Sightseeing in Illinois

Two-Hour Walking Ghost Tour of Aurora or Naperville for Two or Four from Haunted Hometowns (Up to 51% Off)

Haunted Hometowns

Multiple Locations

Ghost-seekers clutch EMF meters on lantern-lit tours through historic and haunted sites as guides relate tales of local specters

$40 $20

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Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

Sinnissippi Park

11,000 sq. ft. exhibition space features tropical ferns and palm trees in a serene setting with sculptures, water features, and benches

$16 $8

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Single-Day Admission for Two or Four or Family Membership at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joliet

History museum mines the past of the town of Joliet, its people, and how their stories relate to the whole of American history

$12 $6

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Tour with Six Tastings and a Glass of Wine or $17 for $30 Worth of Food and Wine at Illinois River Winery

Illinois River Winery

North Utica

Sample more than 30 handcrafted wines from the tasting room or sip wines while touring the facility

$30 $17

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Admission for Four Adults, or Membership for One Adult or Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Elgin History Museum

Eastside Elgin

Two floors of history exhibits reflecting Elgin’s rich past, including a collection of Elgin Watches and Elgin Road Race memorabilia

$12 $8

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$149 for a Helicopter Flying Lesson and Flight from Bachman Aero ($295 Value)

Bachman Aero

Schaumburg

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

$295 $149

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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Membership for a Family or Individual (Up to 40% Off)

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Skokie

The museum honors Holocaust victims, telling their stories with artifacts and interactive exhibits that urge visitors to fight intolerance

$40 $25

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Historic-Home Twilight Tour plus Wine for One, Two, or Four at Pleasant Home Foundation (Up to 43% Off)

Pleasant Home Foundation

Oak Park

One of the earliest examples of Prairie School Architecture, visitors get the opportunity to check it out at night while sipping wine

$30 $19

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Day or Holiday Lights Night Helicopter Tour for Two From Chicago Helicopter Experience

Chicago Helicopter Experience

Wheeling

Passengers soar over the skyline, marveling at the Willis Tower, John Hancock Building, and Trump Tower by day or by night

$288

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Self-Guided Audio Tour for Two or Four with Souvenir Book and Tote from Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (50% Off) 

Cahokia Mounds Museum Society

Collinsville

Visitors take self-guided audio-visual tours of a metropolis built by Native Americans from AD 700 to 1400

$20 $10

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Geneva Lake Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 50% Off)

Geneva Lake Museum

Lake Geneva

Museum fills historic Power & Light building and replicates Lake Geneva Main Street of late 19th and early 20th centuries

$14 $7

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Admission for 2, 4, or 12 at Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower (Up to 58% Off)

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower

Parallel towers loom above the fork of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, where Lewis and Clark commenced their historic voyage

$18 $9

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40-Minute Ride in a Extra 300L Stunt Airplane or T-6 Texan Trainer Warplane from Gauntlet Warbirds (41% Off)

Gauntlet Warbirds

Aurora

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

$440 $259

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to National Hellenic Museum (Up to 53% Off)

National Hellenic Museum

West Town

Explore Greek culture and history inside a gorgeous 40,000 sq.-ft. limestone building filled with Greek-themed artwork and exhibits

$20 $10

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$12 for Visit for Two Adults and Two Kids and One $5 Gift Voucher to Klehm Arboretum ($23 Value)

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Get access to the 155-acre living museum’s floral exhibits, forested paths, and children’s gardens, plus a gift-shop voucher

$23 $12

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$125 for Wine Tour for Two with Lunch and One Case of Strawberry Peach Wine at Kickapoo Creek Winery ($223 Value)

Kickapoo Creek Winery

Edwards

Fruit-forward wines using locally sourced grapes; lunches such as wild pacific salmon burgers, pastry-wrapped bratwurst, and turkey reubens

$223 $125

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Two or Four Tickets to a Tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio or Frederick C. Robie House (50% Off)

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Multiple Locations

Guided tour of one of two local architectural marvels that stand as seminal works in Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary career

$34 $17

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Four-Hour Inside Chicago Grand Tour by Bus for Two or Four from American Sightseeing Chicago (Up to 50% Off)

American Sightseeing Chicago

Palmer House Hilton, Ground Floor Gift Shop

A bus ferries visitors to the North and South Sides, showing them major parks, the Museum Campus, and the sights along Lake Shore Drive

$45 $25

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Complimentary Glasses and Cheese Plate at Hailey's Winery (Up to 51% Off)

Hailey's Winery

Byron

Sample a variety of handcrafted red and white wines

$35 $18

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One-Year Family or Individual Membership to The Oriental Institute (Up to 53% Off)

The Oriental Institute

University of Chicago

Exhibit-opening invitations, free audio tours, research-library privileges, and program discounts at a museum of Middle East archaeology

$75 $35

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$12 for a Two-Hour Guided Walking Tour from the Chicago Architecture Foundation ($20 Value)

