Personal Development in Western Springs

$349 for One Broker Pre-License Course from Inland Real Estate School ($649 value)

Inland Real Estate School

Oak Brook

$649 $349

90-hour course prepares students for the state exam

$79 for a Skills Assessment and Four Tutoring Sessions at Sylvan Learning (a $395 Value)

Sylvan Learning

Multiple Locations

$395 $79

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

$49 for a Hands-On Photography Workshop at Fotomojo ($99 Value)

Fotomojo

Multiple Locations

$99 $49

Classes cover subjects such as exposure, focusing, manual mode, and basic composition rules

One Private 30-Minute Drum Lessons with DVD at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons (60% Off)

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

$25 $10

Instructors teach timing, original beats, stick control, tricks, and advanced techniques

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

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

Four Weeks of English or Math Tutoring for One or Two at EyeLevel Elmhurst, IL (Up to 61% Off)

EyeLevel Elmhurst,IL

Elmhurst

$250 $99

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

$69 for Four 30 Minute Private Music Lessons $140 — Northfield School of Music

Northfield School Of Music

Northfield

$140 $69

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

Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at North Shore Music Institute (Up to 62% Off)

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

Four Weeks of Tutoring in Four Subjects for One or Two Students from Best Brains (Up to 80% Off)

Best Brains Chicago

Multiple Locations

$244 $59

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

Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons from Parker Music (67% Off)

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

$28 for $60 Worth of Music Lessons — Devine Music Studio

Devine Music Studio

Glen Ellyn

$60 $28

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Helicopter Hovering Adventure at A&M Aviation (Up to 43% Off)

A&M Aviation

Bolingbrook

$300 $170

Learn how to get a chopper in the air with instruction from an experienced pilot that takes you through ground and air training

Four Weeks of English or Math Tutoring for One, Two, or Three at Eye Level (Up to 60% Off)

Eye Level

Orland Park

$250 $110

In each one-hour session once every week, tutors help children aged 3–18 master critical-thinking math and English skills

One or Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Evolution Music (Up to 67% Off)

Evolution Music

Orland Park

$20 $10

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

10-Week Yoga Teacher Training Course, or Two Weeks of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Zen Yoga Garage (Up to 53% Off)

Zen Yoga Garage

Bucktown

$3,000 $1,999

Yoga teacher training focuses on Vinyasa yoga, as well as sequencing, anatomy, and philosophy; classes showcase a variety of yoga styles

$189 for 32 Hours of Bartending Classes at ABC Bartending School (68% Value)

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

$110 for Piano Lessons ($200 Value) — The Art of Piano Playing

The Art Of Piano Playing Inc.

The Loop

$200 $110

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Two or Four 30-Minute Voice Lessons at Heart of Singing (53% Off)

Heart of Singing

Lincoln Square

$80 $38

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

Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drum, or Piano Lessons at Guitar Cities (Up to 59% Off)

Guitar Cities

Chicago

$80 $33

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

Three, Five, or Seven Private Violin or Viola Lessons at MB Muzik (Up to 58% Off)

MB Muzik

Chicago

$180 $75

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

Three or Six 3-Hour Multimedia Art Lessons at Rogala Studio (Up to 56% Off)

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

$35 for $50 Toward Two Academic-Tutor Services Sessions — Tjc Tutoring Services, LLC

Tjc Tutoring Services, LLC

Redeem from Home

$50 $35

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Two or Four Private Piano or Drum Lessons at Guitar Chicago (Up to 54% Off)

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

Seven-Hour "Digital in a Day" Photography Workshop for One or Two from Chicago Photography Academy (Up to 77% Off)

Chicago Photography Academy

Lakeview

$195 $49

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

$25 for $50 Worth of Academic-Tutor Services — SEAM360

Seam360

Chicago

$50 $25

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

Screenwriting Workshop for One or Two at Artist Acting Academy (Up to 53% Off)

Artist Acting Acadmey

Central Chicago

$75 $37

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

$99 for a Complete Cisco Certification IT Network Training Bundle from IT University Online ($3,295 Value)

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

10-Hour GMAT Test-Prep Course at MyGuru (Up to 62% Off)

MyGuru

Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown / Magnificent Mile

$699 $269

In small groups, students gather to learn techniques and key information to help them conquer GMAT standardized tests

Two-Hour Couples Massage Class for Two or Four at Hands On Couples Massage (Up to 63% Off)

Hands On Couples Massage

Near North Side

$200 $79

Limited to just a few students, classes teach couples massage techniques to use at home

4-Hour Mixology Class or 10-Hour Basics Course at A List Startenders (Up to 57% Off)

