Kids Activities in Chicago, IL


Chicago History Museum: Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (50% Off)

Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (50% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum - Live

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at railroad workers during WWI

$16 $8

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Sluggers World Class Sports Bar: $12 for 15 Batting Cage Tokens at Sluggers World Class Sports Bar ($20 Value)

$12 for 15 Batting Cage Tokens at Sluggers World Class Sports Bar ($20 Value)

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar

Sluggers

Sports bar’s upstairs game room includes batting cages where guests can practice their swings and crush fastballs

$20 $12

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Skyway Bowl and Sports Bar: Bowling Package for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at Skyway Bowl and Sports Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Bowling Package for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at Skyway Bowl and Sports Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Skyway Bowl and Sports Bar

South Deering

Enjoy cold beers, live music, and the company of friends at this 36-lane bowling alley and sports bar

$30 $15

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Family Entertainment Center: $75 for Skating Party for 10 at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Family Entertainment Center ($130.69 Value)

$75 for Skating Party for 10 at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Family Entertainment Center ($130.69 Value)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Family Entertainment Center

Gresham

Birthday package includes skate rental, pizza, unlimited soda, and games

$130.69 $75

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Pickle's Playroom & Salon: Dynamic Duo or Hard as Steel Manicure with a Play Pass at Pickle's Playroom & Salon (Up to 50% Off)

Dynamic Duo or Hard as Steel Manicure with a Play Pass at Pickle's Playroom & Salon (Up to 50% Off)

Pickle's Playroom & Salon

Lincoln Square/Ravenswood

Fun and convenience collide at this family-friendly spot, which features a playroom, onsite salon, and café

$30 $15

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The Chicago Magic Lounge: The Chicago Magic Lounge (Thursday Nights at 8 p.m. Through June 25)

The Chicago Magic Lounge (Thursday Nights at 8 p.m. Through June 25)

The Chicago Magic Lounge

The Chicago Magic Lounge at the Uptown Underground

Step back in time to an era when close-up, table-side, and parlor magic were all the rage in Chicago

$25 $15

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International Museum of Surgical Science: Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

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

$40 $20

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DaVinci Machines Exhibition: The Titans Experience: “DaVinci Machines Exhibition: The Titans Experience” July 1-August 15

“DaVinci Machines Exhibition: The Titans Experience” July 1-August 15

DaVinci Machines Exhibition: The Titans Experience

Water Tower Place

The interactive DaVinci Machines Exhibition, DaVinci Masterpieces combined with live docent guided tour

$37.90 $18.95

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Challenge Nation: $25 for Entry to Chicago Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Saturday, July 9, 2016 ($55 Value)

$25 for Entry to Chicago Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Saturday, July 9, 2016 ($55 Value)

Challenge Nation

Municipal Bar & Dining Co.

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

$55 $25

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BASH Sports Academy: 30- or 60-Minute Batting-Cage Sessions at Bash Sports Academy (Up to 55% Off)

30- or 60-Minute Batting-Cage Sessions at Bash Sports Academy (Up to 55% Off)

BASH Sports Academy

Avondale

A 12,000 sq. ft., fully turfed indoor facility houses five cages for practicing swings year-round

$30 $15

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Robots-4-U: $119 for a Five-Day Robotics Day-Camp Session from Robots-4-U ($299.95 Value)

$119 for a Five-Day Robotics Day-Camp Session from Robots-4-U ($299.95 Value)

Robots-4-U

Multiple Locations

Kids aged 7–14 learn science, technology, engineering, and math concepts through building a robot that can race, dance, or do battle

$299.95 $99

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Museum of Broadcast Communications: Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

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

$60 $30

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The DuSable Museum of African American History: Memberships to DuSable Museum of African American History (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Memberships to DuSable Museum of African American History (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

The DuSable Museum of African American History

Washington Park

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

$40 $25

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

$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

Edgewater

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

$72 $33

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MSA & Circus Arts: $29 for Two Adult Sports-Acrobatics Classes at MSA & Circus Arts ($60 Value)

