Things To Do in Illinois

Pumpkin Daze Autumn Festival for Four or Six at Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey (Up to 49% Off)

Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey

Aurora

$46 $24

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All-day access to hayrides, corn mazes, and other family-friendly attractions

$12 for $20 Worth of Tickets for Fall Activities at Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre

Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children's Farm

Northwest

$20 $12

During a month of autumnal events, enjoy activities such as pumpkin picking, a scavenger hunt and costume party, and pony and hay rides

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

Oktoberfest for Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Children at Naper Settlement on October 3 or 4 (Up to 44% Off)

Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement

$42 $25

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Celebrate German culture with beer and live music at a settlement that revives the 19th century

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

10 or 20 Taekwondo Classes at Soo Kim Martial Arts (Up to 66% Off)

Soo Kim Martial Arts

Peoria

$140 $49

Instructor tailors lessons to each age group; no-pressure classes are designed to build confidence and self-defense skills

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

$30 $17

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Sample more than 30 handcrafted wines from the tasting room or sip wines while touring the facility

General Admission for 2, 4, or 10 or VIP Admission for 4 to Psychosis Haunted House (Up to 54% Off)

Psychosis Haunted House

Downtown Elgin

$36 $18

20,000 sq. ft. haunted house lauded by USA Today and Huffington Post; a portion of proceeds support local charities

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

$29.38 $12

Glow-in-the-dark indoor mini-golf course delights with carnival- and circus-inspired décor and obstacles guarding 18 holes

Immersed In Ink Tattoo Arts & Horror Festival at Fluid Event Center on October 10–12 (Up to 50% Off)

Immersed In Ink Tattoo Arts & Horror Festival

Fluid Event Center

$44 $23

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More than 60 tattoo artists from around the country converge for a weekend of inking, contests, and sideshow performances

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

McNulty School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

$72 $35

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

$150 for $200 Worth 3 months of Martial Arts — Smith Institute of Martial Arts

Smith Institute Of Martial Arts

Decatur

$200 $150

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

$69 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at CorePower Yoga ($195 Value)

CorePower Yoga

Multiple Locations

$195 $69

Dynamic flow of Vinyasa-style poses, breathing exercises, and uplifting music energize bodies and minds in stretch-friendly heated rooms

$19 for One Ticket to a Northwestern Football Game on Saturday, September 20, at 11 a.m. ($30 Value)

Ticketwave

Ryan Field

$30 $19

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Northwestern squares off against Western Illinois in their last game before conference play begins

The Dinner Detective Chicago in Chicago or Schaumburg (Up to 50% Off)

The Dinner Detective Chicago

Multiple Locations

$92.09 $46

Amateur sleuths dig into delectable multi-course meals while trying to solve a mysterious murder perpetuated by disguised actors

Three or Five One-Hour Small-Group Golf Clinics at Bolingbrook Golf Club (Up to 66% Off)

Bolingbrook Golf Club

Bolingbrook

$175 $59

PGA professionals lead group clinics on a variety of topics, getting players ready for rounds on 7,104 yd. course with a true-island green

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

$15 $7

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

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

$75 $30

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

Food and Hookah at D'wan Hookah Lounge (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

D'wan Hookah Lounge

Orland Park

$24 $14

Freshly packed hookahs filled with aromatic blends of tobacco including safari melon dew, citrus mint, and tangerine dream

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

Odyssey Sweet Spot

Tinley Park

$26 $14

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

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

$55 $27

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

One or Three Private Baseball Lessons and Two Weeks of Training at Bounce Sports (Up to 65% Off)

Bounce Sports

Berwyn

$299 $109

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

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

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$5 for a Movie Outing with a Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to $10.50 Value)

Studio Movie Grill

Wheaton

$10.50 $5

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A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

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

Crossfit Xyston

Hoffman Estates

$125 $39

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

Handcraft a Custom Flower Fascinator with a Professional Milliner

BYOB Fashion-Design Class

Oak Park

$50 $50

Milliner and fashion designer Jean Foley teaches you how to make a lovely fabric flower fascinator—materials included—during BYOB classes

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

Gallery's Choice

Downers Grove

$36 $18

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

Visit for Two or Four to Kohl Children's Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Kohl Children's Museum

Glenview

$22 $14

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Two-acre outdoor sculpture park and 16 other interactive exhibits teach children how to build a house, harness natural power, and make art

Two Games of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Two or Four People at St. Clair Bowl and Bel-Air Bowl (54% Off)

St. Clair and Bel-Air Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$21.80 $10

Two bowling alleys welcome guests to a combined 82 lanes, colorful arcades, and cafés stocked with American fare.

