Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up sprawls over 11,000 square feet of play areas and party rooms teeming with inflatable fun. A stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings that populate the indoor arena, including a regal throne for celebrating birthdays or announcing edicts mandating dessert for breakfast. The ascending wall of the Vertical Rush challenges climbers with a hump-shaped obstacle, and attached dueling slides send victors careening into fun. Throughout the week, families can pop in for open play and lectures on refinancing mortgages on treehouses or tote along their own mini entourage for birthday-party packages complete with private rooms, complimentary invites, and a veritable stockpile of extras to customize the celebratory shenanigans.
Somerset Sporthorse sets students cantering during personal lessons, suitable for new riders looking to get acquainted with the basics or seasoned equestrians hoping to gallop their way to Grand Prix glory. Professional horse trainers impart aspiring equinauts with the tricks of the trotting trade while instilling the core principles of horsemanship, the legendary pirate skiff manned by centaurs. The venerable horse house's flexible schedule and lighted outdoor arenas accommodate nocturnal learners, and the heated indoor arenas let cowboys ride in from the sunset. For ambitious equine apprentices, two Groupons may be combined to create a one-hour saddle-strutting lesson.
A hot-and-cold breakfast buffet of pastries, hot items, fruit, and cereal greets guests every morning at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Chicago-Algonquin, located about an hour from downtown Chicago. Breakfast aromas float throughout the fleet of cushy guest rooms and suites, each flaunting amenities such as TVs and complimentary high-speed WiFi. Beyond the rooms’ doors, onsite amenities range from a heated indoor pool and fitness center to a business center and an ice machine that dispenses extra ice when tickled. Within just a few miles of the hotel, a bevy of attractions includes the Grand Victoria Casino and the shops and restaurants at the Algonquin Commons. A complimentary shuttle service ferries guests to destinations within 5 miles of the hotel.
Bella Medica's alternative cosmetic treatments address a host of bodily concerns—from aging and loose skin to smoking habits and weight gain—using natural, toxin-free green spa practices. Tackling sun-damaged and acne-prone skin, the anti-aging skin Medica Vitalize chemical peel aims to seize youth back from Father Time, throwing hourglass sand in his eyes and forcing him to eat minute rice. The peel employs a blend of retinoic, resorcinol, beta-hydroxy, and alpha-hydroxy acids to help smooth the texture of facial skin by removing its outer layers and innermost repressed feelings. One of the only superficial peels suitable for all skin types, the Vitalize peel incurs little to no downtime after treatment.
A maid dabs a feather duster along a picture frame, while another polishes the hardwood floors with lamb's wool. Under the oversight of owners Marco and Lisa Modesto, the insured crews of Marie’s Cleaning Service arrive at clients’ homes toting certified-green and name-brand cleaning supplies. With these dirt-vanquishing implements in hand, they survey the space to tailor a cleaning plan to each home, which may include services from removing cobwebs to loading the microwave into the dishwasher.
Jamie Philippi, Craig Kastning, and Karina Bukala spent roughly 10 years designing a new approach to results-oriented fitness programs by drawing inspiration from scientific studies as well as their own extensive experience as personal trainers. At Premier Fitness Solutions, they share this approach with the public, giving self-motivated clients the tools they need to improve their metabolism, confidence, and overall well being. The trainers create a supportive environment while teaching visitors how to use the facility's free weights, cardio equipment, and cement jump ropes to design workouts that are intense, engaging, and, most importantly, effective. Although the trainers mainly focuses on facilitating weight loss, they also offer personalized training sessions, small group classes, and boot camps that more specifically cater to individual fitness needs.
At Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, we know that kids and parents want something different with their haircut experience. Sharkey’s in Algonquin is a kid’s haircut experience like no other where haircuts are cool and fun rules! Kids receive a superior haircut with warm, experienced stylists in a meticulously clean place filled w