Events & Activities in Oak Park

74% Off at Dahn Yoga

Multiple Locations

$150 $39

Unique form of yoga strives to streamline life energy and focus the mind with breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation

Elegant Estates of Oak Park – Up to 57% Off

The Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest

$35 $18

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Walk through six homes built between 1905 and 1924 in the Frank Lloyd Wright–Prairie School of Architecture Historic District

Up to 67% Off Martial Arts Clsses

Multiple Locations

$208 $69

Adult MMA, kids karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, and extreme fitness classes offered at studio

Wonder Works – Half Off Visit

Oak Park

$12 $6

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Studio, stage, forest exhibit, building station, fantasy village, and organic garden welcome hands-on exploration from children and toddlers

Up to 73% Off at 447 Club Fitness

Oak Park

$100 $29

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Dance classes, cardio kickboxing, and circuit training stave off weight gain and keep kids and adults fit

Up to 52% Off Hula-Dance Lessons

Oak Park

$30 $15

Teacher skilled in hula and healing tutors beginning dancers to move feet and sway hips or trains advanced dancers in ancient style

51% Off Studio Recording Session in Forest Park

Forest Park

$200 $99

Spacious recording studio with a high ceiling, floating floor, and pro-level tools supports sessions for full bands or solo artists

Bella Voce – Up to 50% Off Choral Concert

Grace Lutheran Church

$30 $15

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Choir rings in the spring with works by Renaissance composers Josquin and Ockeghem

Hawthorne Race Course – Up to 59% Off Race-Day Package

Hawthorne Race Course

$37 $18

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Live competition at historic course with a slate of spring races; craft beer, racing program, and souvenir glass included

48% Off Pool and Snacks

Melrose Park

$25 $13

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

Up to 46% Off at Bliss Creek Golf Club

Sugar Grove

$70 $38

Tree-lined fairways and greens surrounded by water and bunkers test the skills of golfers on 5,436 yd., par 69 course

Up to 52% Off Trail Riding at Chain O' Lakes State Park

Chain O' Lakes State Park

$20 $10

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Explore rolling hills and meadows on scenic trail rides through a state park; kids 6 and younger enjoy pony rides under staff supervision

41% Off a Stunt-Airplane or Warplane Ride

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

52% Off Introductory Firearm-Safety Class

River Grove Moose Lodge

$60 $29

Instructors inform students of all ages on how firearms and ammunition work along with safety protocol for gun ranges and in the home

60% Off at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

$25 $10

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

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

45% Off

Brookfield

$100 $55

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

59% Off at North Shore Yoga

Multiple Locations

$70 $29

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Certified instructors lead newcomers through foundational Vinyasa postures during four-week beginner series

Up to 76% Off Lessons at Ballroom Dance Center

Northfield

$200 $49

Instructors teach various step patterns, techniques, and styles with private and group instruction and fun dance socials

Up to 62% Off at North Shore Music Institute

Northfield

$70 $29

Lessons for students aged 6–adult teach techniques for the guitar, ukulele, strings, piano, percussion, or voice in a wide variety of genres

Up to 53% Off Surfset Fitness Class

Multiple Locations

$35 $17

Total body workout mimics surfing to burn fat, build core muscle, and improve balance and flexibility

52% Off Skating at Fleetwood Roller Rink

Summit

$22 $12

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Couples or groups boogie around the glass-smooth surface of this 75'x165' hard-maple rink on included rental skates

72% Off Personal Training

Countryside

$165 $46

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

Up to 75% Off Training Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$299 $99

Four-week program preps runners for rigorous mud runs with progressive series of body-weight exercises, functional movements, and yoga

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

Chicago Craft Beer Festival – 49% Off a Tasting Package

Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival

$87.90 $45

Use a souvenir glass to taste some samples out of the over 100 beers from the Midwest and beyond that converge at the 3rd annual festival

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

Take in 33rd-Floor City Views During an Intimate Jazz Soiree

Chicago

$70 $70

Jazz vocalist Erin McDougald and her ensemble serenade guests as they mingle, sip cocktails, and watch the sun set over the Chicago skyline

Discover the Kinetic Art of Chicago's Moving Bridges

Chicago

$15 $15

Walk the streets of the Loop with civil engineer Jim Phillips and watch the Chicago River's movable bridges in action

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

Craft Argentine Pastries from Scratch with an Artisan Baker

Chicago

$45 $45

Lucila Giagrande reveals the secrets of making authentic “alfajores”—Argentine cookies filled with rich dulce de leche

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

"Second City's Game Night" – Up to 46% Off

Near North Side

$31.50 $17

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Using audience suggestions, skilled improvisors create scenes that riff on TV game shows at the new cabaret theater