Chicago Architecture Foundation

CAF Shop & Tour Center

Stroll past Chicago icons designed by renowned architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Gehry

$20 $12

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$69 for a Segways at Sunset Tour for Two from Bike and Roll Chicago (Up to $138 value)

Bike and Roll Chicago

Millennium Park

Easily maneuverable segway vehicles traverse the lakefront for views of the Chicago skyline, parks, and lakeside museums

$138 $69

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Chicago Pizza Walking Tour for Two or Four from Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours (Up to 54% Off)

Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours

Near North Side

2-hour, 1.2-mile walking tour hits several pizzerias like Pizzeria Uno and Giordano’s in River North to sample pizza and learn its history

$90 $44

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Architecture Tour by Boat for Two Adults from Shoreline Sightseeing

Shoreline Sightseeing

Multiple Locations

75-minute tours explore the history of more than 40 architectural landmarks while cruising down the branches of the Chicago River

$71.12 $49

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Architecture Tour by Boat for Two Adults from Shoreline Sightseeing

Shoreline Sightseeing

Multiple Locations

75-minute tours explore the history of more than 40 architectural landmarks while cruising down the branches of the Chicago River

$71.12 $49

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Tour by Bus for Two or Four from Chicago Crime Tours (Up to 49% Off)

Chicago Crime Tours

Chicago

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

$79.90 $42

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One-Year Membership to DuSable Museum of African American History (50% Off). Four Options Available.

DuSable Museum of African American History

Washington Park

Examine tales and artifacts of African American history with studies of African nations, murals, and even an animatronic Harold Washington

$60 $30

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Walking Tour from WendyCity (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

WendyCity

Multiple Locations

Tour the Mag Mile and learn some of its history during a relaxed walk before the stores open

$50 $25

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Walking Tour from WendyCity (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

WendyCity

Multiple Locations

Tour the Mag Mile and learn some of its history during a relaxed walk before the stores open

$50 $25

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Chocolate Tour of Chicago with Six Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 73% Off)

Great Food Tours

Chicago

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

$50 $17

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Arcade/Bar Tournament League from BUCKit List Events - Individual or Team Registration (Up to 55% Off)

BUCKit List Events

Multiple Locations

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

$80 $39

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Arcade/Bar Tournament League from BUCKit List Events - Individual or Team Registration (Up to 55% Off)

BUCKit List Events

Multiple Locations

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

$80 $39

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Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (56% Off)

International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

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

$30 $14

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Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at railroad workers during WWI

$14 $8

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Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at railroad workers during WWI

$14 $8

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General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Far South Chicago

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

$50 $25

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Running Tours of Downtown Chicago from Chicago Running Tours & More (Up to 55% Off)

Chicago Running Tours & More

Central Chicago

Professional guides lead sightseeing tours at a jogging pace during excursions that emphasize fun and learning over speed

$32 $15

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Eat Hyde Park or Sweet Hyde Park Tour for 1, 2, or 4 from A Taste of Hyde Park Walking Tours (Up to 56% Value)

A Taste of Hyde Park

Multiple Locations

Guests sample hot dogs at Bergstein’s NY Deli, samosas at Rajun Cajun, and fudge at Kilwin’s

$50 $25

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Eat Hyde Park or Sweet Hyde Park Tour for 1, 2, or 4 from A Taste of Hyde Park Walking Tours (Up to 56% Value)

A Taste of Hyde Park

Multiple Locations

Guests sample hot dogs at Bergstein’s NY Deli, samosas at Rajun Cajun, and fudge at Kilwin’s

$50 $25

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$58 for a Ghost Investigation Tour for Two from Chicago Ghost Investigations ($116 Value)

Chicago Ghost Investigations

Pilsen

After a crash course in ghost hunting, small teams use tools to explore and communicate with ghosts of Al Capone’s underworld

$116 $58

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Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

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

$24 $12

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$37 for a Two-Hour Segway Tour of Downtown Chicago from Segway Experience of Chicago (Up to $65 Value)

Segway Experience of Chicago

The Loop

Atop a latest-generation Segway PT, guests coast past Buckingham Fountain and Millennium Park, occasionally pausing for photo ops

$65 $37

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"Speakeasy" Social Game Experience for One, Two, Four, or Eight at Waxwing Puzzle Co. (Up to 57% Off)

Waxwing Puzzle Co.

Lincoln Square

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

$40 $20

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Admission for 2 or 4, or One- or Two-Year Family Membership to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Up to 55% Off)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Lincoln Park

Nature museum hosts living and educational exhibits on the natural world including a butterfly haven and a native prairie.

$18 $10

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Historic spacecraft, fragments of far away worlds, and maps of the galaxy make outer space seem completely within reach. That's the magic of the Adler Planetarium. From the moment visitors pass through the Clark Family Welcome Gallery?a portal of aluminum tubing, fabric, and video projections?they embark on a journey through space, time, and imagination.

