Nightlife in Lake Forest

Two-Hour Movie-Screen Video Gaming Session at Buffalo Grove Theater (52% Off)

Buffalo Grove Theater

Buffalo Grove IL

$120 $58

Bring up to 20 friends to play Xbox, Nintendo Wii, or PlayStation games on one of the theater's movie screens

Beer School with a 10-Beer Flight and Sharable Appetizers for One or Two at World of Beer - Evanston (50% Off)

World of Beer - Evanston

Evanston

$50 $25

Sample 10 brews while tasting American, tavern-style cuisine

Improv Show with Popcorn at Laugh Out Loud Theater (Up to 50% Off)

Laugh Out Loud Theater

Streets of Woodfield

$22 $11

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Improvisers can perform a show with spontaneous scenes, games, and songs

Two Martinis and Two Small Plates or $15 for $30 Worth of Tapas (Up to 50% Off)

Olive Black Martini & Wine Lounge

Richmond

$35.90 $20

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Martini lounge exudes 1940s elegance with a large selection of classic cocktails, a tapas menu, and live jazz music amid plush sofas

$11 for Drive-In Admission for Two and Two Small Popcorns at Keno Drive-In (Up to $20.50 Value)

Keno Drive-In

Pleasant Prairie

$20.50 $11

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Double features of first-run flicks pair with audio from FM station or in-car speakers as attendees dig into popcorn

Movie Tickets, Popcorn, and Drinks for Two or Four at Bensenville Theatre (Up to 50% Off)

Bensenville Theatre

Bensenville

$21 $11

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Guests grab buckets of popcorn and large sodas before heading into intimate twin theaters to view recent releases screening twice daily

American Lunch, Dinner, and Brunch at Firewood Restaurant & Sports Lounge (Up to Half Off). Five Options Available.

Firewood Restaurant & Sports Lounge

McHenry

$20 $10

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Sports lounge serves burgers, pizzas, pastas, steak, fish, & more while 36 TVs air sports; champagne included in Sunday brunch

Appetizers for 2, 4, 8, or 10 People at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (Up to 50% Off)

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Roselle

$20 $11

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Waitresses clad in mini kilts ferry burgers, Dublin-inspired stew & ice-cold Guinness to tables with views of HD sports games

$19 for a Vineyard Tour, Tasting of Five Wines, and Seminar for One at Valentino Vineyards & Winery ( Value)

Valentino Vineyards & Winery

Long Grove

$48 $19

Following a brief tour in the vineyard, guests enter a winery to sample five estate wines during wine appreciation seminar

$15 for $30 Worth of Tropical Appetizers and Drinks at Hala Kahiki

Hala Kahiki

River Grove

$30 $15

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Tropical cocktails named for Pelé and coral reefs poured in Polynesian-themed bar opened in 1963

$13 for One Hour of Pool and $15 Toward Drinks and Snacks at Elite Cafe & Billiards ($25 Value)

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

$25 $13

Retro pool hall gives players plenty of space to maneuver around its 17 billiards tables

Craft Beer Flight and Appetizers for Two, Four, or Six at Chalk (Up to 46% Off)

Chalk

Forest Park

$30 $17

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Craft beer from local breweries such as Revolution and Lagunitas; fries, chicken tenders, and stout beer battered onion rings

Wine Tasting Event at Cab's Wine Bar Bistro (Up to 51% Off)

Cab's Wine Bar Bistro

Glen Ellyn

$49 $24

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Local sommelier leads wine tasting classes featuring selections from France, Italy, and the United States

$8 for a Movie and Popcorn for Two at Brew & View ($14 Value)

Brew & View

Lakeview

$14 $8

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An evening of recently released titles as well as cult, classic, and underground favorites in the Vic Theater

An Evening with Mr. Dick Gregory or Comedy Night With Luenell at Castle on October 5 or 19 (Up to 69% Off)

An Evening with Mr. Dick Gregory or Comedy Night With Luenell

Castle

$85.39 $35

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Sets from comedy legend Dick Gregory or popular standup and actress Luenell

Demi Lovato with Christina Perri and MKTO at United Center on October 14 at 7 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Demi Lovato

United Center

$60.84 $30

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Actress and singer blends pop, R&B, and emotive lyrics on hits including "Skyscraper" and "Give Your Heart a Break"

John Leguizamo in "Ghetto Klown" at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, September 13, at 8 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

John Leguizamo in "Ghetto Klown"

The Chicago Theatre

$73.81 $44

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The magnetic and manic Leguizamo unleashes mesmerizing and hysterical tales from his career in his latest award-winning one-man show

Joffrey Ballet Presents "Stories in Motion" at Auditorium Theatre on September 18–21 (Up to 40% Off)

"Stories in Motion"

Auditorium Theatre

$83 $50

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Balanchine's famous ballet of a biblical tale, Tudor's Edwardian love triangle, and Possokhov's story of love and loss

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee on Saturday, September 20, at 8 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee

Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium

$27 $13.50

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PhD-holding comedian draws on academic background and PowerPoint skills to craft cerebral, PG-13-appropriate comedy sets

Practice Pool Fundamentals in a Historic Billiards Hall

Fundamentals of Pool Class

Chris's Billiards

$30 $30

Pool expert Pat Hays guides students through the FUNdamentals of billiards in the historic hall where The Color of Money was filmed

"Late Nite Catechism" at Royal George Theatre, August 9–September 21 (Up to 43% Off). 14 Showtimes Available.

