Things To Do In Montgomery

Fox Valley Irish Festival at RiverEdge Park on Saturday, August 2 (Up to 50% Off)

Fox Valley Irish Festival

RiverEdge Park

$40 $20

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Irish cultural festival features family-friendly events, live music, and Jameson tastings and Irish beer for adults

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

VIP Admission for Two or Four to Basement of the Dead (Up to 58% Off)

Basement of the Dead

Aurora

$90 $39

Front-of-the-line admission to a nightmarish basement and a 3D circus run by an evil clown at one of Chicagoland's top-ranked haunted houses

Four- or Eight-Hour Firearm-Safety Class at Firearm Training Pros (Up to 53% Off)

Firearm Training Pros

Aurora

$75 $35

Classes cover the parts of a gun, situational awareness, and how to safely handle, inspect, load, and holster various types of handguns

Three or Eight 60-Minute Personal-Training Sessions at Forever Fitness (Up to 59% Off)

Forever Fitness

Academy of Human Performance

$240 $99

Trainers work one-on-one with clients to carve out personalized fitness plans and help achieve goals

Pottery-Painting Party or $11 for $20 Worth of Painting and Other Activities at The Painted Penguin

The Painted Penguin

Aurora

$20 $11

Selection of more than 3,000 pottery pieces that you can paint and take home the same day

Five Group Ballroom-Dance Classes or Two Private Lessons at My Dance Hub (Up to 71% Off)

My Dance Hub

Naperville/Aurora

$75 $29

Ballroom and Latin dance studio staffed by passionate instructors

$39 for Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes and a Uniform from TrySelfDefense.com ($349 Value)

TrySelfDefense.com

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

$160 for a Birthday Party Package for Up to 20 Kids at Kidz Funland ($320 Value)

Kidz Funland

Aurora

$320 $160

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

Two-Hour Walking Ghost Tour of Aurora or Naperville for Two or Four from Haunted Hometowns (Up to 51% Off)

Haunted Hometowns

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Ghost-seekers clutch EMF meters on lantern-lit tours through historic and haunted sites as guides relate tales of local specters

MattyB at The Paramount Theatre on Saturday, August 23, at 4 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

MattyB

The Paramount Theatre

$23.52 $14

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Internet rap sensation, who happens to be 11 years old, floors audiences with G-rated swagger and age-defying skills

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Swings find their sweet spots at Sugar Grove Golf Center, which grooms golf games with a driving range and lessons. Golf balls blast off of turf mats at the range before settling around targets with yardage displays. Players of all calibers can scratch bogeys off of their scorecards with private lessons or clinics. The onsite golf pro conducts prescheduled lessons until as late as 11 p.m., enabled by towering lights that surround the range and practice balls that have acquired a taste for coffee.

9S825 State Route 47
Sugar Grove,
IL
US

Open since 1945, Elmer's Doghouse has been a haven for generations of diners looking for cold brews, hot meals, and a set of familiar faces to enjoy them with. At this casual neighborhood spot, the kitchen staff still dishes out burgers, pizzas, and steak dinners lit by the neon glow of beer signs. On Monday nights, these meals emerge amid the tuneful clatter of the bar’s acoustic open mic, refueling audiences and musicians alike. Other musical entertainments include karaoke nights and live bands, who often coax diners into dancing or just giving them a bite of their food.

1250 S Broadway Rd
Montgomery,
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

Kristin was nervous before her first pole-dancing class. Sure, she?d spent years as a fitness specialist with a background in classical dance, but she was also working as the volunteer director at her church. What would people think? At her first turn around the pole, however, her fears vanished. ?I felt like a goddess and an acrobat,? she says.

Today, Kristin is a certified pole instructor, a master trainer for Pole Move, Inc, and a member of the Pole Fitness Association. Inside her 3,400-square-foot studio, she works alongside 16 PFA-certified instructors to teach women body acceptance through pole dancing. More than 3,000 female students so far have sampled the studio's liberating, confidence-boosting classes. There's a broad selection of class types, including eight stages of pole dancing, burlesque, aerobic classes, core conditioning, aerial silks, and aerial yoga. Each class caps attendance at 10 students to ensure instructors know everyone?s name and favorite sandwich, and that they can keep an eye out for safety and technique.

4222 Meridian Parkway
Aurora,
IL
US

Located on the shores of the Fox River, Fox Paintball has numerous fields suited for chromatic combat, along with a fully stocked pro shop. The Shipwreck field is comprised of a wooded area marked with ancient-styled barriers?ideal for both close exchanges and long shots?and is inhabited by a druid who officiates each match. The new Ninja Arena puts players among wrecked cars, a trench, sandbag bunkers, and a makeshift "power plant" building. Bunkers and two-story structures dot the other woods fields, and geometric inflatables provide protection from pigment projectiles and low-flying pigeons on the regulation XBall! field. Offering a respite between operations, the pro shop and concessions booth are stocked with eats, drinks, markers, and equipment by makers such as Empire, Tippmann, and Kingman. The park plays host to numerous tournaments and scenario games throughout the year.

1891 N Farnsworth Ave
Aurora,
IL
US

For more than 50 years, the monks of Marmion Abbey have tended 300 acres of farmland. They started with Christmas trees, and now maintain 120 acres of pines, spruces, and firs that smell exactly like car freshener. On the remaining acres, they tend pumpkin vines and corn mazes, interspersing these areas with scenic groves.

Throughout the year, the monks open their land to the public. In the autumn, they host Pumpkin Daze, a harvest festival with tractor wagon rides and a petting zoo. Around mid-November, they grant access to their tree farm, supplying visitors with rental saws for you-cut trees and bellowing "Timber!" just like Paul Bunyan did when he fell into bed at night. The monks stock their farm store with family-friendly products from local artists and handcrafted goods that complement the season, such as caramel apples in the fall.

2855 Hart Road
Aurora,
IL
US