Local Services in Illinois

jcp portraits – Up to 83% Off Photo Shoots

Multiple Locations

$125 $25

Professional photographers capture families, babies, and individuals with custom backgrounds, props, and variety of poses

jcp portraits – Up to 83% Off Photo Shoots

Cherryvale Mall

$125 $25

Professional photographers capture families, babies, and individuals with custom backgrounds, props, and variety of poses

54% Off Voice Lessons at Music Lessons by Maggie

Joliet

$90 $41

Certified music teacher helps musicians of any level delevop their singing skills

Up to 80% Off Tutoring Sessions from Best Brains

Multiple Locations

$244 $59

Certified teachers tutor students in English, math, general knowledge, and the abacus

Up to 88% Off Lifetouch Portrait Packages at Target Portrait Studio

Multiple Locations

$204.95 $25

Photographers customize backdrops and props before capturing images with professional gear; posting images in online gallery within 24 hours

75% Off Studio Photography

Elgin

$125 $31

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45% Off Services

Waukegan

$100 $55

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71% Off at All Tax Services, Inc.

Multiple Locations

$200 $59

Financial experts guide clients through the oft-confusing world of income taxes, ensuring accurate filings and maximum amount of returns

45% Off Obedience Training and Fitness Center

South Hill

$349 $192

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57% Off English or Math Tutoring

Arlington Heights

$233 $100

Kids ages 5—15 learn at their own pace; 5:1 student teacher ratio

Up to 51% Off Life Coaching at Elated Wellness

Elated Wellness

$50 $25

Expert holistic life coaches meet with clients to discuss any unhappiness or unbalance in their lives and develop attainable goals

Up to 61% Off Business and Publishing Seminar

Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center

$99 $49

Experts dole out practical strategies on launching a business and publishing books; seminar ends with network opportunities and open forum

60% Off at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

$25 $10

Instructors teach timing, original beats, stick control, tricks, and advanced techniques

50% Off Virus Removal and Operation System Damage Reversal

Skokie

$150 $75

Removal thoroughly erases all traces of viruses; 26-step damage reversal fixes restores operating systems and maximizes computer performance

Up to 53% Off Home Furnishings

Multiple Locations

$100 $49

Home furnishings by brands such as Coaster Fine Furniture range from dining-room sets and living-room couches to bunk beds for kids

Up to 60% Off English or Math Tutoring

Orland Park

$250 $110

In each one-hour session once every week, tutors help children aged 3–18 master critical-thinking math and English skills

Pet Supplies Plus – 55% Off Self-Serve Dog Washes

Oak Lawn

$40 $18

Shampoo and groom pups at pet-supply store's self-serve dog wash

45% Off Living-Room Furniture

North Riverside

$999 $549

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45% Off Webpage-Design Consulting

Mount Prospect

$999 $549

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91% Off Photo Shoot from Portrait Scene

Multiple Locations

$218 $19

Seasoned photographers capture individuals and families during on-location shoots

Up to 85% Off at Discount Mattress

Multiple Locations

$100 $20

Mattress and box spring sets come in a variety of sizes and two firmness levels to increase comfort and back support

50% Off Financial Consulting

Oak Park

$50 $25

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Up to 55% Off VHS-to-DVD Conversion at Concept One

Concept One Media

$50 $25

Conversion experts preserve memories on outdated media by transferring them to a digital format

50% OffiPhone 5 LCD Screen Replacement

Glenview

$199 $99

Trained techs speedily replace cracked or broken iPhone 5 screens, usually completing repairs in 20 minutes or less

Up to 59% Off Puppy Socialization Classes

Belleville

$120 $59

Puppies learn good canine manners in group classes; optional follow-up evaluates puppy behavior

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Elmhurst

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

87% Off Boudoir Photo Shoot and Prints

Lombard

$377 $49

Strut your stuff in four of your favorite outfits and turn two poses into 5"x7" and wallet-sized prints and retouched digital images

Up to 62% Off at Eco Mattress Store

Eco Mattress Store

$190 $89

2 in. gel-infused memory-foam bed toppers; American-made organic bed sets that include a mattress, box spring, and frame

Up to 66% Off Childcare for Kids 6 Weeks to 24 Months

Bartlett

$340 $130

Trained childcare experts engage and watch over kids from 6 weeks to 24 months old in a well-furnished environment

