Groupon GUIDE TO CHICAGO

Give the Gift of Budget-Friendly Chicago Activities 11.4.2015

Eight Chicago activities as gifts that will make your loved ones smile and your bank account sigh in relief.




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Ferris Bueller used everything from a mannequin to a keyboard loaded with recorded coughs to plan his one day of hooky. Dragging his best friend and girlfriend along for the ride, he headed straight for the heart of Chicago in search of the perfect adventure. By most accounts, he succeeded. Ferris drove a Ferrari, caught an elevator to the top of the Sears Tower, studied renowned masterpieces at the Art Institute of Chicago, and took in a game at Wrigley Field. But his adventure wasn't quite perfect. Without the help of cameras, extras, and fictional locations, not every activity in Ferris’s itinerary stands strong. We’ve taken the liberty of rerouting Ferris Bueller's Day Off to help you explore the city in even more style.
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Explore everything from fossils at the Field Museum to pirate cruises on the Tall Ship Windy.
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Still riding the wave of its 30th anniversary, former Wax Trax! hub and venerated venue the Metro prides itself on the “little moments” in ‘90s rock history.
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Bookended by traffic jams or sardine-can L rides, the 9-to-5 workday can take a toll on your inner child. You may have outgrown moon bounces and ball pits, but it’s still important to cut loose once in a while. Until it’s socially acceptable to schedule girls’ night at Chuck E. Cheese’s, these childish Chicago hot spots will have to suffice.
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Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, October 11, to Friday, October 17
On this week’s agenda: Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Shedd, Chicago Ideas Week, Japanese ghosts at the Art Institute, and a play for the start of hockey season. Enjoy yourself, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, September 20, to Friday, September 26
On this week’s agenda: fall at the Museum of Science and Industry, an all-star hip-hop fest in Union Park, a trip to the '80s with WhirlyBall, Lifeline Theatre Company's Jane Eyre, and the hats of Dr. Seuss. Enjoy yourself, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, September 13, to Friday, September 19
On this week’s agenda: a drag show at Hydrate, Chicago's Bloody Mary Competition, the last of this year's Cubs games, the Goodman Theatre's season opener, and a visit with the Lemonheads. Enjoy yourself, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, September 6, to Friday, September 12
On this week’s agenda: the Renegade Craft Fair, Natalie Merchant, and festivals celebrating wine, wild animals, and wicked German beers. Enjoy yourself, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, August 30, to Friday, September 5
On this week’s agenda: tours on the Tall Ship Windy, vintage shopping at the Randolph Street Market, the debut of Arcade Brewery, Strawdog Theatre Company's season premiere, and Death Cab for Cutie. Enjoy yourself, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
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