$29 for Two Adult Sports-Acrobatics Classes at MSA & Circus Arts ($60 Value)

MSA & Circus Arts

Logan Square

Learn floor-tumbling moves, such as bounces, flips, and handstands, and jump on a regulation-sized trampoline equipped with safety lines

$60 $29

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Evolution Music: 30-Minute Private Music Lesson or a One-Month Membership to the Music Gym at Evolution Music (50% Off)

30-Minute Private Music Lesson or a One-Month Membership to the Music Gym at Evolution Music (50% Off)

Evolution Music

Chicago

Private lessons in your chosen instrument; Music Gym lets you show up whenever to use the school’s video lessons and ask teachers for help

$80 $40

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Kidville: $49 for a Kids' Indoor Play Package with Three Enrichment Classes and Three Playspace Passes ($240 Value)

$49 for a Kids' Indoor Play Package with Three Enrichment Classes and Three Playspace Passes ($240 Value)

Kidville

DePaul

Children’s center helps develop social and educational skills with art, music, and gym classes and a playspace

$240 $49

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Chicago SUP: Two-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental for One or Two from Chicago SUP (50% Off)

Two-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental for One or Two from Chicago SUP (50% Off)

Chicago SUP

North Avenue Beach

Balance on a board and paddle on Lake Michigan waters with a view of the skyline

$60 $30

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Chicago Playpen: $19 for One Kid's Open-Play Session & Choice of Stuffed Animal with Outfit at Chicago Playpen ($32 Value)

$19 for One Kid's Open-Play Session & Choice of Stuffed Animal with Outfit at Chicago Playpen ($32 Value)

Chicago Playpen

Bronzeville

Kids play inside a facility that’s full of educational installations, including a grocery store, then choose a stuffed animal and an outfit

$32 $19

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

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

Mayfair

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

$145 $69

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WhirlyBall Chicago: Hour of Bowling with Shoes for up to 6 or 30 Minutes of Laser Tag for up to 10 at WhirlyBall Chicago (Up to 54% Off)

Hour of Bowling with Shoes for up to 6 or 30 Minutes of Laser Tag for up to 10 at WhirlyBall Chicago (Up to 54% Off)

WhirlyBall Chicago

Bucktown

Fun center with onsite craft beer bar lets players bowl strikes and spares or slink through neon laser-tag arenas

$114 $59

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Kid City: Two Open-Play Passes, or One Month of Unlimited Play for One Child or One Family at Kid City (Up to 43% Off)

Two Open-Play Passes, or One Month of Unlimited Play for One Child or One Family at Kid City (Up to 43% Off)

Kid City

West Town

Kids play pretend at an indoor facility complete with a pint-sized supermarket, dress-up boutique, pet shop, and post office

$28 $16

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Guitar Chicago: Two or Four Private Piano, Guitar, Bass or Ukelele Lessons at Guitar Chicago (Up to 59% Off)

Two or Four Private Piano, Guitar, Bass or Ukelele Lessons at Guitar Chicago (Up to 59% Off)

Guitar Chicago

Fidi

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

$70 $29

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Heart of Singing: Two or Four Piano Lessons at Heart of Singing (Up to  53% Off)

Two or Four Piano Lessons at Heart of Singing (Up to 53% Off)

Heart of Singing

Chicago Center for the Arts

Seasoned musician inspires versatile piano moves during lessons tailored to the student’s skill level & goals

$80 $38

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Chicago Playpen: 5 or 10 Kids' Open-Play Sessions at Chicago Playpen (Up to 59% Off)

5 or 10 Kids' Open-Play Sessions at Chicago Playpen (Up to 59% Off)

Chicago Playpen

Bronzeville

Kids play inside a facility that’s full of educational installations, including a grocery store

$60 $29

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Modeling Camp: $799 for Modeling Camp for One ($1,099 Value)

$799 for Modeling Camp for One ($1,099 Value)

