Things To Do in Illinois


$39 for VIP Admission to a Live-Action Zombie Experience for Two at Zombie Outbreak ($100 Value)

Zombie Outbreak Chicago

Aurora

Zombie Outbreak provides replica weapons that recoil like the real thing to hunt down zombies with high-tech targets that record each shot

$100 $39

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An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot at Coronado Performing Arts Center on March 17 at 8 p.m. (Up to 55% Off)

Gordon Lightfoot

Coronado Performing Arts Center

Canadian singer-songwriter and 16-time Juno Award–winner plucks gentle favorites such as “Rainy Day People” and “Sundown”

$66.45 $30

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Secondhand Serenade & Ryan Cabrera for Two at Mojoes on Sunday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Secondhand Serenade & Ryan Cabrera

Mojoes

Pop stars behind hits such as “Fall for You” and “On the Way Down” join forces on the Radio Revival Tour with Nick Thomas and Runaway Saints

$43.60 $22

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$75 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at CorePower Yoga (Up to $200 Value)

CorePower Yoga

Multiple Locations

Dynamic flow of Vinyasa-style poses combined with breathing exercises, uplifting music and heat energize the body and mind.

$200 $75

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Brit Floyd Tribute Show at Sangamon Auditorium on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 42% Off)

Brit Floyd Discovery World Tour

Sangamon Auditorium

British tribute act re-creates the Pink Floyd experience with all 14 albums, elaborate stage design, and hypnotic lights

$42.75 $25

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10 or 20 Taekwondo Classes at Soo Kim Martial Arts (Up to 66% Off)

Soo Kim Martial Arts

Peoria

Instructor tailors lessons to each age group; no-pressure classes are designed to build confidence and self-defense skills

$140 $49

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$42 for Wine Tasting & Tour for Two with Lunch and Bottles of Wine at Kickapoo Creek Winery ($67 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

$67 $42

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$23 for $40 Groupon — BrushedChicago

Brushedchicago

Southwest Elgin

From the merchant: Get your creative juices flowing with step by step instruction from a local artist.

$40 $23

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Mini Golf, Game Tokens, and Ice Cream for 2, 4, or 6 at The People's Choice Family Fun Center (Up to 67% Off)

The People's Choice Family Fun Center

The People's Choice Family Fun Center

Glow-in-the-dark indoor mini-golf course delights with carnival- and circus-inspired décor and obstacles guarding 18 holes

$29.38 $12

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Foam N' Glow EDM Concert at Fluid Events Center on Saturday, May 2, at 9 p.m.

Foam N' Glow

Fluid Events Center

Foam N’ Glow fuses high-energy music, ultraviolet dancers, contortionists, stilt walkers, fire performers & aerial acts into a massive event

$55 $25

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Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 54% Off)

AMF Bowling

Multiple Locations

More than 200 locations across the country offer two-hour bowling packages for groups of two, four, or six

$30.38 $17

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$150 for $200 Worth 3 months of Martial Arts — Smith Institute of Martial Arts

Smith Institute Of Martial Arts

Decatur

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$200 $150

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$5 for One Movie Ticket at Star Cinema Grill (Up to $10.50 Value)

Star Cinema Grill

Star Cinema Grill Arlington Heights

Servers at dine-in theaters deliver optional, freshly prepared menu items as guests enjoy first-run releases

$10.50 $5

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Rembrandt Chamber Players present An Evening with the Masters at Nichols Hall on March 22 (Up to 46% Off)

Rembrandt Chamber Players present An Evening with the Masters

Nichols Hall

Septet pays homage to Mozart and Beethoven alongside guest soloists and the winners of the company’s high school chamber music competition

$35 $19

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Bryan Callen at Chicago Improv of Schaumburg, March 12–15 (Up to 42% Off)

Bryan Callen

Chicago Improv of Schaumburg

Original cast member of “MADtv” shares absurd observations on life and love

$19 $11

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150-Minute Putting and Chipping Indoor Clinic for One or Two at Ben Mutz Gold (Up to 88% Off)

Ben Mutz Golf

Bolingbrook

Golf professional calls on more than 25 years of teaching experience to help clients improve chipping, pitching, and putting

$300 $39

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Chingy at Durty Nellie's on March 11 at 10 p.m. (Up to 59% Off)

