Things To Do In Valparaiso

Up to 55% Off Arboretum Admission or Membership

Valparaiso

$20 $10

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Vast arboretum brings plants together from around the world to create varied gardens

50% Off Fitness Classes

Chesterton

$60 $30

Trainers engage primary and secondary muscle groups with TRX suspension training and burn fat with indoor cycling classes

Up to 56% Off Yoga Classes

Chesterton

$125 $59

Bamboo floors and deep red and gold walls house 60-minute yoga classes led by seasoned instructors

Up to 67% Off at Blastcamp Paintball in Hobart

Wheeler

$90 $39

Trained referees watch over games on former missile base’s fields, with arenas for close-quarters combat, woodsball, and speedball

48% Off at Skydive Horizonz

Hobart

$249 $149

Skydivers enjoy scenic vistas of downtown Chicago from dives conducted from above Lake Michigan; four-person option includes pictures

40% Off Boxing

Hobart

$100 $60

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

Up to 63% Off Dance Classes

Crown Point

$95 $35

Learn rug-cutting moves in classes dedicated to dance styles such as hip-hop, jazz, and ballet

Up to 51% Off Kung Fu Classes for Kids or Adults

Griffith

$50 $25

A certified personal trainer teaches children and adults kung fu in the style of China's Shaolin Monastery

Up to 85% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Schererville

$124.50 $19

Group martial-arts lessons include a uniform; a three-month fitness challenge allows participation in four martial-arts classes per week

Up to 64% Off Horsemanship and Riding Lessons

Crete

$125 $49

Introductory class covers grooming and horsemanship; riding lesson teaches English-style riding and dressage fundamentals

Up to 45% Off 18 Holes of Golf with Cart in Crete

Crete

$88 $48.50

Lush green fairways situated around pine and oak trees make up 6,225 yards of golf course designed by John Ellis in 1960

Up to 52% Off Fun-Park Arcade Games and Popcorn

St. John

$22 $11

52-game redemption arcade entertains fun-park visitors within a family entertainment center of batting cages, go-carts, and mini golf

Up to 62% Off Boot Camp or Personal Training

Dyer

$25 $10

Personal trainers work one-on-one with clients to help define and work on their goals; boot-camp sessions create varied workouts

Up to 64% Off at Premiere Dance Studio

Premiere Dance Studio

$35 $14.99

Expert instructors lead students of all levels through social dances such as tango, waltz, and swing

Up to 51% Off Indoor Horseback-Riding Lesson

Dyer

$100 $49

Indoor lessons let riders enjoy horseback riding no matter what the weather; great holiday gift

86% Off at Push Hard Fitness

Multiple Locations

$180 $29

Boot camp classes can be paired with a nutritional workshop or personal training for added health benefits

60% Off Powered-Hang-Glider Flight Lesson

Multiple Locations

$366 $145

A certified flight instructor pilots a lightweight two-person aircraft on a soaring flight above fields and rolling terrain

50% Off Flight Lesson

South Chicago Flying Lessons

$199.99 $99

Give the gift of flight as an FAA-certified instructor guides 30-minute flight where the students can fly the plane for up to 15 minutes

Up to 58% Off Personal Training Sessions

Lansing

$70 $35

Trainers work one-on-one with clients, creating results-oriented workouts tailored to their specific goals

46% Off Helicopter Tour of Chicago

Lansing

$332 $198

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Helicopter pilots fly passengers along the Chicago skyline and past landmarks such as Millennium Park, U.S. Cellular Field, and Navy Pier

Up to 74% Off Fitness or Muay Thai Classes

Lansing

$75 $25

Fitness instructors lead groups through martial arts and self-defense classes or host Zumba classes, all of which are designed to torch flab

Up to 85% Off at Komel Kickboxing

Calumet City

$200 $39

Muay thai boxing and kickboxing classes led by an instructor with more than 20 years of experience

Up to 58% Off Inflatable-Playground Play Passes

Calumet City

$40 $19

Inflatable bounce houses, jungle gyms, slides, obstacle courses, and basketball courts

Up to 57% Off at Skating at Glenwood Roller Rink 

Glenwood

$21 $9.50

To the sounds of festive music, groups of 2, 4, or 6 glide across hardwood rink— where actors in rollerskating film Roll Bounce practiced

Up to 58% Off Martial Arts Classes

Richton Park

$129 $59

Instructors teach taekwondo, hapkido, and jiu-jitsu during classes geared toward specific age groups, from three-year-olds to adults

