While sheltering students in a safe haven of relaxation, Sanctuary Yoga guides students through a range of yoga styles to foster strength and flexibility. The studio's team of savvy yogis schools stretchers throughout the week with classes designed for all levels of sun saluting. In a stifling, sweat-inducing room, hot yoga participants perform a series of strenuous standing poses, followed by a period focused on keeping the body aligned, the breath steady, and the mind on popsicles.
Inside an open-floor gym stocked with treadmills, weights, and bikes, Body Empowered Fitness's personal trainers bolster clients' bods with custom workout regimes and specialized exercises. The gym's staff, including owner and NASM–certified corrective-exercise specialist Sylvia Knilans, constructs fitness plans that utilize Simultaneous Functional Training, a fusion of strength and stamina exercises, to slim figures and build muscle without radioactive spider bites. Trainers share their knowledge with up to four participants at various points throughout each workout and catalogue the day's progress for future exercise regimes.
Chad Surdich, a two-time Golden Glove semifinalist, surveys his red-walled boxing gym from behind the chainlink fence that circles the ring. Around him, boxing pupils wham their fists into focus mitts during small-group classes, or work up heart rates by hopping onto cardio machines. Chad and his expert instructors make use of North Shore Fit Pit’s bountiful array of weight machines and heavy ropes to lead boxing classes, cardio boxing classes, and hot boxing classes that amp up workouts with detoxifying heat and squirts of tabasco snuck into water bottles.
A not-for-profit visual arts organization for 51 years, The Art Center (TAC) provides a visual arts education to Highland Park and its surrounding communities in the Chicagoland area, assuring access to the arts for all ages and cultural interests. Classes, exhibits and events year round make TAC a cultural hub!
The School of Rock provides contemporary musical instruction to pint-sized rockers of all ages and abilities. There is no experience required to enroll in Rock 101. Wannabe Jaggers and Springsteens can select their weapon of choice from a finely tuned arsenal of guitars, bass guitars, drums, keyboards, saxophones, or voice boxes and immediately commence beat-based training. Students receive one-on-one tutelage in the art of rocking out during a weekly 45-minute private lesson and deploy ensemble rhythms during a 90-minute group rehearsal. Real musicians provide performance-based instruction in a low-stress atmosphere, conducive to the cultivation of confidence, skill, and pigeon-free signature stage moves.
Artist Lisa Jones, the founder of Art by the Glazz, has a painting hanging in the White House and one in the Pentagon. Both locales are impressive places for the artwork of any artist to reside, particularly one who “found out [she] liked to paint by mistake.” Lisa began her painting life in her 30s shortly after the death of her mother. A friend convinced her to go to a painting class in the hopes of alleviating Lisa’s depression, and within three weeks of this class, Lisa had three clients who were commissioning work from her.
A few years later, Lisa created Art by the Glazz, originally intending to use the operation as a fundraising tool for nonprofits. Today, a portion of Lisa’s painting classes still benefits art education in public schools, and she stations these informative, fun sessions throughout the Washington D.C. metro area and takes them on tour through New Jersey and Chicago. Throughout the years, Lisa estimates that she’s swapped paint and sipped wine with more than 1,000 people. One memorable student, a woman who had suffered a stroke, hadn’t painted for five years until her husband brought her to Art by the Glazz, where she once again took to the canvas with paint and brush. Most of Lisa’s students arrive to class with no formal artistic training, and their level of fun, Lisa says, “depends on how much [they] let [themselves] go.” It’s easy for her to tell when the class has gone for it. Colorful palette flourishes mingle with laughs, toasts, and even songs, as budding artists recreate a favorite landscape, still life, or parking ticket.