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Elmhurst

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

2014 Fall Fun Shoot for One or Two on September 21 or 28 at Safe Side Tactical (Up to 52% Off)

Safe Side Tactical

Aurora Sportsmens Club

$120 $60

2014 Fall Fun Shoot allows participants to stop at a handgun, rifle, and shotgun station

$64 for 30 Minutes of WhirlyBall or Laser Tag for Up to 10 Players at WhirlyBall ($150 Value)

WhirlyBall

Multiple Locations

$150 $64

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Zip around courts in a bumper car, tossing wiffle balls with plastic scoops through goals, or slink through neon laser-tag arenas

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

K1 Speed

Multiple Locations

$91.96 $44

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

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

Arioch, Llc Dba Crossfit Arioch

Bartlett

$125 $44

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

Two Weeks or One Month of Unlimited Boxing or Kickboxing Classes at Title Boxing Club (Up to 73% Off)

Title Boxing Club

Multiple Locations

$59 $16

Beginners and advanced students alike can increase their fitness and abilities during classes focused on heavy-bag drills and conditioning

Three or Six Personal-Training Sessions at Mission Fitness & Consulting (68% Off)

Mission Fitness & Consulting

Streamwood

$150 $48

ACE-certified trainer Mario Perez motivates clients through one-on-one workouts

10 CrossFit Classes or Three One-Hour Personal-Training Sessions at FTX CrossFit (Up to 61% Off)

FTX CrossFit

Carol Stream

$100 $39

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

Private Pilot Course for One or Two at Chicagoland Aviation (Half Off)

Chicagoland Aviation

Romeoville

$299 $149

Learn the process to become a professional pilot and get hands-on experience in the cockpit of a Cessna aircraft

Round of Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Klein Creek Golf Club (Up to 57% Off)

Klein Creek Golf Club

Winfield

$158 $69

The 18-hole, par 72 course golf course designed by architect Dick Nugent features prairie land, man-made lakes, a golf shop, and restaurant

Three-Week VIP Gym Pass for One or Two at Ultimate Fitness (74% Off)

Ultimate Fitness

Multiple Locations

$35 $9

Three weeks of access to two gyms, including strength-training and cardio equipment in semiprivate rooms, indoor pool, and kids' jungle gym

$11 for $44 Worth of Dance Lessons — PDC The Studio

Pdc The Studio

Hanover Park

$44 $11

Choose from a full range of classes, such as Baby+Mom, Ballet and Tap for ages 3–5, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop

Amusement-Park Visit for Two or Four, Valid Saturday or Sunday at Santa's Village Azoosment Park (49% Off)

Santa's Village Azoosment Park

East Dundee

$39.50 $20

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Nostalgia-filled theme park delights families with fall-themed decorations, caramel apples, and costume contests

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

Bravo Ballroom Dance Studio

Wheeling

$180 $89

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

Four- or Eight-Hour Introductory Firearm-Safety Classes at RC Tactical Training Group (Up to 56% Off)

RC Tactical Training Group

Park Ridge

$150 $69

NRA-certified instructors cover the basics, including gun familiarization, cleaning, and shooting positions; combat-veteran-owned facility

5 or 10 Weekday or Weekend Open-Play Passes at Jump N' Jam Playland (Up to 58% Off)

Jump N' Jam Playland

Calumet City

$40 $19

Inflatable bounce houses, jungle gyms, slides, obstacle courses, and basketball courts

$25 to Visit Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare. 17 Dates Available.

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare

Odeum Expo Center

$30 $25

Explore three haunted houses inspired by Rob Zombie's cinematic oeuvre, take part in creepy activities, and listen to live music

Glendale Heights Oktoberfest at Camera Park on September 12–21 (Up to 44% Off). Four Options Available.