Up to 53% Off Golf-Simulator Session with Snacks

Homewood

$68.50 $33

Players share a pizza and trade swings on simulations of famous golf courses such as St. Andrews and Cog Hill

Half Off Private Guitar Lessons from Eric Mantel 

Matteson

$45 $22.50

A guitar instructor for more than three decades, Eric Mantel teaches students myriad techniques with inspiration from guitar greats

Shop, Sip & Tip Business Expo – Up to 55% Off

Holiday Inn Chicago Matteson Conference Center

$20 $9

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Ladies night bustles with business vendors, shopping, cash bars, raffles, live music, and DJ sets

30% Off Music Lessons at American Music Institute

Multiple Locations

$5 $5

One month of music lessons for voice or instruments including saxophone, violin, piano, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, and oboe

Up to 85% Off Kids’ Gymnastics Classes

Multiple Locations

$131 $25

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Kids learn gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, or martial arts; tykes 5 and under cavort on inflatables and trampolines during open gym

50% Off at Lavin-Cassidy School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

$56 $28

Kids learn the basics of Irish step dance from world champion teachers, who have taught Midwest regional, national and all Ireland champions

51% Off British Swim School Classes

Oak Forest

$183 $89

Kids ages 3 months and older explore swimming and water safety under the careful supervision of trained teachers

Up to 62% Off Youth Basketball Camp

Evergreen Racquet & Fitness Center

$129 $59

Kids play competitive games, work on basketball skills such as shooting, dribbling, and defense, and connect with mentors

Up to 71% Off at Pure Indoor Cycling Studio

Evergreen Park

$130 $39

State-of-the-art indoor bicycles provide exercisers with an invigorating workout while motivating music plays in the background

50% Off

Alsip

$60 $30

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 at VH Personal Training

Tinley Park

$30 $15

Personal trainer Voltaire Hawkins uses sports-training methodology to help everybody—from aspiring athletes to older adults—get in shape

Up to 60% Off at Tinley Park Roller Rink 

Tinley Park

$21 $10

Colorful lights, booming songs, and the aroma of fresh snacks fill the air at an indoor roller-skating rink

$7 for Chicago Pet Show for Two

Oak Lawn Pavilion

$12 $7

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Current or potential pet owners attend two days of demonstrations, seminars, and games from pet-friendly retailers and rescue groups

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn—Up to 50% Off Outing

Oak Lawn

$14 $7

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Explore 16 hands-on, educational exhibits developed in accordance with Illinois Learning Standards

Pickle Asparagus with the Manager of Edible Alchemy Co-Op

Pilsen

$35 $35

Andrea Mattson splits you into groups and shows you how to pickle, spice, and can a quart of asparagus

Gorilla Tango Theatre – Up to 30% Off Burlesque

Bucktown

$35 $25

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Performers sling jokes and shed clothes during burlesque parodies of Batman and Star Wars

50% Off Arts and Antiques Expo

Navy Pier

$20 $10

Visitors to the expo can browse everything from leather-bound books to diamond jewelry and 19th-century antiques

Barry Gibb: Mythology The Tour Live – Up to 49% Off

United Center

$66.50 $35

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On his "Mythology" tour, the legendary singer-songwriter salutes his brothers in a set spanning the entire Bee Gees catalog

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra – Up to 73% Off

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

$44 $12

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The national premiere of a symphony suppressed by the Nazis, a Vaughan Williams piece, and a collaboration with the lauded Avalon Quartet

The Fray – Up to 47% Off

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

$37.95 $20

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Grammy-nominated rockers behind "How to Save a Life" treat audiences to piano-driven hits and songs from their newest album

Up to 51% Off an After-Work Cruise

Chicago

$25 $13

Cruises aboard a yacht with dance floors and bars provide brilliant evening views of the Chicago skyline

The Dance Mile on Randolph Street – $10 Off

Chicago

$45 $35

Twirl and sashay your way down Randolph Street decked out in a costume or Dance Mile neon tank, then keep the fun going at an after party

Up to 60% Off the Great Food Tour of Chicago

Chicago

$50 $25

Tours make six stops along Michigan Avenue, visiting the originator of deep-dish pizza and an eatery serving up Chicago-style hot dogs

Up to Off 80% Yoga Classes

West Town

$140 $29

A large studio space accommodates up to 70 students per class for a combination of vinyasa flow, balance postures, and meditation

