Things To Do In Merrillville

Up to 67% Off at Blastcamp Paintball in Hobart

Wheeler

$90 $39

Trained referees watch over games on former missile base’s fields, with arenas for close-quarters combat, woodsball, and speedball

48% Off at Skydive Horizonz

Hobart

$249 $149

Skydivers enjoy scenic vistas of downtown Chicago from dives conducted from above Lake Michigan; four-person option includes pictures

40% Off Boxing

Hobart

$100 $60

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

Up to 51% Off Kung Fu Classes for Kids or Adults

Griffith

$50 $25

A certified personal trainer teaches children and adults kung fu in the style of China's Shaolin Monastery

Up to 85% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Schererville

$124.50 $19

Group martial-arts lessons include a uniform; a three-month fitness challenge allows participation in four martial-arts classes per week

Up to 45% Off 18 Holes of Golf with Cart in Crete

Crete

$88 $48.50

Lush green fairways situated around pine and oak trees make up 6,225 yards of golf course designed by John Ellis in 1960

Up to 52% Off Fun-Park Arcade Games and Popcorn

St. John

$22 $11

52-game redemption arcade entertains fun-park visitors within a family entertainment center of batting cages, go-carts, and mini golf

Up to 64% Off Horsemanship and Riding Lessons

Crete

$125 $49

Introductory class covers grooming and horsemanship; riding lesson teaches English-style riding and dressage fundamentals

Up to 62% Off Boot Camp or Personal Training

Dyer

$25 $10

Personal trainers work one-on-one with clients to help define and work on their goals; boot-camp sessions create varied workouts

Up to 64% Off at Premiere Dance Studio

Premiere Dance Studio

$35 $14.99

Expert instructors lead students of all levels through social dances such as tango, waltz, and swing

Up to 51% Off Indoor Horseback-Riding Lesson

Dyer

$100 $49

Indoor lessons let riders enjoy horseback riding no matter what the weather; great holiday gift

86% Off at Push Hard Fitness

Multiple Locations

$180 $29

Boot camp classes can be paired with a nutritional workshop or personal training for added health benefits

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

50% Off Flight Lesson

South Chicago Flying Lessons

$199.99 $99

Give the gift of flight as an FAA-certified instructor guides 30-minute flight where the students can fly the plane for up to 15 minutes

Up to 58% Off Personal Training Sessions

Lansing

$70 $35

Trainers work one-on-one with clients, creating results-oriented workouts tailored to their specific goals

46% Off Helicopter Tour of Chicago

Lansing

$332 $198

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Helicopter pilots fly passengers along the Chicago skyline and past landmarks such as Millennium Park, U.S. Cellular Field, and Navy Pier

Up to 74% Off Fitness or Muay Thai Classes

Lansing

$75 $25

Fitness instructors lead groups through martial arts and self-defense classes or host Zumba classes, all of which are designed to torch flab

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

Up to 58% Off Inflatable-Playground Play Passes

Calumet City

$40 $19

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

85% Off Dance Lessons

Multiple Locations

$200 $30

Instructor teaches American, Latin American, and other social dancing styles, adapting the lessons to the individual or couples skill level

Up to 55% Off Arboretum Admission or Membership

Valparaiso

$20 $10

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Vast arboretum brings plants together from around the world to create varied gardens

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

50% Off Fitness Classes

Chesterton

$60 $30

Trainers engage primary and secondary muscle groups with TRX suspension training and burn fat with indoor cycling classes

Up to 56% Off Yoga Classes

Chesterton

$125 $59

Bamboo floors and deep red and gold walls house 60-minute yoga classes led by seasoned instructors

Up to 58% Off Martial Arts Classes

Richton Park

$129 $59

Instructors teach taekwondo, hapkido, and jiu-jitsu during classes geared toward specific age groups, from three-year-olds to adults

Half Off Private Guitar Lessons from Eric Mantel 

Matteson

$45 $22.50

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

Shop, Sip & Tip Business Expo – Up to 55% Off

Holiday Inn Chicago Matteson Conference Center

$20 $9

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Ladies night bustles with business vendors, shopping, cash bars, raffles, live music, and DJ sets

Up to 53% Off Golf-Simulator Session with Snacks

Homewood

$68.50 $33

Players share a pizza and trade swings on simulations of famous golf courses such as St. Andrews and Cog Hill

30% Off Music Lessons at American Music Institute

Multiple Locations

$5 $5

One month of music lessons for voice or instruments including saxophone, violin, piano, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, and oboe

Up to 85% Off Kids’ Gymnastics Classes

Multiple Locations

$131 $25

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Kids learn gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, or martial arts; tykes 5 and under cavort on inflatables and trampolines during open gym

