Personal Development in Berwyn

$349 for One Broker Pre-License Course from Inland Real Estate School ($649 value)

Inland Real Estate School

Oak Brook

90-hour course prepares students for the state exam

$649 $349

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One Private 30-Minute Drum Lessons with DVD at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons (64% Off)

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach timing, original beats, stick control, tricks, and advanced techniques

$25 $9

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$69 for Four 30 Minute Private Music Lessons $140 — Northfield School of Music

Northfield School Of Music

Northfield

Students can choose from drums, guitar, voice, violin, or piano lessons

$140 $69

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at North Shore Music Institute (Up to 62% Off)

North Shore Music Institute

Northfield

Lessons for students aged 6–adult teach techniques for the guitar, ukulele, strings, piano, percussion, or voice in a wide variety of genres

$70 $29

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$189 for 32 Hours of Bartending Classes at ABC Bartending School (68% Value)

ABC Bartending School

Multiple Locations

Instructors guide burgeoning bartenders within a real bar, preparing them to mix, stir, and shake drinks for fun or professionally

$595 $189

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One, Two, or Three 45-Minute Time-Management Classes at Light Vision Group (Up to 64% Off)

Light Vision Group

Multiple Locations

Instructors help students sharpen their time-management skills for career success

$45 $19

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$38 for Two Guitar Lessons at Heart of Singing ($80 value)

Heart of Singing

Chicago

Seasoned musician inspires versatile guitar techniques during lessons tailored to the student’s skill level & goals

$80 $38

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$110 for Piano Lessons ($200 Value) — The Art of Piano Playing

The Art Of Piano Playing Inc.

The Loop

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

$200 $110

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Notary, Paralegal, or Real Estate Investment Courses at Chicago Investment School (Up to 70% Off)

Chicago Investment School

Lincoln Park

Courses led by Derek McNeal, a licensed attorney and certified public accountant with more than 20 years in the real estate industry

$200 $95

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$300 for $600 Worth of Services at Forte Knowledge

Forté Knowledge

The Loop

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

$600 $300

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Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drum, or Piano Lessons at Guitar Cities (Up to 59% Off)

Guitar Cities

Chicago

Guitar, bass, ukulele, drum, and piano lessons from professional recording artists and touring musicians in Chicago’s Loop

$80 $33

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Three, Five, or Seven Private Violin or Viola Lessons at MB Muzik (Up to 58% Off)

MB Muzik

Chicago

A violinist since age seven, Marija Bubanj teaches violin and viola students basic scales, fingerings, and bowing techniques

$180 $75

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Three or Six 3-Hour Multimedia Art Lessons at Rogala Studio (Up to 56% Off)

Rogala Studio

Little Village

Visual artist renowned for large-scale interactive media works leads hands-on lessons in video theater, photography, and sound recording

$450 $219

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$549 for $999 Groupon — Computer Training Institute of Chicago

Computer Training Institute Of Chicago

Chicago

From the merchant: Microsoft Office 2013 Training - Pick Two from Word, Excel, Power Point or Outlook - Stop thinking and start doing!

$999 $549

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Two or Four Private Piano or Drum Lessons at Guitar Chicago (Up to 54% Off)

Guitar Chicago

The Loop

Instrumentalists train pupils of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level; students can pick a song to learn

$70 $33

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7-Hour "Digital in a Day" Photography Workshop for One or Two from Chicago Photography Academy (Up to 77% Off)

Chicago Photography Academy

Lakeview

All-day fundamentals workshop demystifies the settings of your DSLR camera as professionals dole out tips on composition and camera shake

$195 $49

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Screenwriting Workshop for One or Two at Artist Acting Academy (Up to 53% Off)

Artist Acting Acadmey

Central Chicago

Aspiring screenwriters receive pointers on crafting a script for television or film

$75 $37

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10-Hour GMAT Test-Prep Course at MyGuru (Up to 62% Off)

MyGuru

Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown / Magnificent Mile

In small groups, students gather to learn techniques and key information to help them conquer GMAT standardized tests

$699 $269

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Two-Hour Couples Massage Class for Two or Four at Hands On Couples Massage (Up to 63% Off)

Hands On Couples Massage

Near North Side

Limited to just a few students, classes teach couples massage techniques to use at home

