Nightlife in Gages Lake

LEAD Parent University Keynote with Ashley Merryman at Gorton Community Center on October 8 (Up to 35% Off)

LEAD Parent University Keynote with Ashley Merryman

Gorton Community Center

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New York Times–bestseller Ashley Merryman uses new social-science experiments to challenge common beliefs about parenting

$40 $26

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Two Martinis and Two Small Plates or $15 for $30 Worth of Tapas (Up to 50% Off)

Olive Black Martini & Wine Lounge

Richmond

Martini lounge exudes 1940s elegance with a large selection of classic cocktails, a tapas menu, and live jazz music amid plush sofas

$35.90 $20

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$11 for Drive-In Admission for Two and Two Small Popcorns at Keno Drive-In (Up to $20.50 Value)

Keno Drive-In

Pleasant Prairie

Double features of first-run flicks pair with audio from FM station or in-car speakers as attendees dig into popcorn

$20.50 $11

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Two-Hour Movie-Screen Video Gaming Session at Buffalo Grove Theater (52% Off)

Buffalo Grove Theater

Buffalo Grove IL

Bring up to 20 friends to play Xbox, Nintendo Wii, or PlayStation games on one of the theater's movie screens

$120 $58

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One More Time: A Daft Punk Tribute for One or Two at Durty Nellie's on Friday, November 14 (Up to 67% Off)

One More Time: A Daft Punk Tribute

Durty Nellie's

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Re-creation of Daft Punk's 2007 tour includes a full-scale replica of their pyramid

$15 $7

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

The Dinner Detective Chicago

Multiple Locations

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

$92.09 $46

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Appetizers for 2, 4, 8, or 10 People at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (Up to 50% Off)

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Roselle

Waitresses clad in mini kilts ferry burgers, Dublin-inspired stew & ice-cold Guinness to tables with views of HD sports games

$20 $11

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Beer School with a 10-Beer Flight and Sharable Appetizers for One or Two at World of Beer - Evanston (50% Off)

World of Beer - Evanston

Evanston

Sample 10 brews while tasting American, tavern-style cuisine

$50 $25

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Vero Private Label Wine Flights, Appetizers, & Dessert for 2 or 4 at Vero International Cuisine (Up to 56% Off)

Vero International Cuisine

Racine

Dishes combine elements of American and international food; wine flights include pinot grigio, pinot noir, sweet red, and cabernet sauvignon

$44 $20

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Movie Tickets, Popcorn, and Drinks for Two or Four at Bensenville Theatre (Up to 50% Off)

Bensenville Theatre

Bensenville

Guests grab buckets of popcorn and large sodas before heading into intimate twin theaters to view recent releases screening twice daily

$21 $11

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$19 for a Vineyard Tour, Tasting of Five Wines, and Seminar for One at Valentino Vineyards & Winery ( Value)

Valentino Vineyards & Winery

Long Grove

Following a brief tour in the vineyard, guests enter a winery to sample five estate wines during wine appreciation seminar

$48 $19

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$15 for $30 Worth of Tropical Appetizers and Drinks at Hala Kahiki

Hala Kahiki

River Grove

Tropical cocktails named for Pelé and coral reefs poured in Polynesian-themed bar opened in 1963

$30 $15

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Rival Sons, Doro, Thousand Foot Krutch, Misfits, Saving Abel, or Drowning Pool at Route 20 Outhouse (Up to 40% Off)

Route 20 Outhouse

Route 20 Outhouse

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Seminal punk rockers-turned heavy-metal act Misfits, “Queen of Rock & Metal” Doro, southern rock-alt-metal band Saving Abel, and more

$20 $14

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$13 for One Hour of Pool and $15 Toward Drinks and Snacks at Elite Cafe & Billiards ($25 Value)

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

Retro pool hall gives players plenty of space to maneuver around its 17 billiards tables

$25 $13

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Story Pirates at McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage on Saturday, October 4 (Up to 60% Off)

"Story Pirates"

McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage

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Grownup actors, including occasional celebrity guest stars, perform imaginative plays written by grade-school children

$47.50 $19

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Wine Tasting Event at Cab's Wine Bar Bistro (Up to 51% Off)

Cab's Wine Bar Bistro

Glen Ellyn

Local sommelier leads wine tasting classes featuring selections from France, Italy, and the United States

$49 $24

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Craft Beer Flight and Appetizers for Two, Four, or Six at Chalk (Up to 46% Off)

Chalk

Forest Park

Craft beer from local breweries such as Revolution and Lagunitas; fries, chicken tenders, and stout beer battered onion rings

$30 $17

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$25 for Two French Wine or European Beer Flights and One Appetizer at Suzette’s Creperie ($43 Value)

Suzette’s Creperie

Wheaton

Flights of French wine or European beer pair with savory appetizers, including three-cheese soufflés, ham & cheese crepes or croque monsieur

$43 $25

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$5 for a Movie Outing with a Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to $10.50 Value)

