Rudolph Valentino DiTommaso has 5,000 growing children to look after. That's how many vines are on the viticulturist's estate, a 20-acre stretch of ripening grapes in Long Grove. Throughout the season, Rudolph and his team harvest their fruits and age their elixirs in barrels made of French and American oak to yield more than 20 types of wine, instead of just one weird smoothie. And they take just as much delight in showing off their libations as they do in making them. The vineyard regularly hosts seminars and tastings, which guests can pair with tours of the vineyard.
With hands gripped to the wheels of karts capable of cresting 45 miles per hour, up to 12 racers hum around the hairpin turns and straightaways of K1 Speed's indoor track during adrenaline-spiking sprints toward the podium. This brand of excitement can be found at all 20+ locations, where racers eschew the fumes and inflammatory skywriting of gas kart exhaust for European, eco-friendly electric karts designed to instantly accelerate out of curves, which are bordered by safety barriers that absorb impacts.
Par-King Skill Golf has been churning out rounds of family-friendly fun for the Chicagoland area since the 1950s. With two separate 18-hole courses, six water challenges, twelve moving obstacles, numerous curbs, and surprising elevation changes, Par-King is a step up from the flat mini-greens of yesteryear, and 3 club-lengths more entertaining than the regulation-sized greens of normal-sized golf. Play a full 18 holes as you gape and gander at twirling clowns, roller-coaster ramps in the vein of Rube Goldberg, elaborately-painted totem poles, and recreations of famous landmarks such as Mt. Rushmore and the Sears Tower. This colorful landscape of golf-based adventure is refurbished and repainted every winter to provide a consistently-beautiful, clean, and safe experience during April to October operations. Although the park is family-oriented, they maintain a stout 48-inch height requirement to play or playact in the playing area; this is enforced purely with safety in mind, as the challenging course terrain may prove hazardous to the diminutive.
Star Dance Studio's repertoire encompasses a diverse array of toe-tapping genres, from classical Viennese waltz and sultry samba to contemporary hip-hop and two-step techniques. The staff has extensive experience teaching and performing ballroom dance competitively. During private lessons, students can benefit from personalized one-on-one instruction.
Star Dance also hosts fitness classes geared toward women, and kids' group dance classes that help youngsters develop social skills, coordination, flexibility, and a set of extra legs to master advanced dance moves. The spacious studio features mirrored walls and a sprung wood floor for better mobility. You can also rent the space for birthday parties, bridal showers, and other celebrations.
Palwaukee Lanes houses four vintage wood-planked pathways where bowling balls can collide explosively into their curvy, well-arranged counterparts. During the four hours of unlimited bowling (a $250 value), three-holed projectiles can glide across greased lanes while fighting the temptation to fall into a gutter's semi-circle embrace. The private party includes shoe rentals (a $3/pair value), perfect for party guests without their own pair of frictionless toe coverings or those looking to flaunt their ability to tie shoelaces using only elbows. Not open to the public, Palwaukee Lanes is often rented for private events such as birthday parties, corporate gatherings, and 100-year high school reunions. A personal bartender (a $150 value) mans the cash bar, which is open for the duration of the party, helping to hydrate bowlers parched from singing Turkish love ballads after knocking down three consecutive strikes.
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