Things To Do in Illinois

Up to 60% Off Indoor-Play Sessions

Aurora

$20 $8

Kids shed their shoes to scramble to the tops of slides and climb into an upper-level ball pit or shoot through obstacle courses

Up to 50% Off at Prairie View Golf Club

Byron

$86 $43

18-hole, par 72 course—designed by renowned architect James Spear—suited for golfers of all abilities

Led Zeppelin 2 – Up to 50% Off Tribute

Mojoes of Joliet

$20 $10

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Acclaimed tribute band channels Led Zeppelin with uncanny fidelity as they recreate famous gigs

Up to 67% Off Swim and Tennis Series

Fontenaix

$335 $149

Kids learn swimming strokes and water safety; adult or junior tennis players build their skills in beginners', doubles, or singles series

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

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

Up to 66% Off Taekwondo Classes

Peoria

$140 $49

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

Up to 85% Off Paintball for Four, Six, or Twelve

Multiple Locations

$120 $19

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

51% off Cemetery Ghost Hunt from Haunted Hometowns

Elgin

$90 $45

Ghost-seekers walk through moon-lit cemeteries in the dead of night during tour as guides relate tales of local specters

Half Off Boot Camp from Body Soiree

The Bevier Park

$60 $30

Group boot-camp sessions challenge participants to meet personal fitness goals

Hawthorne Race Course – Up to 59% Off Race-Day Package

Hawthorne Race Course

$37 $18

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Live competition at historic course with a slate of spring races; craft beer, racing program, and souvenir glass included

Up to 51% Off at 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

2014 Haunted America Conference – Up to 51% Off Tickets

Lincoln Theater

$50 $25

Watch experts such as Troy Taylor, April Slaughter, and Rick Redfern talk on subjects such as ghost hunting and cryptozoology

Dennis Rodman – Up to $70 Off Autograph Packages

Arlington Heights

$149 $99

The famous bad boy of basketball meets fans and signs memorabilia

Up to 50% Off Golf in Evanston

Evanston

$50 $25

Challenging greens and a short, 4,000 yd. layout characterize this par 60, family-friendly course that runs along North Shore Channel

62% Off 200-Hour Yoga-Teacher Training

Yoga Shala

$2,600 $995

After a four-week Ashtanga-based course, yogis will be able to register as a 200 RYT with the Yoga Alliance

Up to 66% Off at Rabito Golf Academy at 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

Up to 50% Off Roller Skating

Palatine

$22 $11

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Skate rink with a half-acre of wood floors hosts open-skate sessions with DJs

Up to 53% Off at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Skokie

$12 $6

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The museum honors Holocaust victims, telling their stories with artifacts and interactive exhibits that urge visitors to fight intolerance

Up to 77% Off Body-Transformation Program

Multiple Locations

$197 $49

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After attending a nutrition workshop and fitness assessment, clients enjoy unlimited access to body-sculpting group training sessions

94% Off 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

Up to 56% Off at VH Personal Training

Tinley Park

$30 $15

Personal trainer Voltaire Hawkins uses sports-training methodology to help everybody—from aspiring athletes to older adults—get in shape

$7 for Chicago Pet Show for Two

Oak Lawn Pavilion

$12 $7

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Current or potential pet owners attend two days of demonstrations, seminars, and games from pet-friendly retailers and rescue groups

50% Off Golf at Old Orchard Country Club

Mount Prospect

$156 $78

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Water hazards frame narrow fairways and even bisect certain holes on this 6,119-yard course

Up to 83% Off Drop-In Fitness Classes

Wheaton

$165 $29

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Instructors focus on functional-movement exercises with a lifting regimen designed around barbells, kettlebells, and found objects

Up to 60% Off Exotic-Car Experience

Sears Centre Arena

$249.99 $99

Motorists take three laps around autocross course in a Ferrari or Lamborghini after receiving instruction

50% Off a Singles' Yoga Session

Ahimsa Yoga Studio

$30 $15

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Inspired by speed dating, singles' sessions may be for people who are interested in Yoga, or may help participants meet future partners

Up to 57% Off Indoor Golf Lessons

Downers Grove

$90 $39

PGA-certified instructors impart golf wisdom during private lessons using video swing analysis and the latest in golf-instruction technology

54% Off at Sheila Tully Academy of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

$85 $39

Expert instructors lead beginners of all ages through the basic steps of Irish dance

50% Off Open-Play Paintball

Multiple Locations

$60 $30

Warriors fire 100 paintballs and dodge their opponents during open-play bouts on nine fields

50% Off Sports and Hot Dog Package at The Hub at Berens Park

Elmhurst

$27 $13.50

Hot dogs replenish guests after a game of 18-hole mini-golf and a stint hitting softballs or baseballs at speeds ranging from 40–80 mph

