Sightseeing in North Chicago

Kids and Adult Day Passes to Farmyard and Petting Zoo at Lambs Farm (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Lambs Farm

Libertyville

$12 $7

Farmyard run by non-profit organization houses a petting zoo, an old-fashioned train ride, and a 600-pound pig

Household Membership or History Lover Membership at the Wisconsin Historical Society and Museum (Up to 52% Off)

Wisconsin Historical Society

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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Membership includes discounted or free admission to the Society's historic sites, from Black Point Estate to Old World Wisconsin in Eagle

Individual Haunted-House Season Pass or One VIP or Regular Ultimate Ticket at Dungeon of Doom (Up to 41% Off)

Dungeon of Doom

Zion

$25 $17

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Characters such as Dr. Killpatient, Ravage, and Shank the Clown terrify visitors across a 42,000 sq. ft. haunted house

Helicopter Tour of Chicago for Two or Four from Chicago Helicopter Express (Up to 51% Off)

Chicago Helicopter Express

Wheeling

$360 $199

Helicopters cruise 800 feet above the Chicago skyline past such famed sights as Willis Tower, Wrigley Field, and Navy Pier

Visit for Two or Four to Kohl Children's Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Kohl Children's Museum

Glenview

$22 $14

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Two-acre outdoor sculpture park and 16 other interactive exhibits teach children how to build a house, harness natural power, and make art

$45 for VIP Tickets for Two to Both Haunted Houses at Fear City ($90 Value)

Fear City

Morton Grove

$90 $45

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VIP guests skip the line before meeting the undead residents of Fear City and exploring the haunted schoolhouse, Our Lady of the Cursed

$149 for a Helicopter Flying Lesson and Flight from Bachman Aero ($295 Value)

Bachman Aero

Schaumburg

$295 $149

The 30-minute helicopter flying lesson puts students in control of the craft at 500 feet with instruction from a FAA Certified Pilot

40-Minute Ride in a Extra 300L Stunt Airplane or T-6 Texan Trainer Warplane from Gauntlet Warbirds (41% Off)

Gauntlet Warbirds

Sugar Grove

$440 $259

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A seasoned flight instructor leads a 40-minute joy ride aboard an Extra 300L aerobatic plane or a T-6 Texan warplane

Haunted Walking Tour for Two or Four from Voices From Beyond Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Voices From Beyond Tours

Elmhurst College's Mill Theater

$40 $20

Haunted-history blogger and former criminal investigator partner with paranormal investigators to lead tours of Elmhurst’s haunted spots

Admission for Two, Four, or Six, or VIP Fast Passes for Two to Evil Intentions Haunted House (Up to 54% Off)

Evil Intentions Haunted House

Elgin

$50 $25

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20,000-square-foot multilevel haunted house remarked for its paranormal activity features room after room of terrifying attractions

Three-Hour Elgin Cemetery Ghost Hunt for Two or Four from Haunted Hometowns (51% Off)

Haunted Hometowns, Corp.

Elgin

$90 $45

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

Admission for Four Adults, or Membership for One Adult or Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Elgin History Museum

Eastside Elgin

$12 $8

Two floors of history exhibits reflecting Elgin's rich past, including a collection of Elgin Watches and Elgin Road Race memorabilia

Weekday or Weekend Admission for One, Two, or Four at Illinois Railway Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Illinois Railway Museum

Coral

$10 $5

Watch restored antique train cars in operation, then check out memorabilia from the Chicagoland and national rail industries

Deep-Dish-Pizza Walking Tour for Two or Four from Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours (Up to 56% Off)

Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours

Near North Side

$90 $42

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2-hour, 1.2-mile walking tour hits Pizzeria Uno, Pizzeria Ora, and Giordano's in River North to sample deep-dish pizza and learn its history

Entry for 1 or 2 to Chicago Culinary Museum and Chef's Hall of Fame Event Thursday, October 16

Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame

The Castle Nightclub

$149 $99

Come see Chicago Culinary Museum & Chefs Hall of Fame induct chefs such as Stephanie Izard, Gale Gand; open bar, Chicago restaurant samples

Explore the Kinetics of Chicago's Massive Moving Bridges

One-Hour Bridge Lift Tour

Near North Side

$15 $15

Walk along the Chicago River with a retired civil engineer who explains the history and architecture of the city's movable bridges

$20 for a Chicago History Tour for Two from Chicago's Finest River Walk Tour (Up to $40 Value)

Chicago's Finest River Walk Tour

The Loop

$40 $20

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Pedway's heated tunnels and sky bridges ferry guests between landmarks; tragedies tour examines Great Chicago Fire among other events

Zoovies Movie Screening with Optional Parking at Lincoln Park Zoo (Up to 63% Off). Three Dates Available.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago

$49 $19

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Take in a popular movie with drinks, pizza, popcorn, and candy in the heart of the historic Lincoln Park Zoo while surrounded by animals

One Adult or Child Discovery Pass to The Field Museum (Up to 31% Off)

The Field Museum

Central Chicago

$18 $12.50

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Explore ancient Egypt, see SUE the T. rex, and get access to temporary exhibitions exploring subjects like biomechanics

$50 for an Architectural Boat Tour for Two ($84 Value). Reservation through Groupon Required.