$200 $79

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4-Hour Mixology Class or 10-Hour Basics Course at A List Startenders (Up to 57% Off)

A List Startenders

Jefferson Park

Seasoned instructors impart basic mixology skills and bartending techniques using array of spirits, fruits, and herbs in classroom and bar

$159 $69

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Two Private Music Lessons from Thompson Voice Studio (43% Off)

Thompson Voice Studio

Old Irving Park

During two 30-minute voice lessons, students learn the basics of singing

$60 $34

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Five Weeks of Bagpipe or Drum Lessons with Rentals at Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming

Irish American Heritage Center

In groups of up to five, students hone playing and practice technique and learn about the culture of drums or Scottish bagpipes

$145 $69

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Beer 101 or Wine 101 Class for One, Two, or Four at Elitte Bartending School (Up to 84% Off)

Elitte Bartending School

Portage Park

Bartending school teaches the history, ingredients, and flavor profiles of beer or wine

$159 $39

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Three-Day Musical Instrument Course at The Chicago School of Guitar Making (45% Off)

Chicago School Of Guitar Making

Chicago

Course covers the proper techniques and procedures for building and repairing your instrument

$250 $138

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BYOB Creative Writing Class for One, Two, or Four at Both Sides Art (Up to 53% Off)

Both Sides Art

Chicago

BYOB creative writing classes provide a supportive environment and positive feedback for writers of all experience levels

$40 $20

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Natural French Handmade Cosmetics Class for One or Two at Magalie Naturals (Up to 45% Off)

Magalie Naturals

Bucktown

In Parisian-inspired boutique,French cosmetic designer leads students hands-on through creating their own natural skin care product.

$55 $30

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$749 for a 12-Week Web- or Mobile-Development Class at Code Chicago ($1,500 Value)

Code Chicago

Pilsen

Twelve-week programs teach students how to produce apps for the web or Android or iOS devices, or how to approach game design

$1,500 $749

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Four Weeks of Tutoring in Four Subjects for One or Two Students from Best Brains (Up to 80% Off)

Best Brains Chicago

Multiple Locations

Certified teachers tutor students in English, math, general knowledge, and the abacus

$244 $59

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$33 for Three Private Guitar or Piano Lessons or Two Vocal Lessons at The Ultimate School of Guitar (Up to $72 Value)

The Ultimate School of Guitar

Berger Park Cultural Center

Basic to advanced lessons in guitar, piano, and vocals taught by talented instructors with educational and practical experience

$72 $33

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$86 for $320 Worth of Photography Classes — Dom Digital Media

Dom Digital Media

Chicago

In-depth classes on how to use creative camera settings, edit photographs, and either export files to the web or print images

$320 $86

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Music-Production 101 Class or One Full-Day Boot Camp at The Talent Pros (Up to 80% Off)

The Talent Pros

Pilsen

Workshops cover the basics of the recording industry with insight from an experienced staff that includes a Grammy-winning producer

$75 $29

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$24 for $50 Worth of Music Lessons — Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Chicago

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

$50 $24

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Elmhurst

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

$129.95 $49

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Four Weeks of English or Math Tutoring for One or Two at EyeLevel Elmhurst, IL (Up to 68% Off)

EyeLevel Elmhurst,IL

Elmhurst

Students improve problem-solving skills and master mathematical concepts, or strengthen language skills such as reading and writing

$250 $89

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Real-Estate Broker Prelicensing Courses with Optional Exam Prep at Real Estate School of Illinois (Up to 53% Off)

Real Estate School of Illinois

Westmont

Experienced instructors provide the 90-hour classroom education required to obtain a Illinois real-estate broker’s license

$689 $349

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons from Parker Music (67% Off)

Parker Music

House-Calls and Studio Lessons

Seasoned instructor, Ben Parker, provides house-call or studio lessons for guitar, bass, ukulele, and music theory

$60 $20

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One, Three, or Six Yoga for Kids Classes on Saturdays at Mosaic Therapy (Up to 50% Off)

Mosaic Therapy

Vernon

Yoga for kids classes help children understand the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga and exercise

$20 $10

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One or Three 30- or 60-Minute Private Piano Lessons at Palos Heights Piano (50% Off)

