Sports in Bellwood

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

Bounce Sports

Berwyn

$299 $109

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

Six Weeks or One Month of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 67% Off)

Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$208 $69

Adult MMA, kids karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, and extreme fitness classes offered at studio

$74 for $135 Groupon — Sensei Steve's Karate Center

Sensei Steve's Karate Center

Villa Park

$135 $74

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

One Month of Unlimited Group Fitness Classes at Enhance Fitness Studio (Up to 81% Off). Two Options Available.

Enhance Fitness Studio

Countryside

$200 $39

Varied high-intensity workouts help firm abs and burn fat; learn how to kickbox with personal lessons

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental at Salt Creek Golf Club in Wood Dale (Up to 51% Off)

Salt Creek Golf Club

Salt creek Golf Club

$90 $45

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Par 63 executive course encourages golfers to aim drives down tree-lined fairways and avoid water hazards that come in play on five holes

One or Two Private Indoor Golf Lessons from Kyle Rich Golf Academy at Bogies Indoor Golf Club (Up to 57% Off)

Kyle Rich Golf Academy at Bogies Indoor Golf Club

Downers Grove

$90 $39

PGA-certified instructors impart golf wisdom during private lessons using video swing analysis and the latest in golf-instruction technology

Fitness Challenge or One or Two Months of Martial Arts Classes at True Balance Karate Institute (Up to 77% Off)

True Balance Karate Institute

Downers Grove

$150 $49

Owners with third-degree black belts oversee a karate school that imparts discipline and balance along with mental and physical strength

10 or 20 Kung Fu or Tai Chi Classes at Shaolin Kung Fu Center (Up to 85% Off)

Shaolin Kung Fu Center

Downers Grove

$200 $39

Tai Chi and Kung Fu classes for kids, teens, and adults for students from all backgrounds

One or Two Months of Classes at Bruce H. Lee Martial Arts School (Up to 75% Off)

Bruce H. Lee Martial Arts School

Glendale Heights

$150 $39

Both options include uniform; owner is eighth-degree black belt in hapkido and tae kwon do and sixth-degree black belt in judo and jujitsu

1-Month Practice Membership for 1 or 2 or Junior Practice Membership at Chicago Players Club (Up to 55% Value)

Chicago Players Club

Justice

$100 $50

Lighted, 26-acre complex features driving range and golf academy with grass, mats, heated covered tees, and two short game areas

$29 for Nocturnal Lands 5K, Running Music Festival with After-Party on October 11th ($60 Value)

Nocturnal Lands

Toyota Park

$60 $29

5K music festival sees participants running to different DJ stages amid interactive light shows and celebrating at a main-stage after party

Classes at G Woods Archery (Up to 56% Off). Four Options Available.

G Woods Archery

Near West Side

$40 $19

All arrows, bows, and targets are provided during each 60-minute class

12 or 24 Tae Kwon Do Classes with Uniform at Shim's Martial Arts Training Center (Up to 70% Off)

Shim's Martial Arts Training Center

Niles

$130 $49

Certified masters lead students of all ages and abilities in modern and traditional martial arts techniques

$285 for Three 30-Minute Private Golf Lessons at Michael Camastro Golf Academy (Up to $285 Value)

Michael Camastro Golf Academy

Multiple Locations

$285 $70

PGA teaching pro and his staff of aces groom untidy swings in private lessons with video swing analysis

One, Three, or Six Sessions of Hitter's Development Camp at Illinois Performance Volleyball (Up to 56% Off)

Illinois Performance Volleyball

Lisle

$25 $12

90-minute sessions focus on fundamentals including strength and balance as well as volleyball skills such as combination attacks

Private and Group Kids' Martial-Arts Classes at Comprido Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy (Up to 80% Off))

Comprido BJJ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

Multiple Locations

$135 $39

Kids' Brazilian jujitsu classes and private session emphasize grappling as a last resort, promoting sportsmanship and self-confidence first

18-Hole Round of Golf for One, Two, or Four Including Cart and Range Balls (Up to 59% Off)

Blackhawk Trace Golf Club

Indian Lakes Resort

$99 $44

27-hole complex has played host to mini-tour events and qualifiers; course challenges golfers with an island green and a 615-yard par-5

Mini Golf for Two or Four at Wheaton Park District's Prairie Path Mini Golf Course (50% Off)

Wheaton Park District's Prairie Path Mini Golf Course

Wheaton

$12 $6

Prairie-themed, ADA-accessible course with a central water feature where guests can practice their putting skills across 18 holes

Martial-Arts Classes at Chang's Taekwondo and Fitness Center (Up to 86% Off). Three Options Available.