Chingy

Durty Nellie's

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St. Louis rapper behind “Right Thurr” and “Holidae In” taps into a new spiritual outlook for his latest collection of feel-good tunes

$18.38 $10

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Ian Harris: Critical & Thinking Tour 2014 at Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago on April 4 (Up to 42% Off)

Ian Harris: Critical & Thinking Tour

Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago

Skeptical standup comic seen on Comedy Central and Jimmy Kimmel Live! skewers religion and society on his latest tour

$34.50 $20

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One Night of Queen at Rosemont Theatre on March 15 (Up to 40% Off)

One Night of Queen, The Music of Abba, or The Rat Pack Is Back

Rosemont Theatre

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An uncannily accurate Freddie Mercury impersonator leads an evening of Queen hits

$57.95 $34.50

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18 Holes of Black-Light Mini Golf for Two or Four with Optional Deluxe Package at Space Golf (Up to 48% Off)

Space Golf

Space Golf

Mini-golf course with iridescent aliens and black-light-bathed lunar landscapes is bolstered by 3-D glasses and laser blasters

$20 $11

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J. Cole Featuring Big Sean with Special Guests YG and Jeremih on July 28 at 6:30 p.m. (Up to 46% Off)

J. Cole – Forest Hills Drive Tour feat. Big Sean

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Grammy-nominated rap star touts his latest #1 album, “Forest Hills Drive,” with all-star support from Big Sean, YG, and Jeremih

$38.25 $20.50

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Simulated Golf for Two or Four at Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquet Facility (Up to 48% Off)

Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquet Facility

Oak Lawn

Golf simulators replicate more than 30 world-famous golf courses and track each player’s swing and shot data

$60 $32

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One or Three Private Baseball Lessons and Two Weeks of Training at Bounce Sports (Up to 65% Off)

Bounce Sports

Berwyn

Baseball players hone their skills during one-hour private lessons with experienced instructors

$299 $109

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18-Hole Round of Golf and Cart Rental for Two or Four at Old Orchard Country Club (50% Off)

Old Orchard Country Club

Old Orchard Country Club

Water hazards frame narrow fairways and even bisect certain holes on this 6,119-yard course

$156 $78

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$5 for a Movie 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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$30 for Wine Tasting Experience for Two at White Oak Vineyards ($60 Value)

White Oak Vineyards

White Oak Vineyards

Take in a sunset from winery’s quaint wrap-around porch while sampling award-winning wines

$60 $30

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Recreation, Elite, or K-9 Entry or VIP Entry Package to BADASS Dash on Saturday, May 2 (52% Off)

BADASS Dash

Sears Centre Arena

Racers battle through 25+ creative obstacles that dot a 7K course, sweating solo or with a dog pal

$81 $39

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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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One or Two Months of Unlimited Membership at Total Energy Fitness Bootcamp (Up to 78% Off)

Total Energy Fitness Bootcamp

Total Energy Fitness Bootcamp

Fitness seekers enjoy inventive bootcamp classes that boost energy, torch calories, and make working out fun and surprising

$147 $44

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Two-, Four-, or Six-Class Introduction to Yoga at Evolution Yoga (Up to 66% Off)

Evolution Yoga

Glenview

Instructors introduce the fundamentals of poses, sequences, and relaxation techniques in a safe and supportive environment

$35 $15

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pottery Painting at Pottery Hollow 

Pottery Hollow

Multiple Locations

Paint ceramic mugs, figurines, and platters with colorful pigments inside a studio with an enchanted-forest theme

$20 $11

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Elmhurst

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

$129.95 $49

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Barb City on Tap at NIU Convocation Center on Saturday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m. (Up to 26% Off)

Barb City On Tap

NIU Convocation Center

Sample more than 100 new and limited craft beers from dozens of American breweries while rocking out to live music

$37.75 $28

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Six Private Lessons, One Uniform, and Optional Membership at Morrow's Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 72% Off)

Morrow's Academy of Martial Arts

Moline

Seventh-degree black belt and kung fu specialist John A. Morrow aims to build students’ self-discipline and self-esteem in private lessons

$134.50 $39

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

$60 $29

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Two-Hour Movie-Screen Video Gaming Session at Buffalo Grove Theater (51% 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 $59

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Four-Day Drawing Course at Living Creatively with Denise Laurin (53% Off)

Living Creatively With Denise Laurin

Bartlett

From the merchant: Learn the basics of drawing accurately. Techniques include site measuring, chiaroscuro, grid drawing and more.