Modeling Camp

South Loop

Summer camp introduces girls ages 11-17 to the world of modeling and fashion - Photo shoots, fashion shows, style and more

$1,099 $799

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Champyon Taekwondo Usa: $31 for $70 Groupon — ChampYon Taekwondo USA

$31 for $70 Groupon — ChampYon Taekwondo USA

Champyon Taekwondo Usa

East Side

From the merchant: Students learn the basics during two trial classes; uniform included

$70 $31

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Uptown Underground: Chicago Magic Lounge

Chicago Magic Lounge

Uptown Underground

Uptown

$25 $7

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

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

Guitar Cities

The Loop

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

$80 $33

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

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

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

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

$25 $10

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Advantage Basketball Camps: Three- or Five-Day Basketball Camp at Advantage Basketball Camps (Up to 24% Off). Eight Options Available.

Three- or Five-Day Basketball Camp at Advantage Basketball Camps (Up to 24% Off). Eight Options Available.

Advantage Basketball Camps

Multiple Locations

Kids 7–18 form up in groups based on their age and skill level, learning fundamentals through drills focused on one-handed ball control

$195 $149

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Greenhouse Theater Center: The Magic Cabaret

The Magic Cabaret

Greenhouse Theater Center

The Greenhouse Theater

$20 $13.75

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Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame: Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame Culinary Experience for One or Two on October 13 (47% Off)

Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame Culinary Experience for One or Two on October 13 (47% Off)

Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame

Navy Pier

See Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame induct notable chefs; open bar & restaurant samples

$95 $50

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Bright Smiles Party Suite: $99 for a Two-Hour Kids' Party with Host, Setup, and Clean Up at Bright Smiles Party Suite ($235 Value)

$99 for a Two-Hour Kids' Party with Host, Setup, and Clean Up at Bright Smiles Party Suite ($235 Value)

Bright Smiles Party Suite

Far South Chicago

Kids celebrate their birthdays in style with two-hour parties that include a host to help supervise as well as run setup and cleanup

$235 $99

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

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

Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Chicago

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

$50 $24

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pH Comedy Theater: Adventure Library!

Adventure Library!

pH Comedy Theater

Edgewater

$8 $3.50

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Karate Academy: $220 for $400 Groupon — Karate Academy

$220 for $400 Groupon — Karate Academy

Karate Academy

Montclare

From the merchant: Best Karate Bday Party Around! Fun Karate games, Rope climbing, Board Break & cut cake with a real sword. Max: 20 kids

$400 $220

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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: Nature on Tap

Nature on Tap

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

$12 $4.50

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Heart of Singing: Eight-Week Vocal and Musical Class for Ages 3–5 or 6–8 at Heart of Singing (50% Off)

Eight-Week Vocal and Musical Class for Ages 3–5 or 6–8 at Heart of Singing (50% Off)

Heart of Singing

Chicago

Seasoned musician teaches vocal techniques during lessons tailored to each student’s skill level and goals

$240 $120

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The Revival: The Explorers!

The Explorers!

The Revival

Chicago

$10 $7.50

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Chicago Pediatric Therapy & Wellness Center: Three- or Four-Hour Party Package at Chicago Pediatric Therapy & Wellness Center (Up to 44% Off)

Three- or Four-Hour Party Package at Chicago Pediatric Therapy & Wellness Center (Up to 44% Off)

Chicago Pediatric Therapy & Wellness Center

Bucktown

Birthday party packages let kids explore a climbing gym, zip line, ball pit, and bounce house while enjoying pizza and temporary tattoos

$695 $399

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

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

MB Muzik

The Loop

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

$180 $75

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Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park: Chicago Philharmonic & Cirque de la Symphonie

Chicago Philharmonic & Cirque de la Symphonie

Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park

Central Chicago

$130 $70.75

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Pullman State Historic Site - Administration and Factory Complex: The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Pullman State Historic Site - Administration and Factory Complex

Chicago

$7.50 $3

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The Art Of Piano Playing Inc.: $110 for Piano Lessons ($200 Value) — The Art of Piano Playing

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

The Art Of Piano Playing Inc.