Chang's Taekwondo and Fitness Center

Morton Grove

$124 $29

Martial-arts classes for kids and adults promote fitness and discipline

Individual or Team Coed Sports-League Registration from Cities and Sports (Up to 73% Off). 12 Options Available.

Cities and Sports

Multiple Locations

$75 $29

Socialize and compete alongside new friends during recreational sports leagues

Two-Hour Kayak Rental on a Weekday or Any Day from Kayak Chicago (Up to 50% Off)

Kayak Chicago

Multiple Locations

$40 $25

Kayaks ferry one person across Lake Michigan's undulating waters for two hours on a weekday or any day of the week

$95 for Entry to Men's Health Urbanathlon 10-Mile Obstacle Race ($125 Value)

Men's Health Urbanathlon

Soldier Field – South Lot (Burnham Harbour Drive)

$125 $95

Competitors tackle 10-mile run and course with 14 obstacles including monkey bars, tires, barricades, marine hurdles, walls, and stairs

$25 for Two-Hour Stand Up Paddleboard Rental from Chicago Water Sport Rentals (Half Off)

Chicago Water Sport Rentals

Chicago

$50 $25

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

$15 for $30 Worth of Bicycles and Gear at Kozy's Cyclery

Kozy's Cyclery

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Jerseys, locks, mirrors, and other accessories for riding bikes

$25 for One Month of Friday Evening Basketball Camp plus T-Shirt from DATSWZUP ($50 Value)

DATSWZUP Basketball

Dooley Park

$50 $25

Basketball camp run by Norrice Quarles pays equal mind to basketball fundamentals, physical fitness, and skills such as reading

10 Classes or One Month Unlimited Shaolin Kempo Karate Classes at Villari's Martial Arts (Up to 91% Off)

Villari's Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$220 $29

Shaolin kempo karate classes for all ages blend elements of jujitsu, kung fu, and Shaolin temple boxing into a single self-defense style

$50 for an Ultimate Bike Tune-Up at Lakeshore Bike ($75 Value)

Lakeshore Bike

Multiple Locations

$75 $50

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Techs bolster bicycle health through tune-up that includes wheel truing and frame cleaning

One or Two Months of Kids' Swordplay Classes at Forteza Fitness (Up to 55% Off)

Forteza Fitness

Ravenswood

$110 $55

Kids' swordplay classes instill confidence and discipline in students while engaging their minds and bodies

One or Two Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes at The Warrior Institute of Chicago (Up to 78% Off)

The Warrior Institute of Chicago

The Warrior Institute of Chicago

$179 $39

Classes help children develop basic coordination skills and learn self-confidence, and help adults tone their bodies and learn self-control

One or Two One-Hour Golf Lessons or Three 45-Minute Group Lessons at Chicago Style Golf (Up to 77% Off)

Chicago Style Golf

West Town

$126 $29

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Boutique golf shop offers private and group golf lessons that improve a golfer's swing

One or Two Months of Tae Kwon Do Classes at Ultimate Kicks Tae Kwon Do (50% Off)

Ultimate Kicks Tae Kwon Do

Chicago

$70 $35

In a brightly decorated studio, experts lead students aged 4 and older in traditional and Olympic-style tae kwon do

Six Weeks of Kid's Classes or One-Month of Unlimited Adult Classes at Keller's Martial Arts (Up to 79% Off)

Keller's Martial Arts

Avondale

$235 $50

Instructors teach a wide array of martial arts, including MMA, kickboxing, Olympic-style tae kwon do, and Aikido

Two or Three 60-Minute Indoor Golf Lessons or Services at Golf in Motion (Up to 88% Off)

Golf in Motion

Multiple Locations

$240 $29

Golfers choose 2 or 3 video lessons, including swing evaluations and putting lessons

Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, MMA, and Taichi classes at EKF Martial Arts (Up to 66% Off). Three Options Available.

