Sightseeing in Portage


4-Train-Ride Tickets for Two, Four, or Six at Hesston Steam Museum (Up to 52% Off)

Hesston Steam Museum

Hesston Steam Museum

Ride on miniature and full-size steam trains and explore interactive exhibits devoted to steam power

$34 $19

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General Admission or Multiple Visits at 360 CHICAGO (Formerly John Hancock Observatory) (Up to 32% Off)

360 Chicago at The John Hancock Center

John Hancock Observatory

94 floors up, take in stunning panoramas of Chicago and it’s sky-high architecture bordered by sparkling Lake Michigan

$38 $26

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$35 for a Bike and Yoga Tour for One from Bike and Roll Chicago ($60 Value)

Bike and Roll Chicago

Millenium Park

Bike down the Lakefront Trail to various parks, where the surroundings will lend serenity to Vinyasa yoga classes

$60 $35

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$12 for Cover Your Bases Baseball-Themed Pub Crawl by Festa Parties on Saturday, May 9 ($22 Value)

Cover Your Bases

Murphy's Bleachers

Partiers stop at 12 bars and celebrate all things baseball

$22 $12

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Two or Four Tickets to a Tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio or Frederick C. Robie House (54% Off)

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Multiple Locations

Guided tour of one of two local architectural marvels that stand as seminal works in Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary career

$34 $16

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$59 for Scavenger Dash for a Team of Two from Sierra Adventure Sports on Saturday, June 13 ($127.59 Value)

Sierra Adventure Sports

Citizen Bar

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

$127.59 $59

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$39 for a Two-Hour Wednesday-Night Fireworks Cruise from Island Party Boat ($75 Value)

Tiki Party Boat

Island Party Boat

Take in fireworks lighting up the Chicago skyline on an island-themed 50-foot boat equipped with a sundeck, lounge, and premium sound system

$75 $39

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Three-Hour Historical Bus Tour for Two or Four from Weird Chicago Tours (Up to 39% Off)

Weird Chicago Tours

Pick up location

Travel by bus to the former crime scenes, red-light districts, gangster hangouts, or ghost-sighting spots of Chicago’s storied past

$70 $45

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Lakefront Speedboat Tour, Thrill Ride, or Architectural Tour from Seadog Cruises (Up to 43% Off)

Seadog Cruises

Navy Pier

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

$32.42 $20

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Chicago Pizza Walking Tour for Two or Four from Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours (Up to 54% Off)

Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours

Near North Side

2-hour, 1.2-mile walking tour hits several pizzerias like Pizzeria Uno and Giordano’s in River North to sample pizza and learn its history

$90 $44

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Tour by Bus for Two or Four from Chicago Crime Tours (Up to 49% Off)

Chicago Crime Tours

Chicago

Learn about more than 100 years of Chicago’s crime history in a 90-minute tour of famous crime scenes and landmarks

$79.90 $42

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Walking Tour from WendyCity (Up to 59% Off). Two Options Available.

WendyCity

Multiple Locations

Tour the Mag Mile and learn some of its history during a relaxed walk before the stores open

$50 $21

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Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

International Museum of Surgical Science

International Museum of Surgical Science Chicago

More than 600 art pieces and 7,000 medical artifacts—including a working iron lung—trace the advancement of surgery throughout history

$30 $15

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Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at railroad workers during WWI

$14 $8

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Cupcake Tour of Chicago with Six Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours New York

Chicago

Tours make six stops along Michigan Avenue, visiting a century-old shop, one with 50 varieties of cupcake, and another with gelato

$50 $25

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Running Tours of Downtown Chicago from Chicago Running Tours & More (Up to 55% Off)

Chicago Running Tours

Chicago Running Tours

Professional guides lead sightseeing tours at a jogging pace during excursions that emphasize fun and learning over speed

$32 $15

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Eat Hyde Park or Sweet Hyde Park Tour for 1, 2, or 4 from A Taste of Hyde Park Walking Tours (Up to 56% Value)

