Sightseeing in Gurnee

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Wisconsin Historical Society

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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Membership includes discounted or free admission to the Society's historic sites, from Black Point Estate to Old World Wisconsin in Eagle

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Lambs Farm

Libertyville

$12 $7

Farmyard run by non-profit organization houses a petting zoo, an old-fashioned train ride, and a 600-pound pig

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Chicago Helicopter Express

Wheeling

$360 $199

Helicopters cruise 800 feet above the Chicago skyline past such famed sights as Willis Tower, Wrigley Field, and Navy Pier

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Bachman Aero

Schaumburg

$295 $149

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

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Green Meadows Petting Farm

Waterford

$27 $13

Fuzzy fleeces, soft feathers, and bristly hides rub against hands at a petting zoo where kids can also ride a pony and milk a cow

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Haunted Hometowns, Corp.

Elgin

$90 $45

Ghost-seekers walk through moon-lit cemeteries in the dead of night during tour as guides relate tales of local specters

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Illinois Railway Museum

Coral

$10 $5

Watch restored antique train cars in operation, then check out memorabilia from the Chicagoland and national rail industries

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Gauntlet Warbirds

Sugar Grove

$440 $259

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

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St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats

St. Charles

$15 $9

During serene cruises that last up to one hour, tour groups learn about the history of the Fox River and the Pottawatomie

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Chicago's Finest River Walk Tour

The Loop

$40 $20

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Pedway's heated tunnels and sky bridges ferry guests between landmarks; tragedies tour examines Great Chicago Fire among other events

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Spirit Expeditions

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

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The Field Museum

Museum Campus

$23 $18

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Exploring ancient Egypt and staying out of the mouth of a real dinosaur are all in a day's fun at this iconic museum

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TikiBoat Chicago

Monroe Harbor

$1,799 $399

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36-foot party barge with water slide ferries guests onto Lake Michigan and Chicago River; amenities include stereo, grill, and full bathroom

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CityScape Adventures

Cubby Bear

$100 $40

Five-hour scavenger hunt takes participants through 12 challenges that encourage them to explore the city while testing their mettle

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Weird Chicago Tours

Near North Side

$60 $39

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Travel by bus to the former crime scenes, red-light districts, gangster hangouts, or ghost-sighting spots of Chicago's storied past

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Swedish American Museum

Edgewater

$8 $4

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Three stories of exhibits explore the struggles and triumphs of Chicago's Swedish immigrants, including through hands-on kids' activities

Up to 33% Off a Sailing Tour on Tall Ship Windy

Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago

Navy Pier

$30 $20

A 148-foot-long, traditional four-masted schooner sails throughout Lake Michigan for about 75 minutes

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Chicago

$25 $13

Cruises aboard a yacht with dance floors and bars provide brilliant evening views of the Chicago skyline

Tour Chicago's Moving Bridges with a Civil Engineer

Moving-Bridge Tour

The Loop

$20 $20

Retired Civil Engineer Jim Phillips expands on the how and why of Chicago's moving bridges during a tour by foot and water taxi

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Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours

Near North Side

$90 $42

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2-hour, 1.2-mile walking tour hits Pizzeria Uno, Pizzeria Ora, and Giordano's in River North to sample deep-dish pizza and learn its history

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Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago

$49 $19

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Take in a popular movie with drinks, pizza, popcorn, and candy in the heart of the historic Lincoln Park Zoo while surrounded by animals

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Inside Chicago Walking Tours

On Location

$20 $10

A former teacher and improv comedian offers a slice of Chicago architecture during engaging walking tour

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Chicago Crime Tours

Chicago

$79.90 $38

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

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Great Food Tours

Chicago

$50 $25

Sample Aztec chocolate drinks, cupcakes, truffles, and chocolate donuts during two-hour chocolate tour along the Magnificent Mile

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Multiple Locations

$80 $39

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

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Waxwing Puzzle Co.

Logan Square

$40 $20

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

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Windy City Wine Tours

Near North Side

$800 $398

Groups up to 10 tour midwest wineries while learning the history and bakground of each vineyard and its wine

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International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

$30 $15

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

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Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

$14 $8

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair

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APR Pullman Porter Museum

Far South Chicago

$50 $25

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

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Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

$24 $12

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

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Chicago Sports Tours

Chicago

$42 $21

Saturday sports tours explore Chicago's rich history of football, baseball, basketball, and hockey

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Chicago Prime Tours

Chicago

$66 $34

Hear the stories of John Dillinger, John Wayne Gacy. and H.H. Holmes during crime tour, and visit Willis Tower and other sites on city tour

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Chicago Detours

Chase Tower

$52 $29

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Featured in the Chicago Reader, guides lead groups through architecturally striking interiors and share photos and videos via iPads

