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They&rsquo;re all places only tourists visit. If you want to really get to know a city, you have to step off the well-worn path and head to spots frequented by locals. This might mean flowing through asanas during a morning yoga class in one of Chicago&rsquo;s trendiest neighborhoods or riding a bike to a cycling-themed microbrewery in Seattle. In New Orleans, oddly enough, it means going to hotels to try some of the city&rsquo;s best coffee and cocktails. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">But these are all things that locals actually do, and things you can do too with the help of our three-day itineraries of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New Orleans. To make sure we were getting a true local perspective, we surveyed people who live in each metropolis&mdash;owners and employees of some of our </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/best-of-groupon\"><strong>Best of Groupon</strong></a> <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">businesses. Click&nbsp;the (non-touristy!) city guides below to see what they had to say about their hometowns.</span></p>\n<p><a title=\"Non-Touristy Things to Do in New York City\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/non-touristy-things-to-do-in-nyc\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3LZCVz3FYBhMNGKnwFtyD1UcmqbM/new-york-header_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></a></p>\n<h3><strong>Fun Facts from our panel of New Yorkers:</strong></h3>\n<ul>\n<li><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">They rated their city's quality of<strong> entertainment</strong> as a<strong>&nbsp;</strong>perfect 10 out of 10, an unsurprising score for the city that never sleeps.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">They primarily get around two ways: taking<strong> public transportation</strong> and <strong>walking.</strong> &nbsp;</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>From a list of <strong>style icons,</strong> they gravitate towards Marlene Deitrich: ultra cool, a bit of a tomboy, may or may not be a spy.</li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Despite the high density of&nbsp;world-class restaurants, they&nbsp;love <strong>cheap eats</strong> best&mdash;especially bagels and pizza.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<p><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Read more in our <a title=\"Non-Touristy Things to Do in New York\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/non-touristy-things-to-do-in-nyc\" target=\"_blank\">guide to experiencing New York like a local</a>.</span></em></p>\n<p><a title=\"Non-Touristy Things to Do in Chicago\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/best-non-touristy-things-to-do-in-chicago\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3SseCet2qAUEeRZ4PCWjC8vC8K28/chicago-header_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></a></p>\n<h3><strong>Fun Facts from our panel of Chicagoans:</strong></h3>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">All&nbsp;agreed that locals actually do <strong>eat</strong> <a title=\"Chicago-Style Hot Dog Rules\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/chicago-hot-dog-rules\" target=\"_blank\">Chicago-style hot dogs</a> loaded up with very specific toppings: onions, tomatoes, an unnaturally green relish, a dill pickle spear, sport peppers, celery salt, and yellow mustard&mdash;no ketchup ever!</span></p>\n</li>\n<li><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">They rated the city's&nbsp;<strong>weather</strong> no higher than 4 out of 10, yet gave&nbsp;its&nbsp;<strong>walkability</strong>&nbsp;rating an average of&nbsp;9 out of 10. What can we say? They're tough.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>2/3 of the panel&nbsp;classifies the city's<strong> official drink</strong> as beer, though a few&nbsp;respondents admitted to having&nbsp;a soft spot for Mal&ouml;rt, an&nbsp;extremely bitter local spirit many have affectionately called &ldquo;disgusting.&rdquo;</li>\n</ul>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><em>Read more in our <a title=\"Non-Touristy Things to Do in Chicago\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/best-non-touristy-things-to-do-in-chicago\" target=\"_blank\">guide to experiencing Chicago like a local</a>.</em></span></p>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><em><a title=\"Non-Touristy Things to Do in Los Angeles\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/non-touristy-things-to-do-in-la\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/tzdi7krmbi7bTHWvSYkoSkcEBqg/la-header_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></em></span></h3>\n<h3>Fun Facts from our panel of Angelenos:</h3>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Perhaps unsurprisingly for a city deemed the &ldquo;most gridlocked in the world,&rdquo; only 20% of our LA panel&nbsp;gave the city a high&nbsp;<strong>walkability</strong> rating.</span></p>\n</li>\n<li>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">...Yet&nbsp;in spite of all that gridlock and questionable&nbsp;walkability, the <strong>friendliness</strong> rating received&nbsp;a perfect 10 out of 10.</span></p>\n</li>\n<li>Coffee was dubbed the city's <strong>official drink</strong> of choice.&nbsp;</li>\n</ul>\n<p><em>Read more in our <a title=\"Non-Touristy Things to Do in Los Angeles\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/non-touristy-things-to-do-in-la\" target=\"_blank\">guide to experiencing Los Angeles like a local</a>.</em></p>\n<p><a title=\"Non-Touristy Things to Do in Seattle\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/non-touristy-things-to-do-in-seattle\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2k8TcjLPjUxUk1cDJxEQZDMF94tM/seattle-header_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></p>\n<h3>Fun Facts from our panel of Seattleites:</h3>\n<ul>\n<li>Responses&nbsp;were split 60/40 on&nbsp;city's <strong>official drink;</strong> coffee <em>just</em> edged out beer.</li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">On average, the <strong>dining</strong> scene rated at least 8 out of 10. 100% of the panel&nbsp;said that they eat fresh seafood whenever they can, especially salmon. 40% also said that they eat pho, which they declared particularly great on cold, rainy days.</span></p>\n</li>\n<li>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Our panel classified&nbsp;the city's <strong>style</strong>&nbsp;as \"casual\";&nbsp;nearly all of the respondents agreed that visitors dressed in fleece, flannel, comfy shoes, and Gortex gear would blend in seamlessly with the locals.</span></p>\n</li>\n<li>They named both the Ballard neighborhood, a foodie haven, and Capitol Hill neighborhood, a trendy artists&rsquo; enclave, must-sees.</li>\n</ul>\n<p style=\"font-size: 13px;\"><em>Read more in our <a title=\"Non-Touristy Things to Do in Seattle\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/non-touristy-things-to-do-in-seattle\" target=\"_blank\">guide to experiencing Seattle like a local</a>.</em></p>\n<p><a title=\"Non-Touristy Things to Do in New Orleans\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/non-touristy-things-to-do-in-new-orleans\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/znvJ2or8dY3kXFvdG7dGXvmVwzg/new-orleans-header_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></p>\n<h3>Fun Facts from our panel of New Orleanians:&nbsp;</h3>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The consensus is that locals actually <em>do</em> eat beignets, which might be more surprising if they weren&rsquo;t hot morsels of fried dough covered in sugar.&nbsp;</span></p>\n</li>\n<li>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Despite the popularity of local brews such as NOLA Brewing Co.&rsquo;s blonde ale,&nbsp;</span>100% of our panel said that cocktails should be&nbsp;the city&rsquo;s <strong>official drink</strong> of choice.</p>\n</li>\n<li>Overall, the city won high ratings for <strong>walkability</strong>&mdash;at least 8 out of 10. (We suspect this might be a factor in their lively funeral march traditions.)</li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>As their city's&nbsp;<strong>style icon</strong>, our panel chose RuPaul, a perfect embodiment of the Big Easy's over-the-top,&nbsp;<em>extravaganza eleganza </em>spirit<em>.</em></li>\n</ul>\n<p><em>Read more in our <a title=\"Non-Touristy Things to Do in New Orleans\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/non-touristy-things-to-do-in-new-orleans\" target=\"_blank\">guide to experiencing New Orleans like a local</a>.</em></p>\n<p><a title=\"Best of Groupon Collection\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/best-of-groupon\" target=\"_blank\"><em><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2dk6KdE96PhfmLC66XCcvBr99tdg/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></em></a></p>","created_on":"2017-03-17T16:36:26.672Z","last_modified_on":"2017-03-17T18:48:24.977Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Groupon Editors","author":"df385855-6978-440d-b5a2-7d14dc0f0515","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"Non-Touristy Things to Do in 5 Major US Cities ","meta_description":"We asked our Best of Groupon merchants in 5 major US cities to give us the inside scoop on their town, including where to eat and what to do.","fb_og_title":"How to Experience 5 Major US Cities Like a Local","fb_og_description":"To prevent you from visiting a dreaded tourist trap, we asked our Best of Groupon merchants in 5 major US cities to give us the inside scoop on their town.","vhp_desc":"<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Best of Groupon merchants in 5 major cities tell us how to experience their city like a local, whether you&rsquo;re grabbing coffee or seein...","tags":["things to do","hbw","food and drink","travel"],"category":"938de4d2-b8f5-41c7-860f-94ded05f43c8","secondary_categories":["938de4d2-b8f5-41c7-860f-94ded05f43c8"],"published":"PUBLISHED","photos":[{"altText":"Best_of_Groupon-1_jpg-600x390","caption":"Best_of_Groupon-1_jpg-600x390","hero":true,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4DxruxZkXf7Y3BUXok7CCBHzQdg2/Best_of_Groupon-1_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4DxruxZkXf7Y3BUXok7CCBHzQdg2/Best_of_Groupon-1_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"new-york-header_jpg-600x390","caption":"new-york-header_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3LZCVz3FYBhMNGKnwFtyD1UcmqbM/new-york-header_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3LZCVz3FYBhMNGKnwFtyD1UcmqbM/new-york-header_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"chicago-header_jpg-600x390","caption":"chicago-header_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3SseCet2qAUEeRZ4PCWjC8vC8K28/chicago-header_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3SseCet2qAUEeRZ4PCWjC8vC8K28/chicago-header_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"la-header_jpg-600x390","caption":"la-header_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/tzdi7krmbi7bTHWvSYkoSkcEBqg/la-header_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/tzdi7krmbi7bTHWvSYkoSkcEBqg/la-header_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"seattle-header_jpg-600x390","caption":"seattle-header_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2k8TcjLPjUxUk1cDJxEQZDMF94tM/seattle-header_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2k8TcjLPjUxUk1cDJxEQZDMF94tM/seattle-header_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"new-orleans-header_jpg-600x390","caption":"new-orleans-header_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/znvJ2or8dY3kXFvdG7dGXvmVwzg/new-orleans-header_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/znvJ2or8dY3kXFvdG7dGXvmVwzg/new-orleans-header_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG_jpg-600x66","caption":"GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG_jpg-600x66","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2dk6KdE96PhfmLC66XCcvBr99tdg/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG_jpg-600x66","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2dk6KdE96PhfmLC66XCcvBr99tdg/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG_jpg-600x66"}],"schemaOrgAttr":{},"permalink":"best-of-groupon-like-a-local","places":[],"validationError":[],"id":"6dd80a58-f0cf-4f77-8c33-fcddd58d04e7","published_on":"2017-03-17T18:19:02.514Z","last_published_on":"2017-03-17T18:48:20.807Z","guid":"6dd80a58-f0cf-4f77-8c33-fcddd58d04e7","imageUrl":"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4DxruxZkXf7Y3BUXok7CCBHzQdg2/Best_of_Groupon-1_jpg-600x390/v1/c140x85.png","bodyColumns":"nine","url":"/articles/best-of-groupon-like-a-local"},{"title":"16 Non Touristy Things to Do in LA","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p><img style=\"width: 100%; height: 100%;\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/editorial/qFCaEJVmjPEoHUA3vXBvusBKFfR/best-of-groupon-la-hero-600x390\" alt=\"Best of Groupon Chicago\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;We have a little bit of everything.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s how Marc Canter of the famed Canter&rsquo;s Deli described LA&rsquo;s culinary scene. But </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/restaurants\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">restaurants</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> are only the beginning of what the city has to offer. From visiting the sets of popular TV shows to snapping photos of the Hollywood sign, there&rsquo;s no shortage of </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">things to do in LA</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">But those are all decidedly touristy activities. What if you want to experience the city like a native Angeleno? To help you out, we consulted some <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/best-of-groupon\">Best of Groupon</a> businesses&nbsp;who call LA home, and used their recommendations to compile a three-day itinerary that covers 16 non touristy things to do in LA.</span></p>\n<p><iframe src=\"https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1TciRi7OrgJEXQYj4RCTdUEyJvaE\" width=\"100%\" height=\"480\"></iframe></p>\n<h1><strong>Day 1</strong></h1>\n<h2><strong>After-Flight Workout at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/long-beach/long-beach-hydrobikes-and-5-drink-card-2\">Long Beach Hydrobikes</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>110 N Marina Dr. | Long Beach</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/long-beach-hydrobikes-12-22\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2nRa9p8eJk1N215UTd2vkQQanFdD/long-beach-las-angeles-hydrobikes_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></strong><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Once you hop off the plane, you&rsquo;re going to want to stretch your legs. Sure, you could rent a bike to ride near the ocean&hellip; or you could ride </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">on</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> the ocean atop one of these pedal-powered water cycles. Besides crunching calories and getting some unique coastal views, you&rsquo;ll also be able to do a little wildlife watching, since the company provides free maps of nearby bird sanctuaries and jellyfish coves.