Activities in Pekin

Tour with Six Tastings and a Glass of Wine or $17 for $30 Worth of Food and Wine at Illinois River Winery

Illinois River Winery

North Utica

Sample more than 30 handcrafted wines from the tasting room or sip wines while touring the facility

$30 $17

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Six Weekly Classes at McNulty School of Irish Dance (Up to 51% Off). 16 Options Available.

McNulty School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

Kids and adults learn the techniques of Irish dance at a school that's been teaching the art form since 1971

$72 $35

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Eight Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Shudo Kan Karate Club (50% Off)

Shudo Kan Karate Club

Springfield

Two months of unlimited karate, fitness, and self-defense with a karate gi

$237 $119

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$150 for $200 Worth 3 months of Martial Arts — Smith Institute of Martial Arts

Smith Institute Of Martial Arts

Decatur

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

$200 $150

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Two or Five Personal-Training Sessions at Quad Cities Fitness (Up to 92% Off)

Quad Cities Fitness

Bettendorf

Trainers Blake and Caitlyn help clients lose weight and inches with fitness plans that are tailored to each person’s unique needs and wants

$90 $8

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Three-Week VIP Gym Pass for One or Two at Ultimate Fitness (80% Off)

Ultimate Fitness

Multiple Locations

Three weeks of access to two gyms, including strength-training and cardio equipment in semiprivate rooms, indoor pool, and kids’ jungle gym

$35 $8

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$30 for Four Beginner's Irish Dancing Classes at Mayer School of Irish Dancing ($60 Value)

Mayer School of Irish Dancing

Davenport

Learn the basic footwork of traditional Irish dance at a school with more than three decades of teaching experience

$60 $30

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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One or Two Months of Group Fitness Classes with Four Personal Training Sessions at Beyond Fitness (Up to 67% Off)

Beyond Fitness

Minooka

Instructors help students build tighter, healthier physiques through personal training and group fitness classes

$190 $79

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5 or 10 Fitness Classes at Metabolic Fitness Management (Up to 59% Off)

Metabolic Fitness Management

Multiple Locations

Group workout classes build core strength with use of dangling TRX straps; schedule also includes boot camp and kettlebell sessions

$60 $25

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One or Two Hours of Bowling for Up to Six at Channahon Lanes and Riverfront Lanes (Up to 55% Off)

Channahon Lanes

Multiple Locations

Rock-It-Bowl Saturday nights get crowds going with music and flashing lights; bumpers for kids, video games, and a bar for adults

$38 $19

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes at Heaven & Hell Bootcamp (Up to 79% Off)

Heaven & Hell Bootcamp

Yorkville

Work out as a team during functional and intense boot camp classes

$74.99 $16

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Four or Eight Weeks of Unlimited Yoga at Sense of Samadhi Yoga Studio (Up to 58% Off)

Sense of Samadhi Yoga Studio

Sense of Samadhi

Fundamentals, beginners, heated power and peaceful Vinyasa, and other styles of yoga bolster flexibility, relaxation, and strength

$80 $36

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Virtual Shooting Experience for One or Two at Arm Yourself Inc (Up to 55% Off)

Arm Yourself Inc

Shorewood

Firearms-simulation system employs a 16’ x 9’ high-definition screen that reacts to participants’ actions while they go after zombies

$99 $45

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$35 for Five Yoga Classes at Essence of Life ($75 Value)

Essence of Life

Shorewood

Regular and hot yoga classes encourage students of all abilities to develop strength, flexibility, and overall well-being

$75 $35

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Select Local Merchants

Since launching their flagship 10-week program in 2001, the instructors at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping have spurred more than 35,000 trainees across 42 locations toward their weight-loss goals. Classes burn fat and build lean muscle with fitness kickboxing and muscle-building with anaerobic bands. Coaches support trainees with a nutrition plan that breaks up food intake into six daily meals, increasing sustaining bodily energy and a sense of déjà vu. The founders of Farrell’s eXtreme Bodybuilding are so confident in their program that they offer a money-back guarantee for those dissatisfied with their results.

5832 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria,
IL
US

Chris and Pam Schmick had spent six months cleaning out the scrap metal from their abandoned silos and just finished drilling thousands of holes in its walls. With little time to spare, they prepared for their climbing gym's grand opening on September 2, 1995—a date on which they had already agreed to hold a regional JCCA competition. The effort they've expended in the nearly 20 intervening years shows: today, climbers scramble on top ropes, lead ropes, and more than 20,000 square feet of lava-free climbing surface.

Instructors prepare visitors to surmount the gym's features in a range of classes, such as Rock Gym 101, which is an introduction to top-rope climbing that covers climbing safety, basic technique, and equipment. Once climbers are equipped with gear from the pro-shop, staff shows them around a multi-level bouldering cave, a main climbing area with 30-foot walls shaped by arêtes, cracks, and waves, and the building's five original silos. Elsewhere inside the gym, six auto-belays safely cradle visitors who wish to climb without taking a class.

1304 W Washington St
Bloomington,
IL
US

Less than 90 minutes from St. Louis, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum houses the world’s largest collection of original Lincoln artifacts, complete with the Gettysburg Address. A life-size replica of Lincoln’s log cabin set back in a forest of artificial trees stands 40 feet tall just like the President’s iconic top hat. The museum also houses a re-creation of the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre, where the president was assassinated, and the state-of-the-art Union Theater, which projects films such as Lincoln’s Eyes, a broad overview of Lincoln’s personal and political life with a special focus on slavery. In the Ghosts of the Library exhibit, transparent phantoms of Lincoln and his contemporaries drift around powered by Holavision technology. Youngsters, supervised by parents, can try on period dress, pose for photos with life-size cutouts of young Abe, or reenact historic scenes in the Lincoln Home dollhouse located in Mrs. Lincoln’s attic, the hands-on learning center. Before heading home, patrons can browse the museum store—more than 3,500 square feet of artifact replicas and Lincoln-themed merchandise.

112 N 6th St
Springfield,
IL
US

It's unlikely that any historic kingdom had batting cages and water slides, but to be fair, Knight's Action Park is a lot more fun than an actual castle. On one side of the park, guests can don swimsuits and hop aboard bumper boats, slip down slides, or set out in paddle boats. Seven mini slides teach smaller children the fun of water-park attractions, while statues of giant sea creatures teach them that life is terrifying. Across the way, a 50-tee driving range lets golfers hone their swing, and an 18-hole mini-golf course caters to putters of all ages. The park's assortment of land-based amusements also includes a Ferris wheel, an arcade, and go-karts.

1700 Recreation Dr.
Springfield,
IL
US

A public course complete with tree-lined fairways and pristine greens, Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course challenges paired players with a set of 18 holes as well-rounded as the dimpled spheres that speckle its ridges. Captain your cart over an expansive range of well-manicured landscapes dotted with majestic woodlands and enough sand and water hazards to evoke a horror-movie set at an island resort. This par 72 course strikes an exceptionally balanced level of difficulty, appealing to seasoned swingers as well as active younger players with freshly acquired driver's licenses.

12927 Il Highway 26
Princeton,
IL
US

It's more likely that Illinois River Winery founder and winemaker Gregg Kane is out in the field or tinkering in the wine lab than in the chair behind his desk. Thanks to his hard work, the winery's tasting room offers a selection of more than 30 varietals daily, from crisp, dry wines with vibrant acidity to wet wines known for their unique ability to quickly soak into a shirt. During warmer months, grab a glass and head out to the patio, where live music sweetly serenades sippers every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

300 Donaldson St.
North Utica,
IL
US