Palos Heights Piano

Palos Heights

Classical pianist with 20+ years of experience teaches the instrument's fundamentals to students of all ages

$30 $15

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One Month of Tutoring in Math, English, or Both at Eye Level Learning and Enrichment Center (Up to 60% Off)

Eye Level Learning and Enrichment Center

Skokie

Tutors help students with curriculum aligned to the National Council Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of English

$165 $75

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Four Private Music Lessons from Dave Kohut Guitar Instruction (44% Off)

Dave Kohut Guitar Instruction

Crestwood

From the merchant: Guitar, bass, banjo, or Ukulele lessons available. All levels of student from beginning to advanced are welcome.

$80 $45

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$30 for $250 Worth of Automotive Hail Damage Repair at Hi-Tech Paintless Dent Removal

Hi-Tech Paintless Dent Removal

Des Plaines

Technicians massage out the dents and dings left by hail without damaging paint or resorting to sanding

$250 $30

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$28 for $60 Worth of Music Lessons — Devine Music Studio

Devine Music Studio

Glen Ellyn

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

$60 $28

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$99 for a Four-Hour ACT Test-Prep Session at Associates for Educational and Psychological Services ($400 Value)

Associates for Educational and Psychological Services

Glenview

An educator with more than 30 years of experience helps his students prepare for the ACT exam during four-hour tutoring sessions

$400 $99

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$29 for Two 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Terra Sounds ($80 Value)

Terra Sounds

Glenview

Students can practice instruments including guitar, piano, drums, violin, or voice or study techniques such as songwriting or improvisation

$80 $29

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One or Three Two-Hour Adult Art Classes at Terra Sounds (Up to 48% Off)

Terra Sounds

Glenview

Adult artists of all experience levels pick a media of their choice, such as watercolor, acrylic, or oil paint, while working on a sketch

$27 $15

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Four Weeks of English or Math Tutoring for One, Two, or Three at Eye Level (Up to 60% Off)

Eye Level

Orland Park

In each one-hour session once every week, tutors help children aged 3–18 master critical-thinking math and English skills

$250 $110

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One or Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Evolution Music (Up to 67% Off)

Evolution Music

Orland Park

A skilled guitarist helps students of all experience levels master chords, solos, and other techniques

$20 $10

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$300 for $600 Worth of Childcare — Successful Beginnings Learning Center

Successful Beginnings Learning Center

Riverdale

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

$600 $300

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$4,000 for 12-Week Combined Project-Management and Cisco Course at I'll Show U Technologies ($8,000 Value)

I'll Show U Technologies

Oak Forest

Working adults enroll in live-instructor courses to earn certification in Cisco and project management, opening up advancement opportunities

$8,000 $4,000

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$74 for Six 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Roselle School Of Music ($150 Value)

Roselle School Of Music

Roselle

Music school established in 1959 offers aspiring musicians lessons in numerous instruments, like guitar, piano, bass, drums, brass, and more

$150 $74

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Helicopter Hovering Adventure at A&M Aviation (Up to 43% Off)

A&M Aviation

Bolingbrook

Learn how to get a chopper in the air with instruction from an experienced pilot that takes you through ground and air training

$300 $170

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$40 for $80 toward 60 Minute Massage — Elevated Delights

Elevated Delights

Burlington Northern Industrial Park

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

$80 $40

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First Month and Registration Fee for Math or English Tutoring from Eye Level of Arlington Heights (66% Off)

Eye Level of Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights

Kids ages 5—15 learn at their own pace; 5:1 student teacher ratio

$233 $80

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Scuba-Diving Course with Option for Certification at Berry Dive Center (Up to60% Off). Four Options Available.

