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$29 for a Live-Action Zombie Experience at Zombie Outbreak ($50 Value)

Zombie Outbreak

Aurora

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

$50 $29

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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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Three-Lap Ride-Along or Three-Hour Driving Experience from NASCAR Racing Experience (Up to 51% Off)

NASCAR Racing Experience

Chicagoland Speedway

Give the gift of of adrenaline this holiday season with a drive or ride-along in a real NASCAR racecar around Chicagoland Speedway

$129.99 $64

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$34 for $98 Worth of Dance Lessons — Raksanna Productions, Inc.

Raksanna Productions

Naperville

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

$98 $34

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Eight Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Shudo Kan Karate Club (50% Off)

Shudo Kan Karate Club

Springfield

Two months of unlimited karate, fitness, and self-defense with a karate gi

$237 $119

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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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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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One Month of Classes or 10 Classes at Chicago Unified Mixed Martial Arts Training Academy (Up to 81% Off)

Chicago Unified Mixed Martial Arts training Academy

Southwest Elgin

Kickboxing and muay thai classes both employ punching and kicking techniques while teaching students discipline and fitness

$150 $29

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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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Six Weekly Classes at McNulty School of Irish Dance (Up to 51% Off)

McNulty School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

Kids and adults learn the techniques of Irish dance at a school that’s been teaching the art form since 1971

$72 $35

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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, 15, or 25 Krav Maga or K.O. Bag Workout Classes at YMA Krav Maga & K.O. Bag Fitness (Up to 84% Off)

YMA Krav Maga & K.O. Bag Fitness

Arlington Heights

Students rehearse real-life situations in krav maga classes; K.O. Bag Workouts challenge students to high-intensity cardio routines

$625 $99

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10 or 20 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Akemi Fitness Method (Up to 65% Off)

Akemi Fitness Method

Evanston

Get in shape with classes that range from a blend of Bollywood dance and aerobic exercises to classes that focus on common trouble-areas

$125 $49

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Signing Event and Photo Op with Chicago Bears Alshon Jeffery or Jon Bostic on December 30 (Up to 58% Off)

Sideline Marketing & Sports Memorabilia

Schaumburg

The Bears’ wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and linebacker Jon Bostic personally sign an 8”x10” print at an exclusive signing event

$99 $55

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Round of Golf for Two or Four, Plus Lunch or Dinner at Nest Bar & Grill at Bolingbrook Golf Club (Up to 50% Off)

Bolingbrook Golf Club

Bolingbrook

Play 18 holes on the 7,104 yd. course with a true-island green before enjoying lunch or dinner and drinks at onsite Nest Bar & Grill

$248 $129

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5 or 10 Mix and Match Fitness Classes at FLO Fitness & Martial Arts (Up to 92% Off)

FLO Fitness & Martial Arts

Palatine

Try out a range of fitness techniques, from kickboxing to Krav Maga, kicks and abs, or women’s self defense

$175 $15

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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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$9.99 for One-Day Admission for Two to the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show on January 17 or 18 ($22 Value)

Travel & Adventure Show

Donald E Stephens Convention Center

Travel gurus and a who’s who of television personalities gather with exhibitors to help attendees travel around the world on a budget

$22 $9.99

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

MetaBody

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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Winter Wonderland Mini Golf for Two or Six at Odyssey Fun World (Up to 50% Off)

Odyssey Fun World

Tinley Park

Sip hot chocolate while playing 18 holes of mini golf surrounded by a musical light show

$20 $12

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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 72% Off)

Bounce Sports

Berwyn

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

$299 $88

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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

Mount Prospect

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

$156 $78

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Gingerbread-House Making Class for One or Two at MOORE Toys & Gadgets (Up to 39% Off)

MOORE Toys & Gadgets

Wheaton

Make your own good-enough-to-eat gingerbread house at this toy store, then finish some holiday shopping with a 10% discount

$70 $45

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Exotic-Car Ride-Along or Driving Experience from Imagine Lifestyles (Up to 67% Off). Four Options Available.

