Things To Do in Illinois


SciTech Hands On Museum: Admission for Two or Four, or Summer Camp and Admission for Four to SciTech Hands On Museum (Up to 41% Off)

Admission for Two or Four, or Summer Camp and Admission for Four to SciTech Hands On Museum (Up to 41% Off)

SciTech Hands On Museum

Aurora

150 family-friendly science and technology focused exhibits; camp topics range from the physics of flight to “real life” zombies

$16 $10

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Skateland: Roller-Skating Packages with Pizza and Drinks at Skateland (Up to 52% Off). Six Options Available.

Roller-Skating Packages with Pizza and Drinks at Skateland (Up to 52% Off). Six Options Available.

Skateland

Rockford

Lace up your skates and make an afternoon or evening of it as you roll around the rink with friends, stopping to refuel with hot pizza

$23.10 $11

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Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park: Amusement-Park Package for Two or Four from Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park (Up to 51% Off)

Amusement-Park Package for Two or Four from Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park (Up to 51% Off)

Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park

Multiple Locations

Pizza helps fuel romps through a game area and visits to attractions, which include mini golf and go-karts, at Joliet or Burbank

$65.68 $32

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Pure Barre : $79 for One Month of Unlimited Barre Classes at Pure Barre ($199 Value)

$79 for One Month of Unlimited Barre Classes at Pure Barre ($199 Value)

Pure Barre

Downtown Naperville

With the help of a ballet barre, isometric movements tone the body, burn fat, and build long, lean muscles in abs, hips, and arms

$199 $79

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Titanium Fitness LLC: Three Personal-Training Sessions for One or Two at Titanium Fitness LLC (Up to 78% Off)

Three Personal-Training Sessions for One or Two at Titanium Fitness LLC (Up to 78% Off)

Titanium Fitness LLC

Weldon Spring

Personal-training sessions customize workouts to help meet each individual’s fitness and nutrition goals

$180 $39

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Soo Kim Martial Arts: 10 or 20 Taekwondo Classes at Soo Kim Martial Arts (Up to 71% Off)

10 or 20 Taekwondo Classes at Soo Kim Martial Arts (Up to 71% Off)

Soo Kim Martial Arts

Peoria

Instructor tailors lessons to each age group; no-pressure classes are designed to build confidence and self-defense skills

$140 $41

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Illinois River Winery: Tour with Six Tastings and a Glass of Wine or $17 for $30 Worth of Food and Wine at Illinois River Winery

Tour with Six Tastings and a Glass of Wine or $17 for $30 Worth of Food and Wine at Illinois River Winery

Illinois River Winery

North Utica

Sample more than 30 handcrafted wines from the tasting room or sip wines while touring the facility

$30 $17

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Lords Park Aquatic Center: Two or Four Youth or Adult All-Day Swim Passes at Lords Park Aquatic Center in Elgin (50% Off)

Two or Four Youth or Adult All-Day Swim Passes at Lords Park Aquatic Center in Elgin (50% Off)

Lords Park Aquatic Center

Elgin

All-day passes grant youth and adults entry to 14,142-square-foot recreation pool, flume slides, and sand volleyball court

$12 $6

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First Tee Greater Chicago: $35 for a Six-Week Kids' Golf Program from The First Tee Greater Chicago ($75 Value). 14 Sessions Available.

$35 for a Six-Week Kids' Golf Program from The First Tee Greater Chicago ($75 Value). 14 Sessions Available.

First Tee Greater Chicago

Multiple Locations

Girls and boys ages 7–17 learn golf skills while developing strong values during spring and summer classes

$75 $35

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Survive Paint Wars: Rain Man, Waka Flocka, Riggi & Piros, and More on Saturday, July 11 (Up to 37% Off)

Rain Man, Waka Flocka, Riggi & Piros, and More on Saturday, July 11 (Up to 37% Off)

Survive Paint Wars

Hawthorne Race Course

New and improved 2015 show with performances from Rain Man, Waka Flocka, Riggi & Piros, DJ Bl3nd, and more

$39.50 $25

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McNulty School of Irish Dance: Six Weekly Classes at McNulty School of Irish Dance (Up to 51% Off)

Six Weekly Classes at McNulty School of Irish Dance (Up to 51% Off)

McNulty School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

Kids and adults learn the techniques of Irish dance at a school that’s been teaching the art form since 1971

$72 $35

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Smith Institute Of Martial Arts: $150 for $200 Worth 3 months of Martial Arts — Smith Institute of Martial Arts

$150 for $200 Worth 3 months of Martial Arts — Smith Institute of Martial Arts

Smith Institute Of Martial Arts

Decatur

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

$200 $150

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Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps: Chicago Bears Non-Contact Instructional Youth Football Camps, Five Day Full or Half Day Option, Ages 6-14. 23 Locations.