Berry Dive Center

Northbrook/Glenview

Scuba instructors lead students in diving techniques during weekend lessons inside classrooms, pools, and open water

$75 $30

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30-Minute Introductory Flight Lesson with Ground School for One or Two at Avel Flight School (Up to 47% Off)

Avel Flight School

Schaumburg

Become acquainted with flight in introductory lesson with FAA-certified instructor

$199 $110

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Two-Hour Adobe Lightroom Class or Three-Hour Adobe Photoshop Class at Balanced Exposure (Up to 70% Off)

Balanced Exposure

Schaumburg

Learn about digital photo-editing fundamentals, including cloning, masking, layers, and color correction

$195 $59

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Two Tutoring Sessions from McCree Tutoring Services (50% Off)

Mccree Tutoring Services

South Holland

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

$70 $35

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Private Pilot Course for One or Two at Chicagoland Aviation (50% Off)

Chicagoland Aviation

Romeoville

Learn the process to become a professional pilot and get hands-on experience in the cockpit of a Cessna aircraft

$299 $149

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One Hour of Flight-Simulator Time or Pilot-Lesson Package at American Flyers (Up to 58% Off)

American Flyers

Dupage Airport (KDPA)

Students learn piloting skills on flight-simulation equipment before optionally hopping in the cockpit for an hour of hands-on flying

$140 $69

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$199 for Downtown-Adventure Flight with Ground School from Chicago Executive Flight School ($399 Value)

Chicago Executive Flight School

Wheeling

Two-hour flight lesson with one hour of flying, supervised by certified instructor, glides over north-side forests and downtown sights

$399 $199

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$299 for 90-Hour Broker Pre-License Course at Academy of Real Estate Education, Inc. ($649 Value)

Academy of Real Estate Education, Inc.

Palatine

During the six-week course, students spend 45 hours in a classroom and 45 hours of self-study

$649 $299

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Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.

7217 Madison St.
Forest Park,
IL
US

The Riverside Theater Guild's cast of performers aged 8 to adult playfully recreates the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale in its production of Princess and The Pea. Audience members of all ages will hum along with Princess Mabel of Mudville as she sings, dances, and develops an unnerving obsession with legumes en route to the Kingdom of Snob Hill, where her prince awaits. Along with sparking smiles throughout the community, the Guild aims to instill storytelling skills in youngsters by casting local stars-in-training and holding theater camps during the summer.

160 Ridgewood Rd
Riverside,
IL
US

Root 66 Aquaponics Garden Shop has all the accoutrements of a standard garden supply¬—USDA-certified organic seeds, pots, and organic fertilizers. But Root 66 is hardly your grandmother's general store. Its focus is hydroaquaponics, which creates a symbiotic relationship between a tank of fish and the garden on top of the tank. The sustainable method uses a system of pumps and tubes to harvest and distribute plant food from the fish tank below. The fish, in turn, are fed, sheltered, and taught to use salad forks by the plants above them.

In the shop's introductory video, founder Shawn Odneal says that hydroaquaponics is, "the future of food production and the closest I can get to self-sustainability," by "taking traditional gardening techniques and applying them in a new way." In addition to specializing in hydroaquaponics, he also strives to make gardening accessible to city dwellers with rooftop and vertical gardens.

8863 Burlington Avenue
Brookfield,
IL
US

In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.

Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.

333 N La Grange Rd.
La Grange Park,
IL
US

The Dominican University Performing Arts Center's creative spirit swells in a season highlighted with multicultural music, dance, and drama. As a string quartet, Ethel's Juilliard-trained musicians pluck a viola, a cello, and a pair of violins to their own original compositions and those of contemporary composers. These skilled performers join with Grammy–winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal for a cross-cultural mélange of melody-making inside the Lund Auditorium, whose acoustics are regularly tested by opera-singing mimes.

7900 Division St
River Forest,
IL
US

The Chicago White Sox have some truly dedicated fans. In 1994, the team decided to reach out to the youngsters who worshipped their footwear. They sought to provide kids with the same conditioning and training they honed their skills with, so they started a sports-training summer camp. In a mere seven years, demand for the trainers' services necessitated that the program conduct year-round sessions in all types of sports, and the Bulls/Sox Academy was born.

Taught by the trainers who spend their life making sure that the Sox and Bulls are ready to hit the field or court, Bulls/Sox Academy's lessons bring professional techniques to aspiring athletes. Baseball programs teach functional speed movements for high-speed base stealing and help kids build the upper-body strength to knock balls out of the park and through the windshield of their least favorite neighbor's minivan. The basketball course divvies up training between shooting, skills, and defensive play. The fast-pitch softball teachers—both former professional players and longtime coaches—arm students to beat back high-velocity pitches without hurting the ball's feelings.

536 East Ave
La Grange,
IL
US