If you've been bowling in Chicago, chances are pretty good you've been to a Chicagoland Bowling establishment. With member centers from 3700 N. Western to 12345 S. Halsted, the organization connects pin destroyers all over the city. The advantages of this network include tournaments that span the entire region, scholarship programs for talented youth bowlers, and a cornucopia of options for clowns who juggle bowling pins.
The horseback lesson takes place at Sunflower Farms, which boasts 170 acres of pristine wooded lakefront farmland, ideal for galloping horses and running a mildly successful Internet business. Start the two-hour session with an hour-long ground lesson that helps riders get to know their horses, covers the basics of riding equipment, and teaches horse-grooming methods. Once riders feel comfortable enough around a horse to not be overwhelmed with the desire to challenge it to a staring contest, they'll saddle up and ride for a full hour, outfitted with a certified helmet from Saddlers Row. Sunflower Farms instructors will work with riders of any skill level, from beginner to competition level.
Kids can literally bounce off the walls at Happenings Family Fun Center, where eight air-filled play spaces invite them to cavort inside castle- or shoe-shaped abodes. The center's more than 30,000-square-foot arena not only houses an inflated playground but also 100 arcade games and 30 Xbox stations where kids can enhance their eye-hand coordination or prepare themselves for an angry mushroom invasion. Families and friends also can spin balls down mini bowling lanes, swing bats in the batting cages, and fill up on pizza, burgers, and corn dogs at the concessions stand.
At Orbit Skate Center, the glide of wheels on a half-acre of wood floors adds a percussive underscore to live music and colorful lights. As visitors skate the rink, DJs spin contemporary hits or throwback '80s and '90s favorites on retro nights. Some evenings feature the Galaxy SkyBar and Cosmic Cafe, as well as races, dodge-ball games, and light shows. Guests can strap on brand-new quad- or inline skates inside Orbit's pro shop, or sign up for all-ages lessons to improve basic skills for manual or automatic-transmission skates.
Range balls wait to be tossed into 10 large bucket terminals, anxiously anticipating the long-distance flights that will hurtle them across River Trails Park District’s expansive driving range. Designed with serious golfers and range regulars in mind, the facility boasts 52 hitting mats overlooking an idyllic green pasture speckled artfully with white spheres. Birdie hunters can hone their short-range chipping skills in a sand-trap practice area or rehearse tournament-winning tap-ins on the 8,000-square-foot putting green.