Since 1998, ProCamps Worldwide has bridged the gap between pro athletes and their fans with a variety of instructional youth camps and fantasy camps for adults. More than 100 professional and Olympic gold-medal athletes have lent their wisdom during camps conducted across the country. For instance, the NBA's leading scorer, Kevin Durant, dishes details on his skills at a camp in Oklahoma, and Super Bowl champion and Packers linebacker Clay Matthews teaches the careful choreography of backfield disruption in Wisconsin. At fantasy camps, John Calipari and Bill Self—the two coaches who squared off in 2012's NCAA title game—give campers tours of their programs' hallowed halls.
At TomKelly's Chophouse and Pub, an emblazoned cloverleaf over the door may grant Irish luck to all who enter, but it?s the menu of Irish-inspired pub fare that leaves eyes (and stomachs) smiling. Emerald Isle dishes of corned beef and cabbage and shepherd's pie join American counterparts including pizzas bedecked with buffalo chicken and po boys topped with prime rib, grilled onions, and mozzarella cheese. While devouring Irish eats, guests can take in sporting events from 14 plasma TVs.
Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.
Chicago may be a city of industry, of big shoulders, and of windy gusts, but it's also a city of food. Just ask the residents who frame their pasts with memories of dining at iconic restaurants or plot out their futures with reservations at new hotspots. Or better yet, ask the board and committee of Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame, a group wholly dedicated to celebrating the city's rich culinary life.
Ever since 2005, the group has been recognizing those who've taken Chicago's dining scene to new levels. They do so through an annual Chef's Hall of Fame bash, during which guests can sip drinks and mingle with some of the food industry's brightest stars. Past Hall of Fame inductees include legendary chefs Charlie Trotter, Rick Bayless, and Priscila Satkoff. The 2014 event brings in luminaries such as Stephanie Izard, the James Beard award-winning chef behind Girl & the Goat and Little Goat. The organization operates beyond the annual bash too, by preserving rare kitchen artifacts, cookbooks, and fossilized silverware in a culinary museum.
Filled with rails, ramps, and plenty of less intimidating practice surfaces, Drop In Skatepark is a playground for new and experienced skaters alike. The sound of wheels striking against hardwood echoes throughout the indoor park as skaters kickflip over boxes, ollie off ramps, and roll back and forth in the half-pipe to illustrate the utter futility of human existence. Stop in for an open-skating session or take a lesson from the park's expert instructors, all of whom certifiably shred the gnar. The park also welcomes BMXers and holds regular skateboarding competitions and summer camps.
Visibility Unlimited's brick-and-mortar scuba store has been stocking the best in fins, masks, regulators, snorkeling equipment, and other diving equipment for more than 17 years. Knowledgeable staffers help visitors pick out the best dive computer for their needs or fit them with a buoyancy control device (BCD) that can keep them floating comfortably in water.?
Visibility Unlimited also caters to those who love to snorkel at Snorkeling Online, where carry a variety of snorkel gear in a variety of colors and sizes for any budget.