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

51% Off British Swim School Classes

Oak Forest

$183 $89

Kids ages 3 months and older explore swimming and water safety under the careful supervision of trained teachers

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

Up to 60% Off at Tinley Park Roller Rink 

Tinley Park

$21 $10

Colorful lights, booming songs, and the aroma of fresh snacks fill the air at an indoor roller-skating rink

50% Off

Alsip

$60 $30

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

Up to 62% Off Youth Basketball Camp

Evergreen Racquet & Fitness Center

$129 $59

Kids play competitive games, work on basketball skills such as shooting, dribbling, and defense, and connect with mentors

Up to 71% Off at Pure Indoor Cycling Studio

Evergreen Park

$130 $39

State-of-the-art indoor bicycles provide exercisers with an invigorating workout while motivating music plays in the background

Up to 63% Off CrossFit

Frankfort

$48 $20

Instructors aid others in burning calories with a system of intense functional exercises designed to prep for all physical activities

KidsWork Children's Museum – Up to 47% Off Visit

Frankfort

$24 $14

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Programs such as music classes and story time as well as exhibits including a floor piano and instruments made from recycled materials

Up to 80% Off Classes at Tiger Kwon's Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$120 $39

Martial-arts classes blend elements of tae kwon do, hapkido, and kickboxing to deliver self-defense strategies and an intense workout

$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

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn—Up to 50% Off Outing

Oak Lawn

$14 $7

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Explore 16 hands-on, educational exhibits developed in accordance with Illinois Learning Standards

Half Off Private Piano Lessons at Palos Heights Piano

Palos Heights

$30 $15

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

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

83% Off Golf VIP Pass at Silver Lake Country Club

Orland Park

$870 $189

VIP package includes 10 rounds at a 9-hole executive course, 5 group lessons, 10 buckets of range balls, and a hybrid golf club

74% Off Yoga Classes

Multiple Locations

$150 $39

Instructors help students bolster flexibility, strength, and mind-body unity with breathing and core work followed by relaxing teatime

Up to 67% Off 30-Minute Guitar Lessons

Orland Park

$20 $10

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

Up to 56% Off Kids' Dress-Up Party

Orland Hills

$300 $149

At party place with loads of costumes, kids age 4-10 play dress-up as they celebrate

Up to 53% Off Intro Sessions at HOTSide CrossFit

Orland Park

$100 $49

Certified instructors introduce classes to the functional movements of CrossFit, preparing them for the intensity of the full program

49% Off Personal-Training Sessions

Orland Park

$59 $30

Free weights, fake grass, and stationary bikes are among the many tools used by certified coaches to customize workouts

58% Off Five Group Horse-Riding Lessons

Mokena

$165 $69

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English and Western riding lessons held in a lighted outdoor or heated indoor arena with supportive, encouraging instructors

Up to 76% Off Martial Arts Classes

Mokena

$204 $49

Instructors professionally trained in styles such as Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido teach kids and adults during classes

Up to 88% Off Fitness Classes or Personal Training

Mokena

$100 $15

Yoga, spinning, Butts & Guts, conditioning, and indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes offered six days per week

73% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Mokena

$130 $35

5,000 sq. ft. space hosts boot-camp workouts that burn calories with high-intensity exercises led by certified instructors

61% Off 10 Yoga and Pilates Classes

Mokena

$100 $39

Inviting studio’s Pilates classes tone cores, yoga classes quiet minds, and total-body-toning classes build full-body strength and endurance

71% Off Women’s Kickboxing Classes

Mokena

$99 $29

Women learn muay Thai moves and other techniques during kickboxing classes that integrate self-defense tactics into intense workouts

57% Off at Title Boxing Club

Palos Park

$35 $15

Instructors whip bodies into shape with unlimited boxing and kickboxing workouts, such as Power Hour sessions that burn up to 1,000 calories

67% Off Private Music Lessons from Parker Music

House-Calls and Studio Lessons

$60 $20

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

Up to 54% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Palos Hills

$70 $38.50

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One-hour beginner classes for children and adults impart essential horsemanship skills

Pickle Asparagus with the Manager of Edible Alchemy Co-Op

Pilsen

$35 $35

Andrea Mattson splits you into groups and shows you how to pickle, spice, and can a quart of asparagus

Gorilla Tango Theatre – Up to 30% Off Burlesque

Bucktown

$35 $25

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Performers sling jokes and shed clothes during burlesque parodies of Batman and Star Wars

