Open for 25 years and celebrated by AM670 The Score, the Southland Star, and Patch.com, the items on the Durbin’s menu vary by location, but all of its kitchens prepare hearty sandwiches, pizzas, and barbecue. Wood embers infuse ribs and chicken with smoky flavors as USDA Black Angus steaks are plated alongside sautéed mushrooms and homemade coleslaw. Fresh donut holes are also made in-house and stacked on ice cream sundaes topped with a single red cherry that resembles the setting sun resting on a pillow of vanilla-flavored clouds.
For more than 40 years, the professionally trained instructors at Celeste Dance Studio have helped students 12 and up learn to shuffle and twirl during ballroom-, Latin-, and contemporary-dance classes. Students land on their feet during tumbling classes, move to the beat during hip-hop sessions, and explore an ever-evolving art during modern-dance lessons. Ballet students don slippers and flutter through class with style and grace, while tap classes teach intrepid soft-shoers to communicate in Morse code. Specialized classes in ballet, tap, and acrobatics are also available for younger dancers ages two-and-a-half to six. Intricately choreographed dance routines are performed on stage at the studio's yearly recital. Check the schedule to see a full list of current class days and times.
Trapped against the ropes? Pinned on the ground? Faced with multiple opponents? It doesn't matter the scenario, the instructors at Academy of Self Defense teach ways to defend yourself in any situation. Some of their classes, such as Thai Boxing or MMA, focus on the skills adults need to succeed in the ring. Others, such as Systema—a martial art form developed by the Russian special forces, train students how to rely on natural instincts to ward off attackers in the real world. Kids' karate classes, meanwhile, not only cover self defense moves, but also character building techniques that carry over into schoolwork and home life. The coaches also lead a fight team, which includes two professional fighters, ten amateur fighters, and one guy who knows where to score really colorful shorts.
Former professional basketball player Mike Robinson—a product of the Chicago Public School system who was drafted by the Utah Jazz and played professionally in Europe for eight years—created In the Paint Basketball to help youths develop as players. His development programs teach the fundamentals of the game, such as shooting and dribbling, but also connect kids to mentors and encourage them to discuss problems they may be having in school with peer pressure or homework.
For more than 30 years, the ladies at Women's Workout & Wellness have cultivated a supportive environment in which women can focus on health, fitness, and wellness. Whether grooving through Zumba sessions, pushing weight sleds, performing lifts, or sweating, students find plenty of challenges in the center’s classes. Staffers gauge fitness level by analyzing BMI and testing cardio, strength, flexibility, and the ability to karate-chop airborne cucumbers. Experts also lend advice on nutritional intake and help clients set personalized goals. Before and after sweat sessions, ladies can suit up and cool down in the spacious showers and locker rooms at each location. Daycare is available at some locations for a nominal fee.
Evergreen Racquet & Fitness Club boasts 94,000 square feet of facilities, populated by amenities both relaxing and recreational. Members can challenge friends or family members to a crisp volley on one of the club's five indoor tennis courts or settle landholding disputes in a rotating best-of-three series of racquetball, handball, and wallyball. The club's two-room fitness center contains all manner of muscle-toning mechanisms, including seven treadmills, three elliptical machines, and an expansive medley of free weights. Soothe sore protoplasm in the jet-propelled waters of the club's whirlpool, or cleanse the body of sweat and lingering childhood phobias in the surrounds of two dry-heat saunas (located in the men's and women's locker rooms).