EKF Martial Arts

Andersonville

$130 $49

Learn Kung Fu from Mortal Kombat's real-life Kung Lao, Anthony Marquez, or blend martial arts styles in MMA classes

10 Muay Thai Kickboxing or MMA Classes at Chicago Muay Thai Kickboxing Club (79% Off)

Chicago Muay Thai Kickboxing Club

Multiple Locations

$185 $39

Tone bodies with Muay Thai Kickboxing or MMA Classes

Four Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Shinjinkai, The Japanese Martial Arts Society (Up to 75% Off)

Shinjinkai, The Japanese Martial Arts Society

Lakeview

$75 $19

Instructors guide students of all levels through martial arts classes such as youth aikido, weapons classes and modern martial arts

5, 10, or 20 Jeet Kune Do Classes at New Generation Jeet Kune Do (Up to 75% Off)

New Generation Jeet Kune Do

Near North Side

$100 $29

Experienced and certified instructor teaches students jeet kune do, a martial art developed by Bruce Lee; classes focus on combat fighting

Adults' Kickboxing or Kids' Martial Arts with Regular or Deluxe Uniform at Kensho Martial Arts (Up to 80% Off)

Kensho Martial Arts

Lincoln Park

$197.25 $39

Kids build focus & self-confidence through self-defense and safety awareness training; adults improve fitness levels through kickboxing

One or Two Months of Unlimited Classes at Andre Maneco Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Up to 78% Off)

Andre Maneco Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

West Town

$135 $35

Gracie black-belt instructor and team provide basic instruction in strikes and grappling

10 or 16 Martial-Arts Classes and Uniform with Option for Test and a Graduation Belt at Go2Karate (94% Off)

Go2Karate Chicago

On Location

$324 $20

Students don uniforms for classes in karate, tae kwon do, or krav maga

5 or 10 Mixed-Martial-Arts Conditioning Classes at Mota Martial Arts (Up to 53% Off)

Mota Martial Arts

Bridgeport

$40 $20

Mixed-martial-arts conditioning classes help students lose weight and improve fitness levels, with classes for both beginners and veterans

$48 for $95 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — slayers mma academy

Slayers Mma Academy

Far South Chicago

$95 $48

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

$45 for $99 Groupon — Lily Lau Kung Fu / Golden Eagle

Lily Lau Eagle Claw Kung Fu

West Rogers Park

$99 $45

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

5 or 10 Group Martial-Arts Classes at Valko Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy (Up to 62% Off)

Valko Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy

Near North Side

$170 $65

Group martial-arts classes available in varying belt levels and led by instructors with vast amounts of experience

$25 for $45 Worth of Running — Northwestern University Settlement

Northwestern Settlement

Redeem from Home

$45 $25

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

$39 for Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes and a Uniform from TrySelfDefense.com ($349 Value)

TrySelfDefense.com

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

One Month of Martial-Arts Classes, or One or Five Private Training Sessions at Tandang Garimot (Up to 70% Off)

Tandang Garimot

Lakeview

$150 $59

Training program builds mental and physical strength through classes in Filipino martial arts, Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and more

$39 for One Month of Unlimited Brazilian Jujitsu and Kickboxing Classes at Movimento Fitness ($260 Value)

Movimento Fitness

Central Chicago

$260 $39

Brazilian jujitsu and muay thai kickboxing classes led by a Gracie-trained instructor and a former US Marine Corps squad leader

10 Boxing 101 or Boot-Camp Classes, or Three Months of Boxing 101 at Sam Colonna Boxing MMA & Fitness (Up to 62% Off)

Sam Colonna Boxing MMA & Fitness

McKinley Park

$100 $39

Expert boxing coach leads students through basic pugilistic moves; boot camps help guests build strength and endurance

