Every two years, the United States and Europe deploy an army of their 12 best professional golfers to do battle in a team match-play format at a venue that alternates between the two sides of the Atlantic. For the 2012 Ryder Cup event, Team USA captain Davis Love III and Team Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal will lead their teams into an intercontinental duel on the links at Medinah Country Club in Illinois. Perennial stalwarts Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, as well as 2012 Masters Champion Bubba Watson, will headline the United States team as they try to avenge a 2010 loss to the Europeans at Celtic Manor Resort. Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, current world number one, leads a European team attempting to build upon a recent streak that has seen them win four out of the last five Ryder Cup events and successfully complete five out of their last six human pyramids.
The delighted squeals of playing children reverberate off of Little Monkey Bizness’s brightly hued walls, imbuing the space with an atmosphere of joyful energy throughout the day. The indoor play space welcomes youngsters age 8 and under to scurry in for hours of unstructured play on its well-maintained equipment, and an art room keeps imaginations fired up. A separate space for babies grants kids aged 6 months to 1 year a safe space where they can practice their crawling skills. Private party rooms facilitate rousing renditions of "Happy Birthday," and an onsite café keeps tummies from grumbling thanks to a collection of kid-friendly snacks and adult-friendly coffee.
The fleet of vehicles at Black Car Service is almost as diverse as the trips they take. Passenger payloads range from four in the Lincoln Town Car sedan to as many as 35 in the Mini Coach, allowing groups big and small to travel together as they go out on the town or head to a wedding reception. Though wide-ranging in size, vehicles are actually quite similar on the inside, surrounding passengers in clean, leather-bound fixtures and flourishes such as champagne chillers and DVD players.
Park Ride & Fly USA's car caretakers protect vacationing cars within 24-hour, well-lit parking lots near airports in more than 30 states. After dropping off their automobiles, customers can transport themselves and their luggage to the airport aboard one of the company’s complimentary shuttles or human-size hamster balls. While away, patrons rest easy knowing that their steel steeds are safe within fenced lots that are monitored by 24-hour surveillance. At many locations, shuttles also swing by the terminal to pick up returning travelers and reunite them with their respective vehicles, which are first freed of cloud-based artillery, including snow or recently rained molasses.
Searching for a parking spot can become vexing: the endless driving in circles, doubting whether your car will fit, making sure the spot isn't labeled for clown-size cars only?it can wear a driver down. SpotHero takes the stress out of the search by instantly connecting drivers with private, open parking spots around the city. First, search by city, zipcode, or landmark for a space, then select the date and times you'll need an available slab of concrete. After checking out a few options in the area you're searching, choose the spot you want and it's yours. Best of all, SpotHero makes sure its process has no one to tip, no standing in lines, and no parking meters that deserve to be kicked. Monthly parking is also available. You can reserve from SpotHero's website and print out your reservation, or reserve via your iPhone or Android App for a seamless mobile experience.
Travel days always seem to stretch to unbearable lengths, complicated by early wakeup calls, last-minute packing, and gridlocked traffic streaming in and out of the airport. The staff at Airways Parking work to smooth out one facet of these hassle-filled journeys, offering convenient self and valet parking at a lot located only a three-minute shuttle ride from Midway Airport. Staffers remain onsite 24 hours a day, manning the fenced-in, well-lit lot to repel sketchy characters and guide clients to the free, on-demand shuttle. While drivers are away, they can ensure cars look street-ready upon their return with a hand wash from one of the lot’s experienced staff members. Cars can safely pass short- and long-term stints, and the optional valet parking service ensures that their returning drivers are greeted by prechilled AC in the summer and snowman-free interiors in the winter.