Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
River Heights Golf Course blends traditional and links-style holes that straddle the banks of the Kishwaukee River and bring water into play on every hole after the first. The course’s wicked 10th hole sports two aquatic hazards—the river, which guards the the green, and a pond on the right side—in addition to a bunker on the left side. Many consider this the hardest hole, but the third rivals it with a pond-guarded green at the end of a fairway bordered by the river and a copse of trees. The fairway's length can make or break a golfer’s game, especially when wind kicks up or a golfing buddy lets out an ill-timed sneeze. The DeKalb Park District manages the course, ensuring that its carpets of bluegrass flourish. The clubhouse gives players a place to lounge on a wraparound patio and deck, sipping drinks and telling tales of the time they saw Tiger Woods bend a 9-iron into a pretzel. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,528 yards * Course rating of 70.8 * Slope rating of 118 * See the scorecard and hole details * Three tee options
The shutterbug instructors at Shoot Like A Pro cement photographic know-how into their clients’ craniums through technical lessons and onsite practice. During workshops and excursions, students first learn to manipulate their own cameras, picking up tips about ISO, f-stop, shutter speed and composition before testing their skills during two hours of shooting time. Shoot Like A Pro’s events lend themselves to all types of digital cameras as well as to beginner photographers and more experienced students looking to refresh their skills.
Taking an all-inclusive approach to music instruction, American Music Institute offers group and private lessons for all ages, experience levels, and styles of music. College-educated teachers lead lessons for voice as well as instruments ranging from guitar and percussion to violin, oboe, and flute. Group classes are available for popular instruments—such as beginning violin and guitar—as well as music theory. Private lessons, meanwhile, provide weekly one-on-one instruction at the institute or in students' homes.