Chicago Bears Non-Contact Instructional Youth Football Camps, Five Day Full or Half Day Option, Ages 6-14. 23 Locations.

Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps

Multiple Locations

Chicago Bears Alumni Heroes team up with USA Football-certified coaches to teach skills to young players during five-day camps

$259 $240

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Rembrandt Chamber Players present Souvenir of Florence: Rembrandt Chamber Players Present "Souvenir of Florence" at Nichols Concert Hall on May 31 (Up to 46% Off)

Rembrandt Chamber Players Present "Souvenir of Florence" at Nichols Concert Hall on May 31 (Up to 46% Off)

Rembrandt Chamber Players present Souvenir of Florence

Nichols Concert Hall

Harpsichordist, violinists, cellists, and violist bring late 19th-century France to life with Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence

$35 $19

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Medieval Times: Tournament Dinner & Show for a Child or Adult with Optional VIP Package at Medieval Times (Up to 44% Off)

Tournament Dinner & Show for a Child or Adult with Optional VIP Package at Medieval Times (Up to 44% Off)

Medieval Times

Schaumburg

Ironclad knights joust atop horses and battle with swords while viewers feast on a four-course meal; VIP package with DVD and banner

$43.78 $29.50

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Bolingbrook Golf Club: Five Medium Buckets of Range Balls Valid Any Time or After 6 p.m. at Bolingbrook Golf Club (Up to 59% Off)

Five Medium Buckets of Range Balls Valid Any Time or After 6 p.m. at Bolingbrook Golf Club (Up to 59% Off)

Bolingbrook Golf Club

Bolingbrook

Five medium-sized buckets of range balls allow golfers to hone their swing morning, afternoon, or evening

$70 $29

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Grande FIT: Three or Five Personal-Training Sessions with Initial Assessment at Grande FIT (Up to 80% Off)

Three or Five Personal-Training Sessions with Initial Assessment at Grande FIT (Up to 80% Off)

Grande FIT

Palatine

Instructor motivates client to reach their fitness goals with cardio, strength, and core exercises

$325 $65

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Tash Fitness: 5 or 10 Group Fitness Classes at Tash Fitness (Up to 72% Off)

5 or 10 Group Fitness Classes at Tash Fitness (Up to 72% Off)

Tash Fitness

Skokie

Instructors lead groups of women through fitness classes, including yoga and Zumba, to help them burn calories in a supportive environment

$100 $37

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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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Silver Lake Country Club: $189 for 2015 Golf VIP Pass with 10 Rounds on Rolling Hills Course at Silver Lake Country Club ($870 Value)

$189 for 2015 Golf VIP Pass with 10 Rounds on Rolling Hills Course at Silver Lake Country Club ($870 Value)

Silver Lake Country Club

Orland Park

VIP package includes 10 rounds at a 9-hole executive course, 5 group lessons, 10 buckets of range balls, and a putter

$870 $189

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Rascal Flatts: Rascal Flatts: Riot Tour with Scotty McCreery on Friday, September 18 (Up to 39% Off)

Rascal Flatts: Riot Tour with Scotty McCreery on Friday, September 18 (Up to 39% Off)

Rascal Flatts

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Country megastars Rascal Flatts and Scotty McCreery of American Idol fame bring their hits to the stage

$33 $20

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Blackbird Academy of Irish Dance: Four or Eight Weeks of Irish-Dance Classes for Kids at Blackbird Academy of Irish Dance (Up to 52% Off)

Four or Eight Weeks of Irish-Dance Classes for Kids at Blackbird Academy of Irish Dance (Up to 52% Off)

Blackbird Academy of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

Kids learn the lightning-fast footwork and pulsating rhythms of Irish dance in a fun, inclusive environment

$55 $27

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Bounce Sports: One or Three Private Baseball Lessons and Two Weeks of Training at Bounce Sports (Up to 65% Off)

One or Three Private Baseball Lessons and Two Weeks of Training at Bounce Sports (Up to 65% Off)

Bounce Sports

Berwyn

Baseball players hone their skills during one-hour private lessons with experienced instructors

$299 $109

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MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass: One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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Pure Barre: $79 for One Month of Unlimited Barre Classes at Pure Barre ($199 Value)