Up to 70% Off Life-Mentoring Services

Crystal Lake

$200 $79

Mentors help clients tackle issues ranging from career and friendships to love and personal fulfillment

Half Off Private Pilot Course

Romeoville

$299 $149

Learn the process to become a professional pilot and get hands-on experience in the cockpit of a Cessna aircraft

Up to 56% Off English or Math Tutoring

Plainfield

$250 $115

Knowledgeable tutors help students master English and math concepts, improving academic performance and boosting confidence

45% Off Financial Consulting

Hanover Park

$130 $72

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Up to 55% Off Tape-to-DVD Transfers

Riverwoods

$50 $25

A videographer rescues VHS and camcorder-recorded memories from a dusty grave by transferring them to DVD

45% Off Financial Consulting

Calumet Park

$150 $83

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Up to 55% Off Tutoring at Mosaic Tutor

Northbrook

$100 $45

One-on-one tutoring sessions help individuals in areas where they might struggle; valid for any age, from preschool to adult

Half Off Premade Bathroom Vanity Tops

Elk Grove Village

$300 $150

Premade bathroom vanity tops in a range of tones and sizes

Up to 72% Off Digital-Photography Boot Camp

Pheasant Run Resort

$149 $49

Six-hour boot camp covers subjects such as exposure, freezing motion, shooting modes, and composition; three-hour is first half of course

Huntington Learning Center – 75% Off Academic Review

Multiple Locations

$375 $95

The certified tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs, and potential for growth

Half Off Eight-Week Puppy Training Course

Mundelein

$160 $80

Puppies and their owners join trainers at hour-long, weekly sessions to learn basic obedience skills; bring a collar, leash, and treats

45% Off Financial Consulting

Multiple Locations

$275 $151

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65% Off Tax Return

Skokie

$225 $79

Knowledgeable accountants prepare tax returns for individuals and married couples

Half Off Dry-Cleaning at Lake City Cleaners

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Four dry-cleaning outlets in north Chicago and suburbs use both traditional and eco-friendly laundering technology

45% Off Academic-Tutor Services

Lake In The Hills

$120 $66

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51% Off at Learn Scuba Chicago

Multiple Locations

$295 $145

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Scuba-certification course led by dive experts Captain Bob and crew take students on pool dives in Chicago and open-water dives in Kankakee

53% Off Music Lessons

Glen Ellyn

$60 $28

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Up to 57% Off iPhone Screen Repairs or Accessories

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Techs repair smartphone screens usually within an hour with an appointment and back all services with 60-day warranties

Up to 52% Off Computer or Electronic-Device Repair or Merchandise

Belvidere

$60 $29

Technicians heal ailing computers and electronics such as phones and tablets; merchandise includes mini RC cars, neon signs, and appliances

37% Off Computer Repair

Collinsville

$110 $69

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51% Off Children's Photography Classes

Elmwood Park

$99 $49

Talented instructor leads four 90-minute sessions in children's photography

57% Off Exterior Home Lights

New Lenox

$1,500 $650

Technicians create a lighting design informed by customer feedback then install six lights and a transformer

Sylvan Learning – 81% Off Tutoring

Multiple Locations

$495 $95

Assessments determine tutoring approaches for kids in grades K–12

Half Off from Scan Photos to Digital

Rolling Meadows

$46 $22.99

Profesional scanning techs meticulously convert photos to digital files to be burned to a long-lasting DVD

50% Off

Blue Island

$100 $50

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Up to 89% Off at Cilento Photography

Autumn Grove Plaza

$200 $29

Professional photographer takes in-studio or on-location shoots of newly engaged couples or families

Up to 60% Off DVD-Transfer Services at A Video Memories

Roselle

$40 $20

Elmo TRV system transfers film, VHS, digital tape, and other media to DVD

50% Off Pet Daycare

Darien

$30 $15

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Up to 80% Off Psychic Readings

Bloomingdale

$125 $25

In-tune psychic uses palm, tarot, and life readings to guide clients toward answers to life, love, and career questions

55% Off

Park Forest

$95 $43

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61% Off Computer Maintenance

Multiple Locations

$100 $39

Technicians troubleshoot Mac or PC software or hardware, clean up hard drives, or perform installations

Up to 61% Off Photo-Shoot Package

Geneva

$200 $79

One-hour shoot in a studio or garden yield prints and a high-res digital image

Half Off Boudoir Photo Shoot

Multiple Locations

$110 $55

Experienced photographer coaches even the shiest subjects into seductive boudoir images

Up to 56% Off Robotics Project at C&A Robot Factory

Libertyville

$25 $12

Kids create and program LEGO animals, airplanes, and soccer stars with assistance and computer instructions during a 45-minute class

Half Off Estate Planning by Law Office of Ernest B. Fenton P.C.

