aero

Schaumburg

The 30-minute helicopter flying lesson puts students in control of the craft at 500 feet with instruction from a FAA Certified Pilot

$295 $149

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Select Local Merchants

Armed with frames spanning the gamut from classical to trendy, Boulevard Fine Art’s picture wranglers enhance and protect artwork through custom framing services. Customers can encase celebrities under glass without the need for strategically poked air holes by framing favorite posters ($40–$60 for 20"x24") or place childhood finger paintings in standard 8"x10" frames ($15+) that preserve prodigious pre-K artifacts. Original paintings find new homes with canvas services, including stretching, framing, and labor ($65–$85 for 24"x30"), upping the artwork ante with unique, hand-finished frames from Italy, Germany, and Peru. With more than 40 years of combined framing experience, the staff helps customers make aesthetically minded decisions or tell when paintings are about to molt.

217 Burlington Ave
Clarendon Hills,
IL
US

Showcasing local and international artwork, Collector's Choice Art Gallery stocks a wealth of prints, original work, and sculpture in its combination gallery and frame design studio. Solace-seeking apartment decorators find eclectic accents in 700 stock fine art prints and posters, including Greg Stocks's landscapes, the watercolor stylings of Marilyn Simandle, or the arboreal imaginings of painters Chris Donovan and Marysia Burr, both known for their classical portraits of nude Ents. Collectors can adopt lonely paper or canvas mini prints smaller than 8"x10" ($9), small-size posters at 16"x20" ($20), and full-size printed prizes ($40–$60).

1014 Curtiss St
Downers Grove,
IL
US

Circle of Stones' expert beadsmiths enlighten stringing scholars on jewelry making amidst a kaleidoscopic collection of imported stones and natural minerals in a variety of two-hour classes. In a selection of beginner-level classes, twosomes can glean skills in basic jewelry techniques, learning how to wire-wrap earrings, the approach for finishing necklace ends, and how to tell the difference between a string of gemstones and a candy necklace. Knotted Necklace classes teach the ways of spacing beads between knots of linen to highlight glittering baubles, while Braided Crystal Bracelet classes merge shimmering Swarovski crystals with miniature seed beads to create eye-catching accoutrements.

700 West Burlington Avenue
La Grange,
IL
US

In 1987, Louise Beem and Dorothy Carpenter were early-childhood-education specialists. Based on their combined experience—gained from teaching preschool, founding the College of DuPage's early-childhood-education program, and being grandmothers—the two friends felt that traditional methods of teaching youngsters were less than optimal at the time. Their brainchild, the DuPage Children's Museum, began that same year. The pair designed the museum's colorful exhibits to incorporate interactive and open-ended elements, which they believed more closely matched the way kids learn and naturally process information, a discovery they say has now been corroborated by findings in neuroscience research.

In that vein, the three-story museum engages young neurons with interactive art, math, and science-themed attractions. Giving little hands the chance to explore, the AWEsome Electricity exhibit bridges the gap between the electric-powered gadgets and lights families use every day to where all that nonbreakfast-based energy comes from. Kids learn how electricity gets from one place to another and what its basic units are while at play in the museum's signature hands-on spaces. Elsewhere, the Young Explorers exhibit is designed for children aged 2 and under, who develop math skills by learning concepts such as sorting and patterning and express their creativity by experimenting with color and light.

301 N Washington St.
Naperville,
IL
US

In 1969, a group of history lovers saved the Civil War-era St. John's Episcopal Church from demolition, and in so doing gave birth to Naper Settlement, an outdoor history museum that preserves a slice of 19th-century life. Over the decades, more and more buildings have been restored and moved to the settlement grounds, building up a massive testament to times past and earning dozens of awards in the process.

  • Size: 30 historic buildings spread across 12 acres
  • Eye Catchers: the staff, who don costumes and take on personas from the 19th century
  • Permanent Mainstay: Brushstrokes of the Past?3,500 sq. ft. of art, artifacts, photos, and other relics that chart Naperville's history
  • Crown Jewel:Martin Mitchell Mansion, a 12-room celebration of 19th-century luxury and one of the settlement's original buildings
  • Hands-On Activities: try on clothes from the past or build a cabin with Lincoln logs
  • Pro Tip: use Naper Settlement's app to explore the grounds and baffle those who've forgot what century they're in
523 S Webster St.
Naperville,
IL
US

In 1961, 30 artists banded together to form the Naperville Art League in the hopes of nurturing community appreciation of arts and culture. The optimistic, determined bunch gathered in the basement of the First National Bank of Naperville and held art classes in their own homes, not annexing an official space until 1978. Today, a group of painters, photographers, and sculptors carries on the tradition of interartist camaraderie and education in better-equipped digs. A spacious gallery hosts art shows, as well as a monthly exhibit of members' work created around a theme, such as Fabulous Fakes or Changing Lanes. Artists also infect the community with a passion for the arts by teaching classes for adults and children. In addition to traditional styles such as oil painting and pen drawing, artists acquaint groups with esoteric art forms such as mosaics, needle felting, or collaging shredded bank statements.

508 N Center St
Naperville,
IL
US

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