Kids Activities in Lake Station

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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Open Skate with Skate Rental for Two or Four or Ice-Skating Lessons at Midwest Training and Ice Center (50% Off)

Midwest Training and Ice Center

St. John

Olympic-sized ice arena hosts open-skate sessions or four weeks of lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skaters

$20 $11

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Bowling with Optional Margaritas and Tacos, or Party at Lakewood Bowl (Up to 50% Off). Choose from Six Options.

Lakewood Bowl

Richton Park

This family-friendly bowling center has updated lanes, a bar and grill, and a barbershop inside

$20 $10

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One 60-Minute Private Guitar Lesson with Family Member or Friend from Eric Mantel ($45 Value) 

Eric Mantel

Matteson

A guitar instructor for more than three decades, Eric Mantel teaches students myriad techniques with inspiration from guitar greats

$45 $22.50

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Ice Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Southwest Ice Arena (Up to 53% Off)

Southwest Ice Arena

Crestwood

Skaters spin around two well-maintained ice rinks during public skates inside the family-friendly skating center

$18 $9

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Four Private Music Lessons from Dave Kohut Guitar Instruction (44% Off)

Dave Kohut Guitar Instruction

Crestwood

From the merchant: Guitar, bass, banjo, or Ukulele lessons available. All levels of student from beginning to advanced are welcome.

$80 $45

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Winter Wonderland Mini Golf for Two or Six at Odyssey Fun World (Up to 50% Off)

Odyssey Fun World

Tinley Park

Sip hot chocolate while playing 18 holes of mini golf surrounded by a musical light show

$20 $12

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to National Hellenic Museum (Up to 53% Off)

National Hellenic Museum

West Town

Explore Greek culture and history inside a gorgeous 40,000 sq.-ft. limestone building filled with Greek-themed artwork and exhibits

$20 $10

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Bowling-League Registration for an Individual or a Team from Players Sport & Social Group (40% Off)

Players Sport & Social Group

Seven Ten Lounge & Lanes

Coed bowling teams play each other at Seven Ten Lounge & Lanes

$99 $59

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One-Year Family or Individual Membership to The Oriental Institute (Up to 53% Off)

The Oriental Institute

University of Chicago

Exhibit-opening invitations, free audio tours, research-library privileges, and program discounts at a museum of Middle East archaeology

$75 $35

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Pre-Sale: Tween Stars Live! at The Patio Theater on Saturday, January 24, at 3 p.m.

Tween Stars Live

The Patio Theater

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Stars of Austin & Ally, Liv and Maddie, Jessie, iCarly, and other shows create a family-friendly variety act with comedy and Q&As

$15

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$30 for One Circus Class at Trapeze School New York in Chicago ($57 Value)

Trapeze School New York in Chicago

Edgewater

Instructors with backgrounds in circus and stunt work teach specialty skills such as aerial hoops and silks

$57 $30

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Three Games of Bowling for Two or Two Hours of Cosmic Bowling for Ten at Waveland Bowl (Up to 51% Off)

Waveland Bowl

North Center

Classic, 50-year-old alley equipped with 40 state-of-the-art lanes, computerized scoring, and billiards tables

$19 $10

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One-Year Membership to DuSable Museum of African American History (50% Off). Four Options Available.

DuSable Museum of African American History

Washington Park

Examine tales and artifacts of African American history with studies of African nations, murals, and even an animatronic Harold Washington

$60 $30

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$110 for Piano Lessons ($200 Value) — The Art of Piano Playing

The Art Of Piano Playing Inc.