Up to 44% Off Loop Interior Architecture Tour for Two

The Loop

$52 $29

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Featured in the Chicago Reader, guides lead groups through architecturally striking interiors and share photos and videos via iPads

50% Off "Fifty Shades of Grey" Parody

The Apartment

$86 $43

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Performers romp through the funny side of the hit erotic novel to the tune of Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Carly Rae Jepsen

Up to 50% Off an Inside Chicago Grand Tour

The Loop

$45 $25

A bus ferries visitors to the North and South Sides, showing them major parks, the Museum Campus, and the sights along Lake Shore Drive

Up to 55% Off The L.A.T.E. Ride

Buckingham Fountain

$55 $25

Celebrate the summer solstice with a night ride; FOTP members get a quarterly newsletter and discounts on park tours

49% Off Pup Crawl

Hubbard Inn

$35 $18

Pub crawl that benefits PAWS Chicago takes revelers to five local bars, including Hubbard Inn and The Boss Bar

Up to 51% Off Rooftop Cubs Game

Lakeview

$141.17 $69

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Gaze over Wrigley Field's right-centerfield wall from a luxurious rooftop as the Cubs continue to charge through the 2014 season

50% Pub Crawl or Brunch Tour

The Loop

$80 $40

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Groups roam the pedway's watering holes while hearing about prohibition days, or combine history with brunch

Up to 50% Off Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours

Chicago

$50 $30

Ride up to some of Chicago's most iconic landmarks as the sun sets and the skyline begins to glow

$8 Off Movie Outing

Logan Square

$19 $11

Historic theater screens current releases and classic films

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Allstars Sports Bar

$90 $45

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

Up to 57% Off Urban Scavenger Race

Dick's Last Resort

$80 $39

Teams navigate the city in search of 14 clues, which they must document via smart phone; first prize is $500 and entry for the championship

Riverfront Mayfest – Up to 57% Off Festival

Chicago Tribune Festival Lot

$23.25 $10

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New outdoor music festival features '90s tribute acts on Friday, local bands on Saturday, and country music on Sunday

51% Off a Play with Wine at Live Purple Art

Chicago

$45 $22

Participants supplied with all-you-can-drink wine paint canvases; actors then interpret the art and brushstrokes in a performance

"Second City's Game Night" – Up to 46% Off

Near North Side

$31.50 $17

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Using audience suggestions, skilled improvisors create scenes that riff on TV game shows at the new cabaret theater

Wrigleyville Rooftops – Up to 50% Off Tickets

Wrigleyville

$135 $69

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Take in a Cubs game from the rooftop while enjoying a complete food and beverage menu; access to climate-controlled suites included

Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Bucktown

$50 $50

The founder of the Autopsy Center of Chicago fields questions about death and the body during a slideshow

Tall Ship Red Witch – Up to 51% Off Sailing Trip

Central Chicago

$70 $35

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Passengers relax on Chicago's only wooden tall ship while viewing the skyline or delighting in exploding fireworks

54% Off Scavenger Dash

Near North Side

$127.59 $59

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

47% Off Ice-Dancing Performance

McFetridge Sports Center

$47.04 $25

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World-class figure skaters—including an Olympic Bronze medalist—perform dazzling choreography during the Chicago debut of "Let's Dance"

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

53% Off Tomato Fight at Soldier Field

Soldier Field South Parking Lot

$62.08 $29

Six-hour outdoor event includes music, cold beer, and free-for-all tomato fight at Soldier Field

Up to 66% Off Private Lessons from Gil Davis Golf

Marquette Park

$325 $159

Fundamentals form the centerpiece of a teaching philosophy espoused by Gil Davis, an alumni of ESPN Golf Schools

50% Off Ghost Investigation Tour

Pilsen

$116 $58

After a crash course in ghost hunting, small supervised teams use tools of the trade to explore an Al Capone underworld operation

Up to 51% Off Kayak Architecture Tour

Goose Island

$65 $32

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Kayakers follow a guide down the Chicago River, passing the city's many architectural landmarks

Up to 71% Off Classes at Namaskar YOGA

Lakeview

$130 $45

Classes such as Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Runners are taught in a setting that nurtures each student's personal growth

48% Off Cake Decorating Class

Roscoe Village

$75 $39

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Chef instructors lead classes in basic cake decorating or working with fondant; all supplies provided

