Things To Do In Pekin

Up to 50% Off at Illinois River Winery

Illinois River Winery

North Utica

$30 $17

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

Up to 85% Off Paintball for Four, Six, or Twelve

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

$120 $19

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

Up to 51% Off at McNulty School of Irish Dance

McNulty School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

$72 $35

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

Up to 61% Off Circus

Loomis Bros. Circus

Multiple Locations

$22.09 $12

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Traveling circus delights audiences with clowns and acrobats, as well as trained tigers and elephants

25% Off Martial Arts

Smith Institute Of Martial Arts

Decatur

$200 $150

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

Up to 56% Off Jet Ski or Pontoon Boat Rental

Starved Rock Adventures

Ottawa

$180 $79

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24 ft., pet-friendly pontoons with training, safety equipment, gas grill, and private-beach access included; jet skis zip across the water

Up to 65% Off Chicago Spartan Sprint or Spartan Super

Spartan Races

Marseilles

$110 $39

Strength, stamina, and resolve are tested by obstacles ranging from climbing walls to muddy landscapes

Up to 30% Off a Training Day Mud Run at Dirt Runner

Dirt Runner

Marseilles

$25 $18

Runners train for larger events by scrabbling through 4 miles of mud pools, tunnels, and ravines, working to beat their time or friends

Quad City Rockfest – Up to 61% Off Festival

Quad City Rockfest

I WIRELESS CENTER

$35.65 $14

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Festival features headlining performances from Night Ranger, FireHouse, and hard rock supergroup Cheap Thrill

50% Irish Dancing Classes

Mayer School of Irish Dancing

Davenport

$60 $30

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

Up to 53% Off Kayak Rentals and Lesson from Kayak Morris

Kayak Morris

William G. Stratton State Park

$80 $39

On-land lesson covers safety and essential strokes before students pilot craft on 1 of 3 nearby beginner waterways for the rest of the day

53% Off at Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

Dixon

$20 $10

Visitors explore the fully restored home of Ronald Reagan, where he lived from 1920–1923 before moving to Hollywood and then the White House

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

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

Up to 49% Off Golf at Wahkonsa Country Club

Wahkonsa Country Club

Durant

$37 $19

Golf course has been challenging players since 1967 with great length at almost 7,000 yards from the tips, ponds in play, and large trees

Up to 50% Off Round of Golf with Cart for Two

Cedar Valley Golf Course

Center

$62 $31

18-hole course winds through 6,497 yds. of Iowa farmland with water features on 13 of the holes

Up to 51% Off 5k Color Run

Flickinger Learning Center Dye For Education

Muscatine High School

$40 $20

5k run or one-mile walk coat participants in bright, coloful cornstarch in order to raise money for an after-school program

51% Off Gun-Range Outing with Training

Contego Defense Group

Minooka

$200 $99

Students have the opportunity to handle submachine guns, sniper rifles, pistols, and shotguns at different stations

Up to 67% Off Group Fitness Classes and Personal Training

Beyond Fitness

Minooka

$190 $79

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

50% Off Horseback-Riding Lesson for Two or Four

Ashley Woods Equestrian Center

Minooka

$80 $40

Students learn horsemanship skills during classes available at both a heated indoor arena and a lighted outdoor arena

Up to 59% Off Fitness Classes

Metabolic Fitness Management

Multiple Locations

$60 $25

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

Up to 56% Off Whitewater Tubing and Kayaking

Geneva Kayak Center

Yorkville

$60 $29

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Tubers bob over whitewater on the Fox River; kayaking courses teach paddlers how to handle the rapids

Up to 73% Off Boot Camp Classes at Heaven & Hell Bootcamp

Heaven & Hell Bootcamp

Yorkville

$74.99 $20

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

53% Off Yoga Classes at Essence of Life

Essence of Life

Shorewood

$75 $35

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

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On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.

Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci protégés study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.

602 W Glen Ave
Peoria,
IL
US

While bowlers have become accustomed to playing under fluorescent lighting and perching on vinyl seats, Jillian's updates the experience with a nightclub atmosphere and modern decor. Each lane in the black-light bowling lounge holds up to eight people in a luminous glow that’s harmless to the eyes of baby bats. Between bowling frames, three Brunswick Black Stallion billiard tables engage those with the urge for further friendly competition. Alternately, patrons can turn to the game room where they can get their adrenaline racing. Players sate between-set hunger pangs with the dining room's menu of American eats such as hot wings, burgers, and pizzas.

5201 W War Memorial Dr
Peoria,
IL
US

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 N Knoxville Ave
Peoria,
IL
US

The King of Rock and Roll never relinquishes his throne as four of the country’s top Elvis impersonators team together for Elvis Lives, a multimedia musical tribute to one of music’s premier icons. Endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, which holds the copyright on blue suede shoes, Elvis Lives stars a quartet of bona fide dead ringers, all of whom are winners of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and pay homage to four memorable eras of the pompadour-sporting legend’s career. Fans can swoon and shout as they catch a glimpse of tadpole Elvis and his centrifugal pelvis, movie-era Elvis, leather-jacket “comeback” Elvis, and shimmering, sequined-jumpsuit “Vegas” Elvis. The lavishly-produced show quantum leaps across a memorable career with classic songs sung spot-on, delighting fans and warming the heart of the real Elvis as he watches from the rafters.

201 Southwest Jefferson 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