The Loop

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

$200 $110

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Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

More than 600 art pieces and 7,000 medical artifacts—including a working iron lung—trace the advancement of surgery throughout history

$30 $15

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Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at railroad workers during WWI

$14 $8

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5 or 10 Kids' Open-Play Sessions at Chicago Playpen (Up to 63% Off)

Chicago Playpen

Bronzeville

Kids play inside a facility that’s full of educational installations, including a grocery store

$60 $26

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General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Far South Chicago

Museum celebrates the victories of the nation’s first African-American labor unions and the history of African-American railroad workers

$50 $25

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Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drum, or Piano Lessons at Guitar Cities (Up to 59% Off)

Guitar Cities

Chicago

Guitar, bass, ukulele, drum, and piano lessons from professional recording artists and touring musicians in Chicago’s Loop

$80 $33

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One Private 30-Minute Drum Lessons with DVD at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons (60% Off)

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach timing, original beats, stick control, tricks, and advanced techniques

$25 $10

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$10 for 15 Batting-Cage Tokens at Sluggers World Class Sports Bar ($20 Value)

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar

Lakeview

Just steps away from the legendary Wrigley Field, amateurs can practice their swings in the bar’s batting cages

$20 $10

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$58 for a Ghost Investigation Tour for Two from Chicago Ghost Investigations ($116 Value)

Chicago Ghost Investigations

Pilsen

After a crash course in ghost hunting, small teams use tools to explore and communicate with ghosts of Al Capone’s underworld

$116 $58

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Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

Artifacts and digitized recordings detail the history of radio and television; interactive station lets visitors anchor their own newscasts

$24 $12

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Maze Visit and Time Freak Game for Two or Four at Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier (Up to 56% Off)

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze

Near North Side

Narrow hallways inside a 4,000-square-foot, Chicago-history-themed maze on Navy Pier

$23.98 $12

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Five Weeks of Bagpipe or Drum Lessons with Rentals at Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming

Irish American Heritage Center

In groups of up to five, students hone playing and practice technique and learn about the culture of drums or Scottish bagpipes

$145 $69

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$29 for Two Adult Sports-Acrobatics Classes at MSA & Circus Arts ($60 Value)

MSA & Circus Arts

Logan Square

Learn floor-tumbling moves, such as bounces, flips, and handstands, and jump on a regulation-sized trampoline equipped with safety lines

$60 $29

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Two or Four Piano Lessons at Heart of Singing (Up to 68% Off)

Heart of Singing

Chicago

Seasoned musician inspires versatile piano moves during lessons tailored to the student’s skill level & goals

$80 $26

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Dance Classes or Majorette or Musical-Theater Program at Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center (Up to 63% Off)

Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center

Multiple Locations

Adults learn dances such as Afro-Modern Fusion, hip-hop, and jazz; children learn majorette-style dancing or put on a musical

$60 $24

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$33 for Three Private Guitar or Piano Lessons or Two Vocal Lessons at The Ultimate School of Guitar (Up to $72 Value)

The Ultimate School of Guitar

Berger Park Cultural Center

Basic to advanced lessons in guitar, piano, and vocals taught by talented instructors with educational and practical experience

$72 $33

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Children's After-School Art Class or Six-Week Studio Art Program at Artology at Corks & Brushes (Up to 52% Off)

Artology at Corks & Brushes

Chicago

After-school and weeks-long programs help kids build skills and confidence as they create art while having fun

$25 $12

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Three, Five, or Seven Private Violin or Viola Lessons at MB Muzik (Up to 58% Off)

MB Muzik

Chicago

A violinist since age seven, Marija Bubanj teaches violin and viola students basic scales, fingerings, and bowing techniques

$180 $75

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Two or Four Private Piano or Drum Lessons at Guitar Chicago (Up to 59% Off)

Guitar Chicago

The Loop

Instrumentalists train pupils of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level; students can pick a song to learn

$70 $29

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60-Minute Batting-Cage Sessions at Bash Sports Academy (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

BASH Sports Academy

Avondale

12,000 sq. ft., fully turfed indoor facility houses five cages for practicing swings year-round

$150 $72

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Admission for 2 or 4, or One- or Two-Year Family Membership to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Lincoln Park

Nature museum hosts living and educational exhibits on the natural world including a butterfly haven and a native prairie.

