At Studio B, Bettinardi Golf technicians assist players of all ages and skill levels — including such pro athlete clients as St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, and PGA Tour player Brian Gay — in acquiring the signature one-piece milled putter best suited to their stature and style. The experience commences with a 45-minute putter fitting in the lounge-style studio, where skillful staff members draw on both the precision analysis of a four-camera laser system and the arbitrations of the oracle at Delphi to unite players with the perfect short-game club. Customers then select a BB Series Bettinardi putter to take home and incorporate into their green jockeying, whether they prefer the classic design and plumber’s neck of the BB1 or the BB33’s pear-shaped mallet. With putter in hand, customers can outfit themselves for the fairway with their choice of a hat and a towel, useful for cleaning implements before teeing off and for improvising a bullfighter's cape to goad stalled golf carts.
Custom-built mountain bikes and hand-built wheelsets may be Richard’s Bikes’ specialty, but cyclists have frequented the store since 1910 to find road, cross-country, and freeride accessories. Staff pack more than 100 years of combined biking experience into the well-oiled gears that power their minds and match customers with premade bikes and equipment from manufacturers including GT, Schwinn, Mongoose, LeMond, and Klein. Richard’s carries a wide selection of helmets and protective gear, cycling apparel, and bike parts of all kinds.
Before they step up to the plate or start stretching at the football field, athletes like to take a lap through Boombah. The sportswear brand is the name behind everything players need to train, play, and claim victory. From the tees and sweatbands they practice in, to the cleats and gloves they don for the games, Boombah helps dress and protect its customers so they can focus on scoring points instead of impressing the team mascot. Their catalog also includes a variety of uniforms?Boombah can suit up whole teams that play baseball, football, volleyball, soccer, and more.
Play It Again Sports bedecks kids and adults alike with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor so that they can kick, swing, and punt with gusto. Scores of gently used merchandise, perfect for replacing equipment that children have grown out of because of rampant milk abuse, arrive daily and boast brand names such as Adidas, Taylor Made, and Easton. At the Frankfort location, pint-size puck handlers can improve their speed and whittle their hockey sticks with Bauer Supreme One 20 youth skates ($49.99). Crystal Lake's elliptical trainers and exercise bikes sculpt calves into steel, and Downers Grove's Wilson Evolution basketballs ($49.99) keep droves of neighborhood kids active. Each Play It Again Sports store encourages customers to bring in their own old or outgrown equipment to sell or trade for referee signal-decoder rings.
Since taking off the training wheels in 1972, Cycles N Sports has been a full-service bike shop, wrenching two-wheel wisdom into each bike it sells and service it renders. A staff of riding enthusiasts helps customers navigate the shop’s inventory, comprising spoked specimens from such major brands as Electra, Townie, Felt, Giant, Fly, and Stolen, as well as many specialty models. Whether you arrive looking for a bike or parts for a BMX bike, road bike, mountain bike, or the makeshift ramp from the roof of your house, the staff can happily assist and answer questions.
While watching the 2005 film Roll Bounce, moviegoers were probably too busy staring at roller-skating stars Nick Cannon and Bow Wow as they busted high-flying, acrobatic moves on the rink. With so much action on screen, audiences may not have had the chance to notice something slightly subtler—that the film was actually shot at Lynwood Roller Rink. Take one step inside the old-school facility, though, and the location scout’s pick seems almost too obvious: the rink's dedication to classic decor, such as bright-red neon lights and multiple disco balls, give it the feel of an untouched time capsule. But don’t let the vintage vibes fool you entirely—the rink also hosts new-school events, including Latin-inspired Zumba sessions on select weekday evenings.