Kids Activities in Forest Park


Wonder Works: Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Wonder Works (42% Off)

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Wonder Works (42% Off)

Wonder Works

Oak Park

Studio, stage, forest exhibit, building station, fantasy village, and storybook castle welcome hands-on exploring from children and toddlers

$12 $7

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Red Star Combat: Tactical Laser Tag for 2, 4, 10, or 6 at Red Star Combat (Up to 62% Off). Eight Options Available.

Tactical Laser Tag for 2, 4, 10, or 6 at Red Star Combat (Up to 62% Off). Eight Options Available.

Red Star Combat

Melrose Park

Wield battle rifles with eight different weapon settings to blast your way through a 30,000-sq.-ft. arena on missions open to ages 10+

$32 $16

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Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons: One Private 30-Minute Drum Lessons with DVD at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons (72% Off)

One Private 30-Minute Drum Lessons with DVD at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons (72% Off)

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

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

$25 $7

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

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

Northfield School Of Music

Northfield

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

$140 $69

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North Shore Music Institute: In-Home or In-Studio Music Lessons at North Shore Music Institute (Up to 62% Off). Three Options Available.

In-Home or In-Studio Music Lessons at North Shore Music Institute (Up to 62% Off). Three Options Available.

North Shore Music Institute

Northfield

Lessons for students aged 6–adult teach music techniques for the bass, cello, guitar, mandolin, and drums in a wide variety of genres

$70 $29

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Sky Zone : Two 60- or 90-Minute Jump Passes at Sky Zone (Up to 50% Off)

Two 60- or 90-Minute Jump Passes at Sky Zone (Up to 50% Off)

Sky Zone

Elmhurst

Bounce along a sea of indoor trampolines with basketball hoops and pits filled with foam cubes

$28 $14

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

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

American Guitar Academy

Elmhurst

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

$129.95 $49

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Challenge Nation: $25 for Entry to Chicago Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on July 11, 2015 ($55 Value)

$25 for Entry to Chicago Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on July 11, 2015 ($55 Value)

Challenge Nation

Bar Louie South Loop

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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Stage 773: Magic Chicago at Stage 773

Magic Chicago at Stage 773

Stage 773

Lakeview

$27.50 $19

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The Marvel Experience: "The Marvel Experience" Immersive-Themed Attraction on July 16 (Dates Available through August 2)

"The Marvel Experience" Immersive-Themed Attraction on July 16 (Dates Available through August 2)

The Marvel Experience

Lakeside Center At McCormick Place Hall D2

Inside an interactive 3-D projection dome, Marvel fans fight alongside Hulk, Iron Man, and other heroes as S.H.I.E.L.D. comes under attack

$39.90

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Xtreme: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: "Circus Xtreme" on November 6–29 (Up to 43% Off)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: "Circus Xtreme" on November 6–29 (Up to 43% Off)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Xtreme

Multiple Locations

Extreme athletes join forces with human cannonballers, a passionate animal-trainer, and the Ringling Bros. elephants for a high-voltage show

$34.95 $20

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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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Waveland Bowl: $22 for Three Games of Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Two at Waveland Bowl (Up to $34 Value)

$22 for Three Games of Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Two at Waveland Bowl (Up to $34 Value)

Waveland Bowl

North Center

Pairs enjoy a classic, 50-year-old alley equipped with 40 state-of-the-art lanes, computerized scoring, and billiards tables

$34 $22

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Pump It Up: 5, 10, or 20 Open Jumps or Classic Weekday Birthday Party Package for 25 at Pump It Up (Up to 48% Off)

5, 10, or 20 Open Jumps or Classic Weekday Birthday Party Package for 25 at Pump It Up (Up to 48% Off)

Pump It Up

Goose Island

Kids’ imaginations run wild as they explore, bounce & burn energy at vibrantly colored bouncy houses, slides & inflatables.

$60 $35

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Perfectly Imperfect Expo 2015: Perfectly Imperfect Expo at Moonlight Studios on Saturday, August 22, at 6 p.m. (Up to 36% Off)

Perfectly Imperfect Expo at Moonlight Studios on Saturday, August 22, at 6 p.m. (Up to 36% Off)

Perfectly Imperfect Expo 2015

Moonlight Studios

Small business owners and entrepreneurs share advice in panels; expo also features a fashion show, shopping, and a red carpet entrance

$53.74 $35

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Chicagoland Bowling: Bowling with Shoe Rental for 2, 5, or 10 from Chicagoland Bowling (Up to 57% Off)

Bowling with Shoe Rental for 2, 5, or 10 from Chicagoland Bowling (Up to 57% Off)

Chicagoland Bowling

Multiple Locations

Hour-long game at your choice of 10 Chicagoland Bowling member centers

$28 $12

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Diversey River Bowl: Bowling Package for Five at Diversey River Bowl (Up to 61% Off). Two Options Available.

Bowling Package for Five at Diversey River Bowl (Up to 61% Off). Two Options Available.

