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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Snow Tubing and Ski Pass for Two or Four, or Season Pass at Gateway Parks at Alpine Hills (Up to 50% Off)

Alpine Hills Park

Rockford

Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy an all-day snow tubing and ski pass or a season pass

$30 $16

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Blackened (Metallica Tribute) Plus a Drink at Mojoes on Friday, January 30, at 9 p.m. (Up to 54% Off)

Blackened (Metallica Tribute)

Mojoes

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Chicago-based Metallica tribute, named after one of their heaviest songs

$17.30 $8

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Chicago Bears Non-Contact Instructional Youth Football Camps, Full or Half Day Option, Ages 6-14. 25 Locations.

Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps

Multiple Locations

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Chicago Bears players team up with USA Football-certified coaches to teach skills to young players during five-day camps

$259 $240

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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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Valentine's Day Adventure for Two or Four on February 13 or 14 from Psychosis Haunted House (50% Off)

Psychosis Haunted House

Psychosis Haunted House

Shake up Valentine’s Day by going to the 20,000-sq.-ft. haunted house lauded by USA Today and Huffington Post

$36 $18

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Black Violin at Genesee Theatre on Friday, February 20, at 8 p.m. (Up to 49% Off)

Black Violin

Genesee Theatre

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Classically trained violin and viola duo perform classical music fused with pop and hip-hop influences

$33.45 $17

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

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: "European Journey" at Nichols Concert Hall on Friday, February 13 (Up to 46% Off)

"European Journey"

Nichols Concert Hall - Music Institute of Chicago

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Mozart and Schumann provide the foundation of a sonic journey through Europe; new work by Holland-trained composer Huydts makes its debut

$35 $19

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$49 for a DEXA Bone Density Scan at OsteoStrong of Chicago ($250 Value)

OsteoStrong of Chicago

Schaumburg

Clients boost joint and bone strength with DEXA bone density scans, strengthening sessions, and whole-bdy vibrations

$250 $49

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150-Minute Putting and Chipping 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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10 Weeks of Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Jai Yoga Studio (Up to 58% Off)

Jai Yoga Studio

Palatine

Instructors lead a variety of yoga classes—including gentle, therapeutic, and Vinyasa—for students of all levels

$99 $49

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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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5 or 10 Krav Maga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Training at MBD Martial Arts Academy (Up to 64% Off)

MBD Martial Arts Academy

Des Plaines

Class aims to teach disciple and self-esteem as students focus on the physically demadning study of self-defense

$100 $39

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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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Train with Special Guests The Fray & Matt Nathanson on Friday, July 3 (Up to 61% Off)

Train

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

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Three-time Grammy winners Train (“Drops of Jupiter,” “Meet Virginia”) join forces with fellow heartfelt rockers The Fray and Matt Nathanson

$38.50 $15

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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

Mount Prospect

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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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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Bowling Packages for Four or Six at Tivoli Bowling Center (Up to 52% Off)

Tivoli Bowling Lanes

Downers Grove

Family-friendly underground bowling center consists of 12 lanes, lounge with comfortable seating, TVs, arcade, and billiards

$37 $18

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Ice-Skating Admission for Two or Four Plus Skate Rental at Watts Ice Center (Up to 50% Off)

Watts Ice Center

Watts Ice Center

Two lighted outdoor ice rinks nestled among three acres of public park and trees along the North Shore

$22 $12

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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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$29 for 10 Yoga Classes at Breathe, The Art of Yoga ($90 Value)

Breathe, The Art of Yoga

Dekalb

Passionate instructor guides students of all experience levels through basic yoga, Vinyasa Flow & meditation classes

$90 $29

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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 (52% 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 $58

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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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BYOB Paint 'n Sip for One, Two, or Four at Fabric, Fiber & Finds (Up to 53% Off)

Fabric, Fiber & Finds

Crystal Lake

Sip on wine or beer while following along with an artist instructor who shows students how to complete a beautiful, colorful painting

$30 $15

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10 CrossFit Classes or Three One-Hour Personal-Training Sessions at FTX CrossFit (Up to 72% Off)

FTX CrossFit

Carol Stream

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

$100 $28

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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

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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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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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 (71% 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 $43

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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

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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2 Months of Children's Group Swim Lessons For Ages 3 Months and Up or USMS Adult Masters Class (Up to 53% Off)

Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy

Bernard Weinger JCC

Swim lessons for kids from aquatic academy founded by four-time Olympic gold medalist or for adults by USMS-certified instructor

$201 $95

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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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Two or Four Tickets at Hollywood Blvd Cinema (Up to 44% Off)

Hollywood Blvd Cinema

Woodridge

New releases and classic films in a modern theater that honors cinema history with vintage photos and a recreation of Hollywood Blvd.

$16 $9

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Two-Hour Admission for Two or Four at Jump America (Up to 48% Off)

Jump America

Gurnee

Kids bounce and play within 16,000-square-foot facility filled with trampolines and foam pits

$40 $22

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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 55% Off)

Kiddie Kingdom

Niles

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

$33.70 $15

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One Hour of Unlimited Range Balls for One or Two at Highland Park Field House (Up to 54% Off)

Highland Park Field House

Highland Park

52,000 sq. ft. indoor field transforms into an indoor driving range on weekdays

$20 $10

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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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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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$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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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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"Click, Clack, Moo" at McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage on Saturday, February 14 (Up to 63% Off)

"Click, Clack, Moo"

McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage

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Children’s book about cows and chickens on strike from a stingy farmer springs to life with musical numbers and lessons about sharing

$43.50 $16

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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

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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Three-Month Individual or Family Membership to Belvidere Family YMCA (Up to 67% Off)

Belvidere Family YMCA

Belvidere

Community center helps improve individuals' well-being with fitness center and indoor pool and entertains families with free event nights

$180 $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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$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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5 or 10 Fitness Classes at Metabolic Fitness Management (Up to 64% Off)

Metabolic Fitness Management

Inside Thera Core

Group workout classes build core strength with use of dangling TRX straps; schedule also includes boot camp and kettlebell sessions

$60 $22

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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,
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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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