Chicago Line Cruises

Chicago

$84 $50

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Docent-narrated tours cover the history of Chicago's architectural innovations and how they influenced the present-day skyline

Tour by Bus for Two or Four from Chicago Crime Tours (Up to 53% Off)

Chicago Crime Tours

Chicago

$79.90 $38

Learn about more than 100 years of Chicago’s crime history in a 90-minute tour of famous crime scenes and landmarks

Walking Tour from WendyCity (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

WendyCity

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Tour the Mag Mile and learn some of its history during a relaxed walk before the stores open

Chocolate Tour of Chicago with Seven Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours

Chicago

$50 $25

Sample Aztec chocolate drinks, cupcakes, truffles, and chocolate donuts during two-hour chocolate tour along the Magnificent Mile

Arcade/Bar Tournament League from BUCKit List Events - Individual or Team Registration (Up to 55% Off)

BUCKit List Events

Multiple Locations

$80 $39

Three-person teams go head-to-head in seven-week arcade tournament with one week of playoffs

"Speakeasy" Social Game Experience for One, Two, Four, or Eight at Waxwing Puzzle Co. (Up to 65% Off)

Waxwing Puzzle Co.

Lincoln Square

$40 $16

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Players take part in a role-playing event that is set in the prohibition era and pulls from mob folklore

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

South Loop

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

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

$30 $15

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

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

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

$14 $8

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair

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

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Far South Chicago

$50 $25

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

Running Tours of Downtown Chicago from Chicago Running Tours & More (Up to 55% Off)

Chicago Running Tours & More

Central Chicago

$32 $15

Professional guides lead sightseeing tours at a jogging pace during excursions that emphasize fun and learning over speed

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

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

$24 $12

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

Admission for One or Two to Chicago Sports Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago Sports Tours

Chicago

$42 $21

Saturday sports tours explore Chicago's rich history of football, baseball, basketball, and hockey

True Crime and City Highlights Tour Bundle for One, Two, or Four from Chicago Prime Tours (Up to 61% Off)

Chicago Prime Tours

Chicago

$66 $27

Hear the stories of John Dillinger, John Wayne Gacy. and H.H. Holmes during crime tour, and visit Willis Tower and other sites on city tour

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Mark McMahon has been documenting people and their environments nationally and internationally for more than forty years. His on-location works are included in museums, exhibitions, private and corporate collections.

321 S Ridge Rd
Lake Forest,
IL
US

Over the past quarter century, Serpent Safari's indoor zoo has amassed a collection of rare reptiles that have appeared in publications such as National Geographic. Animals of impressive age, unusual coloring (such as an albino alligator), and Guinness World Record-holding weight have all called the Safari their home. Originally founded as a reptile adoption and education center, the Safari now runs guided tours and birthday parties that usher children through the world of scaly, cold-blooded creatures known as bankers into the diverse realm of reptiles. Following the tours, patrons can partake in photo opportunities with giant snakes, or take home a friend from the pet store.

6170 Grand Ave
Gurnee,
IL
US

In 1848, dairy cows grazed on the 30 acres that now host the Volo Auto Museum’s five showrooms. The mooing of heifers has given way to the imaginary roar of 200 collector cars and 100 gleaming autos that once graced movie and television sets—including a Batmobile from the 1966 TV series, a Herbie from the latest movie, and one of the first General Lees. After ogling the television and movie collection, guests can wander among vintage and antique vehicles and reminisce about the days when we still had to go places in person.

Nearby, the military exhibit’s realistic scenery surrounds vehicles ranging from a WWII BMW motorcycle with sidecar to a 1967 Bell helicopter shot down in Vietnam. After examining older artillery and artifacts, visitors can gaze at cases holding items retrieved from Saddam Hussein’s palace and from captured Iraqi soldiers. Those below driving age can explore kids’ attractions, including SpongeBob’s boatmobile.

Guests traverse the vast showrooms on foot or via a 1915, Victorian-style trolley, free on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Trolley tours begin by exploring autos that used to be stabled by the rich and famous alongside their unicorns. They then venture into the old dairy farm’s 19th-century barn, where activity by Civil War ghosts has drawn investigators from the Discover Channel’s Ghost Lab. Before leaving, visitors can refuel with an Angus-beef patty at the Betty Boop Burger Bar and Beer Garden or drop into four antique malls.

27582 Volo Village Rd
Volo,
IL
US

With more than 23,000 square feet of public space, Kohl Children's Museum gives its young visitors plenty of rooms in which to play. The kid-focused facility houses 16 permanent exhibits for infants and children up to 8 years of age, each filled with hands-on activities designed to encourage learning and exploration.

City on the Move helps children learn about Chicago by challenging them to build city scenes from geometric shapes or crank an electricity-generating wheel to power a pretend John Hancock Center. Kids can follow animal footprints to their source in Nature Explorers, move musical notes to create melodies in Ravinia Festival Music Makers, or explore the rotating temporary exhibits.

2100 Patriot Blvd.
Glenview,
IL
US

Eric and Markay Suevel have run the eponymous Suevel Studios—a full-service glass studio that creates custom pieces and hosts classes—for more than 30 years. Both proprietors have practiced the art for decades, but their partnership marries two distinct approaches. Eric learned the craft at a young age from his uncle, and Markay possesses a liturgical perspective as an ordained minister with a master’s in divinity. They cut and fuse alongside a team of worldly and learned glassworkers, all of whom bring their own specific expertise to the table, whether doing restoration work or mosaics. The studio's stained-glass work lights up churches, homes, and restaurants as well as their students’ faces after they complete one of 25 classes. There, apprentices acquire the skills required to decorate household windows or liven up bland, translucent reading glasses.

870 S Arthur Ave
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

Thrown Elements Pottery encapsulates the joys of sculpting and painting pots in energetic classes and drop-in activities. Drop-in paint-your-own pottery sessions allow amateur artists to decorate pottery on their own schedule either at the studio or at home ($9 a day for adults plus the cost of the piece painted). Choose a pre-fired piece of dinnerware ($8–$18) and adorn it with rainbow stripes or make a creature ($11–$18) come to life using only a paintbrush and a bolt of lightning. Specialty pieces may vary in price outside of average price ranges listed.

260 N Evergreen Ave
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

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