Up to 57% Off Urban Scavenger Race

Dick's Last Resort

$80 $39

Teams navigate the city in search of 14 clues, which they must document via smart phone; first prize is $500 and entry for the championship

Wrigleyville Rooftops – Up to 50% Off Tickets

Wrigleyville

$135 $69

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Take in a Cubs game from the rooftop while enjoying a complete food and beverage menu; access to climate-controlled suites included

Up to 58% Off Tours from Urban Kayaks

Multiple Locations

$45 $20

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Kayaking tourists gaze upon Chicago's scenery from the Chicago River and Lake Michigan

Riverfront Mayfest – Up to 57% Off Festival

Chicago Tribune Festival Lot

$23.25 $10

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New outdoor music festival features '90s tribute acts on Friday, local bands on Saturday, and country music on Sunday

51% Off a Play with Wine at Live Purple Art

Chicago

$45 $22

Participants supplied with all-you-can-drink wine paint canvases; actors then interpret the art and brushstrokes in a performance

47% Off Ice-Dancing Performance

McFetridge Sports Center

$47.04 $25

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World-class figure skaters—including an Olympic Bronze medalist—perform dazzling choreography during the Chicago debut of "Let's Dance"

Tall Ship Red Witch – Up to 51% Off Sailing Trip

Central Chicago

$70 $35

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Passengers relax on Chicago's only wooden tall ship while viewing the skyline or delighting in exploding fireworks

54% Off Scavenger Dash

Near North Side

$127.59 $59

Teams of two traverse the streets of Chicago as they find clues, collect items, take pictures, and complete challenges

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

53% Off Tomato Fight at Soldier Field

Soldier Field South Parking Lot

$62.08 $29

Six-hour outdoor event includes music, cold beer, and free-for-all tomato fight at Soldier Field

Up to 66% Off Private Lessons from Gil Davis Golf

Marquette Park

$325 $159

Fundamentals form the centerpiece of a teaching philosophy espoused by Gil Davis, an alumni of ESPN Golf Schools

50% Off Ghost Investigation Tour

Pilsen

$116 $58

After a crash course in ghost hunting, small supervised teams use tools of the trade to explore an Al Capone underworld operation

Up to 51% Off Kayak Architecture Tour

Goose Island

$65 $32

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Kayakers follow a guide down the Chicago River, passing the city's many architectural landmarks

Up to 71% Off Classes at Namaskar YOGA

Lakeview

$130 $45

Classes such as Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Runners are taught in a setting that nurtures each student's personal growth

48% Off Cake Decorating Class

Roscoe Village

$75 $39

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Chef instructors lead classes in basic cake decorating or working with fondant; all supplies provided

74% Off Self-Defense Seminar

Lincoln Park

$100 $39

Women and children learn the necessary moves and tips in order to properly defend themselves against attack during a two-hour seminar

67% Off a Two-Hour Pontoon-Boat Rental

Goose Island

$300 $99

Luxury pontoon boats host up to 10 guests as they tour the Chicago River or enjoy sunset views of downtown Chicago

67% Off Sailing Lesson

Multiple Locations

$300 $99

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Experienced captains instill proper seamanship & teach beginners fundamental sailing skills in lessons on Lake Michigan

80% Off at Windy City Adventure Boot Camp

Lincoln Park

$300 $59

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Certified trainer and regular fitness contributor to NBC Chicago news leads women in supportive routines against backdrop of Lake Michigan

Up to 50% Off First-Class Sailing

Lakeview

$199 $99

Captains ferry groups of up to six onto Lake Michigan for relaxing excursions and stunning views; patrons can bring their own beverages

Up to 78% Off from TikiBoat Chicago

Monroe Harbor

$1,799 $399

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36-foot party barge with water slide ferries guests onto Lake Michigan and Chicago River; amenities include stereo, grill, and full bathroom

Half Off a Standup-Paddleboard Rental

North Avenue Beach

$60 $30

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Balance on a board and paddle on Lake Michigan waters with a view of the skyline

Up to 61% Off Urban Scavenger Hunt

Cubby Bear

$100 $40

Five-hour scavenger hunt takes participants through 12 challenges that encourage them to explore the city while testing their mettle

50% Off Segway Tours for Two

Multiple Locations

$138 $69

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Segways effortlessly glide through the city streets, allowing riders to breeze by Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House or Soldier Field

Up to 50% Off Kayak Rentals

Wateriders on the Riverwalk

$40 $20

Torch calories in a kayak workout, or learn about Chicago's history and architecture or haunted spots while paddling the Chicago River