A List Startenders

Jefferson Park

$159 $69

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

$20 for $40 Worth of CPR and First-Aid Certification Classes — Saving Chicago CPR

Saving Chicago Cpr

Jefferson Park

$40 $20

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Two Private Music Lessons from Thompson Voice Studio (43% Off)

Thompson Voice Studio

Old Irving Park

$60 $34

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

Five Weeks of Bagpipe or Drum Lessons with Rentals at Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming (Up to 52% Off)

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

Beer 101 or Wine 101 Class for One, Two, or Four at Elitte Bartending School (Up to 84% Off)

Elitte Bartending School

Portage Park

$159 $39

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

BYOB Creative Writing Class for One, Two, or Four at Both Sides Art (Up to 53% Off)

Both Sides Art

Chicago

$40 $20

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

$69 for CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ IT Certification Training Bundle from Career Academy ($1,485 Value)

Career Academy

Online Deal

$1,485 $69

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

$95 for Online Personal-Training Certification from American Fitness Institute ($299 Value)

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

$29 for Three Months of 3D Guitar Lessons Online from iPerform 3D Online Guitar Lessons ($168.85 Value)

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

$29 for a 20-Hour Online Bartending Course from Express Bartender ($79.97 Value)

Express Bartender

Online Deal

$79.97 $29

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

$59 for an Online Website Building Class from Express Website Course ($197 Value)

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

$33 for Three Private Guitar or Piano Lessons or Two Vocal Lessons at The Ultimate School of Guitar (Up to $72 Value)

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

$86 for $320 Worth of Photography Classes — Dom Digital Media

Dom Digital Media

Chicago

$320 $86

In-depth classes on how to use creative camera settings, edit photographs, and either export files to the web or print images

Music-Production 101 Class or One Full-Day Boot Camp at The Talent Pros (Up to 80% Off)

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

$24 for $50 Worth of Music Lessons — Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Chicago

$50 $24

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$40 for $80 toward 60 Minute Massage — Elevated Delights

Elevated Delights

Burlington Northern Industrial Park

$80 $40

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Private Pilot Course for One or Two at Chicagoland Aviation (Half Off)

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

$74 for Six 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Roselle School Of Music ($150 Value)

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

$30 for $250 Worth of Automotive Hail Damage Repair at Hi-Tech Paintless Dent Removal

Hi-Tech Paintless Dent Removal

Des Plaines

$250 $30

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

One, Three, or Six Yoga for Kids Classes on Saturdays at Mosaic Therapy (Up to 50% Off)

Mosaic Therapy

Vernon

$20 $10

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

$4,000 for 12-Week Combined Project-Management and Cisco Course at I'll Show U Technologies ($8,000 Value)

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

One Month of Tutoring in Math, English, or Both at Eye Level Learning and Enrichment Center (Up to 60% Off)

Eye Level Learning and Enrichment Center

Skokie

$165 $75

Tutors help students with curriculum aligned to the National Council Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of English

Introductory Flight Lesson at Avel Flight School (Up to 93% Off)

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

One or Two Crime-Scene-Processing Class for One at Balanced Exposure (Up to 63% Off)

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

Four Weekly 30-, 45-, or 60-Minute Private Music Lessons at American Music Institute (Up to 56% Off)

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

$29 for Two 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Terra Sounds ($80 Value)

Terra Sounds

Glenview

$80 $29

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

Four Weeks of English or Math Tutoring Sessions for One or Two at Eye Level of Plainfield (Up to 56% Off)

Eye Level of Plainfield

Plainfield

$250 $115

Knowledgeable tutors help students master English and math concepts, improving academic performance and boosting confidence

Two Tutoring Sessions from McCree Tutoring Services (50% Off)

Mccree Tutoring Services

South Holland

$70 $35

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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

The term “family environment” sometimes conjures thoughts of shrieking toddlers and floors turned into flypaper due to discarded cotton candy, but those images evaporate the moment you step into any one of Air Fitness’ three pristine facilities. Here, families work out in an exclusive social setting, as each location accepts only 150 memberships. From grandparents to gradeschoolers, members work their way toward better health on Cybex and Precor fitness equipment, overseen by a friendly staff of trainers and nutritionists. For one-on-one attention, the trainers develop personalized programs customized to each patron's fitness goals, such as losing weight, lowering their blood pressure, or looking good in a new hazmat suit.

5 East 1st Street
Hinsdale,
IL
US

Most Popular Service: Time management strategies for success

Established: 2013

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 1 person

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Pro Tip: Make an intention to be more productive. Take five minutes and write down five goals for the day.

813 North County Line Road
Hinsdale,
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

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

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