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One Ticket to All Three Shows: "Mary Poppins," "Tommy," and "Les Misérables" at the Paramount Theatre (Up to 48% Off)

Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre

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Broadway-style productions of three beloved musicals about a magical nanny, a pinball wizard, and an ex-con navigating an uprising in Paris

$189.54 $99

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Third Day at Coronado Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 6 (Up to 30% Off)

Third Day

Coronado Performing Arts Center

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Award-winning Christian rock band unleashes music with southern-rock infused licks and inspiring lyrics

$33.85 $23.70

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"Smokey Joe's Cafe" Feat. The Coasters at Rialto Square Theatre on Friday, November 7, at 8 p.m. (Up to 42% Off)

Smokey Joe's Cafe feat. The Coasters

Rialto Square Theatre

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Musical revue featuring seminal R&B and doo-wop group The Coasters pays homage to the songwriting duo behind “Yakety Yak” and “Stand By Me”

$54.75 $32

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$75 for a Month of Unlimited Simulated Golf on Weekdays in November at Score 18 Indoor Golf ($500 Value)

Score 18 Indoor Golf

Huntington

Golfers step into simulators, choosing from more than 94 world-famous courses and receiving instant feedback on shots with useful statistics

$500 $75

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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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Youth or Adult Martial Arts Classes at Chicago Unified Mixed Martial Arts Training Academy (Up to 81% Off)

Chicago Unified Mixed Martial Arts Training Academy

Southwest Elgin

Youth classes build life skills in kids aged 3–14; kickboxing and muay thai classes instill adults with discipline and fitness

$80 $30

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"Sid the Science Kid" at Genesee Theatre on November 9 at 4 p.m. (Up to $ Off)

Sid The Science Kid

Genesee Theatre

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Sid seeks out a mysterious sixth sense in the live version of the popular PBS show, brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop

$42.35 $23.50

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Six Weekly Classes at McNulty School of Irish Dance (Up to 51% Off). 16 Options Available.

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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Five, Ten, or Twenty Functional Fitness Classes at Body Education (Up to 69% Off)

Body Education

Arlington Heights

Group functional fitness full-body workouts burn calories, improve hormones, boost immune systems, detoxify the body, and build muscle mass

$85 $29

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10 or 20 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Akemi Fitness Method (Up to 68% 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 $40

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America's Baking and Sweets Show, November 14–16 (Up to 42% Off)

America's Baking and Sweets Show

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

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Stars of TLC’s “DC Cupcakes” and award-winning pastry chef Gale Gand headline three days of sweets, classes, and demos

$26 $15

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Learn to Curl Session for One or Two at Windy City Curling Center (Up to 43% Off)

Windy City Curling Center

Bolingbrook

During a 2.5- to 3-hour session, instructors introduce students to basic curling techniques

$75 $45

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One More Time: A Daft Punk Tribute for One or Two at Durty Nellie's on Friday, November 14 (Up to 67% Off)

One More Time: A Daft Punk Tribute

Durty Nellie's

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Re-creation of Daft Punk's 2007 tour includes a full-scale replica of their pyramid

$15 $7

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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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Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” with Optional DVD and Nutcracker on December 7 (Up to 51% Off)

Moscow Ballet's

Rosemont Theatre

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Professional Russian dancers leap and pirouette against stunning backdrops in a holiday ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score

$86 $43

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

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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2 or 10 Large Buckets of Driving-Range Balls at Odyssey Sweet Spot (Up to 51% Off)

Odyssey Sweet Spot

Tinley Park

Golfers trace practice shots into open-air from comfort of 12 grass tees and 12 heated stalls at range connected to lively sports bar

$26 $14

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Four or Eight Weeks of Irish-Dance Classes for Kids at Blackbird Academy of Irish Dance (Up to 52% Off)

Blackbird Academy of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

Kids learn the lightning-fast footwork and pulsating rhythms of Irish dance in a fun, inclusive environment

$55 $27

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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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$25 for Two French Wine or European Beer Flights and One Appetizer at Suzette’s Creperie ($43 Value)

Suzette’s Creperie

Wheaton

Flights of French wine or European beer pair with savory appetizers, including three-cheese soufflés, ham & cheese crepes or croque monsieur

$43 $25

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10 Introductory CrossFit Classes or One Month of CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Xyston (Up to 69% Off)

Crossfit Xyston

Hoffman Estates

High-intensity, ever-changing fitness routines enhance functional fitness with a combination of strength training, cardio, and gymnastics

$125 $39

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Handcraft a Custom Flower Fascinator with a Professional Milliner

BYOB Fabric Flower Fascinator Class

Oak Park

Milliner Jean Foley teaches you how to make a lovely fabric flower fascinator—materials included—during BYOB classes, as seen on WGN

$50 $50

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Two-Hour Fused-Glass-Pendant-Making Class for One or Two at Gallery's Choice (Up to 53% Off)

Gallery's Choice

Downers Grove

Students ages 8 and older craft multi-layered glass pendants during classes that cover basic fusing and glass-cutting techniques

$36 $18

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The Grove Arts and Craft Faire for Two or Four at The Grove National Historic Landmark (50% Off)

The Grove National Historic Landmark

The Grove National Historic Landmark

More than 75 juried artisans from the Midwest area offer contemporary crafts, seasonal decor, and fashion accessories, and gourmet foods

$10 $5

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Round of Golf including Cart Rental and Range Balls at Clinton Hill Golf Course (Up to 52% Off). Four Options.