$18 $11

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Music-Production 101 Class or One Full-Day Boot Camp at The Talent Pros (Up to 80% Off)

The Talent Pros

Pilsen

Workshops cover the basics of the recording industry with insight from an experienced staff that includes a Grammy-winning producer

$75 $29

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$24 for $50 Worth of Music Lessons — Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Chicago

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

$50 $24

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Weekend Access to the Chicago Pet Show for Two at Oak Lawn Pavilion on April 25–26 (Up to 42% Off)

Chicago Pet Show

Oak Lawn Community Pavilion

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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

$12 $7

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One or Three 30- or 60-Minute Private Piano Lessons at Palos Heights Piano (50% Off)

Palos Heights Piano

Palos Heights

Classical pianist with 20+ years of experience teaches the instrument's fundamentals to students of all ages

$30 $15

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons from Parker Music (69% Off)

Parker Music

House-Calls and Studio Lessons

Seasoned instructor, Ben Parker, provides house-call or studio lessons for guitar, bass, ukulele, and music theory

$60 $19

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Mini Golf for 4, 6, 8, or 10 or Mini Golf for 4 and 45 Arcade Tokens Each at PGN Fun Center (Up to 59% Off)

PGN Fun

PGN Fun Center

Two adventure-themed miniature-golf courses wind through castles, caves, and tall hedges

$28 $14

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One or Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Evolution Music (Up to 67% Off)

Evolution Music

Orland Park

A skilled guitarist helps students of all experience levels master chords, solos, and other techniques

$20 $10

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90 Minutes of Laser Tag for Two or Four at CMP Tactical Lazer Tag (Up to 64% Off)

CMP Tactical Lazer Tag

Frankfort

Massive, multi-story combat zone hosts laser tag battles that can feature more than 50 competitors in a variety of mission styles

$50 $18

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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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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Membership for a Family or Individual (Up to 40% Off)

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Skokie

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

$40 $25

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$69 for Four 30 Minute Private Music Lessons $140 — Northfield School of Music

Northfield School Of Music

Northfield

Students can choose from drums, guitar, voice, violin, or piano lessons

$140 $69

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Four In-Home or In-Studio Music Lessons at North Shore Music Institute (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

North Shore Music Institute

Northfield

Lessons for students aged 6–adult teach music techniques for the bass, cello, and drums in a wide variety of genres

$240 $120

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Arcade Outing with 100 Tokens and a 14-Inch Single-Topping Pizza at Kiddie Kingdom (Up to 73% Off)

Kiddie Kingdom

Niles

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

$33.70 $9

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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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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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Ice Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Rocket Ice Arena (Up to 58% Off)

Rocket Ice Arena

Bolingbrook

Skaters of all levels hone their moves during open skates while supporters cheer them on from lodge with fireplace, free WiFi & café

$18 $8

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Single-Day Admission for Two or Four or Family Membership at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joliet

History museum mines the past of the town of Joliet, its people, and how their stories relate to the whole of American history

$12 $6

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$41 for Four 30-Minute Voice Lessons at Music Lessons by Maggie ($90 Value)

Music Lessons by Maggie

Joliet

Certified music teacher helps musicians of any level delevop their singing skills

$90 $41

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Wonderland Express Visit for Two or Four with Parking at Chicago Botanic Garden (Up to 49% Off)

Chicago Botanic Garden

Glencoe

Indoor holiday outing to the Chicago Botanic Garden with model-train displays and 750,000 twinkling lights

$49 $27

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

Watts Ice Center

Watts Ice Center

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

$22 $12

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One or Three Two-Hour Adult Art Classes at Terra Sounds (Up to 48% Off)

Terra Sounds

Glenview

Adult artists of all experience levels pick a media of their choice, such as watercolor, acrylic, or oil paint, while working on a sketch

$27 $15

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Five Kids’ Bounce-House Visits or a Classic Party for Up to 25 at Pump It Up Glenview (Up to 51% Off)

Pump It Up Glenview

Glenview

Kids jump, play, and socialize aboard colorful inflatable slides and bounce houses during open-play times or birthday party

$45 $22

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$29 for Two 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Terra Sounds ($80 Value)

