Golf with friends is the best kind of bonding. There's nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful old trees lining the fairways, and refusing to grant your compadres a mulligan. The satisfaction of a well-played hole is amplified by the amusement you get from your partner's three-shot spectacle in the woodsy rough. Today's Groupon gets you and a friend 18 holes with cart at River Oaks Golf Course for $40 (up to a $88 value, depending on the day you go). Your Groupon is good for any time Monday through Friday and after noon on weekends.
Inspired by small craft spirit creators of yore, Derrick Mancini founded Quincy Street Distillery as a way to celebrate traditional, and create new, American spirits. Today, Mancini and distiller, Danny Maguire, oversee a small crew that crafts and bottles 12 artisanal, small-batch spirits including a mead-based dry honey spirit, a railroad gin, a colonial-style single malt rye, and a young bourbon whiskey that's too young to drink itself. Take a tour of the distillery to bring the full story of these libations into focus. Distillery tours detail every step of the grain-to-whiskey production, including fermentation, distillation, cutting, barreling, and bottling. Conclude with a tasting in the Speakeasy cocktail bar that includes a brief history lesson about many of the spirit brands, and after where patrons can purchase classic and original cocktails or pick up bottles at the retail shop. You can also reach the distillery by train on the Burlington Metra line just a block from the Riverside station.
The 10 golf courses that comprise Forest Preserve Golf guide players on a tee-to-green tour of the greater Chicagoland area, offering an insightful glimpse into the city’s culture and history. Burnham Woods, for example, takes its name from the legendary architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham, credited with designing the city’s structural layout and its manmade river of mustard. The Chick Evans course is named after the first player to win both the US Open and US Amateur, who would later go on to found the popular Evans Scholarship for caddies. With each course densely forested, golfers walk among the area’s natural wonders, as the Highland Woods course perches upon the highest point in Cook County and the Little Calumet River winds through the River Oaks course. With the exception of the 9-hole Billy Caldwell and Meadowlark courses, all are full-length 18-hole tracks.
The certified instructors at Safe-House Group, LLC help men and women learn the basics of shooting on a range or consider firearm ownership. Their introductory class?Firearms Basics & Shooting Fundamentals Stage 1?covers essential skills such as safe gun handling, parts of the firearm, and proper shooting technique. Other classes, such as Basic Personal Protection In The Home, cover defensive shooting skills and personal safety know-how. However, there's more to Safe-House than just firearms. The training faculty also includes CPR instructors, who teach lifesaving skills to both medical professionals and the general public.
Stacy Hess—owner and operator of Hillcrest Stables, LLC—brings more than two decades’ worth of experience to her year-round saddleseat riding lessons. As a trainer, she specializes in American Saddlebred, Hackney Pony, and Saddleseat Friesian; however, all 21 of her steeds can be ridden in shows and lessons. Beginners through advanced riders can learn how to show inside a heated facility as friends and family cheer and make bets as to the horse’s shoe size in the facility’s comfortable viewing room.