Push the boundaries. That's pretty much the only rule for performances at the Chicago Fringe Festival, an unconventional expo of new theatrical works from around the world. Now in its fourth year, the Windy City's festival joins in a dramatic tradition shared by cities including Indianapolis, New York, and the original outpost, Edinburgh. The week-long event provides a prominent stage for up-and-coming productions, helping little-known companies catch some buzz and established groups test out new ideas. A lottery system determines the year's lineup, a process that keeps each festival exhilaratingly unpredictable while delighting statisticians.
We are a mother and daughter one-stop shop fitness facility. We offer the ultimate in strength training and functional fitness accompanied by cardio kickboxing in extreme. Our center is small but effective. We offer a one on one group fitness training.
Bells ring, fists fly, and fame beckons as approximately 350 of the area's toughest amateur boxers vie for the coveted champion title across 12 bruising nights of the 2012 Chicago Golden Gloves boxing tournament. A hallowed sports tradition since 1923, Golden Gloves training has inspired many generations and both genders of fisticuffers to clobber their way to the top of the fight card. The opening weekend allows boxing fans to savor the hunger of burgeoning pugilists as they slug it out across novice, senior-novice, and open-division bouts in their quest for the hefty golden belt. Former championship winners include U.S. Olympians and notorious knucklers Joe Louis ('34), Sonny Liston ('53), and beat-poetry pioneer Cassius Clay ('59, '60), along with illustrious alumni such as Michael "Lord of the Dance" Flatley.
Tri-Fitness's duo of certified trainers help clients, from athletes to those who have never exercised, build their personal fitness through both functional and sports-specific training methods. As the conditioning and speed coach for the Chicago Force women's football team, Tri-Fitness founder Ron Munvez specializes in helping athletes such as runners, golfers, and baseball players fine-tune their bodies for peak performance. He and fellow trainer Brian Lyons lead a vigorous boot-camp program and TRX Suspension classes whose exercise machines use the exerciser’s own body weight to build and tone muscle, accommodating clients of all ages and fitness levels. The recently expanded facility houses a collection of modern fitness equipment, including weighted kettlebells, Schwinn stationary bikes, and giant steel hamster wheels.
Simply put, Players Sport & Social Group helps more than 60,000 people each year get together, meet new friends, and have fun. The two-decade-old company has more than doubled in size in the last five years, due in no small part to the wide variety of sports leagues and clinics that it offers at venues throughout the city. Teams or individuals can sign up for sports ranging from dodge ball to beach volleyball to games of "bags," otherwise known as cornhole. Players can check their weekly standings online and review each sport's rules, learning exactly what is considered a foul in kickball or how to dispose of a football opponent's captured flag by burning it in a respectful ceremony.
The company also hosts and sponsors social events such as happy hours, fundraisers, and the Luau: a 55,900-participant grass-volleyball tournament with DJ music, food, and beer. Similarly, The Big Dig volleyball tournament offers the same mix of munchies, brews, and live entertainment, but on the sands of North Avenue Beach.
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. Rita has been using this tried-and-true curriculum to teach swimmers of all levels for more than 30 years, incorporating small class sizes and a variety of locations to tailor the program to each swimmer's needs. The 30-minute small-group lessons, containing six or fewer swimmers, elucidate essential techniques for water safety and the importance of speaking fluent manatee. Tadpole(first stage) & Swimboree (ages 3 months?3 years with parents), Young Minnows (ages 1?3 years without parents), and Minnows (ages 3+ 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.