</span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>Post-Workout Cool-Down at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/hermosa-beach-ca/hermosa-massage\">Hermosa Massage</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>407 Pacific Coast Hwy. | Hermosa Beach</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/hermosa-massage-5\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3cvTrZJehLUP8m2E1uY8MPGTvA4h/hermosa-beach-los-angeles-thai-massage_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></strong><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">After pedaling on the Pacific, you deserve some time to relax. Head over to this </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/massage\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">massage studio</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> to take advantage of its early-bird special (a Thai-Swedish or hot stone-Swedish massage) or just kick off your shoes for a foot scrub and </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/reflexology\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">reflexology</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">.</span></strong></p>\n<blockquote>\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Pro Tip</strong>: If you can&rsquo;t get enough of the ocean views, the heads of Jinky&rsquo;s and Marmalade Caf&eacute;s advise heading to nearby Manhattan Beach, an often overlooked, but decidedly LA spot.</span></strong></p>\n</blockquote>\n<h2><strong>Dinner and a Movie at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/los-angeles/downtown\">Street Food Cinema</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>Various Locations</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2mPGyuJcpYct2qkuy3yGjuvvYwNQ/street-food-cinema-los-angeles-outdoor-movie-screening_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>Dinner and a Movie at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/los-angeles/downtown\">Street Food Cinema</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>Various Locations</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Cap off the day by checking out an outdoor-cinema event, which features live music and food trucks in addition to the flick. Venues such as Exposition and Grand Hope Parks host the events, and upcoming films include </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The Princess Bride</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> and </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">10 Things I Hate About You</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">.</span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>Late-Night Nosh at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/los-angeles/canters-deli\">Canter&rsquo;s Deli</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>419 North Fairfax Ave. | Mid-Wilshire</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3aQR22iQVnYW2pZgkJJ1TJpaGLok/canters-deli-los-angeles-reuben-sandwich_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></strong></p>\n<h2>&nbsp;</h2>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">This 24/7 deli and LA landmark is one of best </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">places to go in LA</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> for a late-night snack. Just look at the praise lavished on the West Hollywood spot&mdash;especially for its pastrami&mdash;from media outlets such as </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Esquire</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, or the numerous celebrities who frequent it both on and off screen.</span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>Midnight Me-Time at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/los-angeles/wi-spa\">Wi Spa</a></strong></h2>\n<h3>2700 Wilshire Blvd. | Westlake</h3>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2vebtyGER8dmdofZGEUv3NPJyRja/wi-spa-westlake-los-angeles-sauna_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></strong></p>\n<h2>&nbsp;</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Chances are you&rsquo;ve blown your </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/how-to-avoid-jet-lag-with-diet\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">jet-lag diet</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> and need help winding down. If so, check out this 24-hour </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/bath-house\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Korean-style spa</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. The </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">48,000-square-foot relaxation oasis stands four stories high and features five therapeutic saunas along with a long list of beauty and wellness treatments, including the popular traditional Korean body scrub.</span></p>\n<h1><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/los-angeles\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2U2ZN4S9KA1HfycytxKbDf4CAhNV/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG-LA_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></strong></span></a></h1>\n<h1><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Day 2</strong></span></h1>\n<h2><strong>Healthy Eye-Opener at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/los-angeles/raw-cane-super-juice-bar\">Raw Cane SuperJuice</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>5301 W Sunset Blvd. | Hollywood</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/raw-cane-superjuice-1\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3Y4aSmFuEJpe1KZsJ838Koo85Jt3/raw-cane-superjuice-hollywood-los-angeles-green-juice-smoothie_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></strong><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The key ingredient in this juicery&rsquo;s beverages is right in its name. The Hollywood spot uses only pure cane juice&mdash;which is packed with chlorophyll, manganese, and magnesium&mdash;in all its drinks.</span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>De-Stress at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/los-angeles/yurim-acupuncture-clinic\">Samra Acupuncture Clinic</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>3545 Wilshire Blvd. | Koreatown</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/samra-acupuncture-clinic\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2zgL5uS3iPR6UrVcuSsNVQjqGJg2/samra-acupuncture-clinic-koreatown-los-angeles-acupuncture_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></strong><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">This Koreatown holistic-health center was home to a school of Oriental medicine from the 1960s until 2010. Today, you can schedule an appointment for </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/acupuncture\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">acupuncture</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> or opt for </span><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/browse?query=cupping\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">cupping therapy</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, both of which help rebalance the body&rsquo;s energies.</span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>Get Your Ears Lowered at Mi Hair Lounge</strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>5001 Wilshire Blvd. | Hancock Park</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/mi-hair-lounge-2\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3bvJr6SW1JKbfGaTPM5dKNDBv6Lx/mi-hair-lounge-hancock-park-los-angeles-straight-hair-blowout_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></strong><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Now that you&rsquo;re nourished and relaxed, it&rsquo;s time to get dolled up. Check out this </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/hair-salons\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">salon</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, ranked among </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Elle</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&rsquo;s top 100 in the country, for a shampoo and </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/blow-outs-and-styling\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">blow-dry</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> or botox hair treatment, designed to nourish and thicken strands.</span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>Try Chili&rsquo;s Korean Cousin at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/los-angeles/gam-ja-gol\">Gam Ja Gol</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>3003 W Olympic Blvd. | Koreatown</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/FkdEQy9pWNMZeMLtMp3kPveEFDV/gam-ja-gol-koreatown-los-angeles-soup-with-dumplings_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></strong></p>\n<h2>&nbsp;</h2>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Los Angeles Times</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> describes Gam Ja Gol as a legendary fixture in this neighborhood. Although the menu is filled with authentic </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/korean-restaurants\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Korean food</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> options, the Olympic Boulevard restaurant is best known for one dish: gamjatang, a hearty, spicy stew with potatoes and slow-cooked pork backbones.</span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>Remember Disco at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/santa-clarita/valencia-lanes\">Valencia Lanes</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>23700 Lyons Ave. | Santa Clarita</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/valencia-lanes-1\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4Dx9cLb4ccNS9ubic7D1mNYsQRkF/valencia-lanes-santa-clarita-los-angeles-bowling-alley_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></strong><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Fog, black lights, and a DJ set the scene at this Santa Clarita alley&rsquo;s Neon Nights, held Thursday through Saturday. </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/bowling\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Bowl</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> a few games on a choice of </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">24 automatic scoring lanes or visit the video arcade or lounge, equipped with billiards, darts, and a restaurant.</span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>Get Out of <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/san-fernando-ca/the-basement-a-live-escape-room-experience\">The Basement: A Live Escape Room Experience</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>12909 Foothill Blvd. | Sylmar</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/the-basement-a-live-escape-room-experience\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4LXA4TUniyi6PMhdqji59wnx5vJL/get-out-of-the-basement-escape-room-game-sylmar-los-angeles_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></strong><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Definitely one of the most creepy </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">things to do in Los Angeles</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, The Basement is unique among </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/escape-games\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">room-escape game</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> spots in that it features a continuously frightening story line spread across three rooms. If the idea of being kidnapped by a cannibalistic serial killer doesn&rsquo;t scare you, a look back at </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The Bachelorette </span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Kaitlyn Bristowe&rsquo;s terrifying date at the spot will.</span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>Eat Like You Just Cheated Death at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/los-angeles/mels-drive-in-los-angeles-and-san-francisco\">Mel&rsquo;s Drive-In</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>1660 N Highland | Hollywood</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/mel-s-drive-in-los-angeles-and-san-francisco\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4T94PWDfDM1CKsL1HCB1SZmPJ4he/mels-drive-in-hollywood-los-angeles-burger-with-fries-and-milkshake_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></strong><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">End your night at this iconic Los Angeles attraction, whose original location was the site of the 1973 film <em>American Graffiti</em>. The 24-hour <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/diners\">diner</a> has expanded to include several locations across California, each of which features juicy grass-fed <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/burgers\">burgers</a> and sliders, among other comfort foods.</span></strong></p>\n<h1><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/best-of-groupon\"><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2dk6KdE96PhfmLC66XCcvBr99tdg/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></strong></a></h1>\n<h1><strong>Day 3</strong></h1>\n<h2><strong>Feast and Fandom at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/west-hollywood-ca/jinkys-cafe\">Jinky&rsquo;s Studio Cafe</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>4000 Colfax Ave. | Studio City</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/jinky-s-cafe\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/28UdJHKANv7ivNnBTMqDU7LVddks/jinkys-studio-cafe-los-angeles-griled-asparagus-feta-walnut-salad_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></strong><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">It can be hard to take your eyes off the breakfast menu at Jinky&rsquo;s, which Los Angeles Daily News describes as &ldquo;on the edge of encyclopedic.\" If you do, you may catch a glimpse of a celebrity patron&mdash;Vanessa Hudgens, Bella Thorne, and Tyler Posey are among the actors who&rsquo;ve been spotted at the Studio City location.