Homewood

$750 $375

Estate planning provides security for clients and their loved ones with wills, trusts, and other important legal documents

Half Off Private Guitar Lessons from Eric Mantel 

Matteson

$45 $22.50

A guitar instructor for more than three decades, Eric Mantel teaches students myriad techniques with inspiration from guitar greats

54% Off Broker Pre-License Course

Oak Brook

$649 $299

90-hour course prepares students for the state exam

Up to 54% Off Pool Time for Your Dog

See Spot Swim- Montgomery

$25 $12

Pooches paddle in heated salt water with a designated swimmer, under the watchful eye of a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

55% Toward Day Care from 6 Weeks to 6 years

Buffalo Grove

$1,000 $450

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50% Off Ear & Teeth Cleaning and Paw-D-Cure at Hair of the Dog

Frankfort

$32 $16

Groomers prep pets with a 4 step ear-cleaning, pad-shaving, nail trim, pad conditioning treatment, and teeth cleaning.

50% Off Financial Consulting

Palos Hills

$100 $50

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30% Off Music Lessons at American Music Institute

Multiple Locations

$5 $5

One month of music lessons for voice or instruments including saxophone, violin, piano, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, and oboe

51% Off Tax Preparation

Multiple Locations

$100 $49

Experts navigate tax issues with the aim of providing accurate returns and fast refunds

66% Off Glamour or Boudoir Photos at ImageIcon

Lemont

$295 $99

Photographers capture subjects at their most beautiful and glamorous, with flattering portraits following hair and makeup makeovers

88% Off Complete Income-Tax Preparation at Liberty Tax Service

Multiple Locations

$500 $59

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Individual income tax preparation with all federal and Illinois state forms; e-filing and direct deposit included

Half Off Boudoir Photography

La Grange

$500 $250

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Up to 51% Off Computer Repair

Sterling

$80 $39

Computers are returned to working order with general repair services for wear and tear or complete virus removal

45% Off Photography Classes

Lincoln

$125 $69

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Up to 64% Off Kids' Educational Summer Camp

Richton Park

$200 $79

Students entering 1st–6th grades engage in math, science, and reading activities that follow state standards, as well as art and field trips

Up to 61% Off Music Classes at Kindermusik By Lisa

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Seasoned instructors lead parents and children up to 7 years of age through play activities incorporating music and movement

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Before moving to Chicago, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh began their culinary careers in New York as a way to support themselves while they looked for work as actors. It wasn’t their acting that brought the duo to stardom, however. Against odds of 10,000 to 1, they sent a tape into the Food Network and, to their surprise, became the first-ever winners of the Next Food Network Star contest, landing their own show on the cable channel. That success enabled them to grow their catering business’s small café into a full-fledged restaurant serving up brunch, lunch, and dinner.

"Our focus is on what we love, which is mid-century food and the American culture of dining, and that kind of collective memory we have . . . taking those recipes and updating them for a modern palate," Steve says. For example, they top sweet potatoes with black-thyme-pepper marshmallows and create corn dogs with rabbit sausage in red-velvet butter. Steve says that they love creating conversation at their tables, especially as guests reminisce about memories evoked by dishes such as tuna noodle casserole and their Hearty mac ‘n’ cheese. "For Dan and I, that's a major part of the dining experience," he says. "If we can get their heads moving as well as their mouths, we feel pretty successful." Their efforts have paid off. "The duo is making magic by keeping it simple," said Phil Vettel in a review on WGN. "There's at least one wow ingredient on every plate. A simple burger is brightened with triple-cream cambozola cheese, sugar-cured bacon, and garlic aioli. Bacon-wrapped shrimp arrives on a pile of wonderful white cheddar grits . . . It's fun and delicious."

