Swaddling sports fans and educational aficionados in clothes and accessories celebrating the nation’s highest institutions, University Avenue packs a sizable stock of scholarly products inside its hallowed walls. With clothes and accessories saluting more than 75 schools and universities, the campus clothier has everything to satisfy doting grandparents, fresh-faced freshman, and enthusiastic college-football oddsmakers. Celebrate a sibling’s graduation by sporting a t-shirt ($16–$28) or hoodie ($32+) emblazoned with the moniker of their alma mater, or toast your school’s physics department’s recent acknowledgement of gravity with an assortment of college tumblers, mugs, and water bottles ($7–$20). A huge selection of hats ($21.99–$24.99) and shorts ($29.99–$34.99) help lend authenticity to bathroom-mirror Heisman Trophy acceptance speeches, and to stoke the healthy flames of competition, University Avenue even has decals ($4.99) for coating school spirit across the faces of adversaries.
At three brightly colored locations, Children's Land Learning Center fosters imaginations and cognitive abilities with early-childhood educational programs that seek to inspire children's enthusiasm for learning while meeting social, intellectual, and physical needs. In addition to state-licensed kindergarten classes, programs nurture and cultivate the minds of tots as young as 15 months, and daycare for children from six weeks to five years old. Activities cover topics such as art, music, dance, Taekwondo, math, and foreign languages.
Lake County Family YMCA urges households toward healthier living with a supportive staff, fitness classes, and a treasure trove of gym and poolside amenities. Hearts and legs get pumping aboard ellipticals and stationary bikes while limbs and cores sprout muscle with the help of free or machine weights. Active Mature Adult classes hone balance, strength, and flexibility with a light to moderate workout that eschews the games of medicine-ball dodgeball found in more intense exercise classes. Alternately, Zumba classes motor hips into calorie-torching dance moves set to Latin music, and yoga courses pose physiques into fluid Vinyasa sequences. After sweat-inducing workouts, members can relax, letting the whirlpool's jets power wash stress from bodies or the dry-heat sauna's warmth melt pounds and tense muscles. The Vernon Hills location fosters watery fun with a children's aquatic play area and water slide, and the Waukegan complex lets joggers peer down onto the gymnasium below from an overhead running track. Both sites welcome whippersnappers into their drop-in babysitting service, where staffers entertain youngsters for up to two hours or however long it takes parents to stage one-person renditions of Logan's Run on the treadmills.
Lingofest's bilingual instructors lead a variety of engaging activities to captivate children in one-hour introductory classes that focus on the individual needs of each student. Basic nouns and verbs are communicated via games, songs, and colorful pictures while niños ages 5–11 soak in vocabulary. Two-hour adult classes accommodate beginner to advanced speakers in groups that meet once a week over the course of a month. Instructors incorporate as much conversational practice as possible into each lesson, and provide helpful workbooks, audio and video materials, and guest speakers handpicked from frenetic fútbol broadcasting booths.