$90 $42

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Great Lakes Steelpan Festival at Hannah Beardsley Middle School on Saturday, April 11 at 9 a.m. (Up to 54% Off)

Great Lakes Steelpan Festival

Hannah Beardsley Middle School

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Steelpan novices and experts alike can hone skills, play with fellow enthusiasts, and spend the day listening to the breezy instruments

$54.74 $25

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10 CrossFit Classes or Three One-Hour Personal-Training Sessions at FTX CrossFit (Up to 61% Off)

FTX CrossFit

Carol Stream

US Navy SEAL and Marine veterans lead clients through CrossFit functional-fitness classes for all ages

$100 $39

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Private Pilot Course for One or Two at Chicagoland Aviation (50% Off)

Chicagoland Aviation

Romeoville

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

$299 $149

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18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at The Links at Carillon (Up to 55% Off)

The Links at Carillon

Plainfield

Three nine-hole courses challenge golfers with beautiful bent-grass fairways, large greens, and signature Gauntlet hole on White Course

$110 $59

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Three-Week VIP Gym Pass for One or Two at Ultimate Fitness (74% Off)

Ultimate Fitness

Multiple Locations

Three weeks of access to two gyms, including strength-training and cardio equipment in semiprivate rooms, indoor pool, and kids’ jungle gym

$35 $9

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Four Private or Group Swim Lessons at British Swim School (Up to 52% Off)

British Swim School

British Swim School

Kids ages 3 months and older explore swimming and water safety under the careful supervision of trained teachers

$181 $90

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Two Weeks of Unlimited Boxing and Kickboxing or Month of Unlimited Boxing at Big Time Boxing Fitness (76% Off)

Big Time Boxing Fitness

Carpentersville

Boxing and Kickboxing classes pit gym-goers against swinging heavy bags as they punch and kick their way toward lean, toned physiques

$59 $14

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$30 for Private Tasting for Up to Six at Lynfred Winery - Wheeling ($60 Value)

Lynfred Winery

Lynfred Winery

The family-owned winery is the largest, oldest, and continuously operated in the state

$60 $30

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10 Boot-Camp or Zumba Classes or a Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp or Zumba Classes at Tone Up Club (67% Off)

Tone Up Club

Park Ridge

Boot-camp classes provide a body-toning workout for those of all fitness levels; Zumba combines dance and aerobic moves for a fun workout

$150 $49

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5 or 10 Weekday or Weekend Open-Play Passes at Jump N' Jam Playland (Up to 58% Off)

Jump N' Jam Playland

Calumet City

Inflatable bounce houses, jungle gyms, slides, obstacle courses, and basketball courts

$40 $19

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10 or 20 Martial-Art or Self-Defense Classes at Saviano's White Tiger Kenpo (Up to 77% Off)

Saviano's White Tiger Kenpo

Addison

Instructor with 30-years’ experience teaches disciple as students focus on the physically demanding study of the art of self defense

$150 $39

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes at Heaven and Hell Bootcamp (Up to 75% Off)

Heaven & Hell Bootcamp

Heaven and Hell Bootcamp Glendale Heights

Encouraging boot-camp sessions change daily to keep muscles engaged, using sandbags, jump ropes, and stability balls for full-body workouts

$69.99 $20

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Nine-Hole Round of Golf with Optional Cart Rental for Two or Four at Willow Hill Golf Course (Up to 49% Off)

Willow Hill Golf Course

Golf Course

Golfers navigate Scottish links-style course that sprawls over 87 acres with Chicago skyline as backdrop

$44 $25

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$249 for Scuba Certification Course with Equipment Rental, Materials, and Gear Credit ($500 Value)

Got Air Scuba

Elk Grove Village

PADI instructors let students try out equipment or lead classroom, pool, and open-water instruction for open-water certification

$500 $249

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$20 for 10 Classes from Move fitness ($40 Value)

Move fitness

Danville

Roving fitness instructors hold Zumba and kickboxing classes in and around Indianapolis

$40 $20

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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Ice-Skating Admission and Skate Rental for Two or Four at Seven Bridges Ice Arena (Up to 53% Off)

Seven Bridges Ice Arena

Woodridge

Sports arena with one Olympic-size ice rink, one NHL-size ice rink, and a multisport turf field on the second floor

$20 $10

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$100 for $199 Groupon — Crossfit Gurnee

Crossfit Gurnee

Gurnee

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$199 $100

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10 or 20 Classes at Total Body Yoga (Up to 68% Off)

Total Body Yoga

Mundelein

With more than 60 sessions offered each week, this yoga center has classes to fit most any schedule or practice needs

$145 $49

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Kickboxing or Fitness Classes at Rondi's SELF Fitness (Up to 76% Off). Three Options Available.

