As the ampersand in its name suggests, Sound Check Entertainment & Studios is actually two businesses in one. Its entertainment team includes sound engineers and lighting designers who bring live bands and DJs to life with special-effects lighting, video projectors, and all necessary sound equipment.
In Sound Check's studios, meanwhile, music instructors help kids and adults master instruments such as the guitar and drums, which was originally invented to transmit Morse code across concert halls. The faculty boasts experts such as Bill Rossman III, who studied at Musicians Institute in Hollywood and has worked with well-known artists and bands. Rossman instructs students in all things guitar, from lick phrasing and improvisation to ear training and interval understanding.
At The ComedySportz Theatre, audience suggestions keep an all-ages, family-friendly and fast-paced vortex of scenes, games, and songs spinning in competitive shows that pit two improv teams against each other. Inside the intimate, 149-seat theater, spontaneity rules as a referee moderates the all-ages-appropriate hilarity pitched between the Chicago Bosses and The Evanston Express. At the end of each comedic duel, the points and audience votes are tallied to determine the winning team, sentencing the losers to feed the doves that live inside the winners' top hats.
The ComedySportz Training Center's seasoned instructors also teach six-week courses in the art of improvised hilarity and the essential virtues of spontaneity, risk taking, and engagement with the moment. Through scene work, ComedySportz games, and short- and long-form improv, students learn to keep audiences roaring in order to jump-start a career or become a more affable bank robber.
DJ Vel, the man behind the turntable at Always On Time Music Services, sets the scene at events with music sets that take each client’s personal tastes into account. DJ Vel brings his own speakers, microphone, and even a video projector to add a visual element to parties ranging from wedding receptions to proms to corporate shindigs.
The Jockey name is synonymous with comfort, a standard that was established more than 100 years ago when Samuel Thrall Cooper sought to create better socks for lumberjacks. Since then, Jockey has innovated its underwear business time and time again, leading many of the most popular industry trends that continue to this day, such as plastic-wrapped goods and men's briefs. Jockey products now crop up in more than 120 countries, cosseting customers in underwear, thermals, activewear, and more for men, women, and kids. A peek inside the Jockey online store or in any of its brick-and-mortar shops reveals carefully designed women's bras, men's seam-free underwear in a range of colors, and, of course, plenty of socks to keep toes warm and hand puppets clothed.
Pump It Up's two indoor inflatable arenas bounce socked striplings high off the ground with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Trained, amiable staffers supervise fun-filled visits where parents can leap around with their kids through gargantuan, air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Attendees can also focus their free play for special events, such as custom birthday parties and themed, private team parties. These themed soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. Both giant arenas are climate controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by the well-trained staff and local police. Supplementing its thorough rule enforcement with expert installation and anchoring, Pump It Up holds itself to strict safety standards.
Located three miles from Six Flags, The People's Choice Family Fun Center's canary-yellow, 43,000-square-foot arena buzzes with the thrill of friendly competition across 150 arcade games and the 18-hole Rocky's Fun House Miniature Golf course. Styled to mimic a circus, the venue features statues of carnival barkers who challenge guests to step right up to skee-ball and air hockey. Players gather loot at the redemption center, where they can exchange spools of tickets won at arcade games for the more than 1,000 prizes, from candy and stuffed animals to electronics and a lifetime of self-satisfaction. Servers at the food court dish out festival eats including cotton candy and pizza, and vendors at Hershey's Ice Cream Shoppe fill cones, cups, and top hats with frosty treats. The center also plays host to holiday events and private parties throughout the year. Beyond the hustle and bustle of the carnival resides an 18-hole miniature golf course known as Rocky's Fun House Miniature Golf. Here, putters tiptoe through a darkened wonderland of glow-in-the-dark circus shapes. A phosphorescent replication of trapeze artists, elephants, and escaped monkeys running amok greets putt-putt posses in the circus-themed segment, challenging their ability to focus on deviously placed holes. A moving ferris wheel towers over players as they size up the unique challenges of each hole and read the grain of the AstroTurf; fun-house mirrors bend beams of light into goofy, distorted reflections. At the final hole, which is guarded by a strongman bell ringer, those who sink a hole in one win a free round of golf for two and the lifelong friendship of Rocky, the triceratops mascot.