$79 for One Month of Unlimited Barre Classes at Pure Barre ($199 Value)

Pure Barre

Wheaton

55-minute classes focus on toning up the muscles in common trouble areas such as the abs, arms, thighs, rear, and hips

$199 $79

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White Oak Vineyards: $30 for Wine Tasting Experience for Two at White Oak Vineyards ($60 Value)

$30 for Wine Tasting Experience for Two at White Oak Vineyards ($60 Value)

White Oak Vineyards

Carlock

Take in a sunset from winery’s quaint wrap-around porch while sampling award-winning wines

$60 $30

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Rise Mixed Martial Arts: Tickets to Rise Mixed Martial Arts Event with Optional Beer at Sears Centre Arena on Saturday, June 20 (Up to 69% Off)

Tickets to Rise Mixed Martial Arts Event with Optional Beer at Sears Centre Arena on Saturday, June 20 (Up to 69% Off)

Rise Mixed Martial Arts

Sears Centre Arena

Top fighters from across the Midwest battle during the first-ever Rise MMA event

$28.75 $14

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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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Adventure Realm: One Game of Laser Tag and One Hour of MagiQuest for Two or Four at Adventure Realm (Up to 57% Off)

One Game of Laser Tag and One Hour of MagiQuest for Two or Four at Adventure Realm (Up to 57% Off)

Adventure Realm

Downers Grove

With the aid of a wand, MagiQuest sessions immerse players in a virtual medieval world full of fantastic quests

$51.98 $25

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FIGHT2FITNESS: $20 for 30 Kickboxing and Fitness Classes from FIGHT2FITNESS ($299 Value)

$20 for 30 Kickboxing and Fitness Classes from FIGHT2FITNESS ($299 Value)

FIGHT2FITNESS

Multiple Locations

30-class pass allows students of all ability levels to gain access to a variety of fitness and Kickboxing classes at various locations

$299 $20

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Bricks 4 Kidz of St. Louis Metro East: Up to 45% Off Motorized Design / Robotics Camp at Bricks 4 Kidz of St. Louis Metro East

Up to 45% Off Motorized Design / Robotics Camp at Bricks 4 Kidz of St. Louis Metro East

Bricks 4 Kidz of St. Louis Metro East

Multiple Locations

From the merchant: Unique camps, where kids will build incredible motorized creations, play games and have fun using LEGO® Bricks.

$100 $55

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Sky Zone : Two 60- or 90-Minute Jump Passes at Sky Zone (Up to 46% Off)

Two 60- or 90-Minute Jump Passes at Sky Zone (Up to 46% Off)

Sky Zone

Elmhurst

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

$28 $15

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Breathe, The Art of Yoga: $29 for 10 Yoga Classes at Breathe, The Art of Yoga ($90 Value)

$29 for 10 Yoga Classes at Breathe, The Art of Yoga ($90 Value)

Breathe, The Art of Yoga

Dekalb

Passionate instructor guides students of all experience levels through basic yoga, Vinyasa Flow & meditation classes

$90 $29

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Morrow's Academy of Martial Arts: Six Private Lessons, One Uniform, and Optional Membership at Morrow's Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 72% Off)

Six Private Lessons, One Uniform, and Optional Membership at Morrow's Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 72% Off)

Morrow's Academy of Martial Arts

Moline

Seventh-degree black belt and kung fu specialist John A. Morrow aims to build students’ self-discipline and self-esteem in private lessons

$134.50 $39

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Golfer's Edge: Simulation Session for Two or Four at Golfer's Edge (Up to 66% Off). Four Options Available.

Simulation Session for Two or Four at Golfer's Edge (Up to 66% Off). Four Options Available.

Golfer's Edge

Lombard

Simulator displays a realistic golf course for both practice and stroke play

$40 $19

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Buffalo Grove Theater: Two-Hour Movie-Screen Video Gaming Session at Buffalo Grove Theater (51% Off)

Two-Hour Movie-Screen Video Gaming Session at Buffalo Grove Theater (51% Off)

Buffalo Grove Theater

Buffalo Grove IL

Bring up to 20 friends to play Xbox, Nintendo Wii, or PlayStation games on one of the theater’s movie screens

$120 $59

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Villa Olivia Golf Course: 18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Villa Olivia Golf Course (Up to 50% Off)

18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Villa Olivia Golf Course (Up to 50% Off)

Villa Olivia Golf Course

Bartlett

Verdant 18-hole course designed in 1926 and outfitted with modern amenities

$98 $49

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Encore Music Academy: Family Class, Private Lessons, or Group Keyboard Class at Encore Music Academy (Up to 49% Off)