Up to 52% Off Boat Tours from Seadog Cruises

Navy Pier

$30.45 $15

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Speedboats zip past famed Chicago landmarks along the lakefront and river; informative narration on city's history and architecture

Up to 70% Off Private BYOB Sailing Cruises

DuSable Harbor

$220 $69

Daytime or sunset Lake Michigan cruises delight with views of the Chicago skyline; passengers can bring their own drinks and playlists

Up to 70% Off a Pontoon-Boat Rental

ESTATE Ultra Bar

$250 $99

Gas-pontoon boats cruise leisurely up and down the Chicago River on a waterfront tour; bring your own food and drinks

Half Off Jet Ski Rental from Chicago Jet Ski Rentals

At 31st Street Harbor

$80 $40

Jet skiers blast over Lake Michigan's waves and enjoy the Chicago skyline

Up to 57% Off French Prestige Cooking Class at Cook Au Vin

Lincoln Park

$150 $69

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During hands-on classes, participants create a multi-course meal of French cuisine with ingredients such as truffles and lobster

Up to 50% Off for Two at Randolph Street Market

West Loop

$10 $5

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75+ vendors collect vintage furniture, art, fashions, antiques, estate jewelry, and fancy foods to sell at seasonally themed weekend markets

Up to 53% Off from 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

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"You know, Unity Temple is my contribution to modern architecture"—bold, blunt, and revolutionary, Frank Lloyd Wright single-handedly forged the Prairie school of architecture, of which Unity Temple is perhaps the purest example. Built between 1905 and 1908, the church broke all of the traditional rules, replacing the steeple with low, flat roofs, removing the prominent entranceway to create a sense of monolithic austerity, and most daringly of all, using poured concrete as not just a structural element but an architectural one. This honest exposure of a conventionally hidden material reflected the philosophy of a man who valued genuine candor over sweetened niceties, whether in word or in stone.

More than a century since its construction, the church is in the midst of an ongoing restoration, funded by member sponsorship and daily admission fees. Although the interior still luxuriates in the wash of natural light from the stained glass ceiling, and the boxy, modern light fixtures flicker on, the exterior faces severe weathering due mainly to Wright's eternally before-his-time designs, which failed to account for the effects of water and time on concrete, and an infestation of rockbiters in the 70s.

875 Lake St
Oak Park,
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Former Yoga Trek students Kate Wester and Catherine Cappel carry on ownership of the studio passed on to them by their former instructors, leading a staff of impassioned yoga teachers as they guide students in the physically dynamic Vinyasa and Ashtanga styles of yoga. The instructors accommodate students of all skill and fitness levels except in the most advanced sessions, which transition between challenging poses at a rapid pace. Beginners and intermediate students can build up practice over time, learning to incorporate meditation and mindful breathing techniques to center thoughts while bolstering physical stamina with traditional yoga poses. Instructors help to prepare students before class by passing out any yoga mats, supportive props, or chakra-warming space blankets guests need.

911 S Lombard Ave
Oak Park,
IL
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Green grass and blue skies bookend the boot-camp classes at Bulldog Bootcamp. Leading the outdoor workouts, owner Greg Major and his team of seasoned fitness instructors spur their students on by shouting words of encouragement and tearing Chicken Soup for the Soul books in half. Major—a decorated bodybuilder and inline skater—has been a certified personal trainer since 1989, and has since picked up the credentials to teach CrossFit’s Level 1, Football, and Kids programs. He and his staff stage CrossFit classes at Bulldog Bootcamp’s training facility in Forest Park.

441 South Blvd
Oak Park,
IL
US

The cooks at Avenue Ale House plate casual American bar fare, including burgers, steaks, and chops, as bartenders pour fermented libations from their lengthy beer list. Bottles and pint glasses brim with Belgian brews, German pilsners, and British ales, along with porters, stouts, and seasonal hop juices. As servers fill tables, the sunshine, table umbrellas, and discussions about whether or not to put up the table umbrellas fill the rooftop patio during summer months. The restaurant hosts live music, which tickles tympanic membranes every Wednesday, and disc-jockey playlists encourage merriment each Friday.

825 S Oak Park Ave
Oak Park,
IL
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An after-school-arts -education program for youngsters aged 4–18, CYT Chicago culminates each of its three yearly sessions with a host of musical productions. This October–December, CYT will be hosting the following classical productions throughout the area:

200 North Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park,
IL
US

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park fosters understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, with emphasis on his Oak Park origins and his impact on world literature.

We run the Hemingway Birthplace Home and the Hemingway Museum, plus offering scholarly and popular programming and entertainment year-round.

200 N Oak Park Ave
Oak Park,
IL
US