</span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>Reach New Heights at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/sherman-oaks-ca/la-wraps\">Up Flying Yoga</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>11101 Ventura Blvd. | Studio City</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/up-flying-yoga-1\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2fNFHbBK25JJ9VyQt5uR2WyEcBLb/up-flying-yoga-studio-city-los-angeles-aerial-yoga_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></strong><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Like most fitness trends, aerial yoga&mdash;which incorporates suspended aerial hammocks into its </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/yoga\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">yoga</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> practices&mdash;began in big cities like LA. So it&rsquo;s only logical to stop by this studio, which actress and celebrity trainer Kimberely Simonetti opened in 2012.</span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>Turn Back Time at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/los-angeles/skin-body-lounge\">Skin Body Lounge</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>12755 Ventura Blvd. | Studio City</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/skin-body-lounge-4\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3iaQ2PVqxmfzcvDbmzbep8RrbuDw/skin-body-lounge-studio-city-los-angeles-med-spa-body-wrap_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></strong><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">This Studio City </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/med-spa\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">med spa</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> doesn&rsquo;t view beauty as a luxury&mdash;everyone has the right to look their best. That&rsquo;s why its nonsurgical aesthetic options are extensive, including eyebrow shaping and body wraps, both of which are praised by celebrity journalist </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Ashlan Gorse Cousteau.</span></strong></p>\n<h2><strong>Eat Like a Californian at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/santa-monica-ca/marmalade-cafe\">Marmalade Cafe</a></strong></h2>\n<h3><strong>710 Montana Ave. | Santa Monica</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/ycm3yC1ihbyF5iNu2t3ckL6SAVo/marmalade-cafe-santa-monica-los-angeles_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></strong></p>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Get one last taste of LA by checking out this longstanding caf&eacute;&rsquo;s original Santa Monica location. Since opening in 1990, Marmalade has added locations across the city, all of which serve healthy-ish cuisine that feels quintessentially Californian. Case in point: the grilled butternut squash salad, which comes topped with coconut, pecan and macadamia nuts, currants, and maple balsamic dressing.</span></strong></p>\n<p><a title=\"Best of Groupon 2017 Travel Guides\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/best-of-groupon-like-a-local\" target=\"_blank\"><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3YsGkSs8V83dtdX1i4xJGE1qoBQM/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG-NAV_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></span></strong></a></p>","created_on":"2017-02-15T17:42:04.652Z","last_modified_on":"2017-03-20T20:28:01.982Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Shannon Jewitt","author":"5e349c39-a899-4f4a-88e0-55bfd855a724","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"16 Non Touristy Things to Do in LA","meta_description":"From iconic delis to awesome blowouts, our three-day itinerary compiles the best non touristy things to do in LA.","fb_og_title":"An Epic Trip to 16 of LA’s Top Local Spots","fb_og_description":"We talked to LA locals, then devised a three-day itinerary covering all their favorite spots.","vhp_desc":"<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">There are plenty of</span> <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">cool places to go in LA</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. But if you want t...","tags":["things to do in LA","things to do in los 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Creative Bachelor Party Ideas","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/PGUB321GBtjEZKe6eroBLJKVhZF/young-men-friends-celebrating-outside-with-drinks-1_jpg-600x393\" alt=\"Men Enjoying Drinks Outside\" width=\"600\" height=\"393\" /></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">So your best friend has just asked you to be his best man. Congratulations! Except now you&rsquo;re struggling to think of some </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">creative bachelor party ideas</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> to f&ecirc;te the groom. No sweat&mdash;we&rsquo;ve rounded up a few that skip the usual booze fest in favor of something more enticing. Start thinking outside the box, because our </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">bachelor party ideas</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> have more going for them than a guaranteed hangover. (Though if that&rsquo;s your thing, </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/v-bars\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">go for it</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">.)</span></p>\n<h2><strong>If...he likes learning new things</strong></h2>\n<h3><strong><em>Then...master the art of mixology</em></strong></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4F8D14CPTcbWxF3RwRR2Y67cfuAL/men-friends-mixing-drinks-in-bar-mixology-class_jpg-600x360\" alt=\"Men Taking a Bartending Class\" width=\"600\" height=\"360\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Yes, liquor is involved, but in a </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">classy</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> way. After meeting for dinner at the groom&rsquo;s </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/restaurants\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">favorite restaurant</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, head to </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/browse?query=mixology\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">a mixology class</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. You&rsquo;ll learn how to build a drink, when to shake and when to stir, and what bitters are for.</span></p>\n<ul>\n<li>Party idea: <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Crash at somebody&rsquo;s house that night and test out your newfound knowledge with a fresh stock of booze, garnishes, mixers, and shakers.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>Take it to the next level:<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> As a group, create a custom cocktail that the groom and his future spouse can serve at their wedding&mdash;don&rsquo;t forget to give it a memorable name.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<h2><strong>If...he&rsquo;s a low-key homebody</strong></h2>\n<h3><strong><em>Then...host a BYOB game night</em></strong></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/29k62LgZHPNP215CPft4RfxdqQZw/friends-playing-video-games-on-couch-sofa_jpg-600x400\" alt=\"Men Playing video Games Together\" width=\"600\" height=\"400\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Who&rsquo;s up for Settlers of Catan, or an old-school game of Risk? Or maybe the groom is more of a video gamer. Choose a </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">creative bachelor party idea</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> that respects his love of the game: flex those thumbs and invite the </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">stag party</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> crew over for a spirited night of friendly competition. </span></p>\n<ul>\n<li>Party idea: <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Ask everyone to bring their favorite craft beer, then break out some board games or </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/goods/game-consoles\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">fire up the Xbox</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. Make sure you have plenty of non-liquid fuel on hand in the form of </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/chicago/pizza\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">pizza</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> and snacks.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>Take it to the next level:<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> If the groom is one who gets excited about the next big game, try to </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/goods/video-games\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">snag a new release</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. It&rsquo;ll add an extra element of surprise to his big night.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<p><a title=\"Things to Do Deals\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/things-to-do\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/393Lv8KAyG5K9ShXdg42Mua3WTk2/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_600X66_BACHELOR_jpg-600x66\" alt=\"Things to Do Shop\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a></p>\n<h2><strong>If...he&rsquo;s an outdoorsman</strong></h2>\n<h3><strong><em>Then...get back to nature (wherever you are)</em></strong></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3wwV8VwqdqGAwzc9jTiiYownDQjW/man-friends-joyously-rafting-river_jpg-600x360\" alt=\"Men Whitewater Rafting\" width=\"600\" height=\"360\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">If he fancies himself a back-to-the-land kind of guy&mdash;or he&rsquo;s just really, really into his beard&mdash;indulge his affection for Mother Nature with an adventurous, outdoorsy bachelor party. Find a picturesque nearby locale, whether that&rsquo;s on a lake or in the mountains, and set up camp there for the weekend.</span></p>\n<ul>\n<li style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Party idea: </strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Look into </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/rafting\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">rafting</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> or </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/climbing\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">rock climbing</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> excursions in the area to strengthen your muscles </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">and</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> the bonds of brotherhood.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>Take it to the next level:<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> Break out the lumberjack plaids and take the </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">stag party</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> to a </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/ga-outdoor-adventures\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">cabin in the woods</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, where you can split wood, knock back some brews, and maybe even </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/fishing\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">charter a fishing trip</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> to see who can nab the most impressive catch.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<h2><strong>If...he&rsquo;s a foodie</strong></h2>\n<h3><strong><em>Then...try a taste of something new</em></strong></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/29w2GFNMDnYL1DYRSfpBjcc6by7X/hot-dog-on-table-at-food-festival-barbeque_jpg-600x360\" alt=\"Chilli Dog With Cheese\" width=\"600\" height=\"360\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Somehow your best friend always knows about the next buzzworthy restaurant before everyone else does. Or maybe he&rsquo;s discovered the secret to killer guacamole. Either way, give the gourmand groom what he really wants: a chance to use the word &ldquo;umami&rdquo; in a sentence.</span></p>\n<ul>\n<li>Party idea: <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Skip the crazy-expensive Michelin-starred new restaurant and </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/festivals\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">head to a local street fest</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. You&rsquo;ll discover offbeat places to put on your culinary bucket list, and everyone will get a chance to indulge their individual appetites.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>Take it to the next level: <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Rent a shuttle bus and </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/wine-tasting\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">hit up a few wineries</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. Opt for ones that serve upscale small plates along with select pours from the cellar, and compare notes on each flight.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<h2><strong>If...he secretly wishes he was Louis CK</strong></h2>\n<h3><strong><em>Then...go to a </em></strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/v-comedy-clubs\"><strong><em>comedy show</em></strong></a></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/8nGi2RRpH14LbJi5WMBKAkx22ZT/microphone-at-comedy-club-audience-in-background_jpg-600x364\" alt=\"Mic at Comedy Club Facing Audience\" width=\"600\" height=\"364\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Whether his comedic timing is impeccable or could use some refinement, indulge his love for the funny stuff with a night out at a </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/comedy-clubs\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">comedy club</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. &nbsp;</span></p>\n<ul>\n<li>Party idea: <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Get group tickets to an improv show, and let the troupe know there&rsquo;s a bachelor in the crowd when they ask for audience suggestions. And don&rsquo;t forget about the two-drink minimum.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>Take it to the next level:<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> Take him to see his favorite standup comedian, even if that calls for a </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/weekend-road-trip-planner\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">weekend road trip</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. Watching HBO specials over and over is nothing compared to seeing his hero onstage. </span></li>\n</ul>\n<h2><strong>If...he wants to keep it sober</strong></h2>\n<h3><strong><em>Then...get everyone&rsquo;s adrenaline pumping, instead</em></strong></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/26BJPsjkvnhzNbsBp6HfaFuoMFJV/Sports-cars-racing-on-track_jpg-600x364\" alt=\"Racecar Driving\" width=\"600\" height=\"364\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Trying to come up with </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">sober bachelor party ideas</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> doesn&rsquo;t have to be a dead-end. In fact, there are plenty of activities that are strictly no-alcohol, yet still a blast.