Things To Do In Peoria

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

Multiple Locations

$120 $19

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

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

Up to 51% Off at 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

2014 Haunted America Conference – Up to 51% Off Tickets

Lincoln Theater

$50 $25

Watch experts such as Troy Taylor, April Slaughter, and Rick Redfern talk on subjects such as ghost hunting and cryptozoology

25% Off 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 53% Off Kayak Rentals and Lesson from 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

Up to 59% Off Fitness Classes

Multiple Locations

$60 $25

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

50% Irish Dancing Classes

Davenport

$60 $30

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

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

Up to 42% Off Skydiving

Paxton

$220 $129

Qualified instructor guides skydivers through every step of process and stays strapped to their backs during jump and freefall

Up to 80% Off Class Package at TM Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$81.85 $19

Students obliterate calories while honing self-discipline in hapkido, karate, kickboxing, and tae kwon do classes

50% Off Horseback-Riding Lesson for Two or Four

Minooka

$80 $40

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

51% Off Metabolic VO2 Testing

Shorewood

$85 $42

VO2 measures heart-rate patterns which can be used to design cardio workouts that burn the most fat

Half Off Wine Tasting with Retail Discount at WineStyles Shorewood

Shorewood

$40 $20

Wine tasting and education event features instructor-led tasting of six wines; sessions focus on region or style

Up to 51% Off Open-Bounce Visits at Bounce Town

Oswego

$45 $22

Kids clamber through a 50-foot obstacle course, glide down slides, and jump about inside 20,000-square-foot facility

Up to 71% Off Martial Arts Classes

Oswego

$119 $39

Students gain discipline, confidence, self-defense skills, and winning attitudes under the tutelage of expert instructors

50% Off Winery Tour and Tasting

Oswego

$28 $14

Extensive tour of the winemaking facilities ends with a tasting of five wines, such as white cin, chambourcin, or chardonel.

Up to 86% Off at Fit by Tif

Oswego

$180 $25

Instructors lead fitness classes, including boot camps and pregnancy fitness classes, for patrons of all abilities

Up to 52% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Bourbonnais

$45 $22

Instructors impart fundamental riding skills to students five and up

Half Off a Tandem-Paragliding Flight

Multiple Locations

$300 $149

Learn the basics of paragliding before strapping into a glider with an instructor for an extended flight

Up to 53% Off Women’s Kickboxing Classes

DeKalb

$55 $27

Instructors teach women to master kick-and-punch combos in 90-minute kickboxing-and-conditioning classes

Up to 79% Off Gym Membership

Plainfield

$185 $39

Personal trainers lead new members through workouts to prepare them for solo sessions inside a fully equipped gym

45% Off Five 30-minute Golf Lessons

Crystal Lawns

$275 $151

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

Up to 60% Off Classes at Chikara Martial Arts Academy

Plainfield

$50 $25

Martial arts classes burn calories and teach self-defense skills while boosting confidence and self-esteem

Up to 53% Off Professional Racecar Experience

Chicagoland Speedway

$129.99 $61

Experience the rush of riding in a professional racecar from the passenger seat or behind the wheel

$9 for Beatles Tribute Concert

Mojoes

$17.30 $9

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Managed by the Fab Four’s original promoter, this acclaimed tribute band covers The Beatles’ career trajectory in a detailed performance

Up to 59% Off a Supercar Driving or Ride-Along Experience

Autobahn Country Club

$239 $99

Test drive exotic cars like a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, Audi, and more at high speeds on a professional racetrack

Half Off Racing Experiences

Chicagoland Speedway

$129 $64

Professional drivers satisfy passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

Up to 84% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Joliet

$150 $39

Instructors lead a packed, seven-day schedule of jujitsu, MMA, wrestling, and muay thai classes

Up to 51% Off at Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joliet

$12 $6

History museum mines the past of the town of Joliet, its people, and how their stories relate to the whole of American history