Terra Sounds

Glenview

Students can practice instruments including guitar, piano, drums, violin, or voice or study techniques such as songwriting or improvisation

$80 $29

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Ice-Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Canlan Ice Sports (Up to 55% Off)

Canlan Ice Sports

Romeoville

Guests lace up rented skates and take to the ice during public-skating sessions held in this three-rink facility

$20 $10

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Frolicking in a 500,000-gallon wave pool, plummeting from 100-foot free-fall slides, and drifting along a 1,200-foot lazy river with 5 mph currents are just a few of the diversions found within Seven Peaks' net of water parks. The aquatic havens spread across Utah and Indiana, luring families and adventurous kayakers with forests of twisting water slides such as the Provo location's Boomerang, which sends passengers ricocheting down three stories. Calmer fun awaits at child-friendly areas such as Sand Bar Bay, where gentle spurts of water surprise and delight kids and a tiny slide sends them, careening and giggling, into the water.

1275 Waverly Rd.
Porter,
IN
US

Youngsters clamor over air-filled merry-go-rounds, obstacle courses, and slides inside FunFlatables' indoor play arenas. Dyer's 12,00-square-foot facility houses giant aquariums, pirate ships, and 19-foot slides. Each bounce facility keeps toddlers from getting underfoot in dedicated Totland play spaces, complete with musical toys, miniature slides, and foam-covered floors.

1923 Southlake Mall
Merrillville,
IN
US

Stardust Bowl's two locations welcome everyone from casual groups to diehard competitors, keeping lanes open as late as 11 p.m. in Merrillville and as late as 12 a.m. in Dyer. In between frames, patrons can refuel with a quick bite or drink from the snack bar, try their hand at the Merrillville location's billiard tables, or visit the Dyer alley's arcade. The Dyer location ramps up the energy on select evenings with starlight bowling, showering all 48 lanes with laser lights and cranking up the sound system's playlist of spirited mayoral debates.

3925 E Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville,
IN
US

On Zao Island's two 18-hole mini-golf courses, players will encounter more than 20 fountains, 10 waterfalls, and several suspended bridges. But by the last hole, all they'll remember is the 30-foot, three-story mountain looming over the course and the mighty dragon that perches atop it. While the mythical winged beast stands guard over Zao Island, 45 real alligators occupy its waters, waiting for visitors to feed them with one of the gator exhibit's poles. The island's jungle-themed, black-lit laser-tag arena is devoid of strange creatures, however—save for droves of laser-armed humans.

While players dodge lasers, slow pitches and fastballs whiz by inside Zao Island's batting cages. Speed is also the name of the game on the park's 1,100-foot-long go-kart track, whose twists and turns stretch across a wooden high rise. Inflatable slides, bounce houses, and a massive arcade complete with redemption prizes round out the fun center's potpourri of attractions. To reenergize after long days of play, visitors can gather at Colada's Pizza for a celebratory slice.

1050 Horse Prairie Ave
Valparaiso,
IN
US

Chicagoland, NW Indiana & SOuthern Michigan's largest waterpark! Situated on 46 acres Deep River Waterpark offers family value pricing and packages. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

9001 E Lincoln Hwy
Crown Point,
IN
US

Jak's Warehouse's bright green, off-kilter sign hints at the fun to be had behind its weathered-brick entryway. Within the industrial-themed indoor playground, children dodge beams of light in a laser maze, collide in a bumper-cars arena, and navigate tunnels and launch volleys of foam balls in a Ballocity climbing structure. Under the glow of black lights, they compete in games of laser tag and play through a nine-hole, city street-themed mini-golf course. The four-story Sky Trail climbing structure’s elevated platforms and swinging ropes let small visitors nearly touch the ceiling of the expansive space, while on the ground, nearly 100 modern arcade games fill the Warehouse floor with lights and Morse-code messages from Pac Man to his wife. Though Jak’s Warehouse doesn't permit outside food or drink, casual café fare is available at the on-site Forklift Restaurant, including sandwiches, hot dogs, and pizzas.

221 U.S. Hwy. 41
Schererville,
IN
US

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