</span></p>\n<ul>\n<li>Party idea: <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/browse?query=archery\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Take the crew to an archery range</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> so they can try to best each other in front of the bull&rsquo;s-eye. Or, if everyone&rsquo;s game, </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/running-and-fun-runs\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">sign up for a themed 5K</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> together. Pick one with a meaningful charitable cause to have fun and give back at the same.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>Take it to the next level: <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Make one of the groom&rsquo;s childhood dreams come true and sign him up to </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/browse?query=lamborghini\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">test-drive a Lamborghini</span></a>. <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">He&rsquo;ll never, ever forget it, and you&rsquo;ll cement your status as the </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">best</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> best man.</span></li>\n</ul>","created_on":"2017-02-23T15:27:44.762Z","last_modified_on":"2017-02-23T21:23:46.291Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Groupon Editors","author":"df385855-6978-440d-b5a2-7d14dc0f0515","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"Creative Bachelor Party Ideas","meta_description":"Our creative bachelor party ideas trade the typical booze fest for something a little more personalized and memorable (with optional booze).","fb_og_title":"Planning a Bachelor Party? 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Nontraditional Bachelorette Party Ideas","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/25ukYMbY5KV7baMiK46f5jqs3Mmj/two-female-friends-having-girls-night-out-karaoke-1_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">You&rsquo;ve recently been appointed maid of honor, and you&rsquo;re looking for </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">creative bachelorette party ideas</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> to toast your bride-to-be BFF. Consider ditching the usual night of barhopping and get creative instead. After all, not everyone wants to spend the night drinking margaritas out of a penis straw while wearing a sparkly tiara. There are plenty of </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/browse?category=things-to-do&amp;interest=girls-night-out\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">nontraditional bachelorette party ideas</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> that promise to please bridal crews of all stripes.</span></p>\n<h2><strong>If...she&rsquo;s the outdoorsy type</strong></h2>\n<h3><strong><em>Then...book a weekend getaway</em></strong></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3qAufjnSBuWDLrtPw7DE29zXskyy/three-women-friends-celebrating-at-outdoor-rustic-cabin_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Coordinate your flannels at a </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/ga-outdoor-adventures\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">cabin in the woods</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, where you can spend the day hiking and the evening telling ghost stories&mdash;or playing </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">bachelorette party</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> games&mdash;around the campfire. Or rent a cottage </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/ga-beach-getaways\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">on the beach</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, where the focus is more R&amp;R.</span></p>\n<ul>\n<li>Party essentials: <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Pack </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/roasted-marshmallows-can-do-so-much-better-than-smores-fd\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">everything you need to make s&rsquo;mores</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> and the bride&rsquo;s favorite cocktails, and ask the group to bring dishes to share.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>Take it to the next level:<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> Since you&rsquo;ll likely have some downtime, search for some active things to do in the area. Look into a </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/kayaking\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">kayaking excursion</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, or even </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/climbing\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">rock climbing</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> if everyone&rsquo;s game.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<h2><strong>If...she&rsquo;s a foodie</strong></h2>\n<h3><strong><em>Then...surprise her taste buds at a new restaurant</em></strong></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2AQnj7b7fcHXkfwBo1x3paYF9Ptm/fine-dining-grilled-fish-with-greens-and-white-wine_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">If your girl loves to check out </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/restaurants\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">buzzworthy eateries</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, surprise her with a </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">bachelorette party</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> reservation at the fancy new Brazilian steak house or the hole in the wall with killer cocktails. Keep the destination a secret till you roll up outside.</span></p>\n<ul>\n<li style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Party essentials:</strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> Have everyone </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/goods/dresses\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">dress up for the occasion</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. You can even schedule a </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/hair-salons\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">hair and makeup</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> appointment for the bride so she looks stunning in all the photos.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Take it to the next level: </strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">When you make the reservation, ask for a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen, where she&rsquo;ll get to see the chefs in action.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<p><a title=\"Girls Night Out Deals\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/browse?category=things-to-do&amp;interest=girls-night-out\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2DhWA5EYDZ18UhBwYfiiDABVh5gJ/Guide_Shop_Banner_BACHELORETTE_jpg-600x66\" alt=\"Girls Night Out Deals\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></span></a></p>\n<h2><strong>If...the gym is her happy place</strong></h2>\n<h3><strong><em>Then...sign up for a group class</em></strong></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/iGSCLRtYfXjxD5nbud4hK5TJvLB/women-exercising-in-spinning-class_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">First, a caveat: make sure everyone </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">wants</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> to get sweaty before you sign up for the bride&rsquo;s favorite </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/yoga\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">hot yoga class</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> or high-powered </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/spinning\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">cycling session</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. But if the gang is enthusiastic, it&rsquo;s a </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">nontraditional bachelorette party idea</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> and a way to bond over an intense workout.</span></p>\n<ul>\n<li>Party essentials: <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Matching </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/goods/womens-activewear\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">leggings</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, anyone? And perhaps a custom-printed tee to remind you that you&rsquo;re all in this together.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>Take it to the next level: <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Afterward, soak up the rejuvenating effects of exercise by </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/salt-cave\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">relaxing in a salt cave</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> or pampering skin with a </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/facial\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">group facial</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<h2><strong>If...she&rsquo;s a homebody (and proud of it)</strong></h2>\n<h3><strong><em>Then...host a </em></strong><strong><em>sleepover bachelorette party</em></strong></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/47woGkN1HN2HFxpkeDG2Deumb3WW/group-of-women-friends-dancing-with-drinks-at-home_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Easily the most budget-friendly option, an at-home </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">sleepover bachelorette party</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> is sure to last into the wee hours of the morning with risqu&eacute; games, dancing, and some good old-fashioned Truth or Dare. PJs required.</span></p>\n<ul>\n<li>Party essentials: <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Have everyone bring along a bottle of wine and a snack to go with it, and queue up a few raunchy comedies.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>Take it to the next level: <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Curate a playlist with Top 40 songs from high school&mdash;it&rsquo;ll make for a guaranteed nostalgia trip, along with some group hair-braiding and rounds of MASH.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<h2><strong>If&hellip;quirky is her middle name</strong></h2>\n<h3><strong><em>Then</em></strong><strong><em>...</em></strong><strong><em>think </em>way<em> outside the box</em></strong></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2n8F1g9LCALXerkrsxAN5LR6xhWT/woman-with-rings-turning-over-tarot-cards_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Has the bride always wanted to </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/consultants\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">visit a psychic</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">? Though the seer may not be able to forecast the weather for the big day, getting everyone&rsquo;s tarot cards read is sure to be fun&mdash;and potentially insightful. Another option is putting your heads together at an </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/escape-games\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">escape room</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, where you&rsquo;ll solve puzzles and find clues to break out of a locked room.</span></p>\n<ul>\n<li><strong>Party essentials:</strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> Just an open mind and a sense of adventure.</span></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li><strong>Take it to the next level:</strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> If the bride is a real thrill seeker, she&rsquo;ll enjoy getting her adrenaline pumping at a group </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/skydiving\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">skydiving excursion</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. Not for the faint of heart!</span></li>\n</ul>","created_on":"2017-02-23T15:27:44.762Z","last_modified_on":"2017-02-23T19:58:34.976Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Groupon Editors","author":"df385855-6978-440d-b5a2-7d14dc0f0515","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"Nontraditional Bachelorette Party Ideas","meta_description":"Forget naughty candy and goofy wigs. Our roundup of creative, nontraditional bachelorette party ideas takes things to the next level. Skydiving, anyone?","fb_og_title":"Your Bachelorette Party Just Got Way More Exciting","fb_og_description":"Girls just wanna have fun, right? But they don’t all want to parade around in a sash that screams BRIDE-TO-BE. We’ve got some offbeat ideas for a memorable bachelorette bash.","vhp_desc":"<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Celebrate the bride-to-be&rsquo;s unique self with our list of </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">creative</span><span style=\"font-weigh...","tags":["things to