Clinton Hill Golf Course

Swansea

Clubbers cartpool across 18-hole course that gently rises & falls over rolling terrain speckled with mature arbors & rippling water hazards

$66 $39

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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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Museum Tour for Two Adults or Four Adults or Kids at Ellwood House Museum (50% Off)

Ellwood House Museum

DeKalb

Tours of the estate of Isaac Ellwood, one of the wealthiest men in Illinois in the late 1800s, feature a barbed-wire exhibit and a playhouse

$16 $8

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10 or 20 CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Alpha Dog (Up to 67% Off)

CrossFit Alpha Dog

Lombard

Instructors motivate students through a rotating lineup of organic movements, plyometric, and sprinting exercises

$150 $55

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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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$44 for $125 Worth of CrossFit — Arioch, LLC DBA CrossFit Arioch

Arioch, Llc Dba Crossfit Arioch

Bartlett

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

$125 $44

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"An Irish Christmas" at Raue Center For The Arts on Saturday, November 8, at 8 p.m. (Up to 56% Off)

"An Irish Christmas"

Raue Center For The Arts

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Festive celebration includes traditional Irish step-dancing, mythology, and familiar Christmas songs such as “The Little Drummer Boy”

$43 $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 (Half 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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9 or 18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at The Links at Carillon (Up to 50% 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

$52 $30

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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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$11 for $20 Worth of Driving-Range Balls at Green Valley Golf Range

Green Valley Golf Range

Bloomingdale

Year-round driving range features 80 large stalls, 20 of which are covered and heated for winter practice sessions

$20 $11

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Two Hours of Bowling for Four or Eight with Drinks and Shoes at Liberty Lanes Bowling Center (Up to 59% Off)

Liberty Lanes Bowling Center

Carpentersville

Retro-style bowling alley; includes shoe rental and pitcher of soda or beer

$141.50 $59

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Three or Five Dance Lessons at Bravo Ballroom Dance Studio (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

Bravo Ballroom Dance Studio

Wheeling

Instructors teach students of all ages and abilities ballroom or Latin dance techniques

$180 $89

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Sun and Moon Yoga (Up to 55% Off)

Sun and Moon Yoga

Park Ridge

Hot, warm, or regular classes for all ability levels, scheduled seven days a week in a studio lit by skylights or, in the evening, candles

$70 $35

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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 Classes at Bruce H. Lee Martial Arts School (Up to 81% Off)

Bruce H. Lee Martial Arts School

Glendale Heights

Both options include uniform; owner is eighth-degree black belt in hapkido and tae kwon do and sixth-degree black belt in judo and jujitsu

$150 $30

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$79 for a Six-Week Tennis Program at Five Seasons Family Sports Club ($430 Value)

Five Seasons Family Sports Club

Northbrook

Six-week tennis course emphasizes swing and stance basics as adult participants practice skills and includes full club usage

$430 $79

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Introductory Firearms Course for One or Two at Chicago's Finest Tactics & CCL (Up to 61% Off)

Chicago's Finest Tactics & CCL

Elk Grove Village

Two-hour class covers gun nomenclature, assembly, and shooting fundamentals; instructors also teach members of the Chicago Police Department

$75 $35

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Weekend Access to the Chicago Pet Show for Two at Kane County Fairgrounds on November 8–9 (Up to 50% Off)

Chicago Pet Show

Kane County Fairgrounds

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Two days of demonstrations, seminars, and games from pet-friendly retailers and rescue groups, aimed at current and prospective pet owners

$14 $7

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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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Round of Golf with Cart Rental and Sleeves of Balls for Two, Four, or Six at Foss Park Golf Club (Up to 58% Off)

FOSS PARK GOLF CLUB

North Chicago

Public course that stretches across an 18-hole, par 72 layout with an illuminated driving range

$116 $49

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One Tactical Laser-Tag Session for One, Two, or Four at Tactical Combat Laser Tag (Up to 51% Off)

Tactical Combat Laser Tag

Gurnee

During one-hour sessions, players engage in 6–7 games that simulate combat adventures with replica M16/M4 laser guns

