The seasoned staffers at Make-A-Messterpiece nurture creativity and critical-thinking skills by guiding children up to aged 12 through messy hands-on activities. Aspiring chemists can mix their own concoctions at the Experimentation Station or explore gravity at the Bubbleology area, and future chefs can dabble in gastronomic delights at Creative Kitchen. Whereas Lil' Sprouts activities teach pint-sized crafters do-it-yourself projects, the custom-designed Drum Roll studio gives children the chance to splatter paint with each drumbeat, just like Carnegie Hall during renovation season. For little ones who would rather create aesthetic masterpieces, Splat-Tacular Tables furnish the tools they'll need to draw, paint, sculpt, or decorate their own creations.
Make-A-Messterpiece also goes beyond everyday activities to host school field trips and children's birthday parties with artistic activities, food, and goodie bags. For frequent messmakers, the center offers family memberships replete with perks such as everyday access to the studio, discounts on classes, VIP passes for special events, and consultations with Jackson Pollock's ghost.
A PADI five-star dive center, D. D. Dive outfits novice swimmers with all the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to swim beneath the waves. Their courses are made up of classroom sessions, pool work, and open-water excursions to prepare each student according to PADI guidelines. The instructors also offer classes in rescue diving and diving-instructor as well as dive-master training, all of which are useful skills when working to open a dive school for dolphins. Once certified, new divers can go with the school on a globetrotting trip to a diving mecca such as Bonne Terre Mine, Kona, or the Galapagos Islands.
Muscle Activation Techniques is a Biomechanics based system designed to improve muscle function and relieve pain. MAT gets to the root of your pain by addressing muscle weaknes rather than tightness. This helps to restore normal body alignment, thereby, decreasing pain and reducing the risk of injury.
The enthusiastic and supportive muscle farmers at CrossFit host exhilarating group boot-camp sessions for aspiring exercisers of every fitness and skill level. Treat your physique to a total-body workout, flexing and training each section of your body with a varied array of aerobic and muscle-building routines such as lifting, running, sit-ups, squatting, sprinting, and climbing. CrossFit's high-intensity sweat-inducing endeavors can help customers shed fat, reduce stress, boost their speed, and increase heart health, giving them an edge over haughty uncles during family-reunion sack races.
Winner of several contest awards from the Wedding Photojournalist Association including photographer of the year in 2012, Steve Matteo still remembers his early days as a news photographer for a small suburban weekly, rushing back to the newsroom to watch the film slowly develop and a sliver of history take shape. Though he went on to tackle more exciting assignments and career changes—working at the Daily Herald, compiling images for UIC's yearlong City 2000 photo project, and photographing Princess Diana's visit to Chicago in 1996—one thing hasn't changed: the thrill of knowing that his camera has memorialized a story forever.
Today, Steve is equally at home shooting for Fortune 500 companies and clients such as Northwestern University as he is creating individual portraits. When he photographs a wedding, he uses the same ingenuity and photojournalistic eye that he honed while working as a sports photographer for HBO Sports and as a news photographer for the Associated Press. His wedding photography, meanwhile, has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, garnered a 2012 Bride's Choice award on WeddingWire.com, and won the 2012 WPJA Photographer of the Year.
At Classico Cooking School, home chefs of all ages, experience levels, and diets learn to travel the culinary world from the comfort of their kitchens. Lessons from a catalogue of more than 160 subjects and culinary styles are tailored for children, teens, and adults, and might take the form of a group class, a private party, or a corporate team-building exercise. The calendar boasts cuisines from regions ranging from Argentina to Japan, and dishes for vegetarians, meat-eaters, dessert lovers, and pie throwers, alike.