do","weddings"],"category":null,"secondary_categories":["23854175-639f-47a0-afca-b272636fad59","7ac6099a-a704-40df-901f-c14290cc377f","846731b5-96e3-4f0b-a1c9-3620c8e222d2","9d49b8e0-d654-4695-8fcf-62ac82243ba9","986f124d-b95f-4961-ba3e-06d08e5dbfec","938de4d2-b8f5-41c7-860f-94ded05f43c8"],"published":"PUBLISHED","photos":[{"altText":"two-female-friends-having-girls-night-out-karaoke-1_jpg-600x390","caption":"two-female-friends-having-girls-night-out-karaoke-1_jpg-600x390","hero":true,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/25ukYMbY5KV7baMiK46f5jqs3Mmj/two-female-friends-having-girls-night-out-karaoke-1_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/25ukYMbY5KV7baMiK46f5jqs3Mmj/two-female-friends-having-girls-night-out-karaoke-1_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"three-women-friends-celebrating-at-outdoor-rustic-cabin_jpg-600x390","caption":"three-women-friends-celebrating-at-outdoor-rustic-cabin_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3qAufjnSBuWDLrtPw7DE29zXskyy/three-women-friends-celebrating-at-outdoor-rustic-cabin_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3qAufjnSBuWDLrtPw7DE29zXskyy/three-women-friends-celebrating-at-outdoor-rustic-cabin_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"fine-dining-grilled-fish-with-greens-and-white-wine_jpg-600x390","caption":"fine-dining-grilled-fish-with-greens-and-white-wine_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2AQnj7b7fcHXkfwBo1x3paYF9Ptm/fine-dining-grilled-fish-with-greens-and-white-wine_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2AQnj7b7fcHXkfwBo1x3paYF9Ptm/fine-dining-grilled-fish-with-greens-and-white-wine_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"women-exercising-in-spinning-class_jpg-600x390","caption":"women-exercising-in-spinning-class_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/iGSCLRtYfXjxD5nbud4hK5TJvLB/women-exercising-in-spinning-class_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/iGSCLRtYfXjxD5nbud4hK5TJvLB/women-exercising-in-spinning-class_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"group-of-women-friends-dancing-with-drinks-at-home_jpg-600x390","caption":"group-of-women-friends-dancing-with-drinks-at-home_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/47woGkN1HN2HFxpkeDG2Deumb3WW/group-of-women-friends-dancing-with-drinks-at-home_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/47woGkN1HN2HFxpkeDG2Deumb3WW/group-of-women-friends-dancing-with-drinks-at-home_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"woman-with-rings-turning-over-tarot-cards_jpg-600x390","caption":"woman-with-rings-turning-over-tarot-cards_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2n8F1g9LCALXerkrsxAN5LR6xhWT/woman-with-rings-turning-over-tarot-cards_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2n8F1g9LCALXerkrsxAN5LR6xhWT/woman-with-rings-turning-over-tarot-cards_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"Guide_Shop_Banner_BACHELORETTE_jpg-600x66","caption":"Guide_Shop_Banner_BACHELORETTE_jpg-600x66","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2DhWA5EYDZ18UhBwYfiiDABVh5gJ/Guide_Shop_Banner_BACHELORETTE_jpg-600x66","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2DhWA5EYDZ18UhBwYfiiDABVh5gJ/Guide_Shop_Banner_BACHELORETTE_jpg-600x66"}],"schemaOrgAttr":{},"permalink":"nontraditional-bachelorette-party-ideas","places":[],"validationError":[],"id":"2141898e-3996-4e25-9f38-4516b16dcbb9","published_on":"2017-02-23T19:58:34.613Z","last_published_on":"2017-02-23T19:58:34.613Z","guid":"2141898e-3996-4e25-9f38-4516b16dcbb9","imageUrl":"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/25ukYMbY5KV7baMiK46f5jqs3Mmj/two-female-friends-having-girls-night-out-karaoke-1_jpg-600x390/v1/c140x85.png","bodyColumns":"nine","url":"/articles/nontraditional-bachelorette-party-ideas"},{"title":"14 of The Best Non Touristy Things to Do in NYC","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p><img style=\"width: 100%; height: 100%;\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/editorial/2q7xA736c2KsNGKq8afcfGTLg6Rh/best-of-groupon-new-york-hero-600x390\" alt=\"Best of Groupon Chicago\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">So, you&rsquo;ve got a weekend in New York. You could hit up the usual, touristy spots: Times Square, Central Park, a Statue of Liberty ferry tour, etc. But what do people who aren&rsquo;t tourists do during an average weekend in NYC? What </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">New York attractions</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> do </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">actual</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> New Yorkers see during a normal day?</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">We asked some of our <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/best-of-groupon\">Best of Groupon</a> businesses&nbsp;about the best non touristy things to do in NYC to experience the city like a local, and their answers helped us create this weekend itinerary.</span></p>\n<h1><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Day 1</strong></span></h1>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Get Your Greek On at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/long-island-city-ny/e-taverna\">E Taverna</a></strong></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>26-19 23rd Ave. | Astoria</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2CsCzSVUTj4jzxG3U51x4RXsRjNF/e-taverna-astoria-new-york-greek-salad-with-feta-tomato-and-olives_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></strong></span></p>\n<h2>&nbsp;</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">If you&rsquo;re flying into La Guardia, chances are your ride into Manhattan will take you past this old-school <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/greek-restaurants\">Greek place</a>, and it would be a shame not to stop. It&rsquo;s interior is filled with bucolic charm: below the exposed-beam ceiling, old photographs share the wall space with barrels and other rustic reminders of the Greek countryside. The food matches the traditional vibe&mdash;fresh Greek salads, oregano-covered grilled octopus, and whole branzino (sea bass) are customer favorites.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Play, Watch, and Learn at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/new-york-city/92nd-street-y-1\"><strong>92nd Street Y</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>1395 Lexington Ave. | Upper East Side</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2FEZ8nCK6XjAdYJmzCwhwhbde7DN/92nd-street-y-new-york-swimming-pool_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Whatever you feel like doing, it&rsquo;s a good bet this massive community center offers something for it. Sign up for a fitness class, listen to a lecture, take in a classical-music concert, or check out the exhibitions in the center&rsquo;s art gallery.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Pamper Yourself at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/new-york-city/fifth-avenue-thai-spa\"><strong>Fifth Avenue Thai Spa</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>5 E 57th St. | Midtown East</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/fifth-avenue-thai-spa-2\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/vdiAfon7QynQyGtohAeNyeChTDj/fifth-ave-thai-spa-midtown-new-york-thai-neck-massage_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">You&rsquo;ve eaten, you&rsquo;ve exercised, you&rsquo;ve soaked up some culture. Now it&rsquo;s time to relax like a New Yorker. After you&rsquo;ve sipped on a cup of soothing ginger tea in Fifth Avenue Thai Spa&rsquo;s waiting room, go for their Signature massage, which combines Swedish strokes with the therapeutic pressure of traditional Thai-massage and soothing oils.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Shuck Your Heart Out at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/manhattan/eats-on-lex\"><strong>Eats</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>1055 Lexington Ave. | Upper East Side</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/eats-on-lex-6\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/PoFr9zcAhzccRmicvanLJmqVX8b/eats-manhattan-new-york-grilled-onion-cheeseburger-with-fries-and-pint-of-beer_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The burgers, pastas, and hearty entr&eacute;es&mdash;such as seared sea bass on a bed of zucchini spaghetti or classic NY strip steak with red-wine shallot butter&mdash;at Eats are all good, tempting choices, but locals know it&rsquo;s the oysters that set this cozy corner spot apart from other restaurants in NYC. Try them fried and sandwiched, raw on the half shell, or in sixes with bloody mary shooters on the side. For drinks, go for one of Eats' 12 signature martinis or a craft beer from Brooklyn Brewery.</span></p>\n<blockquote>\n<h3 style=\"text-align: justify;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Pro Tip</strong>:&nbsp;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">How can a tourist dress to look like a local New Yorker? \"Utilitarian\", says&nbsp;Marion Maur, general manager at Pappardella. \"Jeans, t-shirt, miliary jacket. Always Black!\"</span>&nbsp;</h3>\n</blockquote>\n<h1><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/new-york-city\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4Wg6K5XD9paZb91VP1DjCpYJHm32/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG-NY_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></strong></span></a></h1>\n<h1><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Day 2</strong></span></h1>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Find Your Chill in Chelsea at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/new-york-city/yogamaya\">Yogamaya</a></strong></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>135 W 20th St | Chelsea</strong></span></h3>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/yogamaya-yoga-studio-1\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/f7fX4NycmB6qmwnVEKEX85cxHE6/yogamaya-chelsea-new-york-studio-space-with-woman-practicing-poses_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></strong></span></a></p>\n<h2>&nbsp;</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Yogamaya&rsquo;s studios are filled with soft colors, lush plants, and decor inspired by Indian temples to give it the relaxing vibe its patrons love. Its team of knowledgeable instructors leads drop-in <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/yoga\">yoga classes</a> that&rsquo;ll help you sweat out the pastries from earlier in the morning and get you primed for the rest of the day.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Re-Fuel with French Treats at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/new-york-city/mille-feuille-bakery-cafe\"><strong>Mille-Feuille Bakery</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>552 Laguardia Pl | Greenwich Village</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/mille-feuille-bakery-cafe\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/28ZwREj1sEHVdiWfdWGKmsmBqfUH/mille-feuille-bakery-greenwich-new-york-macarons_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">A small bakery down the street from Washington Square Park, Mille-feuille specializes in French pastries. The macarons are really popular, and they offer classes on how to make them, too. If you want to truly eat like a local here, follow the advice of the Mille-feuille staff and grab an almond croissant.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Relax Like Sinatra at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/new-york-city/russian-turkish-baths\"><strong>Russian and Turkish Baths</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>268 East 10th St. | East Village</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/JvN8fiGrowQ4xToU5pLDLiVeshS/russian-turkish-bath-house-east-village-new-york_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">This sauna has been open for more than 125 years, and its steam rooms have hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and John Belushi. Today, it sees an eclectic mix of millennials and retirees sharing a steam and a friendly conversation. While a little unorthodox and under the radar, it&rsquo;s one of the most fun things to do in NYC.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Travel Back in Time at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/brooklyn/destefanos-steakhouse\"><strong>DeStefano&rsquo;s Steakhouse</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>89 Conselyea St. | Williamsburg</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/destefano-s-steakhouse-1-1\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/36HMPKXi9WpS4ZF6FYjWdrcuqumd/destefanos-steakhouse-williamsburg-new-york-filet-mignon_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Despite being situated in the middle of ultra-hip Williamsburg, DeStefano&rsquo;s conjures up images of old New York with a dimly lit, wood-paneled interior that feels lifted from the 1950s. The food&rsquo;s obviously great, too, with giant porterhouses and ribeyes sharing plates with veggies and garlic mashed potatoes that have become borderline legendary with the regulars.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Grab Wine To-Go at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/manhattan/new-york-vintners\"><strong>New York Vintners</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>21 Warren St | Tribeca</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/new-york-vintners-22\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/36uM8fo1CsVrxj7bRxM5UVfYcVXj/new-york-vintners-tribeca-wine-selection_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Grab a bottle for drinks at home. Or, if you&rsquo;re lucky enough to snag a spot before it sells out, sign up for one of the shop&rsquo;s wine classes, which cover topics from &ldquo;Wine 101&rdquo; to &ldquo;Perfect Pizza Pairings&rdquo;.</span></p>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/best-of-groupon\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2dk6KdE96PhfmLC66XCcvBr99tdg/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></span></a></p>\n<h1><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Day 3</strong></span></h1>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Breakfast in Brooklyn at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/brooklyn/buttermilk-bakeshop\">Buttermilk Bakeshop</a></strong></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>260 5th Ave. | South Slope</strong></span></h3>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/buttermilk-bakeshop\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4VkwiY6ugkVjvTjayLAwVwYSPj34/buttermilk-bakeshop-south-slope-new-york-katie-rosenhouse-icing-flowers-on-cupcakes_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></strong></span></a></p>\n<h2>&nbsp;</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Even if you aren&rsquo;t starting your day in Brooklyn, Buttermilk Bakeshop is worth the trek. The bakery consistently makes best-of lists, including <em>Brooklyn Magazine</em>&rsquo;s list of the Best Breakfast Pastries and <em>The Daily Meal</em>&rsquo;s ranking of the 101 Best Cupcakes in America. Grab a cookie or a whoopie pie&mdash;the latter is also on a local best-of list&mdash;to snack on later.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Get a Cut and Soak Up Culture at&nbsp;</strong><strong>Midoma</strong></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>545 8th Ave | Midtown</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/midoma\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/34zwK14495jbzEWKQ9gj1NGgPrc1/midoma-salon-gallery-midtown-new-york_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Part of acting like a real New Yorker is looking the part. After a consultation, one of Midoma&rsquo;s stylists&mdash;each of whom has years of <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/hair-salons\">salon</a> experience under their belt&mdash;will expertly trim, style, clean, and condition your &lsquo;do. When you&rsquo;re done, browse the salon&rsquo;s in-house art gallery, which features rotating exhibits of still lifes, paintings, photography, and more.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Find Healthy Snacks at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/new-york-city/westerly-natural-market\">Westerly Market</a></strong></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>911 8th Ave. | Theater District</strong></span></h3>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/westerly-market-5\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/987V1xhgAXgfeKRwFuUeNxTr3t8/westerly-market-new-york-fresh-produce-selection_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></strong></span></a></p>\n<h2>&nbsp;</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">This small corner store packs its aisles with health bars, fresh produce, a salad bar, a BYO trail-mix station, and other natural foods you can feel good about snacking on. Locals dig it for its juice and smoothie bar, but it&rsquo;s also an ideal spot to stock up on traveling snacks for your trip home.