"Late Nite Catechism"

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE

$30 $17

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Catholic nun comically pontificates on the dangers of the modern world in a participatory theater performance

Mind Reading Show at The Bar Below on September 4–24 or October 1 at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Mark Toland

The Bar Below

$25 $12

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Mark Toland blends fast-paced humor with mind reading and sideshow stunt capabilities for an unforgettable night of entertainment

Storytelling Show and Class with the Founder of Story Club

Storytelling Show and Class with the Founder of Story Club

Uptown

$20 $20

At Uptown's Holiday Club, Dana Norris hosts an evening of storytelling before the performers take to the audience to help you craft a story

Tributes to Nirvana, Dave Matthews, Sublime, Tool & More at The Cubby Bear Wrigleyville (Up to 46% Off)

Cubby Bear

Cubby Bear

$9.95 $7

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Rock out to spot-on tributes to Tool, Korn, DMB, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and more at this Wrigleyville hotspot

The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars at UP Comedy Club on September 1–November 10 (Up to 43% Off)

The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars

UP Comedy Club

$24.50 $17

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Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier directs a cast of top improv talent; revue about living in the Internet age collects past sketches

"The Empire Brings Sexy Back: A Star Wars Burlesque" or "Holy Bouncing Boobies: A Batman Burlesque" (Up to 39% Off)

"Empire Brings Sexy Back" or "Holy Bouncing Boobies: A Batman Burlesque"

Gorilla Tango Theatre

$33 $20

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Performers sling jokes and shed clothes during burlesque parodies of "Batman" and "The Empire Strikes Back"

Hookah and Soft Drinks or BYOB Fees for One or Two at Rotana Cafe (Up to 52% Off)

Rotana Cafe

Chicago

$19.83 $11

On weeknights, groups can enjoy their hookah with house soft drinks or they can bring wine or drinks from home on Saturdays

$16 for Premium Beer Flights and Michelin Bib Gourmand-Rated Bar Snacks for Two at Paramount Room ($32 Value)

Paramount Room

Central Chicago

$32 $16

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Rotating list of craft beers and Belgian ales pairs with gourmet nosh like tempura green beans or pork belly sticks with maple mustard sauce

Burgers, Pub Food, and Drinks for Two or Four at Lincoln Avenue Social (50% Off)

Lincoln Avenue Social

Chicago

$30 $15

The pub menu features classic sandwiches, Tex-Mex plates, and Burgers topped with beef chili and mac and cheese

Billiards Outing for Two or Four or $10 for $20 Worth of Billiards and American Food at Pressure Billiards and Cafe

Pressure Billiards & Cafe

Edgewater

$46.85 $20

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13 Brunswick Metro pool tables framed by eight LCD TVs vie for dominance against a café menu of burgers, sandwiches, and cocktails

$10 for $20 Worth of Drinks at Glascott’s Saloon

Glascott's Saloon

Lincoln Park

$20 $10

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Bellied up to a wooden bar at an authentic speakeasy, guests sip on a selection of 18 draft beers, imported brews, and glasses of wine

$59 for In-Home Wine Tasting for Up to 16 from Wines for Humanity ($250 Value)

Wines for Humanity

Redeem from Home

$250 $59

Professional wine adviser teaches guests to discern distinctive notes in seven exclusive vintages and pair them with appropriate dishes

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Beviamo (Up to 64% Off)

Beviamo

West Town

$50 $19

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Two reds, two whites, and one bubbly from across the world recommended by a wine specialist; complimentary eats

Tickets to See "Beauties & Beaus" for 2, 4, 6, or 10 with Champagne at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago (Up to 65% Off)

Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Lakeview

$36 $16

Audiences watch a rotating guest lineup of drag performers strut their stuff onstage while sipping champagne

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

$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

Chicago Family Fun Expo for Two at Dupage Expo and Convention Center on October 18–19 (Up to 50% Off)

Chicago Family Fun Expo

Dupage Expo and Convention Center

$14 $7

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Vendors and demos educate about health and wellness while face painting, obstacle courses, and magic shows entertain

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At the historic Highland Park Theatre, families and film buffs happily munch handfuls of fresh popcorn as spine-tingling thrillers, uproarious comedies, and rich, moving dramas play out on the big screen. The venerable North Shore movie house dates back to 1925, when it operated as the 1,200-seat Alcyon Theatre, which had a single screen that showed silent footage of cowboys racing on horseback, swashbucklers crossing swords, and complex romance plots communicated through drawn-out games of Pictionary. Today, powerful sound systems in the building's four theaters broadcast the dialogue of crowd-pleasing Hollywood blockbusters, as well as critically acclaimed independent films and imported foreign masterpieces.

