Established in 1973, today’s Club has grown into a full-service facility with amenities & programs that rival any commercial health club. As such it has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Tennis Welcome Centers in the U.S. & as the Chicago Southland’s Best Health & Sports Facility since 1996.
We are an indoor climbing gym that specializes in teaching new climbers, and helping experienced climbers reach new levels. We have many different types of terrain from slabs to overhangs to roofs, and set routes for all abilities from beginner to expert.
More than 10,000 students. That?s how many aspiring guitarists instructor Eric Mantel?an artist on three-time Grammy winner Steve Vai's Digital Nations record label?has reached since he began teaching in 1979. His guitar lessons cover a broad range of strumming techniques, from picking and finger rolling to trilling and vibrato. And to inspire his students, Eric pulls from the repertoire of guitar greats such as Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton.
Staring at a blank piece of paper can be intimidating, but browsing the more than 100 pieces of blank, premade pottery at Young at Art draws hibernating creativity from its den, enticing the brain with shape, size, and bisque meat. Pieces range between $6 and $60, and the price of pottery covers everything required to design and fire a project, including time. Grab a blank plate and paint a meal upon it, stencil a cup with springtime flowers, or decorate a picture frame worthy of being hung inside itself. Laura, the studio's friendly ceramics guru, will happily move creative blocks with helpful suggestions, pointing you to the store's volumes of sample books, stencils, and templates for further inspiration. Upon painting the piece, you'll leave it with Young at Art for glazing and firing—four to seven days later, your triumphant claychievement will be available for pickup, prepared for its dazzling debut in an adobe dining room or as a thoughtful gift for a clay pigeon. Your Groupon is also good for Young at Art's glass-fusing process ($10+ per piece), where you can melt vivid designs into pre-cut ornaments and charms; its "Paint Me" process ($18–$24), where painted designs are pressed onto T-shirts; or clay prints (pricing varies), with fingers and toes granted immortality through the burn of the kiln. No additional studio sitting fees apply.
Under the watchful eye of a licensed professional, John Amico School of Hair Design's trained cosmetology pupils prove their hair-snipping, shaping, and taming skills with a wide variety of salon services. With the Amino Amplex treatment (a $150–$250 value depending on thickness and length), one of the school's student-stylists de-frizzes damaged hair with a formaldehyde-free formula, straightening and shining locks with an elixir concocted from amino acids and a vial of Rapunzel's tears. The father-and-son-owned cosmetology school teaches its disciples to complete the process in between three and four hours, upon which clients will sport a straighter, more relaxed style for up to three months.
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.