One, Two, or Three 60-Minute Indoor Golf Lessons at Gabe Rios Golf (Up to 69% Off)

Gabe Rios Golf

Chicago

$125 $45

Relaxed and enjoyable golf lessons unfold inside hitting bay with Foresight launch monitor, V1 Golf video analysis, and two televisions

$105 for $300 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — BSI Group Inc

Bsi Group Inc/ Bei Shaolin Institute Chicago

Chicago

$300 $105

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

Two Fencing Classes for One or Two at Lincoln Square Fencing (60% Off)

Lincoln Square Fencing

Ravenswood

$62.50 $25

USA Fencing Association member club teaches foil or saber classes to youth, adults, or competitive fencers

Bike or Boat Rentals Plus $8 or $16 Worth of Concessions from Wheel Fun Rentals (53% Off)

Wheel Fun Rentals

Foster Beach

$43 $20

Bicycles and kayaks help renters discover the Foster Beach area; snacks include sodas, ice cream, and hot dogs

$80 for Eight Weeks of Swimming Lessons at Bear Paddle Swim School ($160 Value)

Bear Paddle Swim School & Clubhouse

Multiple Locations

$160 $80

Sessions accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities, covering skills from paddling and floating through competitive breaststroke

Rowing Machine, Scull Rowing, or Both Lessons for Up to Three People at Northshore Fitness Studio (Up to 60% Off)

Northshore Fitness Studio

Multiple Locations

$75 $30

Rowing Machine class works upper-body strength on indoor ergometers; Scull Rowing teaches fundamental moves

Two Weeks or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Title Boxing Club (57% Off)

TITLE Boxing Club

Palos Park

$35 $15

Instructors whip bodies into shape with unlimited boxing and kickboxing workouts, such as Power Hour sessions that burn up to 1,000 calories

Five or Ten Brazilian Jiujitsu Classes at LCCT Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Up to 71% Off)

LCCT Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Schaumburg

$100 $35

Three-time IBJJF world champion Luiz Claudio and his team instruct students of all levels in the art of Rickson Gracie Jiujitsu

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

Hilldale Golf Club

Hoffman Estates

$128 $55

Par 71 course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., features plenty of hazards to keep things interesting

Two-Hour Pool Party for up to 24 Kids at Goldfish Swim School (Up to 56% Off)

Goldfish Swim School

Naperville

$450 $199

Birthday party for up to 24 kids includes cupcakes, drinks, and a shirt for the birthday child

One Month of Tae Kwon Do Training with Uniform for One or Two at World Champion Taekwondo (75% Off)

World Champion Taekwondo

Multiple Locations

$199 $49

Sixth-degree black belt and former Olympic coach helps students build strength, flexibility, discipline, confidence, and self-defense skills

One-Month Martial Arts Gym Membership at Team Hansen Training (Up to 58% Off)

Team Hansen Training

Hawthorne Square

$70 $35

Trainer Justin gets clients in fighting shape with a combination of group martial arts classes and one-on-one fitness sessions

1 or 2 Months of Martial Arts Classes with Uniform at American Martial Arts Academy - Naperville (Up to 77% Off)

American Martial Arts Academy - Naperville

Naperville

$216 $49

Students of all ages hone self-defense skills & develop confidence, respect, and discipline under award-winning Master Jae Hyeon Jeon

10 Martial Arts Classes or 1 Month of Unlimited Classes at Martial Arts Training Service (Up to 86% Off)

Martial Arts Training Service

Naperville

$200 $29

Kids and adults alike learn aikido, judo, or jiu-jitsu from a team of seasoned martial arts instructors

10 Martial-Arts Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at United Martial Arts (Up to 60% Off)

United Martial Arts

Qigong - Naperville

$125 $50

Improve flexibility and strength while building discipline and self-confidence under the tutelage of a 9th degree blackbelt Grandmaster

$34 for $57 Worth of Gymnastics — Rise Up Academy

Rise Up Academy

Arlington Heights

$57 $34

Come take a month's worth of gymnastics, tumbling, and trampoline or dance classes. See the website for class descriptions.