The Loop

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

$200 $110

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The Revival: Parents Night Out

Parents Night Out

The Revival

Chicago

$10 $7.50

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Fun Time Square: Family Fun-Park Outing with Game Tokens, Rides, and Golf for Two or Four at Fun Time Square (Up to 44% Off)

Family Fun-Park Outing with Game Tokens, Rides, and Golf for Two or Four at Fun Time Square (Up to 44% Off)

Fun Time Square

Alsip

Go-karts roar over tracks, and putters propel balls across 18 mini-golf holes flanked by shrubbery

$30 $18

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GameWorks: $20 for an All-Day Game Pass for One and $10 Game Card to GameWorks ($55 Value)

$20 for an All-Day Game Pass for One and $10 Game Card to GameWorks ($55 Value)

GameWorks

Schaumburg

Full day of unlimited access to hundreds of interactive games with a $10 game card

$55 $20

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Sky Zone Schererville: Two 60-Minute Indoor-Trampoline Passes at Sky Zone Schererville (Up to 46% Off). Two Options Available.

Two 60-Minute Indoor-Trampoline Passes at Sky Zone Schererville (Up to 46% Off). Two Options Available.

Sky Zone Schererville

Schererville

During one hour of open jump time, jumpers can bounce between a SkySlam basketball court, wall-to-wall trampolines, and a foam pit

