The soft glow of 30,919 carved pumpkins lit up the night sky on Saturday, October 22, 2011—the night the town of Highwood set the Guinness world record for most jack-o’-lanterns lit in one location. And this year should be no different. The three-day Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival, which has gained coverage from The Rosie Show and Trib Local, invites guests from all over the country to contribute to its wall of carved pumpkins, an experience that will be captured by HGTV’s “Pumpkin Wars”.
Patrons can decorate prescooped pumpkins at the designated carving stations (or bring their own precarved candidate) as they enjoy a weekend of live music on multiple stages, treats from local vendors, a gourmet farmers’ market on Saturday, hayrides, and a New Orleans–inspired night parade. Participants can even test out their newly carved pumpkin sneakers during the festival’s 5K run, which raises funds and awareness for the Leukemia Research Foundation. The festival culminates with the lighting of the wall of jack-o’-lanterns at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and, when all is said and done, pumpkins won’t be left in the dark as their owners are encouraged to take their record-breaking masterpieces home with them.
With more than 25 years of experience, the fanciful framers at Artkarved help display and commemorate all manner of artwork, photos, and cherished keepsakes. The staff of right-angle aficionados offers unique design materials and services, including hand-carved mats, handmade papers, and barbwire security frames for priceless portraits. Outfit a diploma with a conservation double mat, UV glass, and acid-free backing ($114+), or gild a wedding invitation ($107+). Artkarved will also add tasteful wood trim to specialty frame jobs including sports jerseys ($350+). With thousands of frame choices, Artkarved has lent its preservative presence to high-profile clients including the Chicago Bears team members and helped homeowners take the art of hanging art beyond such jejune measures as tacky industrial-strength sticky tack, staple-tape taple staping, and hiring long-armed men to hold your art against the wall.
ChiroXchange supports a nervous system of more than 250 nationwide locations, whose varying services and technologies all converge with the end of healing bodies with holistic, drug-free techniques. The chiropractors believe that many of the body’s ailments, from sore backs and headaches to fatigue, are caused by blockages in the nervous system. To reverse these blockages, they nudge spinal discs back into place with gentle, strategic pressure, aligning nerves with the vertebra to free the flow of information and cat photos to and from the brain. The chiropractors at each location emphasize communication with their patients. They field questions, explain the purpose of every adjustment, and work with patients to design programs around their unique wellness goals.
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Age-appropriate and quality equipment is provided.
Pro Tip: Be ready for your camper to come home and ask you to play hoops or do pushups together.
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Girls age 4-14
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
Our incentive programs emphasize and reward effort, teamwork, heart, etc. We have special relationships with local, collegiate, and professional women's teams that offer our camps the opportunity for in-camp clinics and professional sports outings.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Our staff training is pretty intense, to the extent that we role play worst-case scenarios. We practice adjusting to different circumstances, including quick transitions from outside to inside, should we encounter extreme weather.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our impact both on the fields and courts and off—our program emphasizes growth as an athlete as [much as] it does growth as a person.
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We are proud of the relationships we develop and maintain through the years with our camp families. Throughout these years, we have worked hard to create a customized teaching technique and unique understanding of how young girls best learn and thrive. The results are a program and environment that effectively foster their love for sports and fitness to last a lifetime. This is our passion. This is our mission.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 50+ people
Pro Tip: Our Courtesy Cart is available daily to assist you with carting your belongings down to the beach.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Paul and Ada Saffron Sprayground
Recommended Age Group: Adults
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Life moves pretty fast if you don't stop and look around. And if you look closely, you'll see that Glencoe Beach is featured in the hit movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
What special training do you or your staff have?
Our Boat Guards and Life Guards possess the Life Guard Waterfront Certificates from the American Red Cross and are certified in Red Cross CPR/AED and first aid certification. The guards are also meet the requirements set forth in US Sailing Safety/Rescue & Power boating certification.
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During your day at the beach, you can rent a shaded sun shelter, play in the sprayground, splash in the lake, play beach volleyball, rent a sailboat, lounge on a rented chair, or enjoy a snack at the concession stand. Closings due to weather or water quality will be posted by 9:45 AM on the weather hotline (847-835-1185, ext. 1) and on the Park Alerts page at www.glencoeparkdistrict.com.
Fed up with hearing about rude encounters between taxi drivers and the elderly, taxi dispatcher Dan Quiery decided to volunteer time in his retirement to righting these wrongs through Escorted Transportation Service Northwest (ETS/NW). Now the organization's 2011 Volunteer of the Year, according to the Daily Herald, Dan and a team of 70 volunteer drivers at ETS/NW offer both companionship and a vital service as they transport senior citizens to and from medical and dental appointments in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The seniors often have limited transportation options and would not be able to get to their appointments without aid. Though $12 donations are requested for each ride, the drivers chip in their own money to cover the cost of the trip's gas. Still, this does not deter founder Kathy Kasprowicz and her dedicated volunteers—honored with the 2012 STAR Merit Award from The Beverly Foundation—who were proud to have provided 2,453 roundtrip rides throughout the region in 2011 alone.