74% Off Self-Defense Seminar

Lincoln Park

$100 $39

Women and children learn the necessary moves and tips in order to properly defend themselves against attack during a two-hour seminar

67% Off a Two-Hour Pontoon-Boat Rental

Goose Island

$300 $99

Luxury pontoon boats host up to 10 guests as they tour the Chicago River or enjoy sunset views of downtown Chicago

67% Off Sailing Lesson

Multiple Locations

$300 $99

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Experienced captains instill proper seamanship & teach beginners fundamental sailing skills in lessons on Lake Michigan

80% Off at Windy City Adventure Boot Camp

Lincoln Park

$300 $59

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Certified trainer and regular fitness contributor to NBC Chicago news leads women in supportive routines against backdrop of Lake Michigan

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Inside Amhurst Asylum, which is rumored to have housed a real psychiatric hospital in the 1920s, things have gone terribly awry. Those who venture into its depths find remnants of what Dr. Amhurst was experimenting with before the asylum was shut down. His experiments were far ranging and often involved gruesome transplants of limbs and organs, all in the hopes of saving his wife from a degenerative disease. Some of his patients still roam the halls, and attempt to reclaim their phantom limbs from unsuspecting visitors in the asylum's darkest corners. The grounds are so scary, in fact, that only the most seasoned adventurers may enter—children younger than 10 aren't allowed in, and children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult or Poltergeist-protection vest.

228 South 500 West
Valparaiso,
IN
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Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.

1805 Lincolnway
Valparaiso,
IN
US

Leading an athletic lifestyle doesn't just improve one's health or make full-length mirrors feel better about what they're reflecting. It has the power to influence others to do the same, boosting the spirits and extending the lifespans of entire towns; and that what drives Cause 2 Compete. Committed to social and environmental awareness, the athletic-event company partners with communities to deliver charity races that enhance communal relationships and aid environmental causes. With their array of fun runs, including the Dawn of the Dunes course, Twisted Turkey Trail race, and We Run This Town series, Cause 2 Compete brings athletes together for scenic marathons that help enrich their locales.

Marquette Park Pavilion
Miller Beach,
IN
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The team sits silently, trigger fingers poised to unleash the simulated ammo in their laser-tag guns. Nearby, one of their teammates waits to be rescued. The team's leader creeps forward, checks the area, and gestures to the others. They locate their captured comrade, but something is amiss: the pilot's head is shaking. The air fills with flashes of light, and the battle is over.

Team Combat Live uses laser tag as a means to act out immersive tactical scenarios, foster team camaraderie, and covertly scan supermarket barcodes. In indoor and outdoor spaces, combatants run, crouch, and fire, using the same laser gear employed by SWAT teams and Special Forces. To further hone tactical skills, Team Combat Live sprinkles each battlefield with ammo boxes and medic locations. Their instructors, including a certified SWAT instructor, also host summer camps that teach tactical maneuvers.

4150 U.S. 30
Merrillville,
IN
US

A stress-shedding family-friendly sport for splatter soldiers of all types and stripes, paintball grants its combatants the perfect backdrop for one-on-one duels or group-oriented maneuvers. Spread out your tickets over six solo sessions, or round up five friends, coworkers, or NBA starters for a fast-paced adrenaline-fueled jaunt across unique indoor and outdoor terrains that can include pastoral fields and themed villages. Each trek arms guests with a battle mask and goggles, semiautomatic paintball marker, hopper and tanker, and orientation that lays out the rules, safety precautions, and the symbolism behind to Jackson Pollack’s early work.

318 Main Street
Hobart,
IN
US

At Yoga by Gretchen, students from all walks of life find inspiration to foster their personal growth, physical fitness, and mental clarity. Gretchen and her team of instructors lead up to 25 students in yoga classes based in the Hatha and Vinyasa traditions, accommodating a variety of needs and goals. Beginner classes introduce students to yoga basics, Booty Ab yoga provides a more traditional fitness-class routine to tone bodies, and vigorous Vinyasa flow classes strengthen and stretch muscles with a series of challenging postures connected by focused breaths. In addition to yoga, the instructors also lead Pilates, Zumba, and kickboxing/boxing classes, in which ladies learn self-defense techniques to protect themselves from punching-bag assailants. Kids are welcome in the studio as well, laying the foundation for a lifetime of wellness with kids Zumba, hip-hop, and teen yoga.

337 Main St
Hobart,
IN
US