Dan heads the kitchen, while Steve forges many of the signature cocktails, aiming to discourage the intimidation that often surrounds craft cocktails. He and Dan even authored a book whose 200+ drink recipes include every cocktail made at Hearty, proving that everyone can make the drinks at home. Steve's even been known to chat up tables in hopes of introducing them to a new drink. "It's amazing, the amount of people who don't think they drink gin—so I have to force them," Steve says. "Once you have a gin that is different than that gin that you drank in the 1980s that was so harsh and juniper-heavy, once you're having one of these new American gins along with just simple fresh citrus and the other spirits… you understand what the fuss is about." He's also curated an exclusively American wine list with bottles from unexpected sources—including Dr. Frank's Salmon Run rkatsiteli from the Finger Lakes in New York, which he calls "floral and highly acidic . . . Everybody loves it."

3819 N Broadway St
Chicago,
IL
US

When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop—then called Pete's Subway—proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.

Today, Subway restaurants number more than 34,000 around the world—almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.

444 N Eola Rd
Aurora,
IL
US

Contained entirely inside a 60,000-square-foot arena, CoCo Key Water Resort keeps its air temperature at a constant 84 degrees to complement its tropical-themed attractions. A trio of four-story waterslides dares bare feet forward, before the calm waters of the winding Coconut Grove Adventure River calmly buoy them. Parrot's Perch interactive play island and Coral Reef Cavern activity pool reel in splashers with an interactive hanging net and a tipping bucket, eschewing less popular activities, such as maritime trade negotiations. Guests can also pursue ample on-land activities in an indoor-outdoor spa or navigate 10,000 square feet of prize games at the Key Quest Arcade. In an effort to lessen energy consumption, visitors must bring their own towels, though staffers organize and provide supplies for children's birthday parties.

7801 E State St
Rockford,
IL
US

Though their specialties may differ, the doctors and therapists at Intuitive Healing LLC share one important trait: they understand that each human body is a complex organism and that no two are quite alike. This common understanding leads them to reject a one-size-fits-all approach to health and rely instead on custom detoxification and wellness programs. To keep bodies comfortable on their journey toward better health, Intuitive Healing’s licensed massage therapists draw on a range of modalities that include trigger-point therapy and neuromuscular therapy. Their detoxifying facial massages stimulate circulation and soothe muscles caught in the self-defeating cycle of frowning at how sore they are from frowning.

2531 Division Street
Joliet,
IL
US

With its massive selection of varietals and styles, Lynfred Winery seems determined to make something for almost any wine drinker. The cellar brims with everything from bold, spicy reds to crisp and refreshing whites, as well as fruit wines made from apples, cherries, rhubarb, and pears. The grapes arrive from vineyards throughout California and Washington state, although the rest of the fruit typically comes from a bit closer to home, including growers throughout Michigan and Wisconsin. Despite this variety, the staff's commitment to approachable, fruit-forward flavors characterizes virtually everything that the winery makes.

This dedication to easy drinking seems only natural given the winery's origins in a home basement. In 1975, Fred Koehler, along with his wife Lynn, decided to try to re-create the family wines his father and grandfather had made throughout the 1920s. The batches grew larger with each passing vintage, and, in 1979, Fred and Lynn chose to upgrade their homespun hobby into a commercial venture. Within six years, Lynfred Winery's creations began to appear in the national spotlight as they garnered awards and medals from wine competitions across the country. This attention allowed Fred to swell production even more, eventually expanding to a larger location in 1990.

Fred and Lynn's legacy continues to inspire the staff as they operate a facility that creates more than 100,000 gallons of wine each year using as many as 80 varietals. These wines appear on restaurant menus, on retail shelves, and inside fish tanks throughout the Chicagoland area.

21 W Jefferson Ave
Naperville,
IL
US

Less than 90 minutes from St. Louis, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum houses the world’s largest collection of original Lincoln artifacts, complete with the Gettysburg Address. A life-size replica of Lincoln’s log cabin set back in a forest of artificial trees stands 40 feet tall just like the President’s iconic top hat. The museum also houses a re-creation of the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre, where the president was assassinated, and the state-of-the-art Union Theater, which projects films such as Lincoln’s Eyes, a broad overview of Lincoln’s personal and political life with a special focus on slavery. In the Ghosts of the Library exhibit, transparent phantoms of Lincoln and his contemporaries drift around powered by Holavision technology. Youngsters, supervised by parents, can try on period dress, pose for photos with life-size cutouts of young Abe, or reenact historic scenes in the Lincoln Home dollhouse located in Mrs. Lincoln’s attic, the hands-on learning center. Before heading home, patrons can browse the museum store—more than 3,500 square feet of artifact replicas and Lincoln-themed merchandise.

112 N 6th St
Springfield,
IL
US