Up to 53% Off Women’s Kickboxing Classes

DeKalb

$55 $27

Instructors teach women to master kick-and-punch combos in 90-minute kickboxing-and-conditioning classes

Up to 50% Off at Western Acres Golf Course

Lombard

$56 $28

Unfurled across 3,051 yards, this par 35 nine-hole course incorporates linear bluegrass fairways, three ponds, and numerous sand traps

Up to 55% Off Playtime at Xtreme Trampolines

Multiple Locations

$38 $17

Supervised kids and adults bounce off commercial-grade trampolines lining floors and walls or try their hand at trampoline dodge ball

65% Off CrossFit

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

57% Off at Yoga Seva Studio

Crystal Lake

$115 $49

Yoga studio offers classes such as multilevel, beginner, and Level 1 for students who have begun training and will advance at their own pace

Up to 74% Off Personal Training Sessions

Streamwood

$250 $79

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

Up to 61% Off CrossFit Classes or Personal Training

Carol Stream

$100 $39

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

Half Off Private Pilot Course

Romeoville

$299 $149

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

Up to 79% Off Gym Membership

Plainfield

$185 $39

Personal trainers lead new members through workouts to prepare them for solo sessions inside a fully equipped gym

Up to 52% Off a Scuba-Certification Course

Hanover Park

$475 $230

Instructors train students in basic scuba techniques and knowledge before testing their skills in open water to earn their certification

Santa's Village Azoosment Park – Up to 49% Off

East Dundee

$39.50 $20

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Nostalgia-filled theme park delights families with Santa-themed village, extensive zoo, and thrilling rides

Up to 60% Off Boot-Camp Classes at ARC Performance

Wheeling

$72 $29

Combining plyometrics, cardiovascular workouts, and weightlifting, boot-camp courses put clients through the ringer at their own pace

Up to 70% Off Boot Camp Sessions at Air Fitness

Park Ridge

$150 $49

Classes build strength and increase stamina with fitness regimens that incorporate free weights, kettlebells, and cardiovascular exercises

Up to 85% Off at Komel Kickboxing

Calumet City

$200 $39

Muay thai boxing and kickboxing classes led by an instructor with more than 20 years of experience

49% Off Golf Lesson

Addison

$75 $38

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

Up to 55% Off Golf for Two or Four in Northbrook

Glenview

$44 $20

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

Up to 70% Off Scuba-Diving Classes

Elk Grove Village

$500 $249

PADI instructors let students try out equipment or lead classroom, pool, and open-water instruction for open-water certification

Up to 55% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lessons

Danville

$35 $19

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

Up to 63% Off Boat or Jet Ski Rentals

St. Charles

$250 $99

Pontoon, jet ski, or speedboat rental with high-quality equipment

Up to 53% Off Ice Skating at 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

65% Off Personal Training

Gurnee

$150 $53

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

78% Off VIP Fitness

Mundelein

$125 $29

Burn fat and tone muscle during group sessions that rotate through workout stations between short, intensive intervals

Up to 51% Off Open-Bounce Visits at Bounce Town

Oswego

$45 $22

Kids clamber through a 50-foot obstacle course, glide down slides, and jump about inside 20,000-square-foot facility

Up to 57% Off at Skating at Glenwood Roller Rink 

Glenwood

$21 $9.50

To the sounds of festive music, groups of 2, 4, or 6 glide across hardwood rink— where actors in rollerskating film Roll Bounce practiced

55% Off Lessons at 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

Up to 57% Off at Gateway National Golf Links

Madison

$161 $77

The St. Louis city skyline fills the horizon of this all bent grass course that features intersecting ponds and rolling terrain

Up to 70% Off at Shim's Martial Arts Training Center

Niles

$130 $49

Certified masters lead students of all ages and abilities in modern and traditional martial arts techniques

62% Off at Oasis Summer Day Camp

Highland Park

$465 $179

Kids ages 5–12 keep active with fun events such as sand volleyball, science labs, and trips, including one to an indoor trampoline park

Up to 80% Off CrossFit Classes at 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

60% Off Powered-Hang-Glider Flight Lesson

Multiple Locations

$366 $145

A certified flight instructor pilots a lightweight two-person aircraft on a soaring flight above fields and rolling terrain

Up to 51% Off Lessons at The Falls Golf Club

O'Fallon

$90 $45

PGA professional works on developing reliable swings during private lessons and junior clinics

Up to 51% Off at Kristof's Entertainment Center

Round Lake Beach

$22 $11

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Bowlers compete across three games, then head to the arcade for games like pinball and Monster Drop

50% Off at Lavin-Cassidy School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

$56 $28

Kids learn the basics of Irish step dance from world champion teachers, who have taught Midwest regional, national and all Ireland champions

Up to 45% Off a Walking Tour from Alton Hauntings

First Unitarian Church

$50 $29

Tours created by the authority of Alton's ghostly history take visitors to the most haunted locations within the city