One or Three Months of Martial Arts Classes with Uniform at Eagle Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 75% Off)

Eagle Academy Of Martial Arts

Warrenville

$492 $149

Get fit and gain confidence while mastering traditional martial arts and practical self-defense in a family-friendly atmosphere

Three or Five One-Hour Small-Group Golf Clinics at Bolingbrook Golf Club (Up to 66% Off)

Bolingbrook Golf Club

Bolingbrook

$175 $59

PGA professionals lead group clinics on a variety of topics, getting players ready for rounds on 7,104 yd. course with a true-island green

Nine-Hole Round of Golf with Optional Cart Rental for Two or Four at Willow Hill Golf Course (Up to 55% Off)

Willow Hill Golf Course

Glenview

$44 $20

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Golfers navigate Scottish links-style course that sprawls over 87 acres with Chicago skyline as backdrop

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart, Hot Dogs, and Beer at Mission Hills Country Club (Up to 59% Off)

Mission Hills Country Club

Northfield

$154 $69

Clusters of thick forest and intersecting waterways line the fairways of this mature course open since 1926

One or Three Golf Fitness Sessions with Nike Golf-Performance Specialist at Chain Reflex Fitness (Up to 78% Off)

Chain Reflex Fitness

Northbrook

$150 $49

Nike-trained golf specialist shows golfers how to swing and otherwise move so they can avoid injuries and always come in under par

One or Two Months of Tae Kwon Do Classes at K H Kim Taekwondo (77% Off)

K H Kim Taekwondo

Multiple Locations

$166.50 $39

Students gain strength, sharpen their reflexes, and build self-defense skills in tae kwon do classes; free uniform included

$189 for a 2014 Golf Package with 10 Rounds on Rolling Hills Course at Silver Lake Country Club ($870 Value)

Silver Lake Country Club

Orland Park

$870 $189

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

Two or Four Single-Day Admissions for One Person at Golf Nation (Up to 58% Off)

Golf Nation

Palatine

$30 $15

Fitness center, bunker area, multiple chipping areas, and a driving range with heated bays foster golf skills

$99 for $198 Worth of Services at Premier Fitness

Premier Fitness

Wheeling

$198 $99

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

$39 for a 30-Minute Comprehensive Lesson and Swing Evaluation at Dynamic Golf Institute ($90 Value)

Dynamic Golf Institute

Dynamic Golf Institute

$90 $39

Instructor analyzes the student’s swing and customizes the lesson to individual needs, abilities, and goals

One Week or One Month of Brazilian Jujitsu at Chicago Martial Arts - Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Up to 73% Off)

Chicago Martial Arts- Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Deerfield

$40 $15

Professional instructors teach the grappling and self-defense techniques of Brazilian jujitsu

$40 for a Two-Hour Swing and Driver Clinic at Ben Mutz Golf ($240 Value)

Ben Mutz Golf

George W. Dunne National Golf Course

$240 $40

Golf professional calls on more than 25 years of teaching experience to analyze clients' swings and help them improve their skills

$49 for One Month of Unlimited Krav Maga Classes at Krav Maga Illinois ($149 Value)

Krav Maga Illinois

Highland Park

$149 $49

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Certified instructors teach the self defense and awareness techniques of krav maga, a martial art developed for the Israeli military

10 or 20 Self-Defense Training Classes or a One-on-One Training Session at Spetsnaz USA (Up to 63% Off)

Spetsnaz USA

Highland Park

$200 $89.99

Instructor leads crushalo training, a hand-to-hand style of combat used by the Soviet military; classes meet five days a week

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Wading through indoor heated pools, the instructors at British Swim School teach independent swimming skills to learners aged 3 months and older, adhering to a curriculum devised by British national swimmer Rita Goldberg. The 30-minute one-on-one sessions and small-group lessons, containing six or fewer swimmers, elucidate essential techniques for water safety and the importance of speaking fluent manatee. Swimboree (ages 3 months–3 years with parents) and Young Minnows sessions (ages 1–3 years without parents) teach wee swimmers basic water-survival skills, such as the back float. Turtle One and Turtle Two classes focus on freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke maneuvers, honing more structured swimming skills in older kiddos. British Swim School's Shark courses enhance stamina and speed and teach even more demanding strokes, such as the butterfly and little-known mountain-goat flail. Certain British Swim School classes require parents to participate in the water or to supervise from the pool deck, and adults-only lessons allow grown-ups to refine their own abilities without the supervision of a toddler.

