Personal Development in Westchester

46% Off Broker Pre-License Course

Inland Real Estate School

Oak Brook

$649 $349

90-hour course prepares students for the state exam

80% Off Student Tutoring

Sylvan Learning

Multiple Locations

$395 $79

Personal, detailed help with test prep, math, writing, or reading during tutoring sessions.

Up to 64% Off at Light Vision Group

Light Vision Group

Multiple Locations

$45 $19

Instructors help students sharpen their time-management skills for career success

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

American Guitar Academy

Elmhurst

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Up to 61% Off English or Math Tutoring

EyeLevel Elmhurst,IL

Elmhurst

$250 $99

Students improve problem-solving skills and master mathematical concepts, or strengthen language skills such as reading and writing

51% Off Music Lessons

Northfield School Of Music

Northfield

$140 $69

Students can choose from drums, guitar, voice, violin, or piano lessons

Up to 62% Off at North Shore Music Institute

North Shore Music Institute

Northfield

$70 $29

Lessons for students aged 6–adult teach techniques for the guitar, ukulele, strings, piano, percussion, or voice in a wide variety of genres

Up to 80% Off Tutoring Sessions from Best Brains

Best Brains Chicago

Multiple Locations

$244 $59

Certified teachers tutor students in English, math, general knowledge, and the abacus

Up to 53% Off Tumbling Classes

Illinois Allstars

Addison

$100 $50

Experienced cheerleading coaches and choreographers teach kids the fundamentals of tumbling

50% Off a Kids' Science Exploration Camp

WOW Camps

St. John Lutheran Church

$300 $149

Across five consecutive Mondays, kids spend the day exploring science with hands-on projects and activities

53% Off Music Lessons

Devine Music Studio

Glen Ellyn

$60 $28

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

67% Off Private Music Lessons from Parker Music

Parker Music

House-Calls and Studio Lessons

$60 $20

Seasoned instructor, Ben Parker, provides house-call or studio lessons for guitar, bass, ukulele, and music theory

33% Off Yoga Teacher Training

Zen Yoga Garage

Bucktown

$3,000 $1,999

10-week yoga teacher training course focuses on Vinyasa yoga, as well as yoga sequencing, anatomy, and philosophy

68% Off at ABC Bartending School

ABC Bartending School

Multiple Locations

$595 $189

Instructors guide burgeoning bartenders within a real bar, preparing them to mix, stir, and shake drinks for fun or professionally

45% Off Piano Lessons

The Art Of Piano Playing Inc.

The Loop

$200 $110

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

45% Off BYOB Facial-Scrub Class

Magalie Naturals

Bucktown

$55 $30

Fun, social classes are BYOB and teach students how to make their own luxurious, natural almond-and-tangerine facial scrub

53% Off Voice Lessons at Heart of Singing

Heart of Singing

Lincoln Square

$80 $38

Instructors impart healthy vocal technique to students in half-hour voice lessons tailored to individual goals

Up to 59% Off Music Lessons at Guitar Cities

Guitar Cities

Chicago

$80 $33

(10)

Guitar, bass, ukulele, drum, and piano lessons from professional recording artists and touring musicians in Chicago’s Loop

Up to 58% Off Private Violin or Viola Lessons

MB Muzik

Chicago

$180 $75

A violinist since age seven, Marija Bubanj teaches violin and viola students basic scales, fingerings, and bowing techniques

Up to 56% Off Multimedia Art Lessons

Rogala Studio

Little Village

$450 $219

Visual artist renowned for large-scale interactive media works leads hands-on lessons in video theater, photography, and sound recording

30% Off Academic-Tutor Services

Tjc Tutoring Services, LLC

Redeem from Home

$50 $35

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

Up to 54% Off Private Music Lessons

Guitar Chicago

The Loop

$70 $33

Instrumentalists train pupils of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level; students can pick a song to learn

Up to 77% Off Workshop from Chicago Photography Academy

Chicago Photography Academy

Lakeview

$195 $49

(32)

All-day fundamentals workshop demystifies the settings of your DSLR camera as professionals dole out tips on composition and camera shake

50% Off Academic-Tutor Services

Seam360

Chicago

$50 $25

Small groups of students complete educational activities in a fun, engaging "Power Hour" format

Up to 53% Off a Screenwriting Workshop

Artist Acting Acadmey

Central Chicago

$75 $37

Aspiring screenwriters receive pointers on crafting a script for television or film

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IT University Online

Online Deal

$3,295 $99

Bundles contain hands-on exercises, multimedia presentations, and exam simulators to help students prepare for CCNA and CCNP certification

Up to 57% Off Bartending Classes

A List Startenders

Jefferson Park

$159 $69

(6)