Diversey River Bowl

Lincoln Park

Laser-light shows and upbeat tunes add entertaining elements to bowling outings; onsite pizzeria also serves burgers and pasta

$82 $32

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Chicago Magic Lounge: Show at Chicago Magic Lounge at 8 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Show at Chicago Magic Lounge at 8 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago Magic Lounge

Uptown Underground

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

$25 $12

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Chicago Water Sport Rentals: Two-Hour Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Rental from Chicago Water Sport Rentals (59% Off)

Two-Hour Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Rental from Chicago Water Sport Rentals (59% Off)

Chicago Water Sport Rentals

Chicago Water Sport Rentals at 31st Street Harbor

Stand up paddleboarders can explore the wilds of Lake Michigan and enjoy the Chicago skyline

$60 $25

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BASH Sports Academy: 60-Minute Batting-Cage Sessions at Bash Sports Academy (Up to 60% Off). Three Options Available.

60-Minute Batting-Cage Sessions at Bash Sports Academy (Up to 60% Off). Three Options Available.

BASH Sports Academy

Avondale

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

$50 $25

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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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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

$30 $15

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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

Multiple Locations

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

$60 $29

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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

Chicago

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

$80 $33

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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

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

Two or Four Private Piano or Drum Lessons at Guitar Chicago (Up to 54% 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 $33

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Chicago History Museum: Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Multiple Locations

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

$14 $8

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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

Chicago

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

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

The Talent Pros

Pilsen

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

$75 $29

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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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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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Fireside Bowl: $15 for One Hour of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Up to Six at Fireside Bowl (Up to $48 Value)

$15 for One Hour of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Up to Six at Fireside Bowl (Up to $48 Value)

Fireside Bowl

Logan Square

Guests to this 1940s bowling alley vie for the highest score while surrounded by vintage decor and modern scoring systems

$48 $15

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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

Lincoln Square

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

$80 $38

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

$31 for $70 Groupon — ChampYon Taekwondo USA

Champyon Taekwondo Usa

Chicago

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

$70 $31

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McFetridge Sports Center: Skate Rental, Fountain Drinks, and Ice Skating for Two or Four at McFetridge Sports Center (50% Off)

Skate Rental, Fountain Drinks, and Ice Skating for Two or Four at McFetridge Sports Center (50% Off)

McFetridge Sports Center

Irving Park

This NHL-sized ice arena is the only indoor ice rink in the Chicago Park District

$20 $10

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Bubbles Academy: Open-Play Family Visits at Bubbles Academy (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Open-Play Family Visits at Bubbles Academy (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Bubbles Academy

Goose Island

Parents bring kids age 0–6 to climb and play in a room full of toy stations, slides, tunnels, and bubbles

$60 $33

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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

$24 $12

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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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APR Pullman Porter Museum: General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Chicago

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

$50 $25

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Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier: Maze Visit and Games for Two, Four, or Eight at Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier (Up to 62% Off)

Maze Visit and Games for Two, Four, or Eight at Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier (Up to 62% Off)

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier

Navy Pier

A spinning tunnel and the corridor of confusion lay inside a 4,000-square-foot, Chicago-history-themed maze on Navy Pier

$25.98 $14

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The Violin Center: A Private Music Lesson from The Violin Center (50% Off)

A Private Music Lesson from The Violin Center (50% Off)

The Violin Center

Cragin

From the merchant: One private 30-minute violin lesson

$20 $10

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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: Admission for 2 or 4, or One- or Two-Year Family Membership to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Admission for 2 or 4, or One- or Two-Year Family Membership to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Lincoln Park

Nature museum hosts living and educational exhibits on the natural world including a butterfly haven and a native prairie.

$18 $11

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Pickle’s Playroom: Mommy & Me Manicure and Play Package or Daddy & Me Haircut and Play Package at Pickle's Playroom (50% Off)

Mommy & Me Manicure and Play Package or Daddy & Me Haircut and Play Package at Pickle's Playroom (50% Off)

Pickle’s Playroom

Lincoln Square/Ravenswood

Fun and convenience collide at this family-friendly spot, which features a playroom, on-site salon, cafe, and more

$30 $15

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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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Pump It Up Chicago: 5 or 10 Pop-In Playtime Admissions at Pump It Up (50% Off)

5 or 10 Pop-In Playtime Admissions at Pump It Up (50% Off)

Pump It Up Chicago

Pump It Up

Inflatable playground of bounce houses, tall slides, obstacle courses, and climbing walls; open play sessions held throughout the week

$50 $25

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Piano For Moms: A Private Music Lesson from Piano for Moms (47% Off)

A Private Music Lesson from Piano for Moms (47% Off)

Piano For Moms

Hinsdale

From the merchant: Beginner and intermediate piano lessons for moms and women on weekdays; patient instructor with 20 years of experience

$15 $8

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Jus-Fun Amusements: Two, Four, or Six Go-Kart Rides and Rounds of Miniature Golf at Jus-Fun Amusements in Villa Park (48% Off)

Two, Four, or Six Go-Kart Rides and Rounds of Miniature Golf at Jus-Fun Amusements in Villa Park (48% Off)

Jus-Fun Amusements

Oakbrook Terrace

Family amusement park with multicolored go-karts and 18 holes of miniature golf

$25 $14

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Lynwood Roller Rink and Miniature Golf: Mini Golf and Roller Skating at Lynwood Roller Rink and Miniature Golf (Up to 50% Off). Six Options Available.