$26 $14

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  • Lucky Strike Lanes
    Lucky Strike Lanes is about good times and great bowling. During the day, Lucky Strikes is a family-friendly bowling alley with food, games and, of course, bowling. In the evenings, it changes to a 21+ establishment with a full bar and pool tables. Unlike the traditional bowling alley, Lucky Strike Lanes is an upscale establishment. They maintain a strict casual-yet-neat dress code and require reservations for bowling. The bowling alley features many large screen televisions, comfortable booths and is a smoke-free environment. This spacious facility has multiple options for events, making it the perfect environment for bowling-themed birthday parties or corporate social engagements.
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    322 East Illinois Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Hair Razor Haunted Scenes
    For three weekends each October, wicked surgeons, rotting corpses, and malevolent clowns haunt the corridors of St. Thecla Parish’s basement. A team of designers, actors, and effects artists with more than 30 years of haunted-house experience designs each petrifying scene, with a scare level catered to guests aged 12 and older. Numerous exits let terrified visitors escape, while No Scare Days invite costumed kids aged 11 and younger to feast on candy and wander the lit house during the daytime, when it’s not full of frightening creatures or owls holding staring contests. Proceeds from Hair Razor Haunted Scenes help fund and sustain St. Thecla Parish.
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    6725 W Devon Ave.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Timber Lanes
    In the past, Timber Lanes was a stop on the Underground Railroad, a factory for WWII helmets, and a fallout shelter during the Cold War. Nowadays, though, the tiny alley sticks to its eight all-wood lanes, which have a history of their own—they were imported from a Japanese bowling center in the 70s.
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    1851 West Irving Park Road
    Chicago, IL US
  • The Adler Planetarium
    Historic spacecraft, fragments of far away worlds, and maps of the galaxy make outer space seem completely within reach. That's the magic of the Adler Planetarium. From the moment visitors pass through the Clark Family Welcome Gallery—a portal of aluminum tubing, fabric, and video projections—they embark on a journey through space, time, and imagination. Eye Catcher: Earth's neighbors and one massive yellow Sun hang overhead in Our Solar System, which also includes a fragment of a meteorite and a replica of the Mars rover. The Adler is the only place where visitors can touch a piece of the Moon, Mars, and three different asteroids under one roof. Permanent Mainstay: The Historic Atwood Sphere, Chicago's oldest planetarium, where guests can step under a steel dome to view the night sky as it appeared in 1913 thanks to 692 drilled holes. Hands-On Experiments: In The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, you can send yourself digital postcards from across the Universe; it'll only take four hours for one to arrive from Neptune, but be prepared to wait 2.5 million years for one to arrive from the Andromeda galaxy. Hidden Gem: The Space Visualization Lab introduces guests to cutting-edge research that astronomers discuss with visitors one-on-one to convey the vastness of space or the size of the castle they want to build on the Moon. Don't Miss: The live planetarium show, Destination Solar System, blends a sci-fi plot with real science as it journeys to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn's moon Titan. Special Programs: Every third Thursday of the month, Adler After Dark lets amateur astronomers 21 and older spend the evening gazing at the stars with cocktails in hand. Groupon Guide Stargazing Tips from an Adler Astronomer Get the most out of your stargazing gear with these tips. The Adler’s New Show Takes You on a (Practically) Real Tour of the Solar System How an Adler Planetarium scientist and "Lalaloopsy" TV writer propelled their audience across the solar system.
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    1300 S Lake Shore Dr.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
    The Chicago Academy of Sciences created a library and collection of flora and fauna specimens that burnt in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, just 14 years after its inception. By 1894, the academy had regrouped and rebuilt its collection in Lincoln Park, where it stood for more than 100 years. In 1999, the academy turned it into the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, a family-friendly museum filled with exhibits that let visitors explore the flora, fauna, and ecology of the Great Lakes region. The 6.35-acre campus hosts more than 15,000 plants, 13,000 birds, and 22,000 amphibians and reptiles in its specimen collections. As visitors walk through, popular attractions include the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, where visitors can stand in a swirl of 1,000 exotic butterflies, and Mysteries of the Marsh and the Istock Family Look-in Lab, which feature dozens of living creatures, such as turtles, snakes, and giant bugs. The Rainforest Adventure area allows families to encounter live animals and participate in interactive activities. In addition to educating the public, the museum is a local leader in wildlife conservation. It's nestled in acres of restored prairie, where visitors can spot migratory birds and other native critters and plants. Outdoor exhibits include 17,000 square feet of green roofs, a restored-prairie nature trail, and a rooftop birdwalk. Explore Lincoln Park Groupon has partnered with the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce to curate a deal collection that embodies the spirit of this iconic Chicago neighborhood. From candlelit dinners at Geja’s to chasing butterflies at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, these are some of the city’s most essential destinations. Shop the full collection
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    2430 N Cannon Dr.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Facets Cinematheque
    A nonprofit theater helmed by passionate cinephiles, Facets Cinematheque instills a love of film in its youngest moviegoers through its groundbreaking children's programs. Since establishing their first children's film exhibition series in 1975, the theater's stewards have branched out into education and outreach, introducing students to positive films and the inspiring stories behind them through channels including family film events, in-school screenings, and the Facets Kids Film Camp. They also oversee the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, which presents hundreds of films from around the globe during its annual autumn run. Though the festival caters to its smallest attendees, its scope is impressively large; welcoming over 20,000 attendees each year, the festival often offers the first screenings of award-winning fare, such as recent Academy Award winner The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore. In addition to their children's programming, the theater also lights up its silver screen with indie films, award winners, foreign flicks, and documentaries. Celluloid-caretakers curate a collection of reels that seldom see screenings elsewhere in Chicago, frequently enjoying their city debut within the intimate 125-seat theater. Occasionally, production-team members or film experts join audiences immediately following the show for Q&A sessions—known as film dialogues—taking questions, exploring themes, and providing tips for removing stubborn popcorn kernels from teeth. Upcoming films can be found on Facets’ website. Eyeballs absorb moving pictures thanks to the dual capabilities of Facets’ projection system, which handles digital and 35 mm films with equal aplomb. While the ephemeral stories fill brains with new ideas, soda and popcorn—acquirable at the old-fashioned concession stand—fill mouths with flavors that have defined every classic moviegoing experience since Orson Welles first invented the snack.
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    1517 W Fullerton Ave.
    Chicago, IL US

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