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Escape to an Island Lunch at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/west-new-york-nj/lolos-seafood-shack\"><strong>Lolo&rsquo;s Seafood Shack</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>303 West 116th St. | Harlem</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/lolo-s-seafood-shack-1\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2BCtUj59qUTHbj3eStmPcfsPnePC/lolos-seafood-shack-harlem-new-york-seared-cauliflower-johnny-cake-sandwich_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">At this casual Harlem joint, Atlantic-coast staples like soft-shell-crab sandwiches share the menu with Caribbean-island fare, such as jerk ribs, conch fritters, and plantain chips. Grab a seat at one of the picnic tables that line the aquamarine porch out back.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Dine Old-School at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/manhattan/pappardella\"><strong>Pappardella</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>316 Columbus Ave | Upper West Side</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/pappardella-5\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3nqRjorX5YRM5xgQoWmsSV2UEdJZ/papparedella-new-york-shaved-parmesan-salad_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">NYC is filled with great old-school <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/italian-restaurants\">Italian restaurants</a>, and Pappardella can be counted among the best of them. If you&rsquo;re stuck between a couple dishes, go with the pappardelle buttera: a bed of wide noodles with sausage, sage, and peas tossed in a creamy vodka sauce.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Get inspired with an extra look at some of the stops on our guide:</span></h2>\n<p><iframe src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/JaZ-WGHnhM4?rel=0&amp;controls=0&amp;showinfo=0\" width=\"100%\" height=\"338\" frameborder=\"0\"></iframe></p>\n<p><a title=\"Best of Groupon 2017 Travel Guide\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/best-of-groupon-like-a-local\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3YsGkSs8V83dtdX1i4xJGE1qoBQM/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG-NAV_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a></p>","created_on":"2017-02-15T17:42:04.652Z","last_modified_on":"2017-03-20T20:14:55.236Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Dan Delagrange","author":"9567d2d9-796c-4ecc-aa30-7283ba137f32","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"14 Non Touristy Things to Do 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of The Best Non Touristy Things to Do in Chicago","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p><img style=\"width: 100%; height: 100%;\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/editorial/25AQC9b4z2VEQTWiQdZ9mzgLKozD/best-of-groupon-chicago-hero-600x390\" alt=\"Best of Groupon Chicago\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The Bean, Navy Pier, the Willis Tower Skydeck. Yes, there are plenty of </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/chicago/things-to-do\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">things to do in Chicago</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, but no </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">real Chicagoan</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> would go to any of the places just listed. Unless it was at the behest of a friend from out of town, that is. More than 50 million tourists visit Chicago every year, and most of them stick to the same few attractions and neighborhoods. But if you want to experience the city like a true local, look no further. We spoke to our 2017 Best of Groupon businesses, who helped us devise&nbsp;this weekend itinerary filled with the </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">best non touristy things to do in Chicago.</span></p>\n<h1><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Day 1</strong></span></h1>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Taste the Greek Isles at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/pegasus-restaurant-and-taverna\"><strong>Pegasus Restaurant &amp; Taverna</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>130 S. Halsted St. | Greektown</strong></span></h3>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/pegasus-restaurant-taverna-4\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3qQWH1sZTG3uTGNLwmpxshgtLSad/pegasus-restaurant-and-taverna-chicago-kotopoulo-alexander-stuffed-chicken-with-feta-and-spinach_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></strong></span></a></p>\n<h2>&nbsp;</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">There are plenty of <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/mediterranean-restaurants\">Mediterranean places to eat in Chicago</a>, but for <em>really </em>authentic gyros and kebabs, head to Greektown. One of the most popular stops in this small neighborhood is Pegasus Restaurant &amp; Taverna, the winner of back-to-back Diners&rsquo; Choice awards from OpenTable. Go upstairs to the rooftop deck, which features stunning views of the skyline, and energize yourself for a long weekend with a gooey appetizer of saganaki and some chargrilled souvlaki.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Unwind With a Massage and Cocktails at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/versailles-massage-bar\">Versailles Massage &amp; Bar</a></strong></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>1329 S. Michigan Ave. | Near Southside</strong></span></h3>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/versailles-massage-bar\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2neWmKYBGRkSaPt7pLvME3GZ1bzh/versailles-massage-bar-spa-chicago_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></strong></span></a></p>\n<h2>&nbsp;</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">What&rsquo;s more relaxing than a nice <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/massage\">massage</a>? How about a nice massage paired with a stiff cocktail? Those are the dual specialties at Versailles, a posh spa decorated to look like its namesake French palace. Unwind with a Swedish massage enhanced with hot lava stones as you sip a French martini spiked with raspberry liqueur.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Shop for the Latest Fashions at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/akira-1\"><strong>AKIRA</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>845 N. Michigan Ave. | Downtown</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/akira-8-717727852\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3qm7iP99AnLrLfMvznVVBZhysLVb/akira-chicago-window-display-with-mannequins_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/chicago/retail\">Boutique shops</a> abound in the city, especially in its bustling Downtown. Amid all the competition, AKIRA has built its own mini-empire, outfitting men and women in modern, on-trend apparel and accessories from brands such as Calvin Klein, Minkpink, Joa, and Adidas. With a diverse, always-updating collection, Akira has something to fit just about any style, from skater girl to runway vixen.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Forget Deep-Dish at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/maries-pizza-liquors\"><strong>Marie&rsquo;s Pizza &amp; Liquors</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>4127 W. Lawrence Ave. | Albany Park</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/marie-s-pizza-liquors\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3DKEfwmDWvC5WG2iuyuuyhf2uVrX/maries-pizza-and-liquors-chicago-thin-crust-square-cut-pie_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a>When thinking about Chicago, most outsiders automatically conjure images of deep-dish <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/pizza-near-me\">pizza</a>. But true Chicagoans stick to the type of thin-crust pie found at Marie&rsquo;s Pizza &amp; Liquors. This old-school haunt has been serving ultrathin pizzas since 1940, and not much has changed about the restaurant&rsquo;s retro ambience since. And because Marie&rsquo;s features an adjoining liquor store, there&rsquo;s never a shortage of ice-cold beer to pair with your slice.</span></p>\n<h1><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/chicago\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2TGSYs14crX86ZZVDV2MmZxTjPCs/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG-CHI_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a></h1>\n<h1><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Day 2</strong></span></h1>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Devour a TV-Lauded Lunch at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/big-and-littles-2\">BIG &amp; little&rsquo;s</a></strong></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>1034 W. Belmont Ave. | River North</strong></span></h3>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/parent-big-littles-1\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3cHbqxEP3L6dCTC633dKF1FuJnip/big-and-littles-restaurant-chicago-bean-salad_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></strong></span></a></p>\n<h2>&nbsp;</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Few <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/chicago/restaurants\">Chicago restaurants</a> have a menu as eclectic as the one at BIG &amp; little&rsquo;s, the culinary brainchild of Gary Strauss (&ldquo;Big&rdquo;) and Tony D'Alessandro (&ldquo;Little&rdquo;). Since opening, their restaurants have been featured in just about every local media outlet, as well as nationally on <em>Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives</em> and <em>Mystery Diners</em>. The hullabaloo is well-deserved, too, with long lines forming every day to get a taste of their softshell crab po&rsquo;boys, poke tacos, and beer-battered burgers.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Get a New Look at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/studio-within\"><strong>Studio Within</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>3000 N. Sheffield Ave. | Lakeview</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/studio-within-salon-spa-5\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/27nAJyAXkTezKJTUjdCAcC1SGsTx/studio-within-salon-chicago_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a>It seems like just about every city block has a <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/hair-salons\">salon</a> in Chicago, especially in uber-trendy Lakeview. But locals who want something a little funkier head to Studio Within, an eco-friendly salon with a quirky, vintage vibe. Stylists here specialize in all sorts of looks, from beachy waves and ombre highlights to retro pin curls and bobs.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Explore Exotic Spices at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/the-spice-house\">The Spice House</a></strong></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>1512 N. Wells St. | Old Town</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/47Zshf71G6C85RAF9T35RgCeZ6Tu/the-spice-houce-chicago-storefront_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" />Surrounded by the neighborhood charm of Old Town, The Spice House beckons in foodies with its massive collection of spices and cooking accoutrements. Sample far-flung flavorings like African berbere or Peruvian aji chiles, or stock up on bulk spices for DIY baking and pickling projects.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Enjoy a Farm Dinner in the City at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/bread-wine\"><strong>Bread &amp; Wine</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>3732 W. Irving Park Rd. | Irving Park</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/bread-wine-4\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3xzcGSAaKEvptrzeUaVqjVuTYstr/bread-and-wine-gourmet-burger-with-pretzel-bun-and-fries_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a>This Michelin-recommended <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/american-food\">American brasserie</a> serves up comforting, farm-to-table cuisine in a rustic atmosphere. Local ingredients shine in seasonal dishes such as Meyer Ranch rib eye with blue-cheese butter or shrimp-and-chickpea stew with saffron aioli. Be sure to sample one of the wines from the restaurant&rsquo;s private label while you&rsquo;re there, too. And keep your eyes peeled for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who touts this as one of his favorite restaurants.</span></p>\n<blockquote>\n<h3 style=\"text-align: justify;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Pro Tip: </strong>Lisa Fosler Kelly, the co-owner of Bread &amp; Wine, recommends ordering anything from local brewer Half Acre Beer Company, which she calls &ldquo;the best beer on the scene right now.&rdquo;</span></h3>\n</blockquote>\n<h1><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/best-of-groupon\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2dk6KdE96PhfmLC66XCcvBr99tdg/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></strong></span></a></h1>\n<h1><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Day 3</strong></span></h1>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Squeeze in an Early Workout at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/moksha-yoga-center-chicago-2\">Moksha Yoga Center</a></strong></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>2528 W. Armitage Ave. | Logan Square</strong></span></h3>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/moksha-yoga-center-4\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4PToHjzqCiFuhWjAtYQcjxNJYWi8/moksha-yoga-chicago-yoga-class_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></strong></span></a></p>\n<h2>&nbsp;</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">After being featured in <em>Shape</em> magazine and the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>, Moksha Yoga Center quickly became one of the trendiest <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/chicago/yoga\">yoga studios</a> in one of the city&rsquo;s trendiest &lsquo;hoods: Logan Square. Start your morning off right with a Mindful Flow or Ashtanga class, then spend a few minutes browsing the boutique stocked with eco-friendly and sustainable yoga accessories.