445 Central Ave
Highland Park,
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Established in 1990, the bar and grill formerly known as Pete's Pizza took on its new nommé de cuisine in 2008 after extending the menu to encompass burgers, sandwiches, pasta, and Greek fare from chefs Spiro Theodoropoulos and John Patouhas. The hugely varied pub fare weighs down tables in the expansive, relaxed dining room. In the adjoining bar, raucous games of darts, pool, and sudoku wait to break out. During warmer weather, diners take in fresh air on the stone patio that also provides the ideal amount of give for toe-tapping to the sporadically scheduled live music.

1046 Milwaukee Ave
Deerfield,
IL
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Behind a red-brick storefront and striped awning, Viva Le Vine's vintners curate a collection of vintages both affordable and high end, pairing them with cheeses and other finger foods. Wooden racks hoist obsidian bottles of reds and whites, and the wine bar dispenses pours and sampling flights alongside microbrews, seasonal cocktails, and martinis. Cushy, black leather furniture and high-top tables dot the brightly lit interior and an upright piano stands against the wall for impromptu instrumental renditions of Gangsta's Paradise. A painting of colorful donkeys stares down enviously from rich burgundy walls at rich plates of succulent chocolates and naan covered in hearty toppings. The shop hosts live entertainment, numerous tastings, and trivia events throughout the year.

338 N Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville,
IL
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Hundreds of LEGO pieces scatter across C&A Robot Factory?s worktables, where kids follow plans or their own imaginations to build everything from programmable robots to remote-controlled vehicles. During the center's projects and camps, children work through projects that explore science, math, and creativity. They might build a LEGO space station, program the movements of a solar-powered robot from a selection of new models in WeDo classes, or use salt water to power a LEGO car. The stop-motion-animation project?where kids assemble LEGO bricks into a movie set and then take hundreds of photographs that are edited together to become a short movie?stretches the potential applications of LEGOs even further.

Creative opportunities, however, aren't limited to structured projects. During open-play sessions kids can use C&A Robot Factory?s thousands of LEGO blocks to assemble buildings or the world?s most uncomfortable carpet. The LEGO Ville area lets toddlers play as well, surrounding them with Duplo blocks, cars, and trains.

326 Peterson Rd.
Libertyville,
IL
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At Downing's, diners can gobble up a Guinness beer brat, savor Corona-battered cod, or bite into a maple-bacon burger made with beer-infused sirloin. Inventive uses for alcohol aren't the only way the chefs add creative spins to their traditional Irish eats and handheld pub dishes. For instance, you can order a burger topped with fresh mozzarella, pesto, and fresh tomatoes?all the makings of a caprese salad. Downing's takes burgers so seriously that an entire section of the menu is labeled "Not Burgers." It features italian-beef sandwiches and chimichurri beef tacos. Diners can also partake of a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which oozes with warm strawberry jelly between slices of bread dusted with powdered sugar.

Between bites of hearty pub food washed down with beer and spirits, pool players can start their own leagues at Downing's. The pub?which offers alfresco seating in warmer months?also keeps things hopping with weekly musical performances, five flat-screen TVs, and parties to celebrate such holidays as Halloween, Saint Patrick's Day, and Franklin Pierce Fan Club Day.

431 S Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville,
IL
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Sam Elias knows that being cooped up during long winter days can make people stir-crazy. So in 1993, after moving from Florida, land of palm trees and beaches, to Chicago, land of frigid winds and gray slush, he founded WhirlyBall as a way for people to release pent-up energy even as snow was falling outside. During each competitive WhirlyBall game, which combines aspects of basketball, hockey, and jai alai, players zoom across an indoor 50'x80' court in motorized cars called WhirlyBugs. They wield plastic scoops to toss a wiffle ball back and forth to their teammates before throwing the ball through an elevated goal. Refs keep watch during the games, eliminating score arguments that would otherwise end in sunrise duels. To fuel up for a bout, players nibble teriyaki chicken satay, gourmet pizzas, and prime rib, and swig draft beers, which vary by location.

All three WhirlyBall spots boast off-court diversions such as video games, pool tables, foosball, and air hockey. The Vernon Hills location hosts an indoor rock-climbing wall, and both the Chicago and Vernon Hills locations invite guests into multilevel Lasertron laser-tag arenas, which fill with fog and flashing lights as combatants duck, aim, and invoke Geneva Convention protocols regarding armed conflict.

285 Center Dr.
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

Lake Forest Scene