Studio Movie Grill

Wheaton

A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

$10.50 $5

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Pub Food and Drinks for Two at Old Towne Pub and Eatery (Up to 50% Off)

Old Towne Pub and Eatery

St. Charles

Selection of burgers, sandwiches, and dinner plates, including barbecue ribs and butterfly shrimp; sports-pub setting

$20 $11

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Chicago Family Fun Expo for Two at Dupage Expo and Convention Center on October 18–19 (Up to 50% Off)

Chicago Family Fun Expo

Dupage Expo and Convention Center

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Vendors and demos educate about health and wellness while face painting, obstacle courses, and magic shows entertain

$14 $7

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Select Local Merchants

Jesse Oaks might seem like a typical American restaurant, best known for its daily specials and pub-food staples: nachos, burgers, and sweets. Look a little closer, though, and you'll see the chefs putting their own creative spin on tried-and-true classics. Sure, they serve regular nachos, but also Irish nachos, swapping out chips for a base of waffle fries. The burgers are innovative too. The 60/40 burger, for instance, boasts a hybrid patty that's comprised of 60% ground beef and 40% bacon, just like the contents of the best gift baskets. One final dose of the unexpected? The eatery has six sand volleyball courts?including two inside?and hosts tournaments year-round, frequently for charity.

18490 W Old Gages Lake Rd
Grayslake,
IL
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The Little Gym of Gurnee, a branch of the nationwide network of Little Gyms, fosters educational wonderment, physical development, and self-confidence in children aged four months to 12 years old through engaging, interactive classes. Trained instructors lead the classes and impart motor skills, language development, and leadership skills through karate and dance classes, as well as brain boost activities—all with the goal of encouraging age-appropriate development in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.

101 Ambrogio Dr
Gurnee,
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Behind a red-brick storefront and striped awning, Viva Le Vine's vintners curate a collection of vintages both affordable and high end, pairing them with cheeses and other finger foods. Wooden racks hoist obsidian bottles of reds and whites, and the wine bar dispenses pours and sampling flights alongside microbrews, seasonal cocktails, and martinis. Cushy, black leather furniture and high-top tables dot the brightly lit interior and an upright piano stands against the wall for impromptu instrumental renditions of Gangsta's Paradise. A painting of colorful donkeys stares down enviously from rich burgundy walls at rich plates of succulent chocolates and naan covered in hearty toppings. The shop hosts live entertainment, numerous tastings, and trivia events throughout the year.

338 N Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville,
IL
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Hundreds of LEGO pieces scatter across C&A Robot Factory?s worktables, where kids follow plans or their own imaginations to build everything from programmable robots to remote-controlled vehicles. During the center's projects and camps, children work through projects that explore science, math, and creativity. They might build a LEGO space station, program the movements of a solar-powered robot from a selection of new models in WeDo classes, or use salt water to power a LEGO car. The stop-motion-animation project?where kids assemble LEGO bricks into a movie set and then take hundreds of photographs that are edited together to become a short movie?stretches the potential applications of LEGOs even further.

Creative opportunities, however, aren't limited to structured projects. During open-play sessions kids can use C&A Robot Factory?s thousands of LEGO blocks to assemble buildings or the world?s most uncomfortable carpet. The LEGO Ville area lets toddlers play as well, surrounding them with Duplo blocks, cars, and trains.

326 Peterson Rd.
Libertyville,
IL
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At Downing's, diners can gobble up a Guinness beer brat, savor Corona-battered cod, or bite into a maple-bacon burger made with beer-infused sirloin. Inventive uses for alcohol aren't the only way the chefs add creative spins to their traditional Irish eats and handheld pub dishes. For instance, you can order a burger topped with fresh mozzarella, pesto, and fresh tomatoes?all the makings of a caprese salad. Downing's takes burgers so seriously that an entire section of the menu is labeled "Not Burgers." It features italian-beef sandwiches and chimichurri beef tacos. Diners can also partake of a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which oozes with warm strawberry jelly between slices of bread dusted with powdered sugar.

Between bites of hearty pub food washed down with beer and spirits, pool players can start their own leagues at Downing's. The pub?which offers alfresco seating in warmer months?also keeps things hopping with weekly musical performances, five flat-screen TVs, and parties to celebrate such holidays as Halloween, Saint Patrick's Day, and Franklin Pierce Fan Club Day.

431 S Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville,
IL
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Part restaurant and part concert hall, Austin's Saloon & Eatery houses both a sit-down dining room and a separate main stage showcasing local and national acts throughout the week. The restaurant's menu blends barbecue and inventive American fare with starters such as chicken wings ($7.95) and golden-fried beer-dough nuggets ($5.50) made to mimic the exact shape and alcohol content of most asteroids. Wrap hands and mouths around one of six burgers ($8.50+) or don a bib and dive into a barbecue combo platter ($17.95) pairing chicken and a half-slab of ribs, both cooked on a wood roaster.

481 Peterson Rd
Libertyville,
IL
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