A Taste of Hyde Park

Multiple Locations

Guests sample hot dogs at Bergstein’s NY Deli, samosas at Rajun Cajun, and fudge at Kilwin’s

$50 $25

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Walking Food Tour for One or Two from Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago (Up to 37% Off)

Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago

Multiple Locations

Enjoy a roving lunch of five different tastings while learning about the history and culture of either River North or Wicker Park

$55 $35

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$45 for an Urban Dare Adventure Race for a Two-Person Team (Up to $90 Value)

Urban Dare

Bar Louie River North

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

$90 $45

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General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

APR Pullman Porter Museum

A Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

Museum celebrates the victories of the nation’s first African-American labor unions and the history of African-American railroad workers

$50 $25

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"Speakeasy" Social Game Experience for One, Two, Four, or Eight at Waxwing Puzzle Co. (Up to 57% Off)

Waxwing Puzzle Co.

Waxwing Puzzle Company

Players take part in a role-playing event that is set in the prohibition era and pulls from mob folklore

$40 $20

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Outing for Two or Four to The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn (Up to 44% Off)

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn

Explore 16 hands-on, educational exhibit areas developed within Illionis Learning Standards; Hands-on learning brings the classroom to life

$32 $18

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Tour of Dawes House/Evanston History Center for 2, 4, or 5–10 People (Up to 58% Off)

Evanston History Center

Evanston History Center

Visit the National Historic Landmark Dawes House, where more than a century of history about the city is preserved in a beautiful chateau

$20 $9

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Winery Tour for Two Plus Two Bottles to Take Home at Acquaviva Winery (Up to 37% Off)

Acquaviva Winery

Maple Park

Tour a picturesque winery with striking architecture before enjoying a glass of wine in the tasting room and selecting a bottle to take home

$70 $44

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40-Minute Ride in a Extra 300L Stunt Airplane or T-6 Texan Trainer Warplane from Gauntlet Warbirds (41% Off)

Gauntlet Warbirds

Sugar Grove

A seasoned flight instructor leads a 40-minute joy ride aboard an Extra 300L aerobatic plane or a T-6 Texan warplane

$440 $259

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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Membership for a Family or Individual (Up to 40% Off)

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Skokie

The museum honors Holocaust victims, telling their stories with artifacts and interactive exhibits that urge visitors to fight intolerance

$40 $25

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$30 for a One-Year Rialto-Level Membership in the Theatre Historical Society of America ($60 Value)

Theatre Historical Society of America

Theatre Historical Society

Receive research, event, and merchandise discounts from a historical society that celebrates the architecture and culture of the theatre

$60 $30

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Single-Day Admission for Two or Four or Family Membership at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joliet