Seasoned instructors impart basic mixology skills and bartending techniques using array of spirits, fruits, and herbs in classroom and bar

50% Off CPR and First-Aid Certification Classes

Saving Chicago Cpr

Jefferson Park

$40 $20

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43% Off Private Music Lessons

Thompson Voice Studio

Old Irving Park

$60 $34

During two 30-minute voice lessons, students learn the basics of singing

Up to 52% Off Bagpipe or Drum Lessons

Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming

Irish American Heritage Center

$145 $69

In groups of up to five, students hone playing and practice technique and learn about the culture of drums or Scottish bagpipes

Up to 84% Off at Elitte Bartending School

Elitte Bartending School

Portage Park

$159 $39

Bartending school teaches the history, ingredients, and flavor profiles of beer or wine

Up to 60% Off Tutoring from The Mighty Pen

The Mighty Pen

On Location

$100 $49

Tutor specializes in organizational skills, strategies in test prep, writing and editing papers, research projects, AP/honors, and more

Up to 53% Off BYOB Creative Writing Class at Both Sides Art

Both Sides Art

Chicago

$40 $20

(15)

BYOB creative writing classes provide a supportive environment and positive feedback for writers of all experience levels

95% Off CompTIA Certification Courses

Career Academy

Online Deal

$1,485 $69

Online courses with video instructions help IT professionals attain certifications in networking and corporate security

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American Fitness Institute

Online Deal

$299 $95

Online materials allow students to set their own pace over a four-week period before testing to be certified as a personal trainer

83% Off Online Guitar Lessons

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

$168.85 $29

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

Up to 65% Off Academic Tutoring

Young Explorers Enrichment Services, Inc.

Redeem from Home

$200 $79

Instructors work with children and their teachers to create a customized series of lessons for each child

64% Off 20-Hour Online Bartending Course

Express Bartender

Online Deal

$79.97 $29

Through 12 digital lessons, students learn to mix 125 different cocktails and receive post-course job assistance

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Express Website Course

Online Deal

$197 $59

Video course teaches students the ins and outs of creating a website and working with the WordPress platform

Up to 54% Off Private Guitar, Piano, or Vocal Lessons

The Ultimate School of Guitar

Berger Park Cultural Center

$72 $33

Basic to advanced lessons in guitar, piano, and vocals taught by talented instructors with educational and practical experience

Up to 80% Off Music-Production Workshops

The Talent Pros

Pilsen

$75 $29

Workshops cover the basics of the recording industry with insight from an experienced staff that includes a Grammy-winning producer

52% Off Music Lessons

Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Chicago

$50 $24

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

50% Off Digital Media Arts Summer Camps

Tribeca Flashpoint Academy

The Loop

$800 $399

High-school students can explore audio, video, and design skills in all-day camps that allow them the chance to work with professional gear

88% Off Automotive Hail Damage Repair

Hi-Tech Paintless Dent Removal

Des Plaines

$250 $30

(13)

Technicians massage out the dents and dings left by hail without damaging paint or resorting to sanding

Up to 50% Off Yoga for Kids at Mosaic Tutor

Mosaic Therapy

Vernon

$20 $10

Yoga for kids classes help children understand the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga and exercise

51% Off Private Music Lessons at Roselle School Of Music

Roselle School Of Music

Roselle

$150 $74

Music school established in 1959 offers aspiring musicians lessons in numerous instruments, like guitar, piano, bass, drums, brass, and more

50% Off Metaphysical Courses

Elevated Delights

Burlington Northern Industrial Park

$80 $40

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62% Off English or Math Tutoring

Eye Level

Orland Park

$550 $210

After an initial assessment, students attend two classes per consecutive week to receive English or math tutoring tailored to them

Up to 67% Off 30-Minute Guitar Lessons

Evolution Music

Orland Park

$20 $10

A skilled guitarist helps students of all experience levels master chords, solos, and other techniques

Up to 75% Off Tutoring

iLearn Academy

Glenview

$209 $59

Professional tutors lead students one-on-one through English, Math, Science and ESL classes, or help small groups ace the ACT

64% Off Private Music Lessons at Terra Sounds

Terra Sounds

Glenview

$80 $29

Students can practice instruments including guitar, piano, drums, violin, or voice or study techniques such as songwriting or improvisation

Up to 93% Off at Avel Flight School

Avel Flight School

Schaumburg

$400 $199

Learn to fly under an FAA-certified pilot’s supervision, or fulfill the requirements for a private license in a six- to eight-week course

Up to 63% Off Intro to Crime Scene Processing

Balanced Exposure

Schaumburg

$100 $39

Students try crime-scene processing methods that real forensic experts use, such as developing latent fingerprints with brushes and powder