Rondi's SELF Fitness

Oswego

Kickboxing sheds calories with emphasis on cardio; classes include boot-camp, yoga, spin, and Zumba

$120 $29

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Roller Skating with Skate Rentals for Two, Four, or Six at Glenwood Roller Rink (Up to 56% Off) 

Glenwood Roller Rink

Glenwood

To the sounds of festive music, groups of 2, 4, or 6 glide across hardwood rink— where actors in rollerskating film Roll Bounce practiced

$22 $11

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Snowboarding Packages or Skiing at Raging Buffalo (Up to 68% Off). Three Options Available

Raging Buffalo

Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park

Lift ticket for skiers or snowboarders; all day snowboard package for all ages, or 2 hour intro snowboard package for 12 & Under

$45 $22

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3-Lap Ride-Along or 10- or 15-Lap Driving Session with Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Tri City Speedway

Ride along with a dirt-track driver or take the wheel for a 10- or 15-lap experience in a Dirt Late Model car

$129 $64

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Arcade Outing with 100 Tokens and a 14-Inch Single-Topping Pizza at Kiddie Kingdom (Up to 55% Off)

Kiddie Kingdom

Kiddie Kingdom

Entertainment facility houses platefuls of hand-tossed pizza, more than 62 arcade games, and a miniature carousal

$33.70 $15

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Ice Skating for Two or Four with Skate Rental from Park District of Highland Park (Up to 56% Off)

Park District of Highland Park

Centennial Ice Rink

Year-round Centennial Ice Rink provides space and rentals for groups to have fun on the ice

$18 $9

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10 Half-Hour CrossFit Personal Training Sessions for One or Two at K-Star Fitness (50% Off)

K-Star Fitness

K-Star Fitness

Exercisers sweat their way through intense, ever-changing functional-fitness workouts in an 8,000 sq. ft. facility open seven days a week

$500 $249

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Daytime Helicopter Tour of Chicago for Two or Three from Sun Aero Helicopters (Up to 44% Off)

Sun Aero Helicopters

Lansing

Helicopter pilots fly passengers along the Chicago skyline and past landmarks such as Millennium Park, U.S. Cellular Field, and Navy Pier

$318 $189

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Oliver Health and Fitness Bootcamp (79% Off)

Oliver Health and Fitness Bootcamp

O'Fallon

Morning boot-camp workouts held indoors in a newly remodeled dance studio

$197 $41

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Two-Game Bowling Package with 20 Tokens for Two, Four, or Six at Kristof's Entertainment Center (Up to 44% Off)

Kristof's Entertainment Center

Round Lake Beach

Bowlers compete across two games, then head to the arcade for games like pinball and Monster Drop

$18 $10

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One or Three Months of Kids' Irish Dance Lessons at Lavin-Cassidy School of Irish Dance ($56 Value)

Lavin-Cassidy School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

Kids learn the basics of Irish step dance from world champion teachers, who have taught Midwest regional, national and all Ireland champions

$56 $28

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Haunted Walking Tour for Two or Four from Alton Hauntings (Up to 45% Off)

Alton Hauntings

Alton

Tours created by the authority of Alton’s ghostly history take visitors to the most haunted locations within the city

$50 $29

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$28 for $60 Worth of Music Lessons — Devine Music Studio

Devine Music Studio

Glen Ellyn

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$60 $28

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Five Private Dance Classes from Lead and Follow Dance Center (65% Off)

Lead & Follow Dance Center

Wilmette

From the merchant: Private and group dance instruction for all ages. Singles and couples are welcomed. Custom wedding choreography.