  • Eye Catcher: Earth's neighbors and one massive yellow Sun hang overhead in Our Solar System, which also includes a fragment of a meteorite and a replica of the Mars rover. The Adler is the only place where visitors can touch a piece of the Moon, Mars, and three different asteroids under one roof.
  • Permanent Mainstay: The Historic Atwood Sphere, Chicago's oldest planetarium, where guests can step under a steel dome to view the night sky as it appeared in 1913 thanks to 692 drilled holes.
  • Hands-On Experiments: In The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, you can send yourself digital postcards from across the Universe; it'll only take four hours for one to arrive from Neptune, but be prepared to wait 2.5 million years for one to arrive from the Andromeda galaxy.
  • Hidden Gem: The Space Visualization Lab introduces guests to cutting-edge research that astronomers discuss with visitors one-on-one to convey the vastness of space or the size of the castle they want to build on the Moon.
  • Don't Miss: The live planetarium show, Destination Solar System, blends a sci-fi plot with real science as it journeys to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn's moon Titan.
  • Special Programs: Every third Thursday of the month, Adler After Dark lets amateur astronomers 21 and older spend the evening gazing at the stars with cocktails in hand.

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1300 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago,
IL
US

For more than 50 years, the monks of Marmion Abbey have tended 300 acres of farmland. They started with Christmas trees, and now maintain 120 acres of pines, spruces, and firs that smell exactly like car freshener. On the remaining acres, they tend pumpkin vines and corn mazes, interspersing these areas with scenic groves.

Throughout the year, the monks open their land to the public. In the autumn, they host Pumpkin Daze, a harvest festival with tractor wagon rides and a petting zoo. Around mid-November, they grant access to their tree farm, supplying visitors with rental saws for you-cut trees and bellowing "Timber!" just like Paul Bunyan did when he fell into bed at night. The monks stock their farm store with family-friendly products from local artists and handcrafted goods that complement the season, such as caramel apples in the fall.

2855 Hart Road
Aurora,
IL
US

The Rockford Art Museum has more than a century of creativity hanging from the walls in its galleries. It acquired its first piece in 1913 and has since collected more than 1600 pieces from local and international artists. Glass sculptures, 20th century American photography, and impressionist paintings vie for attention alongside the dynamic images of the American southwest from the Taos Society of New Mexico. The collection houses the detailed work of regional artists trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Royal Academy of Arts and the earthy, meaningful paintings of outsider art, such as Richard Burnside’s untitled painting of a cat made from paint and pinecone pieces.

Standing apart from the main collection, the museum’s RAM Art Annex houses educational programs and the museum store stocks an inventory of jewelry and glass pieces by local artists. The annual Greenwich Village Art Fair also shares art appreciation with the community. The fair gathers more than 100 artists in an atmosphere filled with live music.

711 N Main St Ste 3
Rockford,
IL
US

By highlighting the goings-on in the community of Joliet, The Joliet Area Historical Museum scans the entirety of American history from the perspective of the town's inhabitants. Housed inside the former Ottawa Street Methodist Church, multimedia exhibits artfully assembled from audio-visual displays, touch screens, and life-size models illustrate the stories plucked from the eventful timelines of the town and its people. Occupying two full stories, permanent exhibit The Soaring Achievements of John C. Houbolt honors the life and work of former resident Dr. Houbolt, who had a primary role in NASA's race to the moon. The exhibit's life-size Lunar Lander even allows guests to step inside and glimpse the accommodations and controls, revealing a control panel more complicated than a single button labeled "Go to Moon." In addition to its permanent collection, the museum also keeps an active calendar full of special events; check the schedule for a complete list of programming.

204 N Ottawa St
Joliet,
IL
US

In 1987, Louise Beem and Dorothy Carpenter were early-childhood-education specialists. Based on their combined experience—gained from teaching preschool, founding the College of DuPage's early-childhood-education program, and being grandmothers—the two friends felt that traditional methods of teaching youngsters were less than optimal at the time. Their brainchild, the DuPage Children's Museum, began that same year. The pair designed the museum's colorful exhibits to incorporate interactive and open-ended elements, which they believed more closely matched the way kids learn and naturally process information, a discovery they say has now been corroborated by findings in neuroscience research.

In that vein, the three-story museum engages young neurons with interactive art, math, and science-themed attractions. Giving little hands the chance to explore, the AWEsome Electricity exhibit bridges the gap between the electric-powered gadgets and lights families use every day to where all that nonbreakfast-based energy comes from. Kids learn how electricity gets from one place to another and what its basic units are while at play in the museum's signature hands-on spaces. Elsewhere, the Young Explorers exhibit is designed for children aged 2 and under, who develop math skills by learning concepts such as sorting and patterning and express their creativity by experimenting with color and light.

301 N Washington St.
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

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