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

$12 $6

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  • Reapers Realm Haunted Attractions
    Hailed as the "granddaddy of Northwest Indiana's haunted attractions" by the Post-Tribune, Reapers Realm Haunted Attractions terrifies guests every Halloween season with multiple haunted sites. Most of its frights lurk within the three floors of a 1920s-era stone mansion. There, fog makes it tricky to see where demented demons lie in wait, and strobe lights illuminate famous movie monsters such as Michael Myers reenacting classic scenes of carnage. More creepy creatures populate the Reaped Woods, where, in the past, a corn maze has hosted sights nearly as frightening as a scarecrow stuffed with old SAT scantrons. At the aptly named Carnevil, the screams echoing from the rides aren't just screams of delight.
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    626 177th St.
    Hammond, IN US
  • "Jewtopia"
    In 1903, Hammond’s first mayor, Marcus M. Towle, opened the Towle Opera House to provide the city with a venue for theatrical productions. Times changed, and with them the theater: the opera house became a cinema, and eventually a string of fashion shops moved into the space. The building seemed destined for a future of holographic retail, but in 2003—a century since the stage first opened—it was reborn as the Towle Theater. Since then, its intimate brick-lined confines have hosted such crowd-pleasing productions as The Musical of Musicals, the Musical and A New Brain.
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    5205 Hohman Ave.
    Hammond, IN US
  • Hesston Steam Museum
    Once upon a time, the American landscape was ruled by great machines, giant, steam-belching constructs that criss-crossed the country in the name of commerce, exploration, and national identity. Although it shares a phrase with fairy tales, this passage describes a very real time: the days of the steam engine. At the Hesston Steam Museum, curators honor this crucial juncture in industrial history with exhibits and artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Although they cover everything from saw mills to electric power plants, the main attractions are the locomotives. The museum is home to three working railroads, including a narrow-gauge track. In addition to the impressive 1929 Shay engine, the museum is also home to two scale trains: a quarter-scale train designed for amusement use in the early 20th century, and an eighth-scale train hand wrought by hobbyist engineers and machinists. Guests can grab rides on all three before grabbing dessert at the museum's old-fashioned soda fountain or exploring the gift shop for commemorative mementos.
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    1201 E 1000 N
    LaPorte, IN US
  • Illinois Theater Center Pk Forest
    The Illinois Theatre Center enthralls audiences with a wide range of theatrical performances that range from offbeat musicals to retellings of classic dramas. The Spitfire Grill, a musical adaptation of director Lee David Zlotoff's award-winning film, revisits the tale of a young woman recently released from prison who gets a second lease on life and a studio apartment. Wistful comedy Heroes centers on the lives of three war veterans living in an old folks' home who spend their final days reminiscing about ration-packet picnics. All performances are held in an intimate 179-person theater.
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    371 Artists Walk
    Park Forest, IL US
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
    Today, millions of people live and thrive among the streets and skyscrapers of Chicago, but at one time the bustling metropolis had only one resident?namely, the city's apocryphal, somewhat legendary founder, Jean Baptist Point DuSable. A Haitian of French and African descent, DuSable was the first of Chicago's great African Americans, a company that includes the city's first black mayor, Harold Washington. In one of the DuSable Museum's standing exhibits, the Thomas Miller mosaics, portraits of DuSable and Washington peer out along with eight of the founding members of the museum?a constellation of lodestars reminding visitors to maintain Chicago's diverse heritage. While the mosaics incorporate the museum's own story, other exhibits examine African American achievements of all kinds. Red, White, Blue & Black, for instance, examines the contributions of black men and women in the armed forces. In A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story, visitors explore the nuances of the momentous campaign through memorabilia and more than 150 mayoral artifacts. An animatronic likeness of Mayor Washington himself even steps in to relay stories and first-hand accounts made possible by animatronic robots' ability to travel through time. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the museum also hosts musical performance, film festivals, and book signings that introduce members to more aspects of African American history, including the scholars who continue to uncover it.
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    740 E 56th Pl.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
    The Chicago Academy of Sciences created a library and collection of flora and fauna specimens that burnt in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, just 14 years after its inception. By 1894, the academy had regrouped and rebuilt its collection in Lincoln Park, where it stood for more than 100 years. In 1999, the academy turned it into the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, a family-friendly museum filled with exhibits that let visitors explore the flora, fauna, and ecology of the Great Lakes region. The 6.35-acre campus hosts more than 15,000 plants, 13,000 birds, and 22,000 amphibians and reptiles in its specimen collections. As visitors walk through, popular attractions include the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, where visitors can stand in a swirl of 1,000 exotic butterflies, and Mysteries of the Marsh and the Istock Family Look-in Lab, which feature dozens of living creatures, such as turtles, snakes, and giant bugs. The Rainforest Adventure area allows families to encounter live animals and participate in interactive activities. In addition to educating the public, the museum is a local leader in wildlife conservation. It's nestled in acres of restored prairie, where visitors can spot migratory birds and other native critters and plants. Outdoor exhibits include 17,000 square feet of green roofs, a restored-prairie nature trail, and a rooftop birdwalk.
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    2430 N Cannon Dr.
    Chicago, IL US

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