$400 $140

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A Month of Unlimited Tango Lessons for 1 or 2 with Complimentary Buffet at Tango Argentina Club (Up to 59% Off)

Tango Argentina Club

West Chicago

Tango steps and movements taught by Native Argentinian Ruben Carrasco and his wife Marie

$120 $59

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3-Lap Ride-Along or 5- or 10-Lap Formula Car Driving Experience at The Formula Experience (Up to 51% Off)

The Formula Experience

Gateway Motorsports Park

Burn rubber in on a track ride-along with a professional driver, or take the wheel of a F2000-Style Formula car or Factory Five Shelby Cobra

$99 $49

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Hockey Puck or Photo Signed by a Chicago Blackhawk from Sideline Marketing & Sports Memorabilia (Up to 43% Off)

Sideline Marketing & Sports Memorabilia

McHenry

Hockey puck or photo signed by Blackhawks player, such as Andrew Shaw, Duncan Keith, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, and Brandon Saad

$89 $59

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One Month of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes for Kids or Adults at The Defense Training Institute (53% Off)

The Defense Training Institute

The Defense Training Institute

Martial-arts classes for adults or kids focus on self-defense and fighting your way out of dangerous situations

$75 $35

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Winery Experience for Two or Four with Wine Tastings and Entrees at StarView Vineyards (44% Off)

StarView Vineyards

Cobden

Pulled-pork sandwiches and Italian-style pasta salads headline the cafe menu; 12 signature wines

$34 $19

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One or Two 60-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Centennial Acres (Up to 52% Off)

Centennial Acres

Forreston

Instructors train students in Western and English riding styles at 19th-century farm

$30 $15

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14-Day Fat-Loss Program or 42-Day Body-Transformation Program at Maximum Performance Training (Up to 74% Off)

Maximum Performance Training

Belvidere

Weight-loss programs include 14-day meal plans, access to boot-camp-style group-training sessions, and MaxP boot-camp T-shirts

$230 $59

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$25 for $50 Towards 4 Weeks of Unlimited Classes with a Free Uniform

Hta Martial Arts

Collinsville

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$50 $25

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Winery Tour for Two Plus Two Bottles to Take Home at Acquaviva Winery (Up to 36% Off)

Acquaviva Winery

Maple Park

Tour a picturesque winery with striking architecture before enjoying a glass of wine in the tasting room and selecting a bottle to take home

$70 $45

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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. Groupon Guide Stargazing Tips from an Adler Astronomer Get the most out of your stargazing gear with these tips. The Adler?s New Show Takes You on a (Practically) Real Tour of the Solar System How an Adler Planetarium scientist and "Lalaloopsy" TV writer propelled their audience across the solar system.
1300 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago,
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Born in India—the same land where yoga originated centuries ago—Poonam Gupta has felt a profound attachment to the ancient discipline since childhood, when her father led her through the first steps of what would become a lifelong journey. Those early sessions with her father led Poonam to spend countless hours meditating, meeting with teachers, and perusing spiritual texts. In the course of her studies, she discovered that the physical practice of yoga was only part of the equation; the process of studying and furthering her knowledge of the art proved equally self-empowering. Poonam thought back to this breakthrough when it came time to found her own studio, naming it Yoga Gyan Jyoti, which translates to “light of yogic knowledge.” Today, her daily yoga classes help practitioners to improve their flexibility, build their strength, and overcome weight issues. The center complements its yoga classes with training in ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine that focuses on correcting imbalances that result from years of poor nutrition or one-handed pushups.
481 North Commons Drive
Aurora,
IL
US
On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry. Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci prot?g?s study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.
5485 East State Street
Rockford,
IL
US
Legendary Excursions’ wheelmen demonstrate the tactics necessary for navigating unpaved environments and install adrenaline-hungry guests inside a 190-horsepower, 4-speed manual-transmission Baja 1000–style off-road racing car. During the Ride Along Adventure, patrons ride shotgun as a professional driver steers them through three laps on a tricky, 6.3-mile off-road course at race-like speeds, navigating tough terrain and catching air on jumps. Experts kick-start the Taste of Baja Adventure by honing fear-conquering clients' driving skills and dressing them in racing helmets and other appropriate gear. Once suited up, racers will be formally introduced to their trusty motor-steed, learning all about its controls, safety equipment, and ticklish spots before having their picture taken with it. Adventurers then spend three laps traversing the baja track's jumps, sweeping turns and rough terrain, letting the colossal BFGoodrich tires create swirling dust formations and spew out perfectly cooked mud pies.
3795 Centerpoint Way
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.
15 South Roselle Road
Roselle,
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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