790 Jorie Boulevard
Oak Brook,
IL
US

Established: 2010

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Pro Tip: Wear comfortable clothing

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Archery Tag

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

As the owner of Chicago Archery Academy, Casey has taught students to aim using Olympic recurve bows, traditional recurve bows, longbows, and compound bows. But the real enthusiasm at his training range stems from his latest creation, Archery Tag, which he describes as "paintball but with bows and arrows."

The event takes place in an arena much like a paintball field, with areas of cover and open expanses. Unlike paintball's projectiles, though, the soft, foam-tipped arrows never leave welts, bruises, or marks. The tip of each arrow resembles nothing so much as a marshmallow, which is not known for its aerodynamics. In fact, the shafts fly through the air slowly enough that a participant who is paying attention can dodge them in helping their team claim victory.

360 N York St.
Elmhurst,
IL
US

Before they became instructors, the faculty members at Jo’s Footwork Studio honed their skills in a range of diverse companies, from Illinois’s postmodern Matrix Dance Improv to Mexico’s timeless Compañia Nacional De Danza. Now, these 11 toe-tappers train people of all ages and levels in the art of dance. Year-round instruction perfects form and expressivity in styles including ballet and hip hop. Pomdance lessons combine lyrical steps with pompoms as props, and percussive tap classes teach students to spell out their names in Morse code.

1500 Walker Street
Western Springs,
IL
US

Dan's Bike Shop's expert spokesmen have been restoring sickly cycles back to health since opening in 1940. A complete bike tune-up inspects and thoroughly cleans bikes from handlebars to brakes, ensuring smooth sailing on rides across town or attempts to sneak into a regatta. Cranks, derailleurs, and brake calipers are removed and degreased in a relaxing hot tub of solvent while troublemaking brakes and gears undergo an attitude adjustment. Complimentary minor wheel truing helps settle bumpy rides, though new cables and a bike horn that plays John Phillip Sousa marches are not included.

6715 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn,
IL
US

Since 1946, years before the Interstate Highway System was built and decades before teleportation became popular, Art's Cycling has helped its community enjoy two-wheeled transport. Now managed by Art's son Barry, the shop continues to thrive well into the 21st century, stocking bikes from brands such as Schwinn, Trek, GT, and Mongoose and performing repairs on cycles of all makes and models. The shop's mechanics also outfit lowrider bikes for cyclists who want to look their dogs in the eyes when riding.

6212 Cermak Rd
Berwyn,
IL
US

Kumu Hula (“Master Teacher of the Hula”) June Yoshiko sometimes wonders if it was the same streak of courage that led both of her grandfathers to leave Japan and start a new life in Hawaii that inspired her to make a similar journey from Hawaii to Chicago. A hula dancer since she was six, she’s honed her craft over three decades while augmenting it with a master’s in public health nutrition, ordination as a Zen Buddhist priest, and certification as a reiki master teacher.

June teaches two types of hula classes: Hula Kahiko, ancient dances accompanied by chanting that emphasize Hawaiian culture, and Hula Auana, or modern hula, set to contemporary Hawaiian songs and instruments such as ukulele and guitar. Her beginner classes focus on footwork and hip motions, and advanced classes merge both Kahiko and Auana with the study of plants, chants, mythology, and history important to hula. June also offers a Gracious Ladies class for mature women and men that incorporates Auana hula to tone bodies, strengthen core muscles, and boost ACT scores.

38 Lake Street
Oak Park,
IL
US

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