54% Off Voice Lessons at Music Lessons by Maggie

Joliet

$90 $41

Certified music teacher helps musicians of any level delevop their singing skills

Up to 78% Off Personal Training for One or Two

Joliet

$296 $65

Personal trainer works with small groups of people at a time, adding motivation and encouragement to rigorous, personally tailored workouts

Up to 66% Off Paintball at CPX Sports

Joliet

$95 $33.99

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Combatants wage a paintball war; passes include free admission on a return visit within two weeks

Up to 31% Off a Dragster Experience

Multiple Locations

$169 $119

Dragster creates g-force as drivers accelerate to speeds of 100+ mph during ride-alongs or self-piloted adventures

85% Off Putting Clinic at Ben Mutz Golf

Golf 4 Groups

$270 $40

Golf professional calls on more than 25 years of teaching experience and a SAM PuttLab system to help clients improve putting skills

Up to 71% Off at Family Fun Zone

Crest Hill

$36 $15

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Visitors conquer arcade games, storm the laser-tag arena, and roll around the skating rink under colorful lights

44% Off a Live-Action Zombie Experience

Aurora

$45 $25

Zombie Outbreak provides replica weapons that recoil like the real thing to hunt down zombies with high-tech targets that record each shot

Up to 60% Off Indoor-Play Sessions

Aurora

$20 $8

Kids shed their shoes to scramble to the tops of slides and climb into an upper-level ball pit or shoot through obstacle courses

Up to 86% Off at Synergy Kettlebell Training

Multiple Locations

$200 $29

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Low-impact lifting exercises force the arms, core, and legs to work in concert, building strength throughout the body

55% Off Services

Aurora

$270 $121

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

81% Off Yoga Classes

Aurora

$150 $28.75

Students follow 26 postures of the Bikram yoga sequence inside a studio that's heated to encourage deeper streching and detoxification

44% Off Martial Arts

Aurora

$90 $50

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

89% Off Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

Up to 51% Off Roller-Skating Outing in Aurora

Aurora

$24 $12

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Roller skates orbit polished wood rink at open skate, theme nights & DJ events

Up to 71% Off Classes at My Dance Hub

Naperville/Aurora

$75 $29

Ballroom and Latin dance studio staffed by passionate instructors

Up to 51% Off Walking Ghost Tour for Two or Four

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Ghost-seekers clutch EMF meters on lantern-lit tours through historic and haunted sites as guides relate tales of local specters

75% Off at Brown's DragonFire Martial Arts

Downtown Aurora

$120 $30

Isshin-ryu karate classes focus on physical and mental strength

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 N Knoxville Ave
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

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

Dirt Runner races don't just challenge athletes—they push them to their limits. Set on rough terrain with a more than 1,200-foot change in elevation, the roughly 5K course is rife with agility and strength-testing obstacles. Those range from complex military-style structures to towering fences that require scaling. After completing the course, participants unwind at post-race festivities with food and music.

2725 E 2625th Rd.
Marseilles,
Illinois
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

The sun and the stars serve as constant companions at Hillcrest Event Center, where a 9-hole golf course, a swimming pool, and camping grounds entertain visitors day and night. A breezy par 30, the executive course caters to all experience levels, inviting beginners to take on its short holes while letting seasoned golfers hone their approach shots. After navigating the water hazards, guests can purposely head to the Olympic-sized swimming pool, which ripples at the center of a 3,000-square-foot sundeck where waiters serve poolside food and drinks. Or, dine at The BBQ Pit, home of the Illinois BBQ Fest.

As the sun sets, the crackling glow of fires peppers the campgrounds, illuminating the nylon sides of tents or canvas hulls of mobile RVs. Tent sites include access to the resort's hot showers and restrooms, while the RV facilities' hookups pump water and electricity into mobile homes so residents can bathe in private and use electric carving knives for whittling. When the sun rises, residents can begin their day with a hike on the resort's nature trails.

16260 E 350th St
Orion,
IL
US