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

Lizzie McNeills Irish Pub

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

Chicago Architecture Foundation – $13 for a "Must-See Chicago" Tour

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago

$20 $13

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Stroll past such Chicago icons as the Art Institute, Willis (Sears) Tower, Wrigley Building, Chicago Theatre, and John Hancock Center

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Ultimate Barcrawl Challenge

Deuce's

$15 $8

Goldfish races, relay races, and other drinking games are held at four Wrigleyville bars

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Over the past quarter century, Serpent Safari's indoor zoo has amassed a collection of rare reptiles that have appeared in publications such as National Geographic. Animals of impressive age, unusual coloring (such as an albino alligator), and Guinness World Record-holding weight have all called the Safari their home. Originally founded as a reptile adoption and education center, the Safari now runs guided tours and birthday parties that usher children through the world of scaly, cold-blooded creatures known as bankers into the diverse realm of reptiles. Following the tours, patrons can partake in photo opportunities with giant snakes, or take home a friend from the pet store.

6170 Grand Ave
Gurnee,
IL
US

Mark McMahon has been documenting people and their environments nationally and internationally for more than forty years. His on-location works are included in museums, exhibitions, private and corporate collections.

321 S Ridge Rd
Lake Forest,
IL
US

In 1848, dairy cows grazed on the 30 acres that now host the Volo Auto Museum’s five showrooms. The mooing of heifers has given way to the imaginary roar of 200 collector cars and 100 gleaming autos that once graced movie and television sets—including a Batmobile from the 1966 TV series, a Herbie from the latest movie, and one of the first General Lees. After ogling the television and movie collection, guests can wander among vintage and antique vehicles and reminisce about the days when we still had to go places in person.

Nearby, the military exhibit’s realistic scenery surrounds vehicles ranging from a WWII BMW motorcycle with sidecar to a 1967 Bell helicopter shot down in Vietnam. After examining older artillery and artifacts, visitors can gaze at cases holding items retrieved from Saddam Hussein’s palace and from captured Iraqi soldiers. Those below driving age can explore kids’ attractions, including SpongeBob’s boatmobile.

Guests traverse the vast showrooms on foot or via a 1915, Victorian-style trolley, free on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Trolley tours begin by exploring autos that used to be stabled by the rich and famous alongside their unicorns. They then venture into the old dairy farm’s 19th-century barn, where activity by Civil War ghosts has drawn investigators from the Discover Channel’s Ghost Lab. Before leaving, visitors can refuel with an Angus-beef patty at the Betty Boop Burger Bar and Beer Garden or drop into four antique malls.

27582 Volo Village Rd
Volo,
IL
US

All Community Events gathers together athletes of all stripes to set off on brisk, well-organized outdoor runs. In the one-mile Run the Pier jaunt, sprinters can goggle at the skyscrapers surrounding Navy Pier, dash beneath its towering ferris wheel, and reach underneath the pier to grab fistfuls of the cotton candy keeping it afloat before finishing through its welcoming arch. The World's Largest Corn Maze Run/Walk weaves through five kilometers of paths that wind through a dense cornfield, while a pair of Turkey Trots let exercise-hounds burn off calories in advance of the day's traditional feast. Though its exact date will be pinned down as the event draws closer, the Chi Town Half Marathon pits runners against 13.1 miles of verdant north-side terrain. The challenging but beginner-friendly race's March date places it well before most of the year's other major races, and provides a compelling reason to step outside during the dark, werewolf-riddled chill of winter.

9407 Richardson Rd
Spring Grove,
IL
US

Eric and Markay Suevel have run the eponymous Suevel Studios—a full-service glass studio that creates custom pieces and hosts classes—for more than 30 years. Both proprietors have practiced the art for decades, but their partnership marries two distinct approaches. Eric learned the craft at a young age from his uncle, and Markay possesses a liturgical perspective as an ordained minister with a master’s in divinity. They cut and fuse alongside a team of worldly and learned glassworkers, all of whom bring their own specific expertise to the table, whether doing restoration work or mosaics. The studio's stained-glass work lights up churches, homes, and restaurants as well as their students’ faces after they complete one of 25 classes. There, apprentices acquire the skills required to decorate household windows or liven up bland, translucent reading glasses.

870 S Arthur Ave
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

Thrown Elements Pottery encapsulates the joys of sculpting and painting pots in energetic classes and drop-in activities. Drop-in paint-your-own pottery sessions allow amateur artists to decorate pottery on their own schedule either at the studio or at home ($9 a day for adults plus the cost of the piece painted). Choose a pre-fired piece of dinnerware ($8–$18) and adorn it with rainbow stripes or make a creature ($11–$18) come to life using only a paintbrush and a bolt of lightning. Specialty pieces may vary in price outside of average price ranges listed.

260 N Evergreen Ave
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

Gurnee Scene