The first Pizzeria Uno opened at the intersection of Ohio and Wabash in downtown Chicago in 1943. The Chicago Bears were having a good season at Wrigley Field, and nobody had ever heard of deep dish pizza. Changing that was the job of Uno owner Ike Sewelll, who had invented a pizza you could truly call a pie without immediately being fined by the U.S. Board of Pastries. He built a tall-edged crust laced with lots of butter, the filled it with cheese, Italian spices, and fresh tomatoes, baking the whole thing for an hour. It would become Pizzeria Uno's signature recipe.
Today, Uno Pizzeria & Grill spans about half of the U.S. and sends the aroma of bubbling cheese wafting through several international cities as well. At each location, cooks show up early every morning to begin making dough, creating specialty pies using ingredients that Ike could have only dreamed of, such as Canadian bacon and fiber-optic broccoli. Lighter, quicker entrees are available too, including Italian favorites such as shrimp scampi and gluten-free steak and burger options.
Fragrant smoke flows through hoses as customers relax on cushy sofas and armchairs inside Voodoo Hookah Lounge. Staff members refresh the hookahs' glowing charcoals and fill hookahs from their stock of 40 flavors of fresh shisha—including such popular offerings as lemon mint, double apple, and spiced chai—for patrons to puff or mix and match into custom blends. Patrons can also shop for at-home smoking supplies—including shisha, hookahs, and e-hookahs—or they can purchase energy drinks, Coca-Cola products, and snacks to enjoy as they lounge.
East County Performing Arts Center's university-trained educators mentor students ages 2 and up on the finer points of ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and other styles. Two- and 3-year-olds can combat the antidancing establishment during a 45-minute Boogie Babies class, combining elements of tap, ballet, tumbling, and play. Parents or visiting dignitaries can wave to young ones through either location's viewing window, putting anxieties at ease while muffling the sounds of spectator bullhorns. Older toe tappers can explore a variety of styles, including hip-hop, contemporary, or jazz, in which students will master choreography and traverse the floor through movement progressions. Groupon holders can experience the thrill of synchronized motion without trying to keep up with a flock of migrating birds during a Dance for Cheer class, which incorporates jazz, hip-hop, and poms.