Half Off a Tandem-Paragliding Flight

Multiple Locations

$300 $149

Learn the basics of paragliding before strapping into a glider with an instructor for an extended flight

53% Off Music Lessons

Glen Ellyn

$60 $28

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

Up to 55% Off Northshore Fitness Studio

Wilmette

$20 $9

Rhythmic kicks send sweat beads flying during full-body workouts designed to sculpt lean physiques

Up to 59% Off Tango Lessons

West Chicago

$120 $59

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

Half Off Racing Experiences

Gateway Motorsports Park

$129 $64

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

Up to 49% Off Alshon Jeffery Signing Event

McHenry West High School

$169 $109

Meet breakout wide receiver Alshon Jeffery as he signs a print, football, or canvas; photo ops available to fans who bring their own cameras

53% Off Martial-Arts Classes for Kids or Adults

Batavia

$75 $35

Martial-arts classes for adults or kids focus on self-defense and fighting your way out of dangerous situations

Up to 67% Off Belvidere Family YMCA Membership

Belvidere

$180 $59

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

54% Off Children's Fitness Classes

Ballwin

$85 $39

Kids ages 4 months to 12 years can stay fit and active with a variety of classes, including karate, dance, and gymnastics

Up to 61% Off Personal-Training Sessions

Vernon Hills

$75 $29

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

Up to 57% Off All-Day Paintball Outing

Lockport

$110 $55

Players load up on equipment and grab 500 paintballs before taking to one of four fields for an all-day game of paintball

56% Off Horseback Riding

Woodstock

$45 $20

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

51% Off Four Weeks of Tennis Lessons

Westmont

$99 $49

Beginners meet once a week to learn tennis skills in small-group classes; use your own racquet or borrow one from the club

47% Off Skateboarding

New Lenox

$15 $8

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

Up to 58% Off Pizza Tasting at Edwardsville's Pizza Prowl

Woodland School

$40 $20

Friends and families sample cheesy slices from up to 10 different pizzeria's from around the neighborhood

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You could film a training montage for pretty much any type of sports movie at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness. Built on 3.5 acres in Lincoln Park and spanning 185,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor sport and fitness space over four levels, the sprawling fitness center encompasses two swimming pools, a quarter-mile indoor running track, courts for basketball and squash, and four fully-equipped locker rooms. Avid tennis players of all levels and ages can take advantage of the eight indoor and three outdoor tennis courts with private instruction from U.S. and Euro tour pros, or try their alternate swing with recreational and competitive paddle tennis programs.

To complement these areas, fitness instructors lead cardio classes such as cycling, kickboxing, and Zumba, and core-strength classes, including yoga and Pilates reformer classes. Those looking for an advanced group fitness workout can check out Marcelo Ehrhardt's Athlete Zone class, which includes plyometrics, strength, cardio, and flexibility training. The fitness center also hosts workouts in the pool, where kids learn to swim and competitive swimmers learn to avoid dissolving into foam. Passes grant access to the facility's advanced fitness tools, such as the body composition analyzer Inbody 520 and the function movement screen (FMS), used by pro sports teams to identify the body's movement imbalances and asymmetries.

Lakeshore Sport & Fitness gives exercisers ample reasons to stick around after their workouts end. During the summer, the rooftop boasts outdoor yoga classes and the restaurant Harvest, which offers seasonal dishes, craft beers, and cocktails. All year, the 1320 Market serves healthy smoothies and meals, while the onsite spa rewards muscles for their hard work with acupuncture and several types of massage. The club's childcare services and child classes and camps let parents enjoy these extended stays as well.

211 North Stetson Avenue
Chicago,
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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

Though Larsen's Landing Outfitters has always been family owned, the stretch of wilderness under its care has two additional overseers: a pair of eagles. The birds patrol 30 acres of sheltered trails, two open fields, and miles of marshes, watching visitors as they paddle rental canoes and kayaks down the pristine Kishwaukee River, which has been rated as one of the three cleanest rivers in the state. Visitors aren't alone, though. Beavers, turtles, otters, and sandhill cranes make their homes on the bank, sharing the shore with endangered black terns and mulberry wing butterflies. They move amidst towering trees, including the sycamores that gave the river its name, a Potawatomi word for river of the sycamore.

Like a grumpy scorpion, the river's flourishing ecosystem benefits from minimal and respectful human contact. Larsen's Landing Outfitters preserves this status while still permitting visitors to explore the environment. The staff plans canoe, kayak, and camping trips with package options, from tutorials on steering a boat to boxed lunches and picnic buffets. Travelers can park their vessels at any point to indulge in a swim, go fishing, or relax on a sandbar—and at overnight sites, campfires and pig roasts imbue the air with nostalgic, smoky aromas.

1951 New Milford School Rd
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.

21 W Jefferson 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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