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Eat Candy for Breakfast at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/whisk-chicago\"><strong>Whisk</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>2018 W. Chicago Ave. | Ukrainian Village</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/deals/whisk-4\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3CWGp5GtNA7tRFLnJdK7iK9hQS3r/whisk-chicago-old-timer-bacon-burger-with-sweet-potato-fries_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></a>When it comes to things to do in Chicago, Sunday brunch should be at the top of your list (because it&rsquo;s <em>definitely</em> at the top of every local&rsquo;s). Though Whisk opened recently, it&rsquo;s already had to open a second location to house all the spillover crowds. Place your order&mdash;the chilaquiles and Snickers&ndash;stuffed french toast are local faves&mdash;and ogle all the dining room&rsquo;s whimsical artwork, including numerous portraits of the owners&rsquo; muse: Ron Swanson from <em>Parks and Recreation</em>.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Feel Like a Kid Again at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/whirlyball\"><strong>WhirlyBall</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>1825 W. Webster Ave. | Bucktown</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/pHunq2qmM7Lr3vzxoVesZEPKkRi/whirlyball-chicago-bumper-cars_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" />WhirlyBall combines lacrosse, basketball, and bumper cars into one uniquely Chicago sport. Grab three friends (there&rsquo;s a four-person minimum to play), order up one of the 32 beers on draft, and prepare for one of the most competitive&mdash;and strangest&mdash;attractions in Chicago. If WhirlyBall itself doesn&rsquo;t trip your trigger, the facility also offers laser tag and bowling.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>Extinguish Hunger at </strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/tacos-tequilas\"><strong>Tacos Tequilas</strong></a></span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong>2919 N. Milwaukee Ave. | Avondale</strong></span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4FXf5uDcT2gMzXscRjXtMH8RR4a3/tacos-tequilas-elotes-mexican-sertte-corn-with-lime-wedges_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" />In 2014, <em>Chicago</em> magazine&rsquo;s &ldquo;Cheap Eats&rdquo; issue called these tacos the best in the city. And for a place that&rsquo;s home to some of the finest <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/chicago/mexican-restaurants\">Mexican food</a> in the country, that&rsquo;s saying something. Start with an appetizer of flaming panela cheese, before moving on to some oh-so-tender cochinita pibil or lengua tacos, and make sure to save room for a slice of tres leches cake.</span></p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\"><span class=\"s1\">Get inspired with an extra look at some of the stops on our guide:</span></h2>\n<p><iframe src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/G16F83eyPHc?rel=0&amp;controls=0&amp;showinfo=0\" width=\"100%\" height=\"338\" frameborder=\"0\"></iframe></p>\n<p><a title=\"Best of Groupon 2017 Travel Guide\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/best-of-groupon-like-a-local\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3YsGkSs8V83dtdX1i4xJGE1qoBQM/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_BOG-NAV_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a></p>","created_on":"2017-02-15T14:08:04.008Z","last_modified_on":"2017-03-20T20:27:01.311Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Adriane Neuenschwander","author":"063ed438-370a-42eb-804b-281bb85f2b80","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"12 Non Touristy Things to Do in Chicago","meta_description":"With this weekend itinerary of non touristy things to do in Chicago, you can experience the city like a local. After all, no real Chicagoan goes to Navy Pier.","fb_og_title":"12 Non Touristy Things to Do in Chicago","fb_og_description":"Because no real Chicagoan goes to Navy Pier.","vhp_desc":"<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">With this weekend itinerary of non touristy </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">things to do in Chicago</span><span style=\"font-weight: 4...","tags":["things to do in 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Help Us Determine the Best Experience Gifts for Mom ","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p>\n<script src=\"//tracking.skyword.com/tracker.js?contentId=281474979638673\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\n</p>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3bFQh7o9WwV9g7ZDLnoUuyQLS7yn/mom-and-daughter-sharing-breakfast_jpg-600x390\" alt=\"Mom bonding with kids over a meal\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>This Mother's Day, you could go the traditional route and pick out some cheerful <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/flowers\" target=\"_blank\">flowers</a> for your mother or a nice piece of <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/goods/jewelry-and-watches\" target=\"_blank\">jewelry</a>. And if she loves those things, you should definitely stick with the classics. If she's a little less traditional or if you're unsure of what to get her, then it's time to consider <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/things-to-do\" target=\"_blank\">experience</a> gifts for Mom.</p>\n<p>These basically act as gift experiences for families, not just Mom, but that's OK because they give Mom the opportunity to spend time with her favorite people and create memories. But how do you choose between taking a <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/classes\" target=\"_blank\">class</a> and watching a <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/theater-and-shows\" target=\"_blank\">show</a> together? Bonding over a <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/escape-games\" target=\"_blank\">room-escape game</a> and bonding during a <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/spa\" target=\"_blank\">spa</a> visit? To help you narrow it down and pick the best experience gifts for Mom, we interviewed several moms to see what activities they've loved doing with their families over the years.</p>\n<h3>Quick Stats about the Moms</h3>\n<ul>\n<li>15 moms interviewed</li>\n<li>47% have been a mom for 15 years or more</li>\n<li>40% have 3 or more children</li>\n</ul>\n<h2>Their No. 1 Activity of Choice? Getting Out in Nature.</h2>\n<p><strong><em><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/dsh6QzccyVhcVAijcyEEF1e1pBd/mom-and-family-out-on-vacation-together_jpg-600x390\" alt=\"family out in nature with mom for mother's day\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></em></strong></p>\n<p>The moms we interviewed overwhelmingly preferred to spend time in nature with their families. Except for one person, every single one of them said it was one of their favorite things to do with their families.</p>\n<p>Mary Susan Delagrange, who has four kids ranging from 21 months to 7 years old, visits a local nature center in Ohio about once a week with her kids. She loves how it's \"educational without being overly structured.\" Other moms love taking their young kids to pick and eat strawberries or to pumpkin patches crammed with toddler-friendly activities.</p>\n<p>Karen Loster, the mother of three and grandmother of four, loves her family's tradition of hiking through Devil's Lake State Park every year. \"We have been doing this for over 40 years, first with my husband's family and now with our grown children and grandchildren.\" The park has a bit of something for everyone in the family, from rock climbing to swimming. Read our <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/travel-tip-sheet-devils-lake-state-park-al\" target=\"_blank\">Devil's Lake Travel Tip Sheet</a> if you think your mom would like to visit.</p>\n<h3><strong>Nature-Related Experience Gifts</strong></h3>\n<p><strong><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4SjR7vTxHmCfgKELNQu22rG6mh9T/mom-and-baby-at-conservatory_jpg-600x390\" alt=\"mother and baby in conservatory together\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></strong></p>\n<p>A lot of nature activities are free, but if you want to buy your mom a nature-related gift, opt for admission to a <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/browse/?query=botanical-garden\" target=\"_blank\"><strong>botanical garden</strong></a> or try <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/kayaking\" target=\"_blank\"><strong>kayaking</strong></a> down a picturesque river or <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/horse-riding\" target=\"_blank\"><strong>horseback riding</strong></a> along a wildflower-lined trail. And there's always the <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/zoo\" target=\"_blank\"><strong>zoo</strong></a>. \"The zoo was always a favorite when our kids were little,\" says mother-of-two Michele Schwartz.</p>\n<p><a title=\"Mother's Day Gift Shop\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/mothers-day-gifts\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3dJwtmHYyS2LqGcaSXrcqAF5qADU/600x66_merchandising_MOTHERSDAY_041917_JW-1_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a></p>\n<h2>Their No. 2 and 3 Activities of Choice? Eating Meals with their Families and Visiting Museums.</h2>\n<p><strong><em><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3EzHsw83XqJMLSfHmjW4tK1Mkpxi/family-at-museum-together_jpg-600x390\" alt=\"family enjoying the museum together\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></em></strong></p>\n<p>Nearly all of the moms (73%) said they loved eating a nice <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/restaurants\" target=\"_blank\">meal</a> with their families. Liz Gorr, the mother of three daughters in their late 20s and early 30s, enjoys \"celebration meals\" with her family. \"As little kids, celebrations meant relatives, presents, and good food. As our kids got older, meals meant a time to catch up with each other, share laughs, dreams, and just enjoy being with each other,\" she explains.</p>\n<p>And 67% of the moms said they liked going to <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/museums\" target=\"_blank\">museums</a> with their families. Connie Wayman, who has one adult son, says that one of her favorite family memories was exploring the <em>Body Worlds </em>exhibit at the <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/museum-of-science-and-industry\" target=\"_blank\">Museum of Science and Industry</a>. Lisa Lux, who has two young kids, said that one of her favorite outings was when she took her 3-year-old out of school for the day and went to the <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/john-g-shedd-aquarium\" target=\"_blank\">Shedd Aquarium</a>. \"He was so thrilled ... it piqued his interest in aquatic creatures and he seeks out books about them,\" she says. \"That experience has stuck with all of us, and we revisit the memory often.\"</p>\n<p>Just maybe rethink the museum if your family has a little one like Aja Scarlato's daughter, Sophia. \"Sophia is very social and enjoys every outing ... except the Planetarium. She was terrified. She thinks it (the Planetarium) is stalking her\"!</p>\n<h3><strong>Food- and Museum-Related Experience Gifts</strong></h3>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>Obviously, you could take your mother out to dinner or explore a museum with her for Mother's Day. But if you want to do something a little different, go with her to try a <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/browse/?query=tasting-menu\" target=\"_blank\">tasting menu</a> at a famed restaurant or accompany her on an educational <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/browse/?query=tours\" target=\"_blank\"><strong>guided tour</strong></a>. Bonus points: opt for a guided <strong>food tour</strong> if she loves both eating out and learning.</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<h2>Other Gifts to Consider</h2>\n<p>Consider getting your mom <span style=\"font-size: 13px;\">tickets to see her favorite team</span><span style=\"font-size: 13px;\"> play (three of the moms said they liked going to </span><a style=\"font-size: 13px;\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/sporting-events\" target=\"_blank\">sporting events </a><span style=\"font-size: 13px;\">with their families), or if you want to go really big, take her on a </span><a style=\"font-size: 13px;\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/getaways\" target=\"_blank\">vacation</a><span style=\"font-size: 13px;\">. Many of the moms agreed that it was wonderful to break out of their everyday routines and spend time away with their loved ones.</span></p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<h2>What Did the Moms Not Recommend?</h2>\n<p>This varied by family, but mother-of-four Mary Susan Delagrange expressed concerns about going out to eat when you have young kids. \"Nothing gives me more anxiety than taking my kids to a place that isn't cool with them being kids,\" she says, adding that a lot of restaurants and their patrons have \"unrealistic expectations\" for kids. So if you're looking to buy a young mom a nice meal, make sure she can get a babysitter for the evening.</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<h2>What Happens if You Pick the Wrong Gift?</h2>\n<p>Don't worry, because sometimes the worst outings make for the best memories. \"Those moments are fodder for later laughter!\" says mother of two Elaine Gritti.</p>\n<p><a title=\"Return to the Gift Guide\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/mothers-day-gift-guide\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3D2QyA6EdTMfH1n3TbRH2cQWnkMP/600x66_merchandising_MOTHERSDAY_041917_JW_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a></p>","created_on":"2017-04-19T20:44:22.215Z","last_modified_on":"2017-04-19T21:06:36.680Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Colleen Loggins","author":"cc0d0851-17d1-4916-a694-26ab87c79927","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"Try These Experience Gifts for Mom This Mother's Day ","meta_description":"To help you pick out the best experience gifts for Mom this Mother's Day, we asked a group of moms to tell us about their favorite family activities. 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Like, <em style=\"background-color: initial;\">really</em> love it. But as wonderful as family time can be, for some moms, a full schedule of family activities and responsibilities leave little time for friends.</p>\n<p>This Mother's Day, why not encourage mom to spend some quality time with her best gal pals by helping her plan a perfect Mom's Night Out? Whether she and her friends need some relaxing spa time, or want to take up a new hobby, they'll make memories that will last a lifetime... or at least until their next girls night out.