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Up to 46% Off Simulated Combat at iCombat Aurora

iCombat Aurora

Aurora

$45 $25

With replica weapons that flash and recoil, teams square off against each other

50% Off Water-Park Day in Cherry Valley

Magic Waters Waterpark

Magic Waters

$47.98 $24

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Thousands of feet of lazy river and water slides soak bodies alongside a heated wave pool, interactive aquatic playgrounds, and kids' area

Up to 60% Off Super-Speedway Racing Experiences

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

Up to 55% Off Half-Day Wakeboarding Lesson 

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

Up to 63% Off BYOB Painting Class

Learning Bar

Multiple Locations

$60 $25

Instructors provide all painting materials, including 16"x20" canvas, while guests just bring drinks, snacks, and openness to learn

Up to 63% Off BYOB Painting Class

Learning Bar

Multiple Locations

$60 $25

Instructors provide all painting materials, including 16"x20" canvas, while guests just bring drinks, snacks, and openness to learn

Up to 53% Off BYOB Painting Class at LK Art Gallery

LK Art Gallery

Bridgeport

$80 $39

Painters create their own original works with acrylics on canvas with the help of an instructor

Up to 61% Off BYOB Leather-Working Class

Vividbraille

Bucktown

$129 $59

Participants make a leather card case, phone case, wallet, or key chain and wrist cuff while sipping on beverages they bring

Up to 46% Off BYOB Painting Class for One or Two at VIP Paints

VIP Paints

Chicago

$45 $25

Lighthearted class teaches students to complete a painting step by step, with all materials included

45% Off Recording-Studio Rental

Inmusic Recording Studio

Chicago

$275 $151

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Up to 60% Off the Great Food Tour of Chicago

Great Food Tours

Chicago

$50 $25

Tours make six stops along Michigan Avenue, visiting the originator of deep-dish pizza and an eatery serving up Chicago-style hot dogs

41% Off Kids' Open Play and Stuffed Animal at Chicago Playpen

Chicago Playpen

Bronzeville

$32 $19

Kids play inside a facility that's full of educational installations, including a grocery store, then choose a stuffed animal and an outfit

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

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier – Up to 56% Off

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze

Near North Side

$23.98 $12

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Narrow hallways inside a 4,000-square-foot, Chicago-history-themed maze on Navy Pier

Up to 54% Off Speed Dating

Chicago Speed Date

On Location

$37.92 $18

Increase your chances for romance during three-minute conversations with a series of potential mates

65% Off Fitness Classes

Knockout Fitness

Redeem from Home

$150 $53

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Up to 60% Off Classes at Spirit Rising Yoga

Spirit Rising Yoga

Lakeview

$72 $29

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

Up to 50% Off 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.

50% Off Personal Fitness Program

Hartman Fitness

Lakeview

$70 $35

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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

Each fall, terror descends upon downtown Elgin when Psychosis Haunted House opens its grounds to thrill-seeking visitors. Chosen as one of the Top 10 Haunted Houses in Illinois by USA Today, the 20,000-square-foot haunted house stations its actors at unexpected intervals, building suspense and fear so that each monster elicits a scream. For an extra fee, guests can choose to be "kidnapped" and hustled inside, where they wait hidden among the shadows until their friends or the pizza delivery guy finally finds them.

200 N Spring St
Elgin,
IL
US

40 years ago, the initials heading C&D Towing stood for the Cicero & Devon Texaco gas and service station, founded by brothers Val and Joe Strumberger. Today they've come to stand for "Capable and Dependable," the values carried by the tow truck drivers who rescue cars and trucks of all sizes from a future spent trying fruitlessly to hitch a ride from passing semis. Along with gently rolling vehicles onto a fleet of handsome red trucks, C&D's technicians can protect and resuscitate them with services including jumpstarts, tire changes, seasonal safety checks, and electrical work.

210 E Grove St
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

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