Glendale Heights Oktoberfest

Camera Park

$34 $19

German festival entertains guests of all ages with live music, authentic cuisine, and beer imported from Munich

Nine-Hole Round of Golf with Optional Cart Rental for Two or Four at Willow Hill Golf Course (Up to 55% Off)

Willow Hill Golf Course

Glenview

$44 $20

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Golfers navigate Scottish links-style course that sprawls over 87 acres with Chicago skyline as backdrop

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

$75 $35

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

One, Three, or Five Private Horseback-Riding Lessons at Arrow Rose Training (Up to 55% Off)

Arrow Rose Training

Danville

$35 $19

During tailor-made lessons, students learn proper grooming, tacking, and riding techniques

$139 for Three 90-Minute Learn to Row Classes from Row America ($300 Value)

Row America

St. Charles

$300 $139

Technique, rowing vocabulary, and water safety is taught in this introductory class

Ice-Skating Admission and Skate Rental for Two or Four at Seven Bridges Ice Arena (Up to 53% Off)

Seven Bridges Ice Arena

Woodridge

$20 $10

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Sports arena with one Olympic-size ice rink, one NHL-size ice rink, and a multisport turf field on the second floor

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

$116 $49

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

$30 for a One-Month Fitness Membership at Advocate Condell Centre Club ($92 Value). Two Locations.

Advocate Condell Centre Club

Multiple Locations

$92 $30

Expansive roster of group fitness classes complements exercise machines, therapy programs, indoor pool, and track at spacious clubs

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

Peter Patterson Glassworks

Mundelein

$100 $49

Create glass paperweights while learning to shape glass and add color

Cinderella Corn Maze and Fall Activities for Two, Four, or Six at Keller's Farmstand Oswego (Up to 52% Off)

Keller's Farmstand

Oswego

$18 $10

This family-run farmstand celebrates fall with a 13-acre Cinderella corn maze, hayrides, an animal barn, and a play area

One-Hour Trail Ride for Two or Four from A Ranch 394 (Up to 50% Off)

A Ranch 394

Bloom

$40 $22

Drops of sunlight dance across tree-lined trails during one-hour trail rides in groups of up to 12 riders

$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

$88 $40

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

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

Mastermind Vodka

Mastermind Vodka

$70 $35

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

Six Open-Play Sessions at Jump!Zone (Up to 42% Off). Six Locations Available.

Jump!Zone

Multiple Locations

$60 $35

Kids bounce across massive inflatable arenas, slides, and obstacle courses

"Food Network In Concert" Lunch Package with John Mayer & Phillip Phillips at Ravinia on Saturday, September 20, 11 a.m.

Food Network In Concert

Ravinia

$189.94 $150

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Full day of festivities includes concerts by John Mayer and Phillip Phillips, celebrity chef appearances and signings, and a gourmet lunch

One Month of Group CrossFit Classes or Five Personal-Training CrossFit Sessions at K-Star Fitness (Up to 80% Off)

K-Star Fitness

Lake in the Hills

$150 $39

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

Amusement-Park Package for Two or Four from Haunted Trails Amusement Park (53% Off)

Haunted Trails Amusement Park

Multiple Locations

$57 $27

Pizza helps fuel romps through a game area and visits to two attractions, which include mini golf and go-karts, plus laser tag at Joliet

5- or 10-Week Tennis Clinic or Three Private 60-Minute Lessons at St Clair Tennis (Up to 53% Off)

St Clair Tennis

O Fallon

$100 $49

Tennis professionals help students fine-tune their skills on the court in 5- or 10-week clinics or private lessons

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

Ben Mutz Golf

George W. Dunne National Golf Course

$240 $40

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

New Philharmonic Presents Puccini's "Tosca" at Belushi Performance Hall on September 20 or 21 (Up to 56% Off)

New Philharmonic presents Puccini's "Tosca"

Belushi Performance Hall, McAninch Arts Center

$66 $29

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In Puccini's Tosca, Karen Slack stars as the title character, a woman tormented by a cruel officer who threatens the life of her beloved

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

$120 $59

Tango steps and movements taught by Native Argentinian Ruben Carrasco and his wife Marie

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

$169 $119

Dragster creates g-force as drivers accelerate to speeds of 100+ mph during ride-alongs or self-piloted adventures

Roller-Skating Package for 2, 4, or 6 with Rental Skates and Snacks at Just for Fun Roller Rink (Up to 69% Off)

Just for Fun Roller Rink

Multiple Locations

$24 $9.50

Roller skates careen across hardwood floors while popular music plays; packages include popcorn and drinks

