The accomplished instructors at Bell View Acres have guided saddle sitters through the expansive facility for almost five decades, teaching proper equestrian technique and horse care to pupils of all experience levels. In addition to receiving a firsthand education on how to raise the horse's sails, novice equestrians learn proper riding form, technique, and how to clean and care for the animal. Bell View Acres' trainers have judged local and national competitions, been inducted into the UPHA Hall of Fame, and taught horses to analyze classic literature. Riders must don proper riding wear, including long pants and shoes with a hard sole, before stepping into the facility's 250'x80' outdoor ring. In colder months, a heated indoor ring shields rein grabbers from shivering timber.
At Krush Skatepark, skateboarders of all ages fly over steeply sloped ramps and glide over rails in a large, hangar-style building designed by lifelong skateboarders. Visitors on inline skates, bikes, and scooters can also challenge the course, and guests can take group and individual lessons from experienced skaters on weekends. Kick-flipping visitors report to the onsite pro shop that teems with street apparel and safety gear, such as kneepads and altitude meters for early-model hoverboards.
If you've been bowling in Chicago, chances are pretty good you've been to a Chicagoland Bowling establishment. With member centers from 3700 N. Western to 12345 S. Halsted, the organization connects pin destroyers all over the city. The advantages of this network include tournaments that span the entire region, scholarship programs for talented youth bowlers, and a cornucopia of options for clowns who juggle bowling pins.
Forest View Farms beckons to horse enthusiasts with the rustic charm of wooded riding trails and stables full of friendly equines. Cozy accommodations and turn-out services keep the horses comfy and exercised, and heated training facilities ensure year-round instruction without the need to shove horses into ill-fitting winter pea coats. Guides regularly shepherd visitors and their mounts through the forested paths. During the summer and autumn months, horse shows see riders and steeds displaying inspiring feats of courage, poise, and comedy double acts.
Shining wood floors dance beneath the swirling colors of ceiling-mounted lights, bathing skaters in multihued phosphorescence. During open-skate sessions, DJs pipe in music to accompany spectator-wowing tricks. Between skates, guests can recharge by chowing down on hot dogs and nachos from the snack counters. The rink welcomes groups of all sizes, from individual skaters to birthday parties.
Canlan Ice Sports maintains three separate ice rinks for public play, sports programs, and special events. Public skate programs encourage local residents to take to the ice and practice hockey fundamentals during stick-and-puck sessions or get some exercise during unstructured adult rat hockey. Its youth-hockey program teaches beginners to skate and shoot. Figure-skating training camps for aspiring athletes and basic sessions for children teach skaters how to be more graceful so they can make grocery shopping more interesting for their neighbors by spinning and leaping down the aisles. Canlan Ice Sports also hosts local hockey teams including the Huskies Hockey Club, the Chicago Junior Bulldogs, and the Rampage Women’s Hockey Club.