Skyland Golf Course is not just an 18-hole public course, but a family tradition. The third generation of the Rhodes family currently oversees operations, keeping the well-maintained grounds and the welcoming atmosphere up to the standards of the regulars who have played the links for decades. At 6,115 yards with a slope of 116, the par-72 course isn't an especially difficult test, but it does hide some tricky surprises within its condensed length. Water comes into play on three holes, and the wind above the tree line frequently knocks shots off-course. Meanwhile, some bunkers are filled with sand while others are left grassy, giving golfers fits when a sand wedge refuses to risk getting grass stains.
Beginner yoga classes introduce fresh flexers to the basic postures, while schooling them in proper alignment of the body and basic breath control. Newly experienced yogis can strengthen their stretchy spines and achieve ultimate relief and relaxation by finally being able to reach elusive back itches. Power yoga is a challenging workout for students looking to become a master of bending brawn that combines strength, flow, and breath work within an 80-degree studio. This Groupon can also be used towards Pilates classes, which concentrate on improving strength and flexibility through mat work and controlled breathing. Classes occasionally incorporate the use of equipment, such as a balance ball and foam bricks resembling chocolate bars that are kept just out of reach. Check out the full schedule here.
The dance floor is full, with swaying hips and rhythmical feet moving in time as DJs spin everything from hip-hop to Sinatra. Through the surrounding windows, the Chicago skyline twinkles in the quickly fading twilight. The sights and sounds are reminiscent of an exclusive night club, but this club isn't jammed in some building in River North. Instead, it's floating on the Chicago River.
Aboard Party Cruise Chicago's luxury yachts, revelers enjoy the sunshine during afternoon cruises or welcome the the night during evening cruises that take them past some of the city's most iconic landmarks. Although the cruises replicate much of the nightclub vibe, they do away with many of the hassles; outings are inclusive, informal affairs where everyone is welcome to dance, see the sights, and enjoy drinks and conversation at the fully stocked bar. Each cruise is three hours, too, providing plenty of time to stretch out, stroll the decks, and enjoy a dinner stocked with pasta, chicken, and freshly baked rolls.
In addition to their weekly outings, Party Cruise Chicago also books leisurely fireworks cruises between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Hearing a cacophony of three-shots burst into the air but unable to see where it's coming from, a player decides to force his foes to reveal their positions by waiting patiently in the roots of an uprooted tree. Such natural cover lies throughout the backwoods field at Valley City Paintball, where combatants traverse terrain from wooded hills to a creek bed to stacks of fallen timber. The referees maintain safe conditions for all levels of players, showing guests a safety video and leading a field briefing before supervising games such as Defend the Tree and two-team Card Collector with re-spawn. Overseen by veteran Brian Gunkelman––who served four years in the 82nd Airborne and currently continues service through the Ohio Air National Guard––Valley City's team members allow up to 28 players on the field at a time. They also encourage visitors to take advantage of the natural cover, whether by wearing ghillie suits or painting a watercolor still life during the thick of battle.
In the spirit of Miami's increasingly high profile in the art world, the Spectrum Miami art fair returns to Midtown for five days of fine art during Art Week. Fifty galleries and 50 juried studio artists display their latest pieces in Spectrum's gallery-style exhibition space, which showcases everything from the map-like geometries of Marcio Decker to the surreal, art-pop-flavored self-portraits of Nicole Furman. On a more subdued note come the Zhou Brothers, whose evocative and understated landscapes tread the line between abstract and down-to-earth.
It's not all contemporary works, either. Miniature bronze sculptures by Michelangelo will be on display, including a preliminary model of David and a sculpture of rival Leonardo Da Vinci wearing a dress. And those with a hunger for the very newest of the new in the art world can feast their eyes upon the Jackson Pollock-esque paintings of 6-year-old abstract-art prodigy Shorya Mahanot.