Beer Tastings for Two or Four at Big Muddy Monster Brewfest on Saturday, October 18, at 1 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Big Muddy Monster Brewfest

Riverside Park

$60 $30

St. Louis' own Irish band Rusty Nail headlines a festival with 200 craft brews; tickets include 30 samples each and a souvenir pint glass

One or Two 60-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Centennial Acres (Up to 52% Off)

Centennial Acres

Forreston

$30 $15

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

Round of Golf for Two or Four with Burgers and Beers at Beaver Creek Golf Course (Up to 53% Off)

Beaver Creek Golf Course

LeRoy

$61.50 $29

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

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

J5 CrossFit

Collinsville

$150 $29

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

$23 for One 13th Floor Haunted House Fast Pass ($39.99 Value)

13th Floor Haunted House

Melrose Park

$39.99 $23

Fast Passes let guests swiftly enter a 30,000 square foot haunted house teeming with creepy animatronics and truly horrifying entertainment

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

JG ProFitness

Vernon Hills

$75 $29

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

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

Michael Camastro Golf Academy

Multiple Locations

$285 $70

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

Entry to 25- or 50-Mile Ride of the Zombies Bicycle Event on September 28 (Up to 55% Off)

Ride of the Zombies

Grandpa's Christmas Tree Farm

$80 $39

Bicyclers gather in zombie garb to ride through 25 or 50 miles in McHenry County; proceeds benefit charity

Four-Week Training Boot Camp for One, Two, or Four from Backyard Beefcake Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

Backyard Beefcake Fitness

Multiple Locations

$299 $99

Four-week program preps runners for rigorous mud runs with progressive series of body-weight exercises, functional movements, and yoga

10 or 20 Drop-In Fitness Classes at Elixir Group Fitness Clubs (Up to 60% Off)

Elixir Group Fitness Clubs

New Lenox

$120 $48

Get fit in fun, upbeat group fitness classes that includes Les Mills Pump, Combat, Attack, TRX, Boot Camps, and Zumba Dance!

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Before moving to Chicago, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh began their culinary careers in New York as a way to support themselves while they looked for work as actors. It wasn’t their acting that brought the duo to stardom, however. Against odds of 10,000 to 1, they sent a tape into the Food Network and, to their surprise, became the first-ever winners of the Next Food Network Star contest, landing their own show on the cable channel. That success enabled them to grow their catering business’s small café into a full-fledged restaurant serving up brunch, lunch, and dinner.

"Our focus is on what we love, which is mid-century food and the American culture of dining, and that kind of collective memory we have . . . taking those recipes and updating them for a modern palate," Steve says. For example, they top sweet potatoes with black-thyme-pepper marshmallows and create corn dogs with rabbit sausage in red-velvet butter. Steve says that they love creating conversation at their tables, especially as guests reminisce about memories evoked by dishes such as tuna noodle casserole and their Hearty mac ‘n’ cheese. "For Dan and I, that's a major part of the dining experience," he says. "If we can get their heads moving as well as their mouths, we feel pretty successful." Their efforts have paid off. "The duo is making magic by keeping it simple," said Phil Vettel in a review on WGN. "There's at least one wow ingredient on every plate. A simple burger is brightened with triple-cream cambozola cheese, sugar-cured bacon, and garlic aioli. Bacon-wrapped shrimp arrives on a pile of wonderful white cheddar grits . . . It's fun and delicious."

Dan heads the kitchen, while Steve forges many of the signature cocktails, aiming to discourage the intimidation that often surrounds craft cocktails. He and Dan even authored a book whose 200+ drink recipes include every cocktail made at Hearty, proving that everyone can make the drinks at home. Steve's even been known to chat up tables in hopes of introducing them to a new drink. "It's amazing, the amount of people who don't think they drink gin—so I have to force them," Steve says. "Once you have a gin that is different than that gin that you drank in the 1980s that was so harsh and juniper-heavy, once you're having one of these new American gins along with just simple fresh citrus and the other spirits… you understand what the fuss is about." He's also curated an exclusively American wine list with bottles from unexpected sources—including Dr. Frank's Salmon Run rkatsiteli from the Finger Lakes in New York, which he calls "floral and highly acidic . . . Everybody loves it."

3819 N Broadway St
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 E State St
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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