Imagine Lifestyles

Sears Centre Arena

Ride shotgun while a professional takes the wheel, or drive yourself during multiple high-speed laps in an exotic car

$249.99 $99

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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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Fitness Challenge or One or Two Months of Martial Arts Classes at True Balance Karate Institute (Up to 77% Off)

True Balance Karate Institute

Downers Grove

Owners with third-degree black belts oversee a karate school that imparts discipline and balance along with mental and physical strength

$150 $49

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$20 for a Two-Hour BYOB Painting Class at Tipsy Paint ($38 Value)

Tipsy Paint

Glenview

Classes allow attendees of all skill levels to re-create an original painting while receiving professional guidance & sipping a BYOB drink

$38 $20

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Open-Play Paintball for Two, Four, or Six with Equipment, Paintballs, and T-Shirts at Wacky Warriors (50% Off)

Wacky Warriors

Multiple Locations

Warriors fire 100 paintballs and dodge their opponents during open-play bouts on nine fields

$60 $30

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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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Four, Six, or Eight Weeks of Women’s Kickboxing-and-Conditioning Classes at United Elite MMA (Up to 52% Off)

United Elite MMA

DeKalb

Instructors teach women to master kick-and-punch combos in 90-minute kickboxing-and-conditioning classes

$55 $27

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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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Simulation Session for Two or Four at Golfer's Edge (Up to 66% Off). Four Options Available.

Golfer's Edge

Lombard

Simulator displays a realistic golf course for both practice and stroke play

$40 $19

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$44 for a Racing Package with Four Races and Two Yearly Licenses at K1 Speed (Up to $91.96 Value)

K1 Speed

Multiple Locations

Eco-friendly electric karts; speeds up to 45 mph; karts for kids and adults; collection of racing memorabilia on display

$91.96 $44

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Skiing and Snowboarding at Villa Olivia (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Villa Olivia

Bartlett

Ski or snowboard down seven runs; slopes feature a quad chair lift and six rope tows, plus a ski cafe with snacks, warm drinks, and beer

$39 $22

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One-Hour Just Try It Rock-Climbing Pass with Equipment for Two or Four at North Wall (Up to 56% Off)

North Wall

Crystal Lake

Try rock climbing and improve skills, strength, and coordination during one-hour visit

$34 $19

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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 (80% 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 $8

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

British Swim School

Multiple Locations

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

$181 $90

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All-Day Paintball with Equipment Rentals for Up to 4, 6, or 12 from Paintball International (Up to 80% Off)

Paintball International

Paintball Explosion

Equipped with rental paintball markers and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

$92 $19

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One, Three, or Five Private Dance Lessons for One or Two at Dancers Passion (Up to 73% Off)

Dancers Passion

Palatine

Private courses guide individuals or couples through the basic tenets and styles of ballroom dance with a professional dance teacher

$70 $25

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

Heaven & 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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One or Three Golf Fitness Sessions with Nike Golf-Performance Specialist at Chain Reflex Fitness (Up to 78% Off)

Chain Reflex Fitness

Northbrook

Nike-trained golf specialist shows golfers how to swing and otherwise move so they can avoid injuries and always come in under par

$150 $49

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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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Pub Food and Drinks for Two at Old Towne Pub and Eatery (Up to 50% Off)

Old Towne Pub and Eatery

St. Charles

Selection of burgers, sandwiches, and dinner plates, including barbecue ribs and butterfly shrimp; sports-pub setting

$20 $11

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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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10 or 20 Classes or One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit UXO (Up to 52% Off)

CrossFit UXO

Gurnee

Complete physical and mental fitness program uses varying functional fitness exercises to torch calories and increase mobility and strength

$145 $70

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Intrduction to Hot Glass-Blowing Class for One or Two at Peter Patterson Glassworks (Up to 53% Off)

Peter Patterson Glassworks

Mundelein

Create glass paperweights while learning to shape glass and add color

$100 $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 57% 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

$21 $9.50

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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 73% Off)

Kiddie Kingdom

Niles

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

$33.70 $9

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Healthy Seasonal Food Presentation for One or Two on January 21 at Bliss Kitchen (Up to 53% Off)

Bliss Kitchen

Recreation Center of Highland Park

Kardashian chef Dr. Dena Mendes and plant-based food specialist Beth Cohen offer their healthy recipes, resulting in tasting samples

$200 $99

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$40 for Four Lessons on Piano, Guitar, Drums, or Other Instruments at JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons ($88 Value)

JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons

Multiple Locations

During private, 30-minute lessons, students learn the basics of singing or their choice of string, wind, or percussion instrument

$88 $40

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Fitness Classes at Active Edge Lifestyle & Fitness Center (Up to 74% Off). Three Options Available.