$40 $20

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4, 8, or 12 Personal-Training Sessions at Fitness Revolution (Up to 62% Off)

Fitness Revolution

Mundelein

Certified trainers combine resistance and functional training into customized programs that help clients increase strength and tone muscles

$69 $29

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$20 for 2 Rounds of Mini Golf and 1 Hour of Unlimited Arcade Games for 2 at Fore! Family Fun ($40 Value)

Fore! Family Fun

Oswego

18-hole mini-golf course decorated with leopards and sunken ships; 4,000-square-foot arcade with video and redemption games

$40 $20

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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

Dundee

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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Distillery Tour for Two, Four, or Six with Tastings and Bottle of Vodka at Mastermind Vodka (Up to 55% Off )

Mastermind Vodka

Mastermind Vodka

Groups tour the digs where distillers create small batches of American vodka from Midwestern grains

$70 $35

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Two Hours of Jump Time or Jump Party for Up to 30 at Sky High Sports (Up to 45% Off). Two Locations Available.

Sky High Sports

Multiple Locations

360 degrees of trampolines with trampoline dodgeball and special kids-only zone for younger jumpers

$20 $11

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at V3 Performance (79% Off)

V3 Performance

Highland Park

From the merchant: Personal trainers create fun, dynamic and exciting workouts focused on functional movements.

$225 $47

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One Month of Group CrossFit Classes or Five Personal-Training CrossFit Sessions at K-Star Fitness (Up to 84% Off)

K-Star Fitness

Lake in the Hills

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

$150 $35

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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 $28

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$40 for a Two-Hour Swing and Driver Clinic at Ben Mutz Golf ($240 Value)

Ben Mutz Golf

George W. Dunne National Golf Course

Golf professional calls on more than 25 years of teaching experience to analyze clients' swings and help them improve their skills

$240 $40

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$16 for Ticket to Pro Wrestling Blitz's Cross the Line on Saturday, November 8, at Kankakee REC Center ($36.52 Value)

"Cross The Line" with special guest Road Warrior Animal

Kankakee REC Center

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WWE Hall of Famer Road Warrior Animal and Pro Wrestling Blitz’s cadre of wrestlers square off for an evening of high-octane entertainment

$36.52 $16

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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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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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Dragster Ride-Along or Drive from Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience (Up to 31% Off). Four 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 self-piloted adventures

$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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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 62% Off)

Centennial Acres

Forreston

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

$30 $12

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Round of Golf for Two or Four with Burgers and Beers at Beaver Creek Golf Course (Up to 58% Off)

Beaver Creek Golf Course

LeRoy

Relatively short-hole course designed to develop skills on with challenges like water on 5 holes, large greens, and simple hole designs

$61.50 $26

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10 or 20 CrossFit Classes, or One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at J5 CrossFit (Up to 81% Off)

J5 CrossFit

Collinsville

Certified CrossFit coaches lead intense, ever-changing functional-fitness workouts in an 11,000 sq. ft. facility open seven days a week

$150 $29

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Tactical Laser Tag for 2, 4, 10, or 6 at Red Star Combat (Up to 63% Off). Eight Options Available.

Red Star Combat

Melrose Park

Wield battle rifles with eight different weapon settings to blast your way through a 30,000-sq.-ft. arena on missions open to ages 10+

$32 $16

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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, Three, or Five 30-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at John White Stables (Up to 55% Off)

John White Stables

Woodstock

Year-round stable builds confident and knowledgeable horseback riders within its spacious indoor arena

$175 $79

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Five or 10 Children's Dance Classes from Expression Dance Studio (Up to 74% Off)

Expression Dance Studio

Westmont

Expression Dance Studio offers classes for students aged 18 months–adult. Styles range from hip hop to ballet to musical theater.

$75 $22

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$10 for $40 Worth of Personal Fitness Program — Pulse Training Systems

Pulse Training Systems

New Lenox

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

$40 $10

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Two Weeks of Unlimited Kickboxing Classes for One or Two at Body Fit Kickboxing (88% Off)

Body Fit Kickboxing

Edwardsville

Kickboxing classes welcome students of all levels to shape up quickly with series of kicks, punches, and drill work.

$65 $8

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One or Three 60-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Platinum Farm (Up to 61% Off)

Platinum Farm

Marengo

Horseback-riding lessons can be targeted to riders of any age or ability, from novices brand new to the sport to veteran competitors

$70 $31

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10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Bikram Yoga Rolling Meadows (Up to 74% Off)

Bikram Yoga Rolling Meadows

Rolling Meadows

Brand-new Bikram yoga studio offers suburban yogis a heated practice specifically designed for the perils of modern living

$130 $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 use 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

When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop—then called Pete's Subway—proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.

Today, Subway restaurants number more than 34,000 around the world—almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.

444 N Eola Rd
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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