The Holiday Star Theater, originally Holiday Theatre, opened in 1950. Classic Cinemas took over the theater in 1980 and renamed it the Park Forest Theatre. In 1990, Classic Cinemas restored the theater to much of its original 1950s appearance, and divided the auditorium into two screens, with capacities of 374 and 276 seats
The Museum of Science and Industry, opened in 1933, has nearly 14 acres of interactive exhibits and more than 35,000 intellect-tickling artifacts. Current exhibits include YOU! The Experience, which explores the intellectual, corporeal, spiritual, and immiscible aspects of human life through 50 interactive experiences; Science Storms, which explains the science behind natural phenomena and allows visitors to control the air flow of a 40-foot tornado, make a tsunami in a 30-foot wave tank, and more; and the U-505 Submarine, which showcases a German submarine captured off the coast of West Africa during World War II. Plus, classic exhibits such as the Coal Mine are always available.
It seems like the stuff of the silver screen: in 1997, husband and wife Donzell and Alisa Starks realized their dream of bringing movies back to Chicago’s South and West sides. Luckily for film fans, this story is true—the Starks founded ICE Theaters, the first African-American-owned theater chain in the country. Today, the cinemas stand as hubs of community and culture in the neighborhoods they serve, entertaining audiences with new Hollywood releases screened alongside independent films highlighted in their Black World Cinema and Shortcutz series.
Runners belong to a community all their own and, in Chicago, the friendly member of Chicago MultiSport act as that community's welcoming committee. Whether they're gearing up for their first 5K or plotting a victory in their latest marathon, runners can hone speed, endurance, and technique through the organization's classes and group running sessions. During these meetups, athletes learn the best ways to prepare in the weeks leading up to their event, and gain deeper insight into getting the most out of their bodies in a healthy, injury-free manner.
Chicago MultiSport’s coach, Ray Pelelas, is a wellspring of running and fitness advice. In addition to a stint as the Health and Fitness columnist for the Chicago Daily Herald, during which he penned some 170 articles on exercise, nutrition, and general health, he’s also a licensed kinesiotherapist, certified massage therapist, and a USA Triathlon Level I coach. Pelelas backs up his professional titles with a long resumé of personal triumphs, having participated in nine Ironman races and more than 20 marathons and ultramarathons.