Family Class, Private Lessons, or Group Keyboard Class at Encore Music Academy (Up to 49% Off)

Encore Music Academy

Crystal Lake

Early childhood classes explore sound and rhythm; group piano lessons cover the basics; private lessons for piano, violin, brass and voice

$49 $25

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CrossFit Carol Stream: $69 for 12 CrossFit Fundamentals Classes at CrossFit Carol Stream ($150 Value)

$69 for 12 CrossFit Fundamentals Classes at CrossFit Carol Stream ($150 Value)

CrossFit Carol Stream

Carol Stream

Thrice-weekly Fundamentals classes initiate students to CrossFit's functional-movement exercises as well as helpful nutritional plans

$150 $69

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Five-Star Basketball: One-Day Basketball Camp for One or Two at Five-Star Basketball (Up to 57% Off). Six Options Available.

One-Day Basketball Camp for One or Two at Five-Star Basketball (Up to 57% Off). Six Options Available.

Five-Star Basketball

Lewis University

Elite basketball camp teaches youths aged 9–18 technical skills

$129 $59

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Klein Creek Golf Club: Round of Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Klein Creek Golf Club (Up to 57% Off)

Round of Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Klein Creek Golf Club (Up to 57% Off)

Klein Creek Golf Club

Winfield

The 18-hole, par 72 course golf course designed by architect Dick Nugent features prairie land, man-made lakes, a golf shop, and restaurant

$158 $69

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Ultimate Fitness: Three-Week VIP Gym Pass for One or Two at Ultimate Fitness (74% Off)

Three-Week VIP Gym Pass for One or Two at Ultimate Fitness (74% Off)

Ultimate Fitness

Multiple Locations

Three weeks of access to two gyms, including strength-training and cardio equipment in semiprivate rooms, indoor pool, and kids’ jungle gym

$35 $9

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Chang Brothers Taekwondo Academy: $94 for $209 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Chang Brothers Taekwondo Academy

$94 for $209 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Chang Brothers Taekwondo Academy

Chang Brothers Taekwondo Academy

Hanover Park

From the merchant: Taekwondo students learn confidence, discipline, and anti-bullying in a safe environment with encouraging instructors.

$209 $94

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Paintball International: All-Day Paintball with Equipment Rentals for Up to 4, 6, or 12 from Paintball International (Up to 80% Off)

All-Day Paintball with Equipment Rentals for Up to 4, 6, or 12 from Paintball International (Up to 80% Off)

Paintball International

East Dundee

Equipped with rental paintball markers and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

$92 $19

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Squadron Ops Sim Center : Air-Combat Flight Simulator Experience for Two or Four at Squadron Ops Sim Center (50% Off)

Air-Combat Flight Simulator Experience for Two or Four at Squadron Ops Sim Center (50% Off)

Squadron Ops Sim Center

Wheeling

Hyper-realistic air-combat simulator gives two or four guests the experience of flying in WWII aircraft or modern fighter jet

$150 $75

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Slimmer Fit & Nutrition: 10 Zumba Classes at Slimmer Fit and Nutrition Clubs, Park Ridge

10 Zumba Classes at Slimmer Fit and Nutrition Clubs, Park Ridge

Slimmer Fit & Nutrition

Park Ridge

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

$120 $42

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Jump N' Jam Playland: 5 or 10 Weekday or Weekend Open-Play Passes at Jump N' Jam Playland (Up to 58% Off)

5 or 10 Weekday or Weekend Open-Play Passes at Jump N' Jam Playland (Up to 58% Off)

Jump N' Jam Playland

Calumet City

Inflatable bounce houses, jungle gyms, slides, obstacle courses, and basketball courts

$40 $19

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Saviano's White Tiger Kenpo: 10 or 20 Martial-Art or Self-Defense Classes at Saviano's White Tiger Kenpo (Up to 77% Off)

10 or 20 Martial-Art or Self-Defense Classes at Saviano's White Tiger Kenpo (Up to 77% Off)

Saviano's White Tiger Kenpo

Addison

Instructor with 30-years’ experience teaches disciple as students focus on the physically demanding study of the art of self defense

$150 $39

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Heaven & Hell Bootcamp : One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes at Heaven and Hell Bootcamp (Up to 75% Off)

One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes at Heaven and Hell Bootcamp (Up to 75% Off)

Heaven & Hell Bootcamp

Glendale Heights

Encouraging boot-camp sessions change daily to keep muscles engaged, using sandbags, jump ropes, and stability balls for full-body workouts