50% Off Arts and Antiques Expo

Navy Pier

$20 $10

Visitors to the expo can browse everything from leather-bound books to diamond jewelry and 19th-century antiques

Barry Gibb: Mythology The Tour Live – Up to 49% Off

United Center

$66.50 $35

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On his "Mythology" tour, the legendary singer-songwriter salutes his brothers in a set spanning the entire Bee Gees catalog

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra – Up to 73% Off

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

$44 $12

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The national premiere of a symphony suppressed by the Nazis, a Vaughan Williams piece, and a collaboration with the lauded Avalon Quartet

The Fray – Up to 47% Off

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

$37.95 $20

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Grammy-nominated rockers behind "How to Save a Life" treat audiences to piano-driven hits and songs from their newest album

Up to 51% Off an After-Work Cruise

Chicago

$25 $13

Cruises aboard a yacht with dance floors and bars provide brilliant evening views of the Chicago skyline

The Dance Mile on Randolph Street – $10 Off

Chicago

$45 $35

Twirl and sashay your way down Randolph Street decked out in a costume or Dance Mile neon tank, then keep the fun going at an after party

Up to 60% Off the Great Food Tour of Chicago

Chicago

$50 $25

Tours make six stops along Michigan Avenue, visiting the originator of deep-dish pizza and an eatery serving up Chicago-style hot dogs

Up to Off 80% Yoga Classes

West Town

$140 $29

A large studio space accommodates up to 70 students per class for a combination of vinyasa flow, balance postures, and meditation

Up to 44% Off Loop Interior Architecture Tour for Two

The Loop

$52 $29

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Featured in the Chicago Reader, guides lead groups through architecturally striking interiors and share photos and videos via iPads

50% Off "Fifty Shades of Grey" Parody

The Apartment

$86 $43

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Performers romp through the funny side of the hit erotic novel to the tune of Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Carly Rae Jepsen

Up to 50% Off an Inside Chicago Grand Tour

The Loop

$45 $25

A bus ferries visitors to the North and South Sides, showing them major parks, the Museum Campus, and the sights along Lake Shore Drive

Up to 55% Off The L.A.T.E. Ride

Buckingham Fountain

$55 $25

Celebrate the summer solstice with a night ride; FOTP members get a quarterly newsletter and discounts on park tours

49% Off Pup Crawl

Hubbard Inn

$35 $18

Pub crawl that benefits PAWS Chicago takes revelers to five local bars, including Hubbard Inn and The Boss Bar

Up to 51% Off Rooftop Cubs Game

Lakeview

$141.17 $69

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Gaze over Wrigley Field's right-centerfield wall from a luxurious rooftop as the Cubs continue to charge through the 2014 season

50% Pub Crawl or Brunch Tour

The Loop

$80 $40

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Groups roam the pedway's watering holes while hearing about prohibition days, or combine history with brunch

Up to 50% Off Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours

Chicago

$50 $30

Ride up to some of Chicago's most iconic landmarks as the sun sets and the skyline begins to glow

$8 Off Movie Outing

Logan Square

$19 $11

Historic theater screens current releases and classic films

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Allstars Sports Bar

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

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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, while Merrillville's 9,000-square-foot playground sends kiddies whirling around on a bouncy carousel like the first cowboys before the discovery of real horses. Each bounce facility keeps toddlers from getting underfoot in dedicated Totland play spaces, complete with musical toys, miniature slides, and foam-covered floors. Outdoor-inflatable rentals bring the jump sessions to birthdays, block parties, fairs, and parole hearings.

1923 Southlake Mall
Merrillville,
IN
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The studio offers all new students one complimentary private lesson, so this Groupon covers the subsequent lessons.

1205 W Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville,
IN
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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

With iridescent miniature golf courses in malls throughout North America, Glowgolf adds elements of phosphorescent fun to shopping sessions. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent animals, and lush foliage reminiscent of the glowing trees on Neptune. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to get familiar with each hole's obstacles. Equipment is available on the spot, so players won't have to carry around personal clubs or seek out a bioluminescent caddie.

2107 Southlake Mall
Merrillville,
IN
US

Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.

4831 E 81st Ave
Merrillville,
IN
US

The instructors of Origins Dance Academy have traveled far and wide to learn and practice their craft, from choreographing in Los Angeles to dancing in prestigious European and Canadian ballet companies to appearing in area musicals. That wide range of experience allows them to teach youngsters in a wide variety of classes, including tap, ballet, and hip-hop. Origins also occasionally presents its students in performances and sends them to competitions judged by technique, difficulty, and how well the dancers perform sequences from Swan Lake while partnered with real swans.

120 W Clark St
Crown Point,
IN
US