</p>\n<h2>Sip and Learn at a <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/wine-tasting\" target=\"_blank\">Wine Tasting</a></h2>\n<h2><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/39DzAUxvc5SsQBkfY7PwBasznKeB/a-woman-at-a-wine-tasting_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></h2>\n<p>Sure, you don't have to be a certified wine expert to enjoy a glass, but learning about the grapes that go into mom's favorite varietal or how to appreciate its unique aromas might make drinking it feel just a little more fun. Tastings typically impart knowledge of the wine-making process and help tasters expand their wine vocabulary, and mom and her friends might even discover a few new favorite wines to boot. If she's not a wine drinker, beer tastings and whiskey tastings both also make great gift ideas for mom.</p>\n<h2>Have a few laughs a <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/comedy-clubs\" target=\"_blank\">Comedy Show</a></h2>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2PZvu4aBioeFiVMLYQ2HXNdUKYLk/a-woman-enjoying-a-comedy-show-with-friends_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>Movies and live theater are great, but bonding with friends is hard to do when you have to keep quiet throughout the entire show. Going to a comedy club gives mom and her friends a chance to really let loose. It's also an activity meant strictly for grown-ups, which can be a refreshing break for any mom who spends their days watching cartoons with their kids or grandchildren. Plus, mom and her friends can make a night of it by enjoying a nice <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/restaurants\" target=\"_blank\">dinner</a> before or after.</p>\n<h2>Get Creative at an <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/art-classes\" target=\"_blank\">Art Class</a></h2>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3hMzLEgsWFbt8oMxdfbyU64vkKFK/a-woman-painting-at-a-byob-class_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>Has mom always wanted to become a painter? Maybe she often waxes poetic about that pottery class she took years ago. An adult art class is a great way for her to dabble in a new hobby or re-ignite a forgotten passion. Many group classes are BYOB too, so Mom and her friends can relax and have some fun while they learn a new skill.</p>\n<p><a title=\"Mother's Day Gifts\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/mothers-day-gifts\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3dJwtmHYyS2LqGcaSXrcqAF5qADU/600x66_merchandising_MOTHERSDAY_041917_JW-1_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a></p>\n<h2>Book a Best-Friend <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/couples-massage\" target=\"_blank\">Couples Massage</a></h2>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3DvU66zRyVY5MoekUwMAuGF8MFkQ/woman-with-a-friend-enjoy-a-couples-massage_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>There's no rule that says mom has to bring a romantic partner to a couples massage&mdash;they're also great spa treatments for close friends, family members, or anyone else she feels comfortable with. And, there's no rule that says friends can't enjoy the complimentary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries that sometimes accompany the treatments. Just sayin'.</p>\n<h2>Discover the Deliciousness of <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/korean-restaurants\" target=\"_blank\">Korean Barbecue</a></h2>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4DZXpV4epeMDLNkjMMaQYjK8y2M/a-group-of-friends-eating-korean-bbq_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>Sometimes, a simple dinner with friends is the best way to spend a girls night out.<a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/korean-bbq-why-you-should-try\" target=\"_blank\"> Korean barbecue</a> ups the fun factor even more since you get to grill your own meats, right at the table. Mom and her friends will love trying all the different side dishes and inventing their own custom lettuce wraps and rice bowls. If you think mom would rather have a break from cooking, <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/japanese-restaurants\" target=\"_blank\">hibachi restaurants</a> (where Japanese chefs dazzle diners with their table-side knife skills), and <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/brazilian-restaurants\" target=\"_blank\">Brazilian churrascarias</a> (where servers deliver an unending parade of skewered meats to the table) are two other options where dinner is as much about the experience as it is about eating.</p>\n<p><a title=\"Mother's Day Gift Guide\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/mothers-day-gift-guide\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3D2QyA6EdTMfH1n3TbRH2cQWnkMP/600x66_merchandising_MOTHERSDAY_041917_JW_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a></p>","created_on":"2017-04-19T13:57:13.608Z","last_modified_on":"2017-04-19T21:09:50.404Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Shannon Grilli","author":"6191c7ba-2a86-4dae-86c6-40a5eadf818c","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"5 Perfect Mom's Night Out Ideas ","meta_description":"Mom's need time with their friends just as much as we do. Our Mom's Night Out ideas will help get the party started.","fb_og_title":"The Perfect Mothers Day Gift? Some Time Off. ","fb_og_description":"Because mom deserves a girls night out with her friends.","vhp_desc":"<p>Mom's need time with their friends just as much as we do. Our Mom's Night Out ideas will help get the party started.</p>","tags":["things to do","ttd"],"category":"938de4d2-b8f5-41c7-860f-94ded05f43c8","secondary_categories":["938de4d2-b8f5-41c7-860f-94ded05f43c8","8797c611-b7d0-459b-8a71-05f70a2bc1af","2c18c552-49a0-4769-a1f8-50d973a5b10c"],"published":"PUBLISHED","photos":[{"altText":"group-of-mothers-toasting-cocktails-and-enjoying-a-night-out_jpg-600x390","caption":"group-of-mothers-toasting-cocktails-and-enjoying-a-night-out_jpg-600x390","hero":true,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3UfkuU2eV7ubt1G72Z757F7sarYG/group-of-mothers-toasting-cocktails-and-enjoying-a-night-out_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3UfkuU2eV7ubt1G72Z757F7sarYG/group-of-mothers-toasting-cocktails-and-enjoying-a-night-out_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"a-woman-at-a-wine-tasting_jpg-600x390","caption":"a-woman-at-a-wine-tasting_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/39DzAUxvc5SsQBkfY7PwBasznKeB/a-woman-at-a-wine-tasting_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/39DzAUxvc5SsQBkfY7PwBasznKeB/a-woman-at-a-wine-tasting_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"a-woman-enjoying-a-comedy-show-with-friends_jpg-600x390","caption":"a-woman-enjoying-a-comedy-show-with-friends_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2PZvu4aBioeFiVMLYQ2HXNdUKYLk/a-woman-enjoying-a-comedy-show-with-friends_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2PZvu4aBioeFiVMLYQ2HXNdUKYLk/a-woman-enjoying-a-comedy-show-with-friends_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"a-woman-painting-at-a-byob-class_jpg-600x390","caption":"a-woman-painting-at-a-byob-class_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3hMzLEgsWFbt8oMxdfbyU64vkKFK/a-woman-painting-at-a-byob-class_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3hMzLEgsWFbt8oMxdfbyU64vkKFK/a-woman-painting-at-a-byob-class_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"woman-with-a-friend-enjoy-a-couples-massage_jpg-600x390","caption":"woman-with-a-friend-enjoy-a-couples-massage_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3DvU66zRyVY5MoekUwMAuGF8MFkQ/woman-with-a-friend-enjoy-a-couples-massage_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3DvU66zRyVY5MoekUwMAuGF8MFkQ/woman-with-a-friend-enjoy-a-couples-massage_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"a-group-of-friends-eating-korean-bbq_jpg-600x390","caption":"a-group-of-friends-eating-korean-bbq_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4DZXpV4epeMDLNkjMMaQYjK8y2M/a-group-of-friends-eating-korean-bbq_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4DZXpV4epeMDLNkjMMaQYjK8y2M/a-group-of-friends-eating-korean-bbq_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"600x66_merchandising_MOTHERSDAY_041917_JW_jpg-600x66","caption":"600x66_merchandising_MOTHERSDAY_041917_JW_jpg-600x66","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3D2QyA6EdTMfH1n3TbRH2cQWnkMP/600x66_merchandising_MOTHERSDAY_041917_JW_jpg-600x66","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3D2QyA6EdTMfH1n3TbRH2cQWnkMP/600x66_merchandising_MOTHERSDAY_041917_JW_jpg-600x66"}],"schemaOrgAttr":{},"permalink":"moms-night-out-ideas","places":[],"validationError":[],"id":"5bfea7f0-3891-4dd5-9905-56c3f7ca29c2","published_on":"2017-04-19T14:20:46.878Z","last_published_on":"2017-04-19T21:09:45.876Z","guid":"5bfea7f0-3891-4dd5-9905-56c3f7ca29c2","imageUrl":"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3UfkuU2eV7ubt1G72Z757F7sarYG/group-of-mothers-toasting-cocktails-and-enjoying-a-night-out_jpg-600x390/v1/c140x85.png","bodyColumns":"nine","url":"/articles/moms-night-out-ideas"},{"title":"Cheer for The Ballpark Food Vendor, Baseball's Real All-Star","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p>\n<script src=\"//tracking.skyword.com/tracker.js?contentId=281474979623316\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\n</p>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3chXZLP9MmdQw5FsbjCkfBZ6ZBsV/beyourvendorsbff2k16_UPDATE02_jpg-600x390_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>Going to a Major League Baseball game is the most quintessentially American experience there is, short of bathing a bald eagle in melted cheese. Not only do you get to watch the best players in <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/baseball\">baseball</a> take the field, you get to do it in historic <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/the-top-10-major-league-ballparks-ranked-by-everything-but-baseball-al\">ballparks</a> that might include anything from a water slide to a zoo. And best of all, you get to spend an afternoon <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/baseball-games-how-to-entertain-kids\">having fun with your kids</a> in the warm summer sun. You wouldn't want to miss a moment of it&mdash;and thanks to the ballpark food vendors, you don't have to.</p>\n<p>These tenacious men and women bust their calves to keep your hands stocked with all your baseball food favorites, from hot dogs to Cracker Jack, and your cup holders stocked with full beers. I should know. I spent four (very sweaty) summers as a stadium vendor. During that time, I interacted with countless customers. Some, of course, were rude, but many were incredibly polite, and I did everything I could to ensure they had a great experience. And really, it doesn't take much to stay on a vendor's good side. Here are some tips that will turn the beer guy or your favorite ballpark-food slinger into your best friend:</p>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/39oxR7AynDaJ4ZEmeQWcak24U88W/beyourvendorsbff2k16_UPDATE03_jpg-600x390_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<h2>Put Yourself in Their Shoes</h2>\n<p>Before you wave down the first person you see with a fridge strapped to their back, here's what you need to know about them:</p>\n<ul>\n<li><strong>They've got one tough job</strong>: Try lugging heavy loads of beer up and down stairs for four hours on a hot summer day, all while solving math problems in your head as people shout at you. That's all in a day's work for vendors, so anything you can do to make their lives easier goes a long way.</li>\n<li><strong>They don't set the prices</strong>: If you feel they're too high, that's your right. Just don't hold it against your vendor.</li>\n<li><strong>They work on commission</strong>: As such, the energy and skill they put into each day is what determines their pay at the end.</li>\n<li><strong>A lot of them are teachers</strong>: Because baseball games primarily take place in the summer, you'll find plenty of teachers working as vendors. If you feel that teachers aren't paid enough for their work, consider giving them an extra buck or so.</li>\n</ul>\n<h2>It's OK to Get Their Attention&mdash;Just Be Respectful</h2>\n<p>You notice them&mdash;and they notice you, too. <em>How</em> you grab your vendor's attention, though, sets the tone for the entire exchange, so make that moment count.</p>\n<ul>\n<li><strong>Do</strong>: raise your hand as they approach or shout politely.</li>\n<li><strong>Don't</strong>: stand up and yell, grab a vendor's arm, or set your foam finger on fire to create smoke signals.</li>\n</ul>\n<h2>Have Your Cash in Hand... and Avoid Large Bills</h2>\n<p>Vendors have to provide their own bank rolls, so they're pretty limited when it comes to change. Using $5, $10, and $20 bills is perfectly fine, but paying for a $5 ballpark food staple with a $100 bill will leave the vendor handcuffed until they have a chance to return to the commissary to break it.</p>\n<h3><em>Pro Tip:</em> <em style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Think in singles. Most stadium vendors carry plenty of $1 bills, so any combination of bills that break easily into singles will earn you a big gold star in their minds.</em></h3>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/baseball\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3X9UHniv8YWKUQYk6NdtWNGc3hNi/Baseball_Shop_jpg-600x100_jpg-600x100\" width=\"600\" height=\"100\" /></a></p>\n<h2>Leave the Throwing to the Outfielders</h2>\n<p>Some stadiums allow vendors to toss ballpark food, but most don't. Either way, you shouldn't pressure your vendor to throw stuff, especially since it's hard to gauge when the wind will pick up or when a hungry shortstop will dive into the stands to snatch your peanuts out of midair.</p>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4RUd3ZXW6ruCz7J7nRj2R7KrJLVi/beyourvendorsbff2k16_UPDATE01_jpg-600x390_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<h2>Help Others Out, Pass It Along</h2>\n<p>If a fan in the middle of a row buys something, happily join the makeshift bucket brigade that passes the money to the vendor and the concessions to the customer. Believe it or not, this makes a big difference. Even if you aren't buying anything, the vendor will appreciate your cooperation. So will your seatmates.</p>\n<h2>Always Factor in a Tip</h2>\n<p>Because vendors work on commission, tips make the difference between a good day at the office and a bad one. Even small tips are appreciated. Rounding up to the next bill is generally a good rule of thumb:</p>\n<ul>\n<li>If your order costs $7.50, let the vendor keep that extra 50 cents.</li>\n<li>If your order is $18, just hand over a $20 bill and call it even.</li>\n</ul>\n<h2>Buy them a Post-Game Beer</h2>\n<p>If you're a season-ticket holder, you probably have the same beer vendor each game. Be friendly and try to get to know them. Some regulars even like to buy their vendors a beer after the game at a local bar, a gesture that goes a long way in a season that lasts from April to at least the end of September.</p>\n<h2>Be Nice to the Ones Selling Dippin' Dots on a Cold Day</h2>\n<p>Vendors get to pick which food or beverage they want to sell, but the order they pick in is based on seniority. The vendors who have been working there the longest typically choose beer and when that runs out, hot dogs. 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