Sightseeing in Western Springs

Pleasant Home—Up to 51% Off Tours or Performances

Oak Park

$20 $10

(8)

National Historic Landmark home hosts tours of its Prairie-style architecture or performances by musicians and dancers

41% Off a Stunt-Airplane or Warplane Ride

Sugar Grove

$440 $259

(10)

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

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

Oak Lawn

$14 $7

(20)

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

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

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

Discover the Kinetic Art of Chicago's Moving Bridges

Chicago

$15 $15

Walk the streets of the Loop with civil engineer Jim Phillips and watch the Chicago River's movable bridges in action

Up to 44% Off Loop Interior Architecture Tour for Two

The Loop

$52 $29

(77)

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

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

50% Pub Crawl or Brunch Tour

The Loop

$80 $40

(248)

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

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

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

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 78% Off from TikiBoat Chicago

Monroe Harbor

$1,799 $399

(8)

36-foot party barge with water slide ferries guests onto Lake Michigan and Chicago River; amenities include stereo, grill, and full bathroom

Up to 61% Off Urban Scavenger Hunt

Cubby Bear

$100 $40

Five-hour scavenger hunt takes participants through 12 challenges that encourage them to explore the city while testing their mettle

50% Off Segway Tours for Two

Multiple Locations

$138 $69

(270)

Segways effortlessly glide through the city streets, allowing riders to breeze by Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House or Soldier Field

Up to 52% Off Boat Tours from Seadog Cruises

Navy Pier

$30.45 $15

(148)

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

Up to 53% Off from Chicago Crime Tours

Chicago

$79.90 $38

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

Up to 57% Off Social Game Experience

Logan Square

$40 $20

(62)

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

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

South Loop

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Chicago History Museum – Up to 48% Off

Lincoln Park

$14 $8

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair

Half Off Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum

Far South Chicago

$50 $25

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

Half Off Science Museum Membership or Admission

Near North Side

$80 $40

(38)

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

Museum of Broadcast Communications – Up to Half Off

Near North Side

$24 $12

(23)

Artifacts and digitized recordings detail the history of radio and television; interactive station lets visitors anchor their own newscasts

DuSable Museum – Half Off Membership

Washington Park

$40 $20

(27)

Examine tales and artifacts of African American history with studies of gospel singers, murals, and even an animatronic Harold Washington

DuPage Children's Museum – Up to 50% Off Visit

Downtown Naperville

$44 $22

(94)

Family-friendly museum engages young minds exploring art, math, and science hands-on exhibits; S.M.A.R.T. Café offers healthy snacks all-day

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

Select Local Merchants

Circle of Stones' expert beadsmiths enlighten stringing scholars on jewelry making amidst a kaleidoscopic collection of imported stones and natural minerals in a variety of two-hour classes. In a selection of beginner-level classes, twosomes can glean skills in basic jewelry techniques, learning how to wire-wrap earrings, the approach for finishing necklace ends, and how to tell the difference between a string of gemstones and a candy necklace. Knotted Necklace classes teach the ways of spacing beads between knots of linen to highlight glittering baubles, while Braided Crystal Bracelet classes merge shimmering Swarovski crystals with miniature seed beads to create eye-catching accoutrements.

700 W Burlington Ave
La Grange,
IL
US

Armed with frames spanning the gamut from classical to trendy, Boulevard Fine Art’s picture wranglers enhance and protect artwork through custom framing services. Customers can encase celebrities under glass without the need for strategically poked air holes by framing favorite posters ($40–$60 for 20"x24") or place childhood finger paintings in standard 8"x10" frames ($15+) that preserve prodigious pre-K artifacts. Original paintings find new homes with canvas services, including stretching, framing, and labor ($65–$85 for 24"x30"), upping the artwork ante with unique, hand-finished frames from Italy, Germany, and Peru. With more than 40 years of combined framing experience, the staff helps customers make aesthetically minded decisions or tell when paintings are about to molt.

217 Burlington Ave
Clarendon Hills,
IL
US

Showcasing local and international artwork, Collector's Choice Art Gallery stocks a wealth of prints, original work, and sculpture in its combination gallery and frame design studio. Solace-seeking apartment decorators find eclectic accents in 700 stock fine art prints and posters, including Greg Stocks's landscapes, the watercolor stylings of Marilyn Simandle, or the arboreal imaginings of painters Chris Donovan and Marysia Burr, both known for their classical portraits of nude Ents. Collectors can adopt lonely paper or canvas mini prints smaller than 8"x10" ($9), small-size posters at 16"x20" ($20), and full-size printed prizes ($40–$60).

1014 Curtiss St
Downers Grove,
IL
US

Horrorbles is one-stop shopping for all things horror and sci-fi, featuring movies, one of a kind and limited edition collectibles, figures, apparel, books and magazines, gag gifts, classes, parties, screenings, lectures, showings and more, this is the place for horror & pop-culture fans!

6729 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn,
IL
US

Located 14 miles from downtown Chicago, Elmhurst Art Museum displays national shows and the works of deserving regional, national, and international artists. In addition to hosting on going activities in the museum's education center, the museum seeks to spark creativity and foster sensitivity for fine art in the community through stimulating displays, programs, and mind control.

Attached to the museum is the historic McCormick House, which is one of only three homes in the United States designed and built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and then replicated in LEGOs. The museum layout is designed around the house, which stands as a tribute to Mies and has won the Chicago AIA Regional Architecture Award.

150 S Cottage Hill Ave
Elmhurst,
IL
US

• For $4, you get two adult admission tickets to the museum (up to an $8 value; museum admission is free on Fridays, and on all days for active armed forces members). • For $15, you get a one-year individual membership (a $30 value).

220 S Cottage Hill Ave
Elmhurst,
IL
US