Things To Do In Oak Park

65% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Epona Dressage

Maple Park

$60 $21

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

Up to 67% Off Month of Unlimited Yoga

The Yoga Centre

Oak Park

$99 $35

Seasoned instructors guide yoga practitioners of all levels through poses designed to invigorate bodies and calm minds

Up to 67% Off Martial Arts Clsses

Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$208 $69

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

Up to 56% Off Lace Plate Pottery Class

Terra Incognito

Oak Park

$50 $25

Beginners make one-of-a-kind ceramic plates with a lace pattern of their choice to be fired and picked up later

Up to 73% Off at 447 Club Fitness

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

Halau i Ka Pono

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

"Lost In Time" – Up to 40% Off Drama

Magnified Gift Theater and Dance Company presents "Lost In Time"

Madison Street Theater

$25 $15

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Drama from Chicago director Rosette Jarriet depicts a woman overcoming her past and a family's struggle with death and abuse

Up to 61% Off Bikram Yoga

Bikram Yoga Oak Park

Oak Park

$150 $59

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Balance and strengthen the body and mind with a series of poses and breathing exercises inside a studio heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit

Up to 55% Off House of Worship Walking Tour

The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest

Fenwick High School - East Avenue Main Lobby

$30 $15

Along a self-guided tour of six houses of worship, docents talk about each space's historical and architectural significance

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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.

339 North Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park,
IL
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Nearly a century old history, Oak Park Art League has colored the community by cultivating and sharing the work of local artists through instruction and exhibitions. During a glass-fusing class, students acquaint themselves with the included materials with deep, ritualistic curtsies before instructors launch into a technical demonstration. Students choose from projects including an ornament, sun catcher, or free-form picture frame, and proud craft parents are free to tote their polished progeny home upon completion.

720 Chicago Ave
Oak Park,
IL
US

The staff of artists working at Terra Incognito's 6,000-square-foot arts space pass on their knowledge to students, teaching them to throw clay on the wheel, build shapes by hand, or sculpt perfect teacups with their hands tied behind their backs. Groups work in classrooms furnished with different types of kilns—gas, electric, wood, or sodium-carbonate powered—each designed to handle different projects. Classes on metalworking and basket making expand the school’s scope beyond pottery. The space also functions as a gallery filled with the finished ceramic work of well-known and emerging artists.

246 Chicago Ave
Oak Park,
IL
US

477 Club Fitness founder Lynette Miller and her trainers can whip any client into shape with Zumba, boot camp, cardio kickboxing, or even personal training. But perhaps the most distinct aspect of 447 Club Fitness—the one that garnered attention from Oak Park 365 in 2009—is the staff’s commitment to childhood fitness. They offer several programs designed just for kids, including a circuit-training program that utilizes age-appropriate equipment and kids’ dance classes that teach foundational steps and which slow songs to request at school dances.

447 South Blvd
Oak Park,
IL
US

"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,
IL
US

Kumu Hula (“Master Teacher of the Hula”) June Yoshiko sometimes wonders if it was the same streak of courage that led both of her grandfathers to leave Japan and start a new life in Hawaii that inspired her to make a similar journey from Hawaii to Chicago. A hula dancer since she was six, she’s honed her craft over three decades while augmenting it with a master’s in public health nutrition, ordination as a Zen Buddhist priest, and certification as a reiki master teacher.

June teaches two types of hula classes: Hula Kahiko, ancient dances accompanied by chanting that emphasize Hawaiian culture, and Hula Auana, or modern hula, set to contemporary Hawaiian songs and instruments such as ukulele and guitar. Her beginner classes focus on footwork and hip motions, and advanced classes merge both Kahiko and Auana with the study of plants, chants, mythology, and history important to hula. June also offers a Gracious Ladies class for mature women and men that incorporates Auana hula to tone bodies, strengthen core muscles, and boost ACT scores.

163 N Humphrey Ave
Oak Park,
IL
US

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