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$121 for $270 Worth of Services at Forever Fitness

Forever Fitness

Aurora

$270 $121

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

Four, Six, or Eight Visits to Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford (Up to 50% Off)

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Northeast

$32 $16

12 acres of Japanese-inspired paths, streams, plants, and waterfalls encourage tranquility and reflection

Super-Speedway Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 60% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Chicagoland Speedway

$129 $64

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

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

StarView Vineyards

Cobden

$34 $19

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

Weekday or Weekend Admission for One, Two, or Four at Illinois Railway Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Illinois Railway Museum

Coral

$10 $5

Watch restored antique train cars in operation, then check out memorabilia from the Chicagoland and national rail industries

Ultimate Adrenaline Package for Two or Four at Aerial Adventures (Up to 37% Off)

Aerial Adventures

Lake Geneva

$125 $79

High ropes take adventurers climbing over a dozen horizontal and vertical routes, then roll inside a 6' mega ball down a 300' ramp

Half-Day Wakeboarding-Lesson Package for One, Two, or Four at Raging Buffalo Wakeboard School (Up to 55% Off) 

Raging Buffalo

Cary

$209 $99

Lessons begin with instruction in balance and form on dry land before instructors take students to water for half-day wake session

$151 for $275 Worth of Recording-Studio Rental — INMusic Recording Studio

Inmusic Recording Studio

Chicago

$275 $151

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

Human or Zombie Entry for One or Two to The Zombie Mud Run on July 26 (Up to 48% Off)

The Zombie Mud Run

Byron's Motocross

$85 $45

Muddy 5K challenges human runners to escape hordes of flesh-eating zombies amid forested trails and formidable obstacles

$145 for a 10-Week Acting as a Craft Course at Chicago Actors Studio ($290 Value)

Chicago Actors Studio

Bucktown

$290 $145

Weekly classes for adults tackle a broad range of topics, including monologues, stage fright, Shakespeare, and character development

BYOB Soy Candle-Making Class for One or Two at VIP Paints (Up to 46% Off)

VIP Paints

Chicago

$45 $25

Students make an 8-ounce soy candle with the scent and color of their choice in a 90-minute class with all materials included

Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Half Off)

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

$14 $7

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Local museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts and topical exhibits, including a look at 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair

Italian Food Tour of Chicago with Five Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours

Chicago

$50 $25

Sample Chicago-style pizza, italian beef, and artisan products during a two-hour Italian-food tour along the Magnificent Mile

$39 for 10 Yoga Classes at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center ($120 Value)

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center

Edgewater

$120 $39

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Non-profit studio in business since 1972 teaches classes that blends yogic philosophy with breathing, guided relaxation, and asanas

6 or 10 Yoga Classes at Spirit Rising Yoga (Up to 60% Off)

Spirit Rising Yoga

Lakeview

$72 $29

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Instructors strive to build meaningful connections between students in Kundalini yoga classes

50% Off of One Personal Training Session — One-on-One Fitness Personal Training

One-on-One Fitness Personal Training

Near North Side

$150 $75

Fitness goals targeted with the help of a nutritional, cardiovascular & strength-training trifecta.

$35 for $70 Worth of Personal Fitness Program — Hartman Fitness

Hartman Fitness

Lakeview

$70 $35

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

Five, Ten, or One Month of Unlimited Capoeira Classes at Grupo Capoeira Brasil Chicago (Up to 86% Off)

Grupo Capoeira Brasil Chicago

Lakeview

$100 $19

Instructor with 23 years experience teaches Brazilian martial arts classes that blend tribal dance moves with fighting techniques

5 or 10 Pilates Group Equipment Classes at oneBody (Up to 60% Off)

oneBody

Lincoln Park

$125 $59

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In small groups, students use Pilates equipment to tone cores and strengthen the upper- and lower-body muscles

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Chicago might be far from any ocean, but that obstacle didn't stop it from pioneering the first permanent inland saltwater aquarium in the country. Thanks to civic leader John G. Shedd?s drive and contribution of $3 million paid for nearly a million gallons of seawater transported by rail from Florida?s coast, by 1930 the city hosted exhibits large enough to accommodate a wide variety of marine species?sea mammals as well as fish.

Today, Shedd?s dream continues to thrive with the aquarium?s scores of undersea creatures?from sharks and dolphins to vibrant sea cucumbers?showcased in educational, eye-catching exhibits. The permanent collection spirits visitors from the Great Lakes to the Amazon River to the waters of the Arctic Circle. The resident critters often share their turf with temporary guests such as sea jellies and stingrays, who fill dramatic special exhibits.

The most exciting animal encounters, however, may come via the year-round aquatic show. Trainers demonstrate the natural behaviors of sea lions, dolphins, and even beluga whales. They have some four-legged company, too: a trio of rescue dogs often perform alongside their finned adoptive family, demonstrating how learning through positive reinforcement transcends boundaries between species.

My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic

E! News anchor and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic was born in Italy but she has strong ties to Chicago?namely, her husband Bill, the Trump-approved entrepreneur and restaurateur behind RPM Italian. In the My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic collection, the star of Giuliana & Bill gives the scoop on her favorite local spots to get glammed up, be entertained in style, and even shop for Bill.

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1200 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago,
IL
US

On tours from Haunted Hometowns, each traveler clutches an EMF meter, nervously waiting for a flash that detects electromagnetic fields, thus signaling the presence of paranormal activity. Meanwhile, a seasoned storyteller imparts gripping tales of murder, local legends, and ghostly encounters. Based on the books of ghost historian and storyteller Diane Ladley, Haunted Hometowns tours build on her four decades of research, as well as her intimate knowledge of the area and its rumored spectral inhabitants. Guides encourage participants to tote along their cameras so that they?re prepared to preserve the spooky sights along the way and catch photo-bombing ghosts in the act.

205 North Broadway Street
Aurora,
IL
US

Rhythmic music reverberates off of the mirrored walls of Pole Chicks Womens Fitness Center's brightly lit studio, where towering chrome poles run from floor to ceiling. Here, expert instructors lead women of all fitness levels through a diverse range of dance fitness classes, including pole dancing, chair dancing, and pole-dancing boot camps. Through these sultry twists and slides, the team aims to help students build up their strength and flexibility. They can also tailor each exercise to accommodate individual fitness levels and learning paces.

The studio both hosts and competes in pole-dancing competitions and offers its facilities and instructors for private pole-dancing sessions—an ideal activity for birthdays, bachelorette parties, or uninhibited senior quilting-club meetings.

110 North 1st Street
Rockford,
IL
US

After spending years combating her unhealthy habits, Sky Yoga Studio founder Emily Canibano discovered yoga as a way to carve out a balanced body and wholesome lifestyle. Diverse training in kids’ yoga, prenatal yoga, and Hatha yoga led to a studio suitable for body benders of all skill levels. Emphasis on personalized instruction can be seen in the studio’s roster of nearly 40 class types, which include everything from a low-impact brand of interval training that's accessible to seniors to a playful parent-tot class designed for adults with their children aged 3 to 6. Though Emily primarily champions the spiritual and therapeutic applications of yoga, she also draws upon her experience as a personal trainer and Zumba instructor to orchestrate cardio-heavy fitness classes that tone bodies that have recently had to chew their way out of gingerbread houses.

1807 South Washington Street
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

Established: 1976

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Handicap Accessible: No

Parking: Parking lot

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

1207 W Main St
Peoria,
IL
US

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