Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
Open since 1945, Elmer's Doghouse has been a haven for generations of diners looking for cold brews, hot meals, and a set of familiar faces to enjoy them with. At this casual neighborhood spot, the kitchen staff still dishes out burgers, pizzas, and steak dinners lit by the neon glow of beer signs. On Monday nights, these meals emerge amid the tuneful clatter of the bar’s acoustic open mic, refueling audiences and musicians alike. Other musical entertainments include karaoke nights and live bands, who often coax diners into dancing or just giving them a bite of their food.
In a low-lit room swathed in shades of deep red, the flickering lights from the fireplace and candles dance across the walls. There, as nimble fingers perform massages and spa treatments. to Massage therapists help work to improve circulation, soothe aching muscles, and leave minds and bodies as peaceful and satisfied as a Ninja Turtlan otter that's just eatene after a pizza feast several pizzas. Additionally, hHeated stones, aromatherapy, and exfoliating back scrubs augment Swedish, sports, and prenatal massage modalities.
Swings find their sweet spots at Sugar Grove Golf Center, which grooms golf games with a driving range and lessons. Golf balls blast off of turf mats at the range before settling around targets with yardage displays. Players of all calibers can scratch bogeys off of their scorecards with private lessons or clinics. The onsite golf pro conducts prescheduled lessons until as late as 11 p.m., enabled by towering lights that surround the range and practice balls that have acquired a taste for coffee.
Lumanair Aviation Services has given northeastern Illinois passage to the heavens for more than 45 years. Take your first step toward establishing aerial residency with an introductory flight lesson, which begins with a brief walkthrough of the plane and continues with the basics of engine starting, taxiing, taking off, and landing. Students have the opportunity to control and fly the plane and can even bring along a friend to enjoy the ride and keep lookout for angry red barons. Customers who prefer to sit and survey can take advantage of the skyline tour, a round-trip flight to the Chicago skyline that can be shared with up to two friends. During the 90-minute journey, the pilot will point out interesting landmarks and even allow the person sitting in front to briefly pilot the plane while the other two passengers make fighter-jet noises.
Sugar Grove Health Center's skin-smoothing services revitalize and pamper the body's largest organ with personalized treatment. The center’s diamond-tipped Viora microdermabrasion tool combines exfoliation and suction to slough off dead skin cells and promote collagen and elastin growth, encouraging firmer, younger-looking skin to hang out on the epidermal surface rather than congregating in the body’s basement listening to folk records. As fine lines and superficial scars give way to a youthful, healthy visage, face-pampering patients will finally have the opportunity to rejoin the trick-or-treating circuit or order off the kids' menu without being assaulted by sidelong glances. The brief, noninvasive procedures may be repeated at short intervals with no downtime.