Things To Do In Highland Park

10 or 20 Self-Defense Training Classes or a One-on-One Training Session at Spetsnaz USA (Up to 63% Off)

Spetsnaz USA

Highland Park

$200 $89.99

Instructor leads crushalo training, a hand-to-hand style of combat used by the Soviet military; classes meet five days a week

One or Five One-on-One Personal-Training Sessions at Your Wellness Circle (Up to 78% Off)

Your Wellness Circle

Highland Park

$90 $25

Fitness experts help you tighten and tone or lose weight with a custom exercise program

General Admission or VIP Access to the Highwood Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, August 2 (Up to 33% Off)

Highwood Craft Beer Festival

Everts Park

$55 $39

Chicago's local beer culture shines among a selection of 80 beers hailing from more than 40 different midwestern craft and microbreweries

Three 60-Minute Personal-Training Sessions with or without a Partner at Trainer Troy Smith (70% Off)

Trainer Troy Smith

Highland Park

$240 $72

Certified trainer Troy Smith helps clients tone muscle and burn fat using kettlebells, free weights, TRX equipment, and boxing workouts

Six Introductory CrossFit Classes With Option for Two Weeks of Classes at Performance Factory Training (Up to 70% Off)

Performance Factory Training

Highwood

$150 $49

CrossFit classes build stamina and endurance with foundational movements such as deadlifts, shoulder presses, and overhead squats

$49 for One Month of Unlimited Krav Maga Classes at Krav Maga Illinois ($149 Value)

Krav Maga Illinois

Highland Park

$149 $49

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Certified instructors teach the self defense and awareness techniques of krav maga, a martial art developed for the Israeli military

Water-Park Visit for Two or Four to Hidden Creek AquaPark (Up to 50% Off)

Hidden Creek AquaPark

Highland Park

$26 $14

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Swimmers whoosh down two water slides or wade into the zero-depth-entry pool while tykes explore the water playground

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A staff of more than 30 qualified yoga instructors sporting diverse backgrounds, experience, and expertise have made Sanctuary Yoga Highwood an inclusive studio for practitioners of all abilities and interests. Credit for the place's welcoming vibes also belong to owner Amanda Small, whose Mississippi-borne Southern hospitality inspires her to create a warm space, in both the emotional and physical sense. Though not every class is heated, some of the Vinyasa flows are performed in temperatures as high as 98 degrees to promote deeper stretching and to detoxify the body. For a less strenuous session, students can try one of Sanctuary's specialty classes, such as Stretchy and Gentle and Yoga Basics. An adjoined retail lounge keeps guests outfitted with exercise apparel and accessories from brands such as Yogitoes, as well as with organic candles and aromatherapy products that freshen up homes filled with sweaty yoga apparel and accessories.

502 Sheridan Rd
Highwood,
IL
US

Since its birth in 1949, The Alley, or at least the North Shore ground on which The Alley resides, has come full circle. During its earliest years, it was known as Mary Jane Lanes, a 10-lane bowling center that buzzed with family-friendly competition throughout the 1950s and '60s. That buzzing continued at a much louder decibel level during the 1970s, when Mary Jane Lanes became Minstrel's Alley, a go-to music venue rocked by the riffs of bands such as REO Speedwagon and The Ramones. In the 1980s, after crews restored its lanes and dug out all the burnt electric guitars embedded into its gutters, the building returned to its origins as a family-first bowling center. Today, The Alley has been updated with automatic scoring, projection TVs, and pool tables ready to accommodate guests of all ages. Every Friday and Saturday, though, The Alley detours back through the '70s, as live bands revive the facility's glory days during Rock and Bowl.

210 Green Bay Rd
Highwood,
IL
US

At the historic Highland Park Theatre, families and film buffs happily munch handfuls of fresh popcorn as spine-tingling thrillers, uproarious comedies, and rich, moving dramas play out on the big screen. The venerable North Shore movie house dates back to 1925, when it operated as the 1,200-seat Alcyon Theatre, which had a single screen that showed silent footage of cowboys racing on horseback, swashbucklers crossing swords, and complex romance plots communicated through drawn-out games of Pictionary. Today, powerful sound systems in the building's four theaters broadcast the dialogue of crowd-pleasing Hollywood blockbusters, as well as critically acclaimed independent films and imported foreign masterpieces.

445 Central Ave
Highland Park,
IL
US

Inside an open-floor gym stocked with treadmills, weights, and bikes, Body Empowered Fitness's personal trainers bolster clients' bods with custom workout regimes and specialized exercises. The gym's staff, including owner and NASM–certified corrective-exercise specialist Sylvia Knilans, constructs fitness plans that utilize Simultaneous Functional Training, a fusion of strength and stamina exercises, to slim figures and build muscle without radioactive spider bites. Trainers share their knowledge with up to four participants at various points throughout each workout and catalogue the day's progress for future exercise regimes.

332 Skokie Valley Rd
Highland Park,
IL
US

Hidden Creek AquaPark's sprawling grounds swim with watery entertainment for guests of all ages, from kids waiting beneath the water playground's dumping bucket to grandparents reading a good book atop lounge chairs. Swimmers can slip down the winding slide or take the plunge from a drop slide, which spits them out into the deep end of a pool that gradually descends from its zero-depth entry. Meanwhile, kids can keep themselves busy building castles and multistory housing units in a sand area. After practicing swan dives and cannonballs off the diving board, guests can storm the concession stand or relax on the lawn.

1220 Fredrickson Pl
Highland Park,
IL
US

Chad Surdich, a two-time Golden Glove semifinalist, surveys his red-walled boxing gym from behind the chainlink fence that circles the ring. Around him, boxing pupils wham their fists into focus mitts during small-group classes, or work up heart rates by hopping onto cardio machines. Chad and his expert instructors make use of North Shore Fit Pit’s bountiful array of weight machines and heavy ropes to lead boxing classes, cardio boxing classes, and hot boxing classes that amp up workouts with detoxifying heat and squirts of tabasco snuck into water bottles.

1544 Old Skokie Rd
Highland Park,
IL
US

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