Green Acres Ranch has existed as a family-run equestrian operation for more than half a century, and owes its longevity to a steadfast commitment to coaching all levels of student—who they see as the future torchbearers of the sport. Riders learn to properly comport themselves in the saddle inside large indoor and outdoor riding arenas while passionate instructors shout encouragement and advise on proper technique, which will prepare students for challenging tasks such as leading, saddling, turning, a proper seat, halting, backing up and more on horseback and readiness for competition in the show arena and ultimately out on trails. But riding lessons are just one of the many equestrian activities offered by the ranch. Once they've got the right skills under their belt, jockeys-in-training can bound around the surrounding countryside on trail rides or try out for the drill team to participate in local parades.
Zen Wellness and Retreat’s aestheticians purify the body, shape its contours, and polish its exterior. Holistic-healing arts distinguish Zen’s menu, with sessions that redirect energy and restore balance, such as ear candling Lady Justice. Traditional pampering reveals youthful, healthy skin with topical scrubs and tonics, as well as mechanical exfoliators. Slimming treatments take the form of spa pampering or dietary supplements, and six modes of massage therapy soften hard muscles.
Each one-hour visage revamping begins with a thorough cleansing treatment and is accompanied by a soothing massage of the neck, shoulders, hands, and arms. Strive to tighten wizened skin with the C-Quench Facial (a $95 value), which sees one of Elements Salon Spa Retreat's experienced aestheticians infusing skull sheaths with vitamin C and retinol in an attempt to decrease the visibility of wrinkles and sun damage. Those with more sensitive or acne-prone skin should opt for the Oxy Trio Facial (a $90 value) to obtain a countenance that's clearer than Mr. Rogers's background check. Elements Salon Spa Retreat also satiates its guests with complimentary coffee, tea, wine, and snacks.
StreetFood Artistry is an inaugural celebration of Chicago’s street food scene highlighting chefs of gourmet food trucks, old school food carts and street inspired dishes from Chicago’s finest restaurants. This family friendly affair will offer something for everyone. Activities include live entertainment and cooking demons
As part of the Aveda network, Persuasive Looks Salon infuses treatments for skin and hair with largely organic, botanically based formulas. Guided by a commitment to environmental responsibility and ayurvedic principles, Aveda products are principally derived from essential oils and raw herbs, at least 80% of which are certified organic. The salon's licensed skin therapists not only revitalize complexions with Aveda tonics and rapid smiling drills, but kick off every session with an Aveda Elemental Nature skin analysis that informs the creation of a custom treatment.
Stylists also use the brand's formulas as part of their arsenal for complete hair overhaul, which includes extensions and both Japanese and keratin straightening systems. Cosmetologists also offer Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions and makeup application classes so their clients may hold onto and cultivate their look. The airy, 2,900-square-foot facility is located within an hour of Chicago by car and about two hours by inner tube.
Keep It Young’s professional, certified aestheticians act as comfort concierges, summoning their experience and a philosophy of treating spa services as a craft to curate custom, soothing experiences for every client. Making good on the spa’s name, they strip away signs of aging with a comprehensive roster of services, eliminating age-inducing stress with massage, and buffing wrinkles with medical-grade facials, microdermabrasion, and resurfacing treatments. In addition to cleansing skin, they help keep epidermises smooth through hair-removal treatments that uproot fuzz with techniques such as body sugaring, electrolysis, and waxing. Whether returning smoother complexions to faces with IPL acne-clearing treatments, or harvesting wax to make homemade vinyl records during ear candling, the meticulous pamper practitioners aim to keep clients relaxed.