$69.99 $20

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  • 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
  • Yoga Gyan Jyoti
    Born in India—the same land where yoga originated centuries ago—Poonam Gupta has felt a profound attachment to the ancient discipline since childhood, when her father led her through the first steps of what would become a lifelong journey. Those early sessions with her father led Poonam to spend countless hours meditating, meeting with teachers, and perusing spiritual texts. In the course of her studies, she discovered that the physical practice of yoga was only part of the equation; the process of studying and furthering her knowledge of the art proved equally self-empowering. Poonam thought back to this breakthrough when it came time to found her own studio, naming it Yoga Gyan Jyoti, which translates to “light of yogic knowledge.” Today, her daily yoga classes help practitioners to improve their flexibility, build their strength, and overcome weight issues. The center complements its yoga classes with training in ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine that focuses on correcting imbalances that result from years of poor nutrition or one-handed pushups.
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    481 North Commons Drive
    Aurora, IL US
  • Tricoci University
    On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry. Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci prot?g?s study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.
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    5485 E State St.
    Rockford, IL US
  • CPX Sports
    A hailstorm of paint projectiles rains down upon CPX Sports' more than one dozen fields, each of which poses different challenges and requires specialized tactics. The crown jewel of the park is the Town of Bedlam, a massive maze of small-town 1950s buildings that jut out between streets dotted by paint-splattered cars and streetlights. There, snipers poke their heads out of the central city hall's tower as the opposing team hides out or checks for abandoned shampoo samples inside the post office. The Jungle of Doom drops teams into a heavily wooded field to vie for control of a central temple, and chromatic combatants weave between desiccated cars in the Wastelands, attempting to collect the most gas cans. A full pro shop outfits players with markers, protective gear, and Sesame Street coloring books for target practice. In the newly-built indoor paintball facility, meanwhile, combatants can compete on an over 35,000 square-foot field no matter how bad the weather outside is. The location also features private rooms for birthday parties, or corporate outings for effective team-building exercises that don?t involve gluing the marketing staff to people in sales.
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    2903 Schweitzer Road
    Joliet, IL US
  • Tasting Devine Cellar
    With its massive selection of varietals and styles, Lynfred Winery seems determined to make something for almost any wine drinker. The cellar brims with everything from bold, spicy reds to crisp and refreshing whites, as well as fruit wines made from apples, cherries, rhubarb, and pears. The grapes arrive from vineyards throughout California and Washington state, although the rest of the fruit typically comes from a bit closer to home, including growers throughout Michigan and Wisconsin. Despite this variety, the staff's commitment to approachable, fruit-forward flavors characterizes virtually everything that the winery makes. This dedication to easy drinking seems only natural given the winery's origins in a home basement. In 1975, Fred Koehler, along with his wife Lynn, decided to try to re-create the family wines his father and grandfather had made throughout the 1920s. The batches grew larger with each passing vintage, and, in 1979, Fred and Lynn chose to upgrade their homespun hobby into a commercial venture. Within six years, Lynfred Winery's creations began to appear in the national spotlight as they garnered awards and medals from wine competitions across the country. This attention allowed Fred to swell production even more, eventually expanding to a larger location in 1990. Fred and Lynn's legacy continues to inspire the staff as they operate a facility that creates more than 100,000 gallons of wine each year using as many as 80 varietals. These wines appear on restaurant menus, on retail shelves, and inside fish tanks throughout the Chicagoland area.
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    15 South Roselle Road
    Roselle, IL US
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
    Less than 90 minutes from St. Louis, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum houses the world’s largest collection of original Lincoln artifacts, complete with the Gettysburg Address. A life-size replica of Lincoln’s log cabin set back in a forest of artificial trees stands 40 feet tall just like the President’s iconic top hat. The museum also houses a re-creation of the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre, where the president was assassinated, and the state-of-the-art Union Theater, which projects films such as Lincoln’s Eyes, a broad overview of Lincoln’s personal and political life with a special focus on slavery. In the Ghosts of the Library exhibit, transparent phantoms of Lincoln and his contemporaries drift around powered by Holavision technology. Youngsters, supervised by parents, can try on period dress, pose for photos with life-size cutouts of young Abe, or reenact historic scenes in the Lincoln Home dollhouse located in Mrs. Lincoln’s attic, the hands-on learning center. Before heading home, patrons can browse the museum store—more than 3,500 square feet of artifact replicas and Lincoln-themed merchandise.
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    212 N 6th St
    Springfield, IL US

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