Running in Evergreen Park

Up to 44% Off 5K Obstacle-Course Entry

Hit and Run 5K

Toyota Park

$35 $20

Runners dash through a 5K obstacle course; each registration includes one shirt, headband, and packet full of deals from sponsors

Up to 50% Off The Graffiti Run

The Colorful 5K – Graffiti Run

Lincoln Park

$50 $25

Runners dash along a 5K course as volunteers douse them with nontoxic color powder to be shown off during a post-race dance party

53% Off Entry in Women's Half-Marathon

Zooma Women's Race Series

Burnham Park

$105 $49

Women's half-marathon takes a scenic lakefront route before ending with a post-race party complete with recovery massage and yoga

57% Off Entry to the Run Against Traffick 5k

Traffick Free

Diversey Harbor

$35 $15

3.1-mile run along Diversey Harbor raises awareness against human trafficking in Chicago

44% Off Running

Northwestern Settlement

Redeem from Home

$45 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 40% Off 5K Race and T-Shirt

Chinatown 5K

Chicago

$41.82 $25

5K through Chinatown that includes a post-race raffle and a traditional Chinese lion dance

Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5K – Up to 34% Off

ROC Race - Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5K

U.S. Cellular Field

$108.90 $74

Costume-clad runners tackle 12 game-show-inspired obstacles as they race for victory on Saturday, July 12

Up to 50% Off Pride 5K Registration and Party

Pride 5K

Lincoln Park

$90 $45

Don your raciest attire for an evening pre-Pride 5K; then groove at a post-race party with DJ Adam LeBlanc of the local band Sixteen Candles

Up to 51% Off Disco Dash 5K or 10K Race

Disco Dash 5K/10K- Guaranteed Rate

Soldier Field

$65 $32

Wearing leisure suits, sunglasses, and wigs, runners hustle along Lakeshore Trail before dancing at an after-party with a live band

Up to 55% Off Great Urban Race Team Entry

Great Urban Race

Theater on the Lake at Cactus Cantina

$120 $66

Scavenger-hunt-style race sends teams through city to compete for cash prizes and raise funds for St. Jude

$10 for a Fitness Fusion Expo Visit 

2014 Fitness Fusion Expo

Rosemont

$45 $10

Fitness demos and exhibitions cater to both men and women, featuring celebrity fitness instructor Anowa Adjah's Powerhouse Physiques regimen

Half Off Dawn of the Dunes Charity Race from Cause 2 Compete

Cause 2 Compete

Portage

$60 $30

Runners strive for their personal best as they race by scenic Miller Beach, sand dunes, and fall foliage for charity

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The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of women workouteers in results-getting one-hour workouts several times weekly. The fun classes utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. MetaBody's motivational instructors will use your instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. They’ll keep your muscles guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so you’ll never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth-brushing. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early morning boot camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late evening class. In addition to the fitness classes, you will receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound-loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching.

6310 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn,
IL
US

Golf with friends is the best kind of bonding. There's nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful old trees lining the fairways, and refusing to grant your compadres a mulligan. The satisfaction of a well-played hole is amplified by the amusement you get from your partner's three-shot spectacle in the woodsy rough. Today's Groupon gets you and a friend 18 holes with cart at River Oaks Golf Course for $40 (up to a $88 value, depending on the day you go). Your Groupon is good for any time Monday through Friday and after noon on weekends.

13100 South Halsted Street
Riverdale,
IL
US

Cosmic Run provides a multisensory experience that pushes the limits of participants' imaginations with a mind-bending journey through a setting flush with dance music and fluorescent pops of color. As you run, witness futuristic, animated lighting effects before dancing the night away as world-famous DJs spin. During the festivities, you become a part of the cosmic canvas as glowing lights fill the space and the crowd takes on their otherworldly bright hues.

3501 S Laramie Ave
Cicero,
IL
US

The Chicago Academy of Sciences created a library and collection of flora and fauna specimens that burnt in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, just 14 years after its inception. By 1894, the academy had regrouped and rebuilt its collection in Lincoln Park, where it stood for more than 100 years. In 1999, the academy turned it into the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, a family-friendly museum filled with exhibits that let visitors explore the flora, fauna, and ecology of the Great Lakes region.

The 6.35-acre campus hosts more than 15,000 plants, 13,000 birds, and 22,000 amphibians and reptiles in its specimen collections. As visitors walk through Popular attractions include the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, where visitors can stand in a swirl of 1,000 exotic butterflies, and Mysteries of the Marsh and the Istock Family Look-in Lab, which feature dozens of living creatures, such as turtles, snakes, and giant bugs. The two-story Extreme Green House offers a hands-on look at the materials and technologies that surround us.

In addition to educating the public, the museum is a local leader in wildlife conservation. It's nestled in acres of restored prairie, where visitors can spot migratory birds and other native critters and plants. Outdoor exhibits include 17,000 square feet of green roofs, a restored-prairie nature trail, and a rooftop birdwalk.

2430 N Cannon Dr
Chicago,
IL
US

Praised for their calorie-blasting abilities by Time Out Chicago and BurnThis, TruHarmony's heated yoga classes help students hone strength, flexibility, and endurance. In beginners' yoga, instructors lead newbies through flow sequences, teaching pupils how to link fundamental yoga poses with careful, balance-challenging movements and deep-breathing exercises; pose modifications help beginning yogis or those with especially inflexible spandex. For those who prefer working out at more neutral temperatures, TruHarmony offers an unheated class each week.

For a more intense workout, students can head over to yoga sculpt and boot-camp sweat sessions, which incorporate strength-training, circuit-training, and plyometric exercises into traditional yoga moves to build the endurance and strength needed to wrangle sticky-mat kites into the air. Mornings can begin in the Sunrise Flow class, and yogis can try something new in the Barre/Flow Fusion classes. A new "Kid's Corner" offers childcare during select class times for practicing parents.

900 N Franklin St
Chicago,
IL
US

Behind Underwater Safaris' unassuming storefront lies an ocean. Light shines down on the water's choppy surface, and a pod of dolphins leap out of the water. But, like a tank of helium you forgot to bolt to the floor, they never come back down. The dolphin mural is painted, but the water is quite real: it's part of a PADI five-star facility where students prepare to explore waters across the world.

The journey to coral reefs and shipwrecks begins with the guidance of an experienced team of fifteen instructors. The center, which has been open since 1985, has taught thousands of snorkelers and divers from Open Water through to instruction. After introductory Discover Scuba sessions, the staff branches off into more specialized areas, such as diving at night, exploring underwater wrecks, or scuba diving as a career.

Underwater Safaris also hosts annual trips to scuba destinations around the world. Guided and independent adventurers alike are welcome to stock up on gear from brands such as Aeris and Aqualung in the dive shop.

2950 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Evergreen Park Scene