Half Off Private Pilot Course

Chicagoland Aviation

Romeoville

$299 $149

Learn the process to become a professional pilot and get hands-on experience in the cockpit of a Cessna aircraft

50% Off a Project-Management Course

I'll Show U Technologies

Oak Forest

$8,000 $4,000

Working adults enroll in live-instructor courses to earn certification in Cisco and project management, opening up advancement opportunities

Up to 60% Off a Scuba Course at Berry Dive Center

Berry Dive Center

Northbrook/Glenview

$75 $30

Scuba instructors lead students in diving techniques during weekend lessons inside classrooms, pools, and open water

Up to 56% Off Weekly Private Music Lessons

American Music Institute

Multiple Locations

$120 $60

Weekly one-on-one music lessons for voice or instruments including saxophone, violin, piano, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, and oboe

Up to 68% Off Music and DJ Classes

Absolute Music Academy

Geneva

$199 $99

The music teachers all have professional experience and either a bachelors or masters degree in music

55% Off Lessons at JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons

JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons

Multiple Locations

$88 $40

During private, 30-minute lessons, students learn the basics of singing or their choice of string, wind, or percussion instrument

Up to 72% Off Digital-Photography Boot Camp

Fotomojo

Pheasant Run Resort

$149 $49

Six-hour boot camp covers subjects such as exposure, freezing motion, shooting modes, and composition; three-hour is first half of course

Select Local Merchants

In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.

Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.

333 N La Grange Rd.
La Grange Park,
IL
US

Root 66 Aquaponics Garden Shop has all the accoutrements of a standard garden supply¬—USDA-certified organic seeds, pots, and organic fertilizers. But Root 66 is hardly your grandmother's general store. Its focus is hydroaquaponics, which creates a symbiotic relationship between a tank of fish and the garden on top of the tank. The sustainable method uses a system of pumps and tubes to harvest and distribute plant food from the fish tank below. The fish, in turn, are fed, sheltered, and taught to use salad forks by the plants above them.

In the shop's introductory video, founder Shawn Odneal says that hydroaquaponics is, "the future of food production and the closest I can get to self-sustainability," by "taking traditional gardening techniques and applying them in a new way." In addition to specializing in hydroaquaponics, he also strives to make gardening accessible to city dwellers with rooftop and vertical gardens.

8863 Burlington Avenue
Brookfield,
IL
US

The Chicago White Sox have some truly dedicated fans. In 1994, the team decided to reach out to the youngsters who worshipped their footwear. They sought to provide kids with the same conditioning and training they honed their skills with, so they started a sports-training summer camp. In a mere seven years, demand for the trainers' services necessitated that the program conduct year-round sessions in all types of sports, and the Bulls/Sox Academy was born.

Taught by the trainers who spend their life making sure that the Sox and Bulls are ready to hit the field or court, Bulls/Sox Academy's lessons bring professional techniques to aspiring athletes. Baseball programs teach functional speed movements for high-speed base stealing and help kids build the upper-body strength to knock balls out of the park and through the windshield of their least favorite neighbor's minivan. The basketball course divvies up training between shooting, skills, and defensive play. The fast-pitch softball teachers—both former professional players and longtime coaches—arm students to beat back high-velocity pitches without hurting the ball's feelings.

536 East Ave
La Grange,
IL
US

Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.

7217 Madison St.
Forest Park,
IL
US

The Riverside Theater Guild's cast of performers aged 8 to adult playfully recreates the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale in its production of Princess and The Pea. Audience members of all ages will hum along with Princess Mabel of Mudville as she sings, dances, and develops an unnerving obsession with legumes en route to the Kingdom of Snob Hill, where her prince awaits. Along with sparking smiles throughout the community, the Guild aims to instill storytelling skills in youngsters by casting local stars-in-training and holding theater camps during the summer.

160 Ridgewood Rd
Riverside,
IL
US

Delta Sonic's Super Kiss car wash pampers four-wheel rides with a gentle, touch-free system specially developed to leave exteriors bathed and unscathed. During the treatment, autos are rinsed with water from all possible angles; a detailed undercarriage cleanse showers even the areas unreachable by crossbreeds of Mr. Clean and Stretch Armstrong. Once fully scrubbed, steeds submit to a clear-coat protectant that shields them from errant weather and guerilla shopping-cart attacks, as well as a rust inhibitor that allows them to survive the swim tests of time. In addition to an expert clean, Delta Sonic offers a free wash within five days of the original should a car "accidentally" find itself re-covered in "circumstantial evidence."

5 East 1st Street
Hinsdale,
IL
US