Mini Golf and Roller Skating at Lynwood Roller Rink and Miniature Golf (Up to 50% Off). Six Options Available.

Lynwood Roller Rink and Miniature Golf

Lynwood

18-hole mini golf course appeals to kids and adults alike; family-friendly roller rink was featured in the film Roll Bounce

$10 $6

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Jump!Zone Party Play Center Niles: Six Open-Play Visits at Jump!Zone (50% Off). Four Locations Available.

Six Open-Play Visits at Jump!Zone (50% Off). Four Locations Available.

Jump!Zone Party Play Center Niles

Multiple Locations

Kids burn energy sliding down air-filled chutes, navigating plush obstacle courses, and bouncing in princess castles

$60 $30

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Select Local Merchants

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
    If you want to gain insight into one of history’s great architect, better check out his home. The first building over which Wright exerted complete artistic control was also his home for 20 years, and today it stands as a living archive of Wright’s early experimentation. On guided tours, visitors can see plenty of examples of Wright’s signature style, including his bold geometry and use of space, as well as several models and drawings.
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    951 Chicago Ave.
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
    "You know, Unity Temple is my contribution to modern architecture"—bold, blunt, and revolutionary, Frank Lloyd Wright single-handedly forged the Prairie school of architecture, of which Unity Temple is perhaps the purest example. Built between 1905 and 1908, the church broke all of the traditional rules, replacing the steeple with low, flat roofs, removing the prominent entranceway to create a sense of monolithic austerity, and most daringly of all, using poured concrete as not just a structural element but an architectural one. This honest exposure of a conventionally hidden material reflected the philosophy of a man who valued genuine candor over sweetened niceties, whether in word or in stone. More than a century since its construction, the church is in the midst of an ongoing restoration, funded by member sponsorship and daily admission fees. Although the interior still luxuriates in the wash of natural light from the stained glass ceiling, and the boxy, modern light fixtures flicker on, the exterior faces severe weathering due mainly to Wright's eternally before-his-time designs, which failed to account for the effects of water and time on concrete, and an infestation of rockbiters in the 70s.
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    875 Lake St.
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum
    The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park fosters understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, with emphasis on his Oak Park origins and his impact on world literature. We run the Hemingway Birthplace Home and the Hemingway Museum, plus offering scholarly and popular programming and entertainment year-round.
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    339 North Oak Park Avenue
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Wonder Works
    A giant tree spreads its limbs across a softly lit room as soothing forest sounds play. On a child-size stage, kids manipulate controls to flick theater lights on and off. In an art studio stocked with supplies, budding artists make creative messes. This is all taking place in Wonder Works' 6,400-square-foot space. Children aged 8 and younger explore six hands-on exhibits that help them express their creativity and develop mental and social skills. Wonder Works is able to cater to children with special needs. The children's museum also hosts school field trips, and a variety of special activities and events including a children's music concert series, African American History Month, and the paleontology-centric Dino Works. In addition, an outdoor organic garden onsite gives kids an opportunity to marvel in the great outdoors without having to pay tolls to riddle-spouting trolls.
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    6445 W North Ave.
    Oak Park, IL US
  • A Taste of Hyde Park
    There's a lot more to Hyde Park than the prominent cultural and academic institutions here, and A Taste of Hyde Park is all about sharing those things. On walking tours that cover both iconic sites and little-known gems, they share a glimpse into the neighborhood's cuisine, culture, and history with insider tips along the way. Stops may include restaurants, cafés, and sweet shops, where groups are greeted with small samples while learning more about the area. Additionally, A Taste of Hyde Park offers seasonal outings. Spooky, Halloween-themed tours, for one, recount some of the neighborhood's paranormal legends, including tales about lawyer Clarence Darrow's ghost at the Museum of Science and Industry and why it's always doing the jitterbug.
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    5700 South Lake Park Avenue
    Hyde Park, IL US
  • Pleasant Home Foundation
    One of the best examples of Prairie School Architecture in the U.S., Pleasant House mingles grandeur with simplicity. Visitors to the National Historic Landmark building enter through a broad porch which architect George Washington Maher adorned with decorated motifs using roman bricks and stone. Once within, students of architecture will recognize familiar turn-of-the-century Prairie elements: airy open spaces, glittering art-glass windows, and intricate carvings. As the 120th anniversary of the building draws near, guests can explore Pleasant Home's 30 rooms of original and restored pieces on docent-guided tours that run every Thursday through Sunday. The house also hosts a a full calendar of lectures and classes, classical and jazz performances, locally-produced theater, and children's programming to inspire the next generation of architects.
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    217 Home Avenue
    Oak Park, IL US

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