Active Edge Lifestyle & Fitness Center

Lansing

Fitness instructors lead groups through martial arts and self-defense classes or host Zumba classes, all of which are designed to torch flab

$75 $25

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$35 for One-Month Hip-Hop Program for Kids Aged 5–11 or 12–18 at Studio L Dance Center LLC ($75 Value)

Studio L Dance Center LLC

O'Fallon

In group settings, kids aged 5–18 can learn the basics of hip-hop dancing

$75 $35

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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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$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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Rowing Machine, Scull Rowing, or Both Lessons for Up to Three People at Northshore Fitness Studio (Up to 60% Off)

Northshore Fitness Studio

Multiple Locations

Rowing Machine class works upper-body strength on indoor ergometers; Scull Rowing teaches fundamental moves

$75 $30

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$13 for Movie and Popcorn for Two at Cascade Drive-In ($24.50 Value)

Cascade Drive-In

West Chicago

The double features of first-run flicks pair with the audio from an FM station or in-car speakers as attendees dig into the popcorn

$24.50 $13

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Dragster or Camaro Experiences from Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

Dragster creates g-force as drivers accelerate to speeds of 100+ mph during ride-alongs or drives; race head-to-head in a Camaro

$169 $119

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Introductory Firearms Class for One or Two at Northwest Suburban Tactical Training Center (Up to 72% Off)

Northwest Suburban Tactical Training Center

McHenry

Retired Marine, federal police officer, and Iraq veteran introduce students to firearms in the classroom and on the range

$125 $39

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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

Batavia

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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One- or Two-Month Exclusive Fitness Membership with Meal Plan at Power Combat Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

Power Combat Fitness

Bonus

Get into shape with unlimited HIIT and strength-training classes, a nutrition assessment, meal planning, and one-on-one coaching

$180 $49

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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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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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One or Three One-Hour Personal-Training Sessions at JG ProFitness (Up to 61% Off)

JG ProFitness

Vernon Hills

Led by a seasoned collegiate athlete who blends cardio and strength training into each session

$75 $29

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$285 for Three 30-Minute Private Golf Lessons at Michael Camastro Golf Academy (Up to $285 Value)

Michael Camastro Golf Academy

Multiple Locations

PGA teaching pro and his staff of aces groom untidy swings in private lessons with video swing analysis

$285 $70

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One Month of Fitness, Martial-Arts, or Tai Chi Classes at Young Masters Martial Arts and Fitness Studio (Up to 60% Off)

Young Masters Martial Arts and Fitness Studio

Woodstock

Fitness classes such as yoga and TRX; calming tai chi; self-defense from karate and tae kwon do classes

$70 $35

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One, Three, or Five Aerial and Ground Fitness Classes for Women from Rising Goddess Fitness (Up to 72% Off)

Rising Goddess Fitness

Westmont

Intro and personal women’s fitness classes incorporate aerial exercise, dance, yoga, or belly-dancing to improve wellness and confidence

$30 $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

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

Jill Dailey McIntosh has always been intrigued by the human body and how it moves—so much so that she graduated in 1991 with a kinesiology degree and soon thereafter decided to open her own Pilates teaching studio. But it wasn't until years later that this curiosity would manifest itself in a single question: "How can one aggressively transform the shape of their body while still maintaining proper alignment of the spine?" Eventually Jill began to examine her diverse fitness background, pulling low-impact movements from ballet, Pilates, and even orthopedic-exercise routines to create the basis for her fitness style, The Dailey Method.

Now, more than a decade later, Dailey's fitness routine has ballooned into studios sprawled across more than 10 states and gained praise from Self, Allure, FitPregnancy, and InStyle magazines. Regardless of the location, instructors remain true to Jill's mission of offering a diverse series of exercises that focus on toning and lengthening the body while lengthening the spine and building strong core muscles.

Colleen Patrino completed her master teacher certification studies under the direction of Jill Dailey McIntosh, and she brought the technique to Naperville, founding The Dailey Method's first location in Illinois. Shortly after opening, Colleen met Michelle Waranoski—a fitness enthusiast with more than 15 years of ballet training and Pilates teacher certification—and the duo became partners, eventually expanding with a second location in Wheaton. These two studios still embrace Jill's original vision for The Dailey Method, although each location also caters to its attendees' needs with amenities such as spa